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Released by Peaceville Records and distributed by NWN:

Isengard “Spectres over Gorgoroth/Horizons” LP

Compilation of their two demos “Spectres over Gorgoroth” 1989 and “Horizons” 1991. Primitive black death metal that sounds closer to early Darkthrone demos than Isengard albums.

Isengard was the solo-project started in 1989 by Fenriz – one the key driving forces behind Norwegian legends Darkthrone – because he had many musical ideas to explore that didn’t strictly fit in with the style and music of Darkthrone. Under the Isengard moniker, Fenriz has a trio of releases, ‘Vinterskugge’, ‘Høstmørke’, and most recently the further collection of Fenriz’s early and rare recordings, released in 2020 as ‘Varjevndogn’. The original version of ‘Vinterskugge’ consisted of 3 separate recording sessions conducted between 1989 & 1993, and covering a multitude of styles, including doom, rock, folk, death, black & viking metal. ‘Vinterskugge’ also demonstrated Fenriz’s breadth of vocal styles, lending an epic edge to many of the tracks. This vinyl release contains the second and third chapters of Vinterskugge, with 1989′s cult ‘Spectres Over Gorgoroth’ recordings, followed by tracks made in 1991, and forming the ‘Horizons’ chapter. This edition of ‘Spectres Over Gorgoroth’ is presented on black vinyl and features the original demo cassette cover artwork, plus additional lyrics.

Isengard “Vandreren” LP

Dark and epic pagan metal from 1993. Isengard was the solo-project started in 1989 by Fenriz – one the key driving forces behind Norwegian legends Darkthrone – because he had many musical ideas to explore that didn’t strictly fit in with the style and music of Darkthrone. Under the Isengard moniker, Fenriz has a trio of releases, ‘Vinterskugge’, ‘Høstmørke’, and most recently the further collection of Fenriz’s early and rare recordings, released in 2020 as ‘Varjevndogn’. The original version of ‘Vinterskugge’ consisted of 3 separate recording sessions conducted between 1989 & 1993, and covering a multitude of styles, including doom, rock, folk, death, black & viking metal. ‘Vinterskugge’ also demonstrated Fenriz’s breadth of vocal styles, lending an epic edge to many of the tracks. This vinyl release contains the opening chapter from ‘Vinterskugge’, with the masterful ‘Vandreren’ tracks becoming an inspiration to a generation for its folk-tinged epic viking anthems, amid its dark atmospheric tracks and additional dose of black metal grimness. ‘Vandreren’ is presented on black vinyl and includes photography from Fenriz, plus additional lyrics.

Isengard “Høstmørke” LP

‘Høstmørke’, meaning Autumn Darkness, was the second Isengard album, (even though the debut, ‘Vinterskugge’ is a collection of sorts). It was released in 1995 and featured a continuation of Norwegian folk elements mixed with some doom, with all instruments once again performed by Fenriz himself, as well as the now-trademark vocal delivery. The latter part of the album also features a couple of black metal tracks which explore territory a bit more in line with Darkthrone, particularly the track ‘Total Death’. Høstmørke is also notable for featuring a couple of small guest appearances from Aldrahn (Thorns, ex Dødheimsgard) and Vicotnik of Dødheimsgard.

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