Blood of the Black Owl – Light the Fires
Wow!!! That’s about all I can say as the 13min opening song “Caller of Spirits” winds its way down. It’s a beautiful, hypnotic track that truly does call the spirits. It is truly an invocation that sets the tone and mood for the remaining hour or so of “Light the Fires”, the fourth full length album from the Seattle based Blood of the Black Owl.
This album is a soundtrack to a walk through nature, wandering through the trees in the moonlight, the sounds of the earth echoing in the back-ground, the spirits of the forest in the shadows. Similar in tone, if not sound, to bands like Agalloch and Earth, the music here is atmospheric drones, repetitive movements that will induce a trance in even the casual listener. While not a raging beast, the music is heavy in its tone, incorporating a more folk/70’s progressive vibe into its black metal foundation.
This is a really a good album, although fans of heavier black metal or those with little patience may find it a difficult listen. In my opinion, it’s well worth investing some time.
The album is now available for pre-order:
“The wait is finally over! Bindrune and Glass Throat Recordings are now accepting pre-orders for the Blood of the Black Owl’s “Light the Fires!” CD format. Packaged in Glass Throat Recordings exclusive 6″ x 6″ six panel Deluxe Gatefold, featuring a soft touch Aqueous flood with a spot varnish effect! The package is truly stunning (pics will be posted upon receiving them from the plant) and a fine addition to your collection. These will be arriving soon as they have been at the plant for a while.”