ELEND’s “The Umbersun”, initially released on Music for Nations, has been out of print since the company’s absorption in 2004. French label ORPHIKA, a division of NOEVDIA, have secured a worldwide license deal (excluding Poland) with SonyBMG UK, owner of recording rights, and is very happy to present this highly sought after album in its complete and improved form! Founded in 1993 by composers and multi-instrumentalists Iskandar Hasnawi and Renaud Tschirner, joined by keyboard player, programmer and engineer Sébastien Roland in 1997, ELEND have gathered around them various additional musicians in the course of their existence. From 1993 to 1998, the two composers worked on a very personal version of the Roman Catholic Officium tenebrarum, a sequence of 3 masses held in the Holy Week on the days proceeding Easter Sunday. Originally intended as a symbol of the saviour’s resurrection, this welcoming of light was inverted in ELEND's own Officium by being reshaped as a descent into utter darkness. The Umbersun is the last album of the successful Officium tenebrarum cycle. ELEND's work can best be described as very dark and violent symphonic music. They have kept the traditional instrumentation of post-romantic orchestras but taken the limits much further by multiplying the number of instruments in each section and extending it by integrating modern elements such as ambient, electronic and industrial sounds and percussion instruments.