Of Roots and Flesh

by Northern Oak

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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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released 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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Track Name: The Dark of Midsummer
The Bard from ether wove the faerie court
But inert archetypes they would remain.
So to all earthly delights he did resort
And stitched all mortal rapture to their frames.
Yet longest nights would plague midsummer for
Disputes of Titania and Oberon,
Could raise contagious fog and gales that tore
At trees and stifled souls they came upon.

How soon the breath of man corrupts ideas
With petty squabbles and our jealousies.
So pale in our anger and bound by fear.
You would think the gift of life a disease.
How many shaking hands have warned,
Our race is nought but gutter spawn?

Yet that same Bard could scratch the quill to please
And brought us Mab a maiden without peer.
Drawn by a team of little atomies
At night delivering dreams to our ears.
Such guides we craft to spur us on,
To go explore Lord Shaper's moonlight shore,
Find purpose, reach beyond the grasp of dawn,
[dare us] to name and mould a brave future.

The breath of man can set the heart aflame
With faith and valour, inspire and exhort
To beauty, glory, sun and earth proclaim.
Only fools would sell the gift of life short.
If to warmth and love we are sworn,
There is still hope for the unborn.
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.
Track Name: Nerthus
Turn away iron, anoint with amber, her wain is prepared.
Hail sovereign goddess of life and death toward us she rides.

She triggers the end, mistress of decay, the death that feeds life,
Spurring on growth, calling forth crops, nourishing all.

So they give her attendants, an offering of slaves,
Said to be drowned once they have cleaned her ethereal form

But no master left me here, this is volition.
Hail sovereign goddess of life and death towards me she rides.

Beyond the veil is that pure face.
I forfeit my life for that pure face.
Pure face.

As I gaze, back at my past self,
I feel the bile of my wasted time.
See how my works crumbled around us.
How I failed my duty to loved ones
That no amount of self flagellation
Will get these stains out of my skin.
I will pledge this loathsome being
To a higher power.

Leave behind my shame and guilt, surrender to her beauty.

They leave me with trembling hands to cleanse the sublime.
This is honour, this is privilege, expunging my remnants of soul.
With no sense of loss, I cross the boundaries of water.
Hail sovereign goddess of life and death towards her I ride.

Beyond the veil is that pure face.
I forfeit my life for that pure face.
Pure face.

Nerthus use my form as you see fit.
Track Name: Isle of Mists
(instrumental)
Track Name: Taken
I am the rage you can never
Understand 'cause you cannot see
All the things that have been taken from
You

I am the weight of depression
My essence seeping from me.
These wounds that I bear to you
Leave no mark on your solemn visage.

I am the anger of futility.

I am the pain of meeting your gaze
And no longer finding love there
I am the pain of meeting your gaze
And being nothing to you.

And yet I am the praise
For the dawn that follows night
May I learn to see life as
Something other than what was taken.
Track Name: Requiescant In Pace
Requiem aeternam
Dona eis, domine.
Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Requiescant in Pace. Amen.
Track Name: The Gallows Tree
Come follow, whither shall I follow thee?
Come follow, to the gallows tree.

Terror must have gripped your heart
When he promised you a lesson,
Brought you where crows shriek and start,
To the withered bough that bears me.

Come follow, whither shall I follow thee?
Come follow, to the gallows tree.

He said, 'If you steal or murder,
With villains you'll come to be.
With no one to hold your legs down.
No true love to set you free.'

So the law claimed my end
But what will leave you glassy eyed?
Slain at a war in the King's name?
Branded heretic by the Church?
Worked to your death by a lord?
You learn no justice as you stare,
Only a fear of whose noose will snare.

Come follow, whither shall I follow thee?
Come follow, to the gallows tree.
Track Name: Bloom
Leave the darkness

Nurse those seeds of pain,
Planted in your wounds
See potential
Like Pines growing
From the graves.

Bloom like Day's Eye
Be ruthless as Ivy
No drought can stop your growth.

Don't be caught in your own realm like Narcissus
Oblivious to the words of love that haunt you.
Feel the violet of Dead Men's Fingers and Witches Bells.
Pick not Soldier's Buttons or feel their thunder.
Your elements will only be bound in your form this once,
Stand as proud as the knight never to be forgotten.
Wear by your heart the fabled hero's charm Hypericum,
Keep your mind as keen as Blackthorn, make Holly spines your armour.

Unfurl. Let the limitless energy of life work through you.

Leave the darkness

The season is ripe,
Rise to the light.
Track Name: Of Roots and Flesh
You think because you name them,
You master these wilds
But language and labels
Hold no sway.
They've no heritage.

Don't breed anguish with politics.
Lands are not possessions or chains.
All beings must feel their freedom
Under the boundless grace of sky.

You never begrudged
The myriad frames
Of Nature.

So why does the slightest
Difference
In your fellow man
Gall you so.

Punish not for creed or culture,
This earth need not bleed out sorrow.

Don't breed anguish with politics.
Lands are not possessions or chains.
All beings must feel their freedom
Under the boundless grace of sky.

Our forms were born from stars
So drop your hatred
See how bright life blazes.
Track Name: Only Our Names Will Remain
Oh victorious soldiers,
We are not jubilation
But dolour on parade.
I know why we do not song;
Wounds are our only medals,
Nightmares our 'shining moments'.

We fought for flags and borders
Not the warmth of emotion.
Braying and flailing like beasts.
Metal clashing like locked horns.
You can't revel in the blade
When you see the fear in their eyes.
What use is glory when
Only our names will remain?

We fought for flags and borders
Not the warmth of emotion.
Braying and flailing like beasts.
Metal clashing like locked horns.
You can't revel in the blade
When you see the fear in their eyes.
What use is glory when
Only our names will remain?

Like the change of a season
Frost sets in the bones.
Another crop of flesh
Lost to the unspeakable.
Nought cheaper than lifesblood
Drunk by the thirsty earth.
Nought more meaningless
Than a war born corpse.

Statues they erect in memory,
Eroded by the elements,
Becoming soulless wraiths
Or do they serve as mirror
For what dies inside us?
Hearts left by the graves of children.

As we starve,
What use glory?
Only our names will remain...
Track Name: Outro
Unable to wake from the mists, we look
From haggard eye to haggard eye to see
How the lie of divine right dragged us down.
How our wings were clipped by concrete,
So Mab could no longer ferry us to dream.

For we know the Poet was right when he promised there was time
For a hundred visions and revisions, for a hundred indecisions,
And yet said time will not stop
Until we join a bitter union of roots and flesh.

For all things decay.
For all things end.

But if we allow the shattered pane of truth
To drown us in defeat, until only our names will remain,
Then we will never know what it is to rise.
Never remember that we were always pure.
That our struggles shine brighter than the glorious weave of starfire.