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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

GLASS THROAT RECORDINGS (Next 3 releases plus an interview with Blistering.com!)



An honest shock if there has ever been one, Blood of the Black Owl’s Light the Fires! caught us unexpected with its ritual vibes and earthy opulence. Though initially coming off as quite peculiar, repeat listens revealed a carefully constructed and ultimately overwhelmingly atmospheric walk into the abyss of the outer wilderness.

“Band” mastermind Chet W. Scott was kind of enough to engage in an eloquent chat with me over his history, inspirations, and all manner of idiosyncrasies that make Blood of the Black Owl the enormous beast that it is.
-Blistering.com




I )Admittedly I’m a newcomer to your rather unique take on metal and a question that kept gnawing at me as (I imagine) many other new listeners: where did you get your start and how did it come to this?
 Wonderful, I'm honored and humbled to have you take this journey with me Matthew. Well, wish it could be more exciting for you all, but the very short story of this reflects the vast majority of the now juvenile self titled debut, as well as the 3 song demo that came before it, both of which were actually conceived as a younger fellow and written back in 1995 while living in NYC. I never had the option of recording this music back then, as I didn’t have my own gear or studio space, nor was I able to step into a “professional” recording studio financially at the time. I also had no interest in forming a band, thus never shared the work with others. Anyhow, straight through the years to follow, finding myself exploring vastly different musical paths, which often fell into this deliriant sort of apocalyptic noise art and ritual ambient soundscape, I never lost touch with these initial ideas. Ideas consisting of simple riffs and song structures that fell into a sound akin to the bands of the time. Bands such as Winter, Neurosis and Darkthrone to name a few, were absorbed on a daily basis and tremendously effective upon my being.
Years came and went, then within the early season of 2004, having some of the tools in place and the desire to unlock and explore these older ideas became a reality, with the juvenile and horribly produced self released “Svart Ugle” 3 song Demo. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to establish a decent studio and the gear I’ve needed to see it through. The intent grew tremendously richer, as I began to journey this sound as a conduit of personal ritual and growth, spiritually woven within this artistic expression. Thus, the debut “Self Titled” full-length was offered in 2006, along with a vital and deeply more inspirational name change.

II) What’s the process behind most of the music you create? Is it a fairly free-flowing experience or a step-by-step process? From what do you draw most influence, be it musical, the world, or otherwise?
 It varies depending on intent and state of being at the time of craft. "Light the Fires!" just happened! Seriously, I can't explain it nor believe it is my place to do so. I couldn't let go of my acoustic guitar during this river of spirit, which the entire collection was written on. Mystery was behind this offering in full, as most of my solo crafting, especially regarding the ritual work of Cycle of the Raven Talons (formerly Ruhr Hunter), which now crafts deeply and directly into my Homo Spiritualis being.

III) The Metal presence on Light the Fires! at least as it’s usually defined sonically, was rather sparse. Is it losing ground over time within your sound or is that just how it worked out on this album?
 Just the way it came to pass this time and I'm so thankful and deeply content with its presence.

IV) “Caller of Spirits” is a very elaborate, intense piece of music. It was apparent as soon as play was hit and that voice billowed forth that something special was at hand. Do you care to break down that song and what went into it?
 The opening Galdr "Caller of Spirits" was an offering through deepening intent and strengthening of spiritual vows, honoring the six directional spiritual path. It is important for my being to acknowledge the spirit world, prior to offering a collection of medicinal musical out into the void. I had done this once before under the Blood of the Black Owl Sigil with the opening invocation "Spell of the Elk," featured on the second full length "A Feral Spirit" collection. "Caller of Spirits" focused intent upon a binding runic mark that had traveled within me for a long time. After meditation upon this unified gathering of Elder Futhark and finding an understanding within its presence, a ritual was conceived and captured audibly. This particular time, through the consumption of earth tongues to usher being forward, light was revealed even further upon these very specific marks becoming this binding sigil as a whole. Thus, the layers of Galdr in the piece becoming one spiraling voice. Sacred horns, flutes, frame drum, Elk shaker and a Bear bladder rattle were implemented as well. It's also important to note that thus far, all Galdr offerings have coincided with specific Moon phases, as well as very specific times of year.
When the double vinyl format is released for the "Light the Fires!" collection, a 14 minute companion Galdr entitled "Spirit Canoe (Hailing Father Sky)" will replace "Caller of Spirits" to open the journey. Also, within the vinyl format will be exclusive artwork to reveal this binding oaken sigil I spake of.

V) In most things I’ve seen you’re simply listed as playing ‘all instruments’. Could you break down what some of those were and why? Any guest musicians?
 Blood of the Black Owl is a personal endeavor. Like the debut self-titled album and the second full length "A Feral Spirit," "Light the Fires!" is solely of my own craft and spirit and looks to remain this way indefinitely. Due to popular, miss guided information on-line, many folks seem to not realize it’s just little old me as a solo artist handling everything and not an actual band. Blood of the Black Owl has never been a band, nor will it ever be. James Woodhead was the only "guest musician" I've ever worked with under this musical sigil. James contributed to both of the split releases with Celestiial (2007-08) and At the Head of the Woods (2011), as well as the third full length offering "A Banishing Ritual (Into White)." Daniel Ellis Smith Harrod is another name you may see pop up in relation to this endeavor. However, Daniel has never contributed music, as his role lies within an inspirational and vital lyrical craft.
In some regards, to the spirit within Cycle of the Raven Talons, compositionally the Blood of the Black Owl musical sigil seeks to tell stories of awareness, through the heartbeat of the Mother and breath of the Father. Instrumentally, the Cycle of the Raven Talons musical sigil is exclusively organic and acoustic, focusing deeply within ritual through primitive crafting, using sacred and sometimes ancient acoustic instrumentation, while Blood of the Black Owl unites the primitive with the modern. Thus, sacred horns, frame drums, shakers, rattles and native woodwinds are implemented and woven heavily within all modern instrumentation such as: acoustic and electric baritone guitars, fretless bass, mountain / hammered dulcimers and various other modern tools.  

VI ) Any chance of you unleashing in a live setting this year? How would you pull the rather complicated sounds heard on album together?
 As previously mentioned above, Blood of the Black Owl is just a humble solo endeavor and will look to remain that way. I’ve never intended for this voice to be on display within a live forum. So I can safely say a Blood of the Black Owl live performance is never going to happen. For the record, the two men I’ve mentioned prior, Daniel and James, are the only two folks I would consider to share this journey as a live spirit. However the reality is, neither of them, nor myself for that matter find ourselves in a position to handle the time, demand and devotion it would take to bring such an endeavor to life. So with that said, my apologies to the folks whom may have wished for something of this nature.
It may be of interest to note that "Caller of Spirits" was initially intended, to offer as a Cycle of the Raven Talons related Galdr and was ritually performed in its entirety within a festival showcase back in 2009. There are plans for a few performances once the Cycle of the Raven Talons “An Offering To Mystery” 2xCD has been released on Glass Throat Recordings. For those who may find a stronger connection within the ritualistic and purely acoustic element, or Galdr work of the Blood of the Black Owl voice, I would recommend seeking a Cycle of the Raven Talons performance. However, said live rituals are most likely to manifest privately within a wild location here in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

VII) There’s still a lot of year to go in 2012, what’s up next on your plate that you can talk about in the months ahead? Any grand declarations to present to the world? 
 Well, most folks may not realize my own Glass Throat Recordings is co-releasing the Blood of the Black Owl "Light the Fires!" deluxe CD with Bindrune in August. I'm hoping to find a home to release "Light the Fires!" for a 2xLP vinyl format as well. There is a bit of interest thus far, however nothing confirmed. So I'm not sure if that will make a 2012 release or not. We shall see? Next up for G.T.R. is the debut CD release for a novemthree / Cycle of the Raven Talons collaboration entitled "Cedar Spirits" that is scheduled for an Autumnal Equinox release. Then the second Fearthainne offering entitled "Knowing" will finally see light. I'm hoping for a Yule release on that one, however I'm feeling sometime early 2013 might be more realistic.




Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL "Light the Fires!" Deluxe Gatefold CD NOW AVAILABLE!

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Blood of the Black Owl's 4th full length offering "Light the Fires!" rises and shines upon lifting the spirit's veil, through the spiritual teachings of the six directional path and the sacred breath within us all.
 
A soundscape to help surface, understand and heal an ever increasingly egoic nature of programmed disconnection, a sickness we as a species carry within an unbalanced circle of spirit, rooted deeply into a fragile cyclical self. It seems, we are no longer a human being and have become the human doing! The crafting of "Light the Fires!" offers a medicinal musical, aiding in the clearing of poisons found to feed this ego. A ritual of musical restoration seeking balance towards this great and vast four quartered circle of life.

As the feathers of this sonic sigil uplift to the breath of Father Sky and the blood drips stewardship to the Mother's womb, the Blood of the Black Owl is offering to hold up a mirror to the self, facing the shadows of ego head on! It is to share the light, through the understanding of dark, allowing growth and reflection upon being once again.
 
An honoring voice awakening to the survivalists, to those connected ones aware and to the seekers of the flame whom fight the silent battles....

Light the Fires!
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"It is a humbling and shamanic experience, a stark one far removed from anything but nature itself. Chet W. Scott the one name we are given behind this has really crafted a sound that is historic and transcendental."
-Ave Noctum

"If there were ever an argument to be made for the creation of ‘aboriginal metal’ this would perhaps be the best evidence for it."
-Blistering.com

"It conjures up a reverie-like hypnotic feel that strips away the superficiality of modernity, allowing for unhindered emotional interconnectedness."
-About Heavy Metal
 
"Most of what you’ll find is a trance-inducing, 1970s-prog-embracing spiritual journey that examines nature, the state of the environment, and humankind’s role in protecting and demolishing it. One of the more thought-provoking, evolutionary in all of metal. It’s a breath-taking performance."
-Meat Mead Metal

"Blood of the Black Owl, slowly unravel the oppressive walls of modern existence surrounding you and conjure you back to times of ritual, a communal interface with the natural and metaphysical. Numerous emotional climes are explored, from mystery to misery and back again, often beautiful despite themselves and Chet W. Scott's intentions to suck the black vapors from the listener's soul, devouring them with droning confidence.
-From the Dust Returned

"To the outright wooded shaman and cunning man, it's just another wild night in the cool of the cove, we must see where we are being taken, by whom or what? I am brought to the sensation of donning animal skins...no, that's not pure enough...going werewolf naked and running through overgrowth. I am stone cold sober and indeed hawk like in my own discernment presently...this is real music, you will understand, damn you!"
-Wormwood Chronicles
 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL (Lyrics for "Light the Fires!")

Note: For PR press releases and those simply looking to re-post, this is exactly how it is to appear on-line. Punctuation is intentional to how many times a verse repeats.

Written word for "Light the Fires!" crafted by Chet W. Scott and Daniel Ellis Smith Harrod.



I. ~Caller of Spirits~

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II. ~Wind Eye~

staring through the window
staring through the window of decay

staring through the window..

to remember strength...

staring through the window
staring through the window of decay

staring through the window..
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III. ~Rise and Shine~


all the elders have (are!) fallen down....

heal her now....

all the elders have (are!) fallen down....

heal her now...

grandfather elk
turned to me
and spoke:

light the fire deep inside..
light the fires!
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IV. ~Sundrojan~


falling apart at the rising sun
frozen
i fall back on soft grass
soil and ice
looking back
raging
how did you!
forget?
the voice has been
torn
asunder
torn

i am torn of truth
can you look now at the sky?
and remember?
remember
that my heart is bleeding into the world
how many times do we fight this battle
over and over
ever onward
necessary

sundrojan
i grasp for the earth
sundrojan
i am separate..

this part of me that railed
was broken
but sees again!
that darkness that bit and clawed
but the blood was thick!
sundrojan
but i remember!
remember!
i am now the voice and the speaker
the light and the dusk!
torn
i am no longer
torn!
torn!

sundrojan
the two are now one!
sundrojan
torn asunder!
but re-fleshed!..
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V. ~Two Ravens at the Tree Line~

the unrequited lust for sleep
punishment for our
waking hours!
cold
steel
sky
of morning..

this is when!
this is when!
we hung people

breath deep the freezing air

praise the ice!
in your veins!

beat the head against the light!..

bastard light of day!..

two ravens at the tree line
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VI. ~Soil Magicians~

stream teacher
i call to thee
thank you for the flow
i offer these words:

our heart hails father sky

soil mother we embrace your womb
to heal

we toil within your forests
we are the sowers and the seed

we will gift you children

scythe-ritual!
soil magic!

mother earth, father sky
our works are yours!
see the trees grow for eternity!

green forests
glens and thickets!
the great wheel spins
above us!
and with the waters we flow
for you!
our mound-ritual
soil magic!

we are the plant teachers!
we toil within your forests!

turning the earth, forever!....
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VII. ~Disgust and the Horrible Realization of Apathy~

your bones are ice
shattered by words
buried by time
look! in the mirror
language reduced
to dust!
lost and forgotten!

your pillar broken

will you reconcile?
abuse!
from loss of memory
abuse
from lack
of shame
can you destroy
the mirror?

is the risk to great?
lose
reduce the mirror
shatter
absorb reflection

your bones are ice
shattered by words
buried by time
look! in the mirror
language reduced
to dust!
lost and forgotten!

your image broken!..

will you reconcile?
life left to rot!
while you slept
lives destroyed
through
selfish
denial!

can you destroy
the mirror?
is the risk to great?
lose!
reduce!
the mirror!

shatter!

absorb reflection...
absorb!
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