Of Roots and Flesh

by Northern Oak

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1.
The Dark of Midsummer
2.
04:22
3.
05:11
4.
Nerthus
5.
Isle of Mists
6.
Taken
7.
Requiescant In Pace
8.
The Gallows Tree
9.
Bloom
10.
Of Roots and Flesh
11.
Only Our Names Will Remain
12.
Outro

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Of Roots and Flesh is the third full-length album from Sheffield's finest purveyors of folk metal and fine attire, Northern Oak. The follow-up to 2010's Monuments, Of Roots and Flesh is their most accomplished release to date, with more complex song writing, more philosophical and introspective lyrics revolving around the nature of struggle and the addition of new instruments such as violins and melodeon.

This album was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign run in November 2013, which raised the necessary funds for the band to record at Skyhammer Studios with renowned metal producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard, Winterfylleth).

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"This is an album born of struggle. It is the desire to take ownership of our past, not turn a blind eye. It is allowing those deeper emotions the space to be open and raw like wounds, so that they can heal and grow into something stronger. It is a meditation on those painful dichotomies, of craving technological advance and longing for nature's embrace- the material against the spiritual.

So thank you for continuing your own struggles and allowing our paths to cross. No matter how difficult it might feel, keep striving for the light because none of your actions have ever been in vain. They have brought you to this moment, reading these words, and they will guide you on to the incredible things you were always destined to do. No act of kindness or creativity can ever be too small. Never forget that there will always be people who are grateful that you live and breathe in this world.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. Let us cut a blazing arc across the night skies together."

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releases 04 October 2014

All music and lyrics copyright Northern Oak.

Additional vocals on "Requiescant in Pace" by Messrs Adam Page, Tommy Rushton and Jim Waterman.

Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studios.

Album artwork and layout by Augustinas Naslenas (vandenisdi.blogspot.co.uk).

Additional thanks to all of our Kickstarter backers for making this album possible. A full list is preserved at www.northernoak.co.uk/kickstarter-dedications/

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Northern Oak Sheffield, UK

Founded in early 2006 during a wintry excursion to the Peak District, Northern Oak have been spreading their unique brand of flute-heavy progressive folk metal across Sheffield and the rest of the UK ever since.

Our music sounds like Jethro Tull played by extreme metal fans with an appreciation for everything from Pink Floyd to Emperor.
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Track Name: Marston Moor
*How splendid are the spears?
How golden our hauberk.
Our watchword Liberty
Our banner the sky.
How purple [shall] our blood be?
How glorious our scars.
When the deaths upon them
Smiling at the stars.*

Sir Rupert of the Rhine surveyed his Royalist force
Awaiting battle at Marston Moor
He thought that in the morn they'd take back
The North
When thunder cracked [and] our muskets roared.

*How splendid are the spears?
How golden our hauberk.
Our watchword Liberty
Our banner the sky.
How purple [shall] our blood be?
How glorious our scars.
When the deaths upon them
Smiling at the stars.*

Our hearts and souls emblazoned
With the hopes of all creation.
We will bring our lands salvation
As we seek to tear from his head
The crown

Keep fighting to

End the divine right of kings
No man of faith could leach the life from the countrymen in his care.
End the divine right of kings
This poison will be swept aside by roundhead soldiers borne on angels' wings.
End the divine right of kings
No man of faith could leach the life from the countrymen in his care.
End the divine right of kings
This poison will be swept aside by roundhead soldiers borne on angels' wings.
Borne on angels' wings...

Lyrics marked with * taken from "A Roundhead's Rallying Song" by Alfred Noyes
Track Name: Gaia
Cognoscere anima
Cognoscere anima
Cognoscere anima.

By the kiss of dawn I've let my shadow self eclipse the soul.
Seen how my wings of creativity have been clipped by concrete.

Sensing a truth we once all shared has been lost in society's mortar.

If I let weariness
Crack my carved persona,
Splinter knots of my struggles,
Seem so base yet so much more.

Return to the primal
Fierceness of life
Inside each sapling
Seeking to pierce the sky.

By the kiss of dawn I've let my shadow self eclipse the soul.
Seen how my wings of creativity have been clipped by concrete.

Feeling the pulse of the earth, borrow energy, seethe with insects,
Be the downpour and rage with the tempest and scream with the tide.
I can fulminate volcano.
Know that I burn with a flame I cannot name,
That religion and science have wed in the name Gaia.