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Into The Forest

from Monuments by Northern Oak

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Martin says: Chris had been playing with an idea for an intro to Sylvan Lullaby which initially consisted of about 30 seconds of what you hear now, entitled Into the Forest. At which point I thought it would be great to turn it into a clean track, with me providing some spoken word, to break up our set a bit and give my throat some respite for a couple of minutes! I believe I sold my idea to Chris by saying it would be to our next album as Opeth's Benighted is to Still Life. Ladies and gentlemen, know your audience! ;)

The subject is a photo shoot we did in the Peaks a while back. We'd parked the cars and gone off in search of a decent photo opportunity and ended up finding a series of ruined buildings which we had explored and discussed. I think we concluded that it was a farmhouse but that's not especially relevant, it had been a good day followed by a particularly good pub dinner at the Ladybower Inn which I wanted to capture for you all.

The final stanza is a veiled reference to a page in the history of Northern Oak, one we will happily leave turned.


Into the forest,
taking memories, leaving only footprints
but the trees would not let it be easy.
Forcing our route in much deeper.
What were we to find there?

Discovering ruins
devoured by moss and roots
draped in an eerie silence
in this place a sense of mourning

We pulled aside the plants and branches,
climbing in amongst the few remaining walls.
Is it disrespect or reverence?
Exploring what was once a life...

We questioned ourselves, each other,
what had these rooms once contained?
Did children run through here laughing?
What pain left this place abandoned?

Into the forest,
We may be fated to end
Just as those before us.
But if we lay foundations
that inspire those who follow,
Then our time
will not be spent
In vain.


from Monuments, track released December 10, 2010
Lyrics: Martin Collins
Music: Chris Mole


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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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