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Vault_13
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:06 am 
 

The work on our new album is coming to an end, and it is time to reveal the tracklist for "Thanathonaut". To make this more entertaining we are presenting yet another work of Christophe Dessaigne we have used as album art:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:42 am 
 

Actually, today we are celebrating 4 years of Narrow House activity, and we feel like giving you people something as a present. So, we are proud to present the first issue of Thanathonaut Recording Chronicles, which will give you some interesting details on how we approached the recording process of our new album.

Enjoy and subscribe to our channel for further issues!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:50 pm 
 

Loved that interview. Very cool.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:47 am 
 

Thanks! More to come in the near future.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:16 am 
 

So, it’s time for a new chapter of Thanathonaut Recording Chronicles. This one will give you a clue on the new sound of Narrow House. You can expect to hear not just only the words, but track samples from the album itself.

So, just click the "play" button and find out what we are up to all this time. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel for further issues!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:06 am 
 

It’s been exactly a year since our debut funeral doom album has been released. And as you may already know the followup is going to be much more diversified in terms of its music genre. But there are some things that will stay intact and continue the legacy of "A Key to Panngrieb" after all.

Without further adieu here goes the next "Thanathonaut Recording Chronicles" chapter that will shed some light on how we achieved that goal. Get ready to check out some juicy samples from the upcoming album this time as well. Enjoy and spread the word!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:33 am 
 

So, it’s been a while since the last studio diary was published, but no worries, as today another "Thanathonaut Recording Chronicles" chapter is up! This time we will give you some more details about special instruments we have used to record Thanathonaut, vocals, and even beautiful guest musicians. Be ready for some other surprises too.



You can find all previous chapters at our channel as always.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:36 am 
 

2013 will end soon, and so is our epic studio diary. We have already showed you how we handled guitars, strings, saxophone and vocals. The fifth installment of "Thanathonaut Recording Chronicles" will finalize our recording process with drums and keys, giving you a few more audio samples from the upcoming album.

Watch this and get ready for something completely special!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:13 am 
 

Narrow House wishes all of you a Happy New Year! See you in 2014!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:45 am 
 

So, the final chapter of "Thanathonaut Recording Chronicles" is here. As I promised before, this time there will be something completely special for you people, so hit the "Play" button already and enjoy!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:37 am 
 

Awesome. I expect this to be a highlight of this year for me. Can't wait to see / hear / feel the final product. These studio diaries have been excellent as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:42 pm 
 

Thanks! Hopefully I will be able to tell the release date soon.

PS. I've noticed that I embedded the wrong video in the previous post. Fixed it.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:04 am 
 

Some good news in these dark times: to deliver you Thanathonaut we have signed a contract with Solitude Productions, who remain one of the few labels which still appreciate the music itself. It’s quite possible that we will be able to get the album in your hands even earlier than we have expected, so stay tuned!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:24 am 
 

I'm happy to announce that "Thanathonaut" will be officially released on 19th of May on Solitude Productions. Enjoy this trailer featuring one of the songs from the album!



PS. I will edit the first post in this topic to give it more sense regarding this announcement.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 4:43 am 
 

I have given a short interview regarding the past, present, and the future of Narrow House:
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We are waiting patiently for the reaction of the audience since the new album is quite different comparing to the first one. Some new material has been already created, but additional feedback wouldn't hurt so we know we are heading in the right direction. This time we have put considerably bigger effort in promoting our new material and I expect that we will be able to increase our audience significantly with "Thanathonaut" release.

Check out the full interview over here. More to come.
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 5:36 am 
 

Check out yet another interview with us:
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We used to compile our live program into one piece in the past. So pauses between our actual tracks were filled by ambient music, and as a result we had something like one hour long song. We even tried to arrive when the music was already playing. This was making very strong atmosphere, a lot of people in the crowd looked like put into the trance. Now we shifted from this approach to shorten songs and having explicit beginnings and ends between them, but we still use video playbacks taken from some art-house or apocalyptic movies.

The full text can be found here.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 4:22 am 
 

I've participated in "Withered Hands Podcast", and I should say that this was quite an interesting experience:
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One of the key members of the band both in the past and future “Yegor” is chatting with us all about the old and the new. Whats happened, whats been happening, and where Narrow House are heading. As always this show contains 2 songs by the band in question. These 2 songs are The Vitreous God (Стеклянный Бог) from the debut album A Key To Panngrieb and then theres a new track called Crushing the Old Empire which will be featured on the upcoming release “Thanathonaut”

Want to hear a new track from the upcoming album before everyone else? Check out this podcast right over here. Our thanks to the host of the show, Silencer, for bringing us in.

PS. the volume of the podcast jumps sometimes.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 7:57 am 
 

Have been waiting for this for a while now: "Thanathonaut" is out! It is already available in the official Solitude Productions store. Still, in case you want to buy it from the band (we are going to produce a special edition) — please wait a bit longer.

Meanwhile here what some people who already listened to "Thanathonaut" have to say about it:
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"If Narrow House is any indication of the doom metal scene in Ukraine, then let me hear more of it." — Flemming Gabin
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"Thanathonaut elects to take a wholly different path, incorporating everything from traditional heavy metal-like guitar riffs, to tinny-sounding saxophone, to a bow’s staccato swipe across a cello. The end result is something of an anomaly and, as a result, pushes doom metal’s envelope as we know it." — The Metal Advisor
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"The production sounds very professional" — Dark Underground Music Zine

You can stream "Thanathonaut" in all its glory on our bandcamp page.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 11:44 am 
 

Check out the promo of limited edition of "Thanathonaut":



Regular version of Thanathonaut is 10$, limited one - 15$. Shipping should be around 6$.

PS. if anyone is interested there's also an option to order all Narrow House albums at once. Just add 5$ and I will add A Key to Panngrieb to the package as well. Have a few left.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 4:21 am 
 

It has been almost a month since the initial release of "Thanathonaut", and we have already received more than a few reviews from Italy, Greece, USA, Israel, Ukraine and Norway. This is what they have to say:

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"The voice samples that are cleverly arranged in Thanathonaut, perfectly complement the varied vocals of Narrow House, which have sometimes brutal texture and sometimes have a clean and extremely tranquil complexion, while the keys play a very important role in their compositions, and the dress beautifully with the heavy harmonies, yet fantastic interact with cello and saxophone, that steal the show here." — Phantasmagoria

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The songs are very slow with a high level of technology, keyboards and very gloomy. At times it feels like you are getting a message from space [...] As production goes, it is very well done, great quality indeed. [...] would say to anyone, try it with an open mind and make up your own mind." — Metal Temple

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"It mixes great melodies, different moods, good vocals, powerful bass, cello hard ala Apocalyptica and psychedelic saxophone [...] The result is a powerful package that surprises and impresses. It’s hard to believe that this is only the band’s second disc, and that debut came just a few years ago. [...] Beautiful, great-sounding, quality music with rich scope and original expression." — Gorge Metall

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"This album is solid doom when it comes to atmosphere and the idea standing behind it. There’s no bright future for mankind in the world of Narrow House, and the only response for prayers is a radioactive rain coming down form the skies." — Neformat

You can find all available reviews over here.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:20 am 
 

The band has celebrated its 5th birthday on 10th of July. We have also took part in "Doom Quiz" feature at "No Clean Singing" with us answering a few questions:
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Talking about our current perspectives, we continue to promote the latest album. We have already introduced our limited handmade digipack edition of Thanathonaut. There are also some other merch ideas which will probably go public soon. There’s a chance that we will shoot a video for one of our latest songs as well.

The full text can be found here.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:36 am 
 

Summer is a lazy time but we still managed to get some more "Thanathonaut" reviews:

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"It’s actually quite hard to pick out any high spots against such an extraordinarily, consistently brilliant construction. ‘Thanathonaut’ paces itself superbly, without a wasted moment, dipping at will into gentler interludes and urgent bursts of momentum, mixing the mournful groan of the cello with some ultra-sharp guitar lines, dragging in moments of funereal battery and surging choral movement as it goes."
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"They really have mastered the combination here of a bright and modern sounding guitar, hard edged and dense, with the melody of piano and saxophone and strings to create a classical metal sound heavy with emotion and atmosphere."
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"This album is a surprise as I wasn’t sure what to expect from the band. From the Progressive Metal-style album cover to the name that gives nothing away, this is an atypical release in many respects. This is a very good thing, as the band have produced an extremely good album that manages to ably differentiate itself from the ravening hordes whilst keeping quality levels high and having a lot of personality and colour."
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As always you can find all available reviews over here.

In other news I've hosted the 20th episode of "Withered Hands Podcast". Come check it out if you haven't already as this podcast has many great acts interviewed including Pantheist, Shape of Despair and many others.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:20 am 
 

Interesting to see a thread about this ... a strange album ... and the genre description should definitely be reworked. Funeral/Atmospheric Doom Metal ??? Nice try.

A review is in the works, but I have not made up my mind about this album.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:06 am 
 

Well, anyone is welcome to fix the genre I guess. There always have been some kind of confusion regarding the genre we play, so no big deal.

Actually, I just realized that yesterday was like exactly two years since our first album was released. Meanwhile less summer we have, more reviews we get. Some of the recent ones are:

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"…Traditional — British — doom imaginative constructions are strong and definitely deserve the attention of lovers of progressive doom and / or death, even though it’s not exactly "hard" or "extreme". I recommend it even to those who come from the other side of the progressive spectrum. This transcending genre is good." — Zware Metalen

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"Halfway between traditional doom and modern heavy metal, this attractive disc creates a series of apocalyptic and dark atmospheres of great impact, moving through a fresh sound and fortified by powerful groove and careful arrangements." — Rock Metal Essence

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"A disc that certainly needs several listens to be treated justly [...] Those who love the nonlinear sound should certainly have a listening test." — Metalhead.it

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"Okay this is a weird album, more in keeping with slightly avant-garde/symphonic black metal than Doom, but that’s a good thing, this is what i like to hear, original ideas and interesting music." — Stu’s Reviews

Black metal? Okay! You can find all available reviews over here.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:13 am 
 

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Well, who would now, we started to work on our new music video to celebrate five years of Narrow House activity and release of "Thanathonaut". Above you can see a photo taken at the location we’ve chosen. Surprisingly it can be found almost in the center of the Kyiv.

This fortification was built almost 200 years ago and was abandoned for many years, until the brave people of 3d Sotnia of Maidan moved there to start the reconstruction. Many thanks goes to them as they made all this shooting possible.

For more pictures of the location click here.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:59 am 
 

The Fall is here, let’s all get depressed (in a good way) together while listening to "Thanathonaut":
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Their highly atmospheric and powerful progressive doom metal captivates and elevates. Filled with striking and excellent use of saxophones, choirs and cellos the guys have produced ten strong compositions that move more towards the symphonic spectrum than anything else. — Stoner Hive
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Within the doom genre itself, Narrow House spends time with all of it. There’s hints of funeral doom, psychedelia, and some stoner moments. But not happy to stay confined to the doom tag, you’ll find elements of progressive, jazz, and even some trace black metal here to really up the ante. — Dead Rhetoric
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As the album progresses through tracks such as «Furious Thoughts of Tranquility», «The Midwife of Sorrows» and «A Sad Scream Of Silver» the driving bassline of the string section combines with the saxophone brings to mind a version of Gerry Rafferty residing in the underworld. While many fans of funeral doom will be utterly put off by this mixing of styles, the progressive or avant garde metal lovers will find lots to enjoy. — Femetalism

PS. "Thanathonaut" has been chosen as the Album of the Month at doom-metal.com which is very nice of them.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:30 am 
 

Here goes the teaser for our new video. Better watch in full screen mode, as it is in HD:

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:09 am 
 

We got some love from Sweden with Robex Lundgren interviewing us on a wide variety of subjects:
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"Having a full line-up is always great as you can actually play live gigs and tour thus making a name for a band. However people tend to have their own opinions and it’s hard to have a compromise that will please everyone. So being alone most of the time helps when you know exactly what you want to do."
The full text can be found here.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:27 am 
 

So "The Midwife to Sorrows" music video will go online on October 13th after its initial premiere at Ukrainian Doom & Depression 2014.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:48 am 
 

Good news everyone: we’ve managed to get one of our songs featured on Fear Candy CD that can be found attached to the latest Terrorizer issue.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:54 am 
 

Meanwhile we got some more reviews:
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"An album at once strange, tragic and psychedelic." — Spirit of Metal
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"The Last Retreat is my personal album highlight. These killer riffs, synthesizer — there is only one comparison: Blade Runner. The title track forced me to buy everything from Jon Vangelis." — Crossfire
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"All genres are mixed well in a 40-minute ‘Thanathonaut’ thanks to the skill of these musicians, the excellent arrangements and use of two tools: sax [...] and cello . The new musical approach of the Narrow House gives us a work that travels higher than the old A Key to Panngrieb." — The Pit of the Damned
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:17 am 
 

So the lucky guys who had an opportunity to visit Ukrainian Doom & Depression 2014 were the first to see the new video effort from Narrow House. Now it’s your turn as promised. Like & Share!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:18 am 
 

Ok, here goes another thing: new Narrow House shirt. It comes in two versions: one-sided and two-sided. Each shirt is manufactured in Ukraine individually, so we'll always have all sizes and it takes only few days to produce. Details can be found here.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:08 am 
 

We’ve got a bunch of new reviews for "Thanathonaut" for those who still hesitate to check it out::
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"Narrow House deserve a huge amount of credit for a creative and serious approach to their music, boldly combining styles and sounds that you might not expect to hear together." — DoomMetalHeaven
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The band has definitely managed to create an album full of sights and I’m really curious what these talented Ukrainians will do in the future." — R.U.M. zine
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"These Ukrainians have complete domination over their instruments and atmosphere of the music." — Femforgacs
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"This is one of the most interesting records that I’ve heard all year, hands down." — The Grim Tower
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"…an interesting pick, don’t hesitate, this band is aiming high, be a witness." — Pest Webzine
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:37 am 
 

Our good friend Mike at Doom-Metal.com published a new big interview with us. Here’s the snippet:
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"The starting point for the new album was watching a really disturbing nuclear war documentary. At that point I had no idea making it all conceptual and circling around an atomic weaponry theme – this idea came along during the finalization of the material. I’ve recycled some of my old compositions that I felt were still good enough to be recorded, and topped it all with completely new stuff. At least three songs for “Thanathonaut” were created just a few months before the recording took place."

Lots of unique information on Narrow House for you here.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:26 am 
 

We continue to expand our merch. The latest addition: two types of woven patches with Narrow House logos. Ordering both shirt and album (CD or digipack) will give you an opportunity to get one for free! Details.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:48 am 
 

We kept some silence for a quite some time now but that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. For instance we’ve got a bunch of new reviews including one by Pete Woods of Terrorizer Magazine itself:
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The title track is particularly effective, stomping in with marching boots, adding a dash of retro keyboards and spiraling ever forward with twisting sax heavily reminiscent of King Crimson in their prime.
And a few more:
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"Thanathonaut" is a clever and captivating record full of great atmosphere and fantastic moments. Narrow House also use instruments like cello or saxophone which makes their music even more interesting, but they are fortunately entertaining throughout the whole album." — Sicmaggot
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Narrow House is strange, poetic, melancholic, serious and artistic." — Hammer World
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:12 pm 
 

oneyoudontknow wrote:
Interesting to see a thread about this ... a strange album ... and the genre description should definitely be reworked. Funeral/Atmospheric Doom Metal ??? Nice try.

A review is in the works, but I have not made up my mind about this album.


I'm in the same pasture as you... very different than the debut, almost too different with almost no relation in sound and style. The Funeral / Atmospheric Doom genre fits for A Key to Pangreib but in no way describes this release.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:49 am 
 

Label says we play dark metal now but I prefer to stick to experimental doom instead :).

In other news: other than patches and shirts now we also offer three variations of Narrow House badges. Just like with patches ordering both shirt and album (CD or digipack) will give you an opportunity to get a free badge! Details.

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