Tuesday, 20 June 2017
ATLANTIDA VOL. 14 [V/A]
Title: Atlántida Vol. 14 (various artists)
Format: Black and white cover, silver CDr disc, it's a traditional Ruslanas home-produced compilation!
Edition: Unspecified (800-1000 copies)
01. ENORHTED * Twisted Fabrics
02. SVARTALFAR * Firnwulf
03. ENIGMATIK * Enter The Realm Of Enigma
04. FOREFATHER * Into The Forever
05. SYLVA MALA * Fine Veil
06. LOITS * Veri
07. CLAWN * Endless Suffering
08. PRIMAL DAWN * Cold Hills
09. LITHAM * Empire Of Ibliss
10. RAVENCLAW * Fenriswolf
11. FAUSTRECHT * Impetigo
12. ARCHETYPE * Hands Of Time
13. AZAGATEL * Atlantis Descendent
14. VALHALLA * Gloom Of War
15. DIFENACUM * Elemental Disease
16. FREUND HEIM * To Be - What A Shame
17. MALEFICIO * En La Destruction Creemos
Well, all good things must come to an end as they say, and here it is: the last of the Atlandia releases to be covered in Honour and Darkness. There are other volumes in the series of course, but nothing that features any of Hugin's many and varied projects so today's entry - "Volume 14" is the end of the line. A bit of a sad day here for Nazgul, and doubtless for Hugin too (which makes Valhalla's offering most pertinent, being 'Gloom of W.A.R.'...!)
As always, the late Ruslanas Danisevskis compiled a range of the weird and the wonderful for this release, trawling the world for bands to showcase under his label's wing. On this outing we have bands from diverse locations spanning Brazil, Singapore, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria, Spain, Austria, Lithuania and the United Kingdom, to name but a few. Quite astonishing really, though very few of them has Nazgul actually ever heard of apart from Ravenclaw: Valhalla is a familiar entity, being part of that vinyl split release with Elisabetha back in the day, whilst Forefather hail from literally just down the road from Castle Nazgul, in sunny Leatherhead.
Ravenclaw's song is, of course, from their "Where Mighty Ravens Fly" CD, which was released 15 years ago this year believe it or not.
Another excellent cover from Mike Schindler (Dragon Design) which is co-credited to a Thomas Hammer too, and that's your lot really: a 'classic' Atlántida compilation where everything is suitably noisy, wrapped up in a stylish black and white covered package.
One of these days Nazgul is going to have to dig around to try to locate the published Atlántida zine that Ruslanas periodically published, as doubtless there are many nuggets relating to Hugin's bands within those pages .... another part of the collection yet to be completed!