Blood of the Black Owl - Light the Fires!

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012

Light the Fires! is a very weird album. I guess the best way to describe what Blood of the Black Owl sounds like would be to say that they are “Progressive.” I don’t know if Post-Metal describes them adequately because that would imply that the majority of this album is kind of Metal (or at least Rock). Truth be told, the only track that even comes close to being Metal is the last one. This whole album is very passive, straying into New Age territory a good chunk of the time. It almost has a Tribal/Ritual Ambient feel to it in places, almost as if the point were to create some sort of shamanic ritual, but with ambient soundscapes replacing the visual aspect. The result is a boring, repetitive, overly long excursion into ambient navel-gazing. This is the kind of shit that your Hippie college roommates listen to when they get high out of their minds. I think it was supposed to help them commune with their ancestors or the spirit of the planet. My ancestors were telling me to throw on some real music so I had to stop listening to this after the second spin. Even with the last track straying into Metal territory, it just wasn’t cutting it. I don’t know about your ancestors, but mine wanted to listen to Black Sabbath, Motorhead and Deep Purple instead.

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