The original tape version of Thousand Swords is on Darken's own label Isengard Productions (1995). It uses the first version of the cover and includes a short rant against Lethal Recs in the insert.
Recorded at Tuba Studio, Wroclaw in the days of eternal winter & frozen night of full moon (December 1994), at the gates of a new era. Engineered and mixed by Graveland and Grezegorz Czachor.
Lyrics and music by Darken, intro by Karcharoth.
Graveland's style has changed from raw black metal on the early albums to a more epic sound which is inspired by Hammerheart-era Bathory. Lyrically, on the early works Rob Darken was inspired by Celtic beliefs, now he's Wotanism-orientated and calls his music "epic pagan metal".
Karcharoth R.I.P. - Commited suicide due to mental problems. Jumped from a tower in Wrocław.
Release date: 1995
Country of origin: Poland
Genre:Black Metal (early), Pagan/Viking Metal (later)
Lyrical themes: Paganism, Battles, Celtic Beliefs, Wotanism, War
Rob Darken - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Karcharoth (R.I.P. 2004) - Bass
Capricornus - Drums
1. Intro 01:35
2. Blood of Christians on My Sword 08:05
3. Thousand Swords 06:32
4. The Dark Battlefield 07:57
5. The Time of Revenge 04:50
6. Born for War 08:31
7. Black Metal War 01:42
8. To Die in Fight 05:41
9. Outro 02:01
Total playing time 46:54