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Madness of the Feral Moon

from Tales From Rivelin by Northern Oak

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Chris says: The "single" off our first album, Tales From Rivelin, this has continued to be a popular song for us to play live, even if the lyrical approach isn't quite in keeping with the general theme of our newer songs. Nevertheless, it's got a pretty catchy riff and people seem to enjoy dancing to it, so in that sense it's a good set-closer. With this song, I actually wrote the intro melody in about 10 minutes before I was due to go out for a Rock Society social, on my Gibson Flying V; I was noodling away idly, came up with the intro melody, quickly wrote it down then proceeded to tab the vast majority of the song in a very short space of time. It was also a very easy song for us to straighten out in the practice room; since it's all the same tempo and doesn't have too many awkward changes or complicated sections, it wasn't hard for us to get to a point where we could blast through it fairly expertly. Plus, I wrote myself two guitar solos in this song, bookending a (superb!) flute solo by Catie... I don't write myself many guitar solos for Northern Oak, so I figured I should have a chance to show off and use lots of Floyd Rose abuse. :P


Forest soaked in a ghostly glow,
in the village a monstrous woe,
the lupine call of the silver moon.
Beckoning! Summoning!

Howling changeling of lunar birth,
altered shape stalking the earth,
a savage night spent under the curse.
Skulking! Hunting!

Down there in the heedless town,
the seething hex at its gory crown,
bloodlust and rage amongst the gloom,
the madness of the feral moon!

Night of the wolf a fatal time,
desert the camps, flee the mine,
hide away from the wolfen fiend.
Harking! Tracing!

The final scream of helpless prey,
shredded and torn in a frenzied way,
human meat a vicious feast.

Guitar solo- Flute solo- Guitar solo- Keyboard solo

Down there in the heedless town,
the seething hex at its gory crown,
bloodlust and rage amongst the gloom,
the madness of the feral moon!

Blood has fallen, silence resounds!
Broken by the screaming hounds!
Run back to your earthen tomb!
Suffer the madness of the feral moon!


from Tales From Rivelin, released March 1, 2008
Lyrics: James Harris
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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