The Nazgûl ‎– The Nazgûl

Psi-Fi ‎– PSCD0005
CD, Album, Remastered


1 The Tower Of Barad-Dûr 12:31
2 The Dead Marshes 12:35
3 Shelob's Lair 12:13
4 Mount Doom 9:08

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Recorded 1975/76 Cologne, Germany.
Licensed from Moat/pyramid and digitally remastered from the original master tapes.
With thanks to Trevor and Toby.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: PSCD0005 10496491 01 &
  • Matrix / Runout (CD mould text): MADE IN THE UK BY PMDC
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L134
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0470


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March 29, 2012
edited over 2 years ago
The Nazgul faces the same controversy as all the other Pyramid releases, believed to be 1990s UK hoaxes, because of lack of solid proof of the existence of these albums, with only the CD releases on the Psi-Fi label to go by (and the three CD set by Virgin, Unknown Deutschland: The Krautrock Archive).

The Nazgul was a trio of mystery musicians going by Frodo, Gandalf, and Pippin (doubtful that Gandalf is Heinz Strobl, the Austrian new age musician that recorded as Gandalf in the 1980s). I don't care if this is real or a hoax, because I am just so blown away by this release. Everything about this album is based on Tolkien themes from the nicknames of the musicians right down to the song titles. But this is as far from Bo Hansson's Lord of the Rings as you can get. Bo Hansson gave the Tolkien mythology a psychedelic hippie feel, while Nazgul have it a very dark and sinister feel, as if Tangerine Dream meant Zeit for Tolkien myhthology. It make sense when, instead of depicting the landscape in a dreamy, fairytale setting the way Hansson did, Nazgul preferred the more dark, and sinister end of things, giving song titles like "The Tower of Barad-Dur", "The Dead Marshes", "Shelob's Lair", and "Mount Doom". So it's not unlike Zeit, but with a more percussive approach. Lack of traditional song structure or melody with a sinister atmosphere giving you that feeling of doom. Where Zeit gets me thinking of outer space, Nazgul gets me thinking of a volcano erupting and doom impending on the land. If this was an authentic recording, I'm a bit surprised it was recorded in 1975/76, because as many of you know, Krautrock in the mid 1970s had moved beyond its underground roots towards electronic music or prog rock (Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk going electronic, Amon Duul II going prog). This has more in common with Krautrock recording around 1972. If a fake, it's amazing how musicians in the 1990s can create something in the spirit of early '70s Krautrock. I, so far have just three Psi-Fi releases, Galactic Explorers' Epitaph For Venus, the self-entitled Cozmic Corridors, and this one, and this is by far my favorite (with Galactic Explorers not too far behind).