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Taken is a bit of a departure for Northern Oak- it's the first song we've ever done that doesn't contain any flute parts. Not one! In lieu of Catie's usual instrument, she plays something quite different- a melodeon, which is a type of button accordion. Catie had wanted to write a song featuring the melodeon for some time, and it lends itself to something rhythmic and slow-paced. She had a few riffs which I took away and built on, then we brought the song into practice and ended up improvising the rest of the song from the interlude onwards. It turned into the heaviest song on the album by far, and we added to that during the recording when Chris Fielding suggested some additional overdubs for the end of the song using Jon Davis' (Conan) Travis Bean standard, tuned to drop F. If you listen closely, the big 'bwooowww' noise over the outro is from that guitar! I was very grateful to Jon for letting me play around with his gear.


I am the rage you can never
Understand 'cause you cannot see
All the things that have been taken from

I am the weight of depression
My essence seeping from me.
These wounds that I bear to you
Leave no mark on your solemn visage.

I am the anger of futility.

I am the pain of meeting your gaze
And no longer finding love there
I am the pain of meeting your gaze
And being nothing to you.

And yet I am the praise
For the dawn that follows night
May I learn to see life as
Something other than what was taken.


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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