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It's become a bit of a Northern Oak trope that we have spoken word parts at the end of our albums (at least, the last two)- part of that is because it feels like a nice way to finish an album, by discussing the message of every song that's come before, and part of it is because Martin rather enjoys writing these bits. With this one, we decided to add some extra texture to it while we were in the studio, rather than it just being a mournful wind effect and Martin speaking- Digby stepped in to do some really melancholic, sorrowful violin parts, which were recorded in one take and fit absolutely perfectly with the mood of the song. Martin's words are also absolutely spot on, and I think they encapsulate the feel and approach of this album perfectly.


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.


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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