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Blood Of The Black Owl: Blood Of The Black Owl

Chet W Scott's (he of Ruhr Hunter fame) latest musical venture Blood Of The Black Owl (formerly known as Svart Ugle) is a potent, doom laden, shamanistic journey through the woods of America's Pacific Northwest. The spirit of nature is alive and well on this disc as Scott incorporates environmental recordings and a rather eclectic assortment of musical instruments (Ox horn, celestaphone and ocarina) and combines it with his deep respect for the primal elements of classic black and doom metal. The music alone stands on it's own just for it's crushing power and heaviness but when you factor in the natural elements, it transcends the boundaries of metal and ventures into territory that is seldom traveled in the genre. Scott's voice and lyrics, if there are indeed any, are pretty much completely intelligible but I was completely transfixed by the mysterious mental imagery that the music conveyed to really care that about it that much. The whole album plays out like one massive dirge and at 70 mins it may be a bit hard to swallow all in one listen, but it's not supposed to be an easy listen and often many of the best albums aren't. However once it's weaved it's way into your brain, it doesn't take long to come to the realization that Blood of The Black Owl is a very unique and challenging record and one that leaves a lasting imprint on your subconscious. The music is one man's personal offering, forged out of his own blood and sweat. Highly recommended.

Track Listing
1) Kills In Timber
2) The Thunderous Hooves of Two Goats in the Sky
3) Drinking The Blood of a Lion
4) Like a Coffin Chasing a Womb, his Chariot becomes a Southern Bloodstorm
5) Uwwalo
6) Hammer Comes Crashing Down
7) A Crown of Vultures

Added: June 28th 2007
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
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Related Link: Glass Throat Recordings
Hits: 1901
Language: english

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