The debut album, which was recorded between May and December 2007 and released in early 2008. The album was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Chris Mole using his own technology, and received positive reviews from some music magazines including a score of 7/10 from Terrorizer and a score of 5/6 from Zero Tolerance.
Press for 'Tales From Rivelin':
Zero Tolerance Magazine: "The first song on this full-length album could almost be early 70s prog/folk, but thereafter very English folk-metal takes centre stage. This is pleasant, well-played, not massively heavy music, at times with an epic Summoning-like touch, at others almost like 70s superstars Focus. Vocals vary between fey folkish singing and gruff Forefather like rawness and overall this is an accomplished very nicely produced piece of work. 5 out of 6."
Terrorizer Magazine: "Northern Oak tick all the boxes in the neofolk metal sphere; stunning artwork, classical instruments and an in-sleeve quote from Rudyard Kipling. The group leans strongly on that all-important riff without pushing the flutes and pianos to one side. Think Elizabethan metal, think old English countryside, think a Ploughman`s lunch, think a walk through the woods dressed as a knight. 7/10."
Planet-Loud.com: "Sheffield-dwelling sixsome Northern Oak forge sprawling blackened folk metal pieces rich in craft and coated with plenty instrumental ability. Pagan-inspired melodies break open shattering thrashy caves of black metal darkness, flute forays and keyboards casting a more magical warmth to a sound exploring the balance of spirituality and nature played out with an awful lot of heart and constant focus. Having gigged locally the band's debut album 'Tales From Rivelin' received high praise from the respected likes of Zero Tolerance and Terrorizer and the guys are currently working on new material whilst striving to spread the folk metal word with more live shows rumored to be on the cards. Keep alert, for Northern Oak are itching to cast their forward-thinking mystical metal upon your very ears..."
released 01 March 2008
Lyrics: James Harris/Elliot Sinclair/Lindsey Campbell
Music: Chris Mole/Elliot Sinclair/Daniel Loughran
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