Northern Oak are a band from the United Kingdom that plays a mixture of folk music and black metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Of Roots And Flesh" which will be released in October.
Nature sounds start off the album before adding in bass guitars and flutes before going into a heavier direction and a few seconds later growls are added onto the recording along with some black metal screams and blast beats shortly after that and you can also hear a great amount of melody in the bands musical style.
Acoustic guitars when they are added into the music enhance the folk elements that are present on this recording as well as giving the recording a more progressive sounding edge and there is also a decent amount of melodic chanting present on some of the tracks as well as a great amount of melodic guitar solos and leads.
Most of the music sticks to more of a slow or mid paced direction while the music also has its fast moments at times and some of the alter songs also sees the band adding in clean singing along with some spoken word parts and the faster sections of their music really show off the black metal side of their musical sound and after awhile more violins and melodean's are added onto the recording along with a couple of instrumentals and a few long and epic in length tracks
Northern Oak creates a very progressive style of folk metal that also has a heavy black metal influence to it along with a great amount of melody and some death metal elements to create a very original sound, the production sound s very professional for being a self release d recording while the lyrics cover nature and philosophical themes.
In my opinion Northern Oak are a very great sounding mixture of folk music and black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Dark Of Midsummer" "Nerthus" "The Gallows Tree" and "Only Our Names Will Remain". 8/5 out of 10.