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Bloom was a song that started off sounding very different to its final form- when Rich originally brought it into the practice room, it was much more major-key and upbeat. We played it through a few times, but felt it needed to sound a bit "more evil". I took it away and proceeded to twist the riffs as much as possible while retaining the basic structure of the song- some chords got turned upside down (because inverted chords are much more evil) and I added the chuggy riff with Gojira-esque pick slides near the beginning. The result is a more aggressive song that still has some great grooves in, especially the breakdown near the middle which I've mentally dubbed "the James Bond bit"! Lyrically, we've always been clear about our love for and respect of nature- this song takes it a bit further than usual, with Martin scattering the lyrics with flower and plant-based metaphors in an exhortation to the listener to keep struggling through hardship to reach the light.


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.


from Of Roots and Flesh, released October 4, 2014
Music & lyrics: Northern Oak


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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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