Saturday, January 27, 2018
The Nazgul- The Nazgul (Mental Experience MENT016CD)
This is another release from Toby Robinson and his 70s underground label, Pyramid Record from about 1975. It is 4 long tracks inspired by JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. Very creepy, ambient, experimental music with synths, tape effects, guitars (not much), gongs, etc.. The opening trak is The Tower of Barad-Dûr. Very cool stuff and you can imagine as you have snuck into the tower. Great atmospheres. Remember the massive spider?? Shelob’s Lair is next and the mood once again is very cool and creepy as you know this giant spider is watching you, but where the hell is she?? The Dead Marshes starts with pans, percussion, resonating gongs, horns etc.. before it slowly dissipates. There are also some voices on this one. Very evil.
The final track in the 40min journey is Mount Doom and just as creepy and evil. I don’t recommend listening to this one alone on a stormy night!!! Really cool stuff.
Remastered from the original tapes. Released vinyl and CD with liner notes by Alan Freeman. Cool re-release.