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The Court of Owls

from Triptych by Northern Oak

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Our 'brief' for this song was quite simple- we were asked to write "a song about owls", which we felt gave us a lot of room for interpretation. Musically, this song gestated from a practice room improvisation- the whole introduction of the song (up to the fast bit) came out of us trying to jam something that sounded a bit "Pink Floyd-y", since we knew that Adam (who commissioned the song) is a big fan of the Floyd and a lot of 70s prog. That meant two things- hammond organ and ridiculous guitar phaser!

Lyrically, I made a few suggestions to Martin based on things I knew about Adam, including a suggestion that we draw influence from the Court of Owls- a villainous group featured in recent Batman comics who rule Gotham City from the shadows, their faces obscured by smooth, white masks and their bidding carried out by an army of near-immortal Talons. I think the result does a great job of communicating the sinister nature of that shadowy cabal while also acting as a solid tribute to owls in general!


Only when the dusk starts to fall
Does the court of owls spread its wings
A nightmare spawned of moonlight
A warning to the young
Ruling from the shadows
Conspiring 'gainst the living

Do not move in the eyrie silence
'tis a knell summoning us to service

Mantling your form until our design is through

We'll roost in your nests
Despoil your sanctuaries

How shall we honor you?

How will we tell your tale
In talon torn viscera?
Let the littlest decide.


from Triptych, released November 29, 2015
Music and lyrics: Northern Oak
This song was written as a Kickstarter commission for Mr Adam Page & Miss Kate Tomlinson.


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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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