Seattle’s own doom man/band was inaugurated in 2004. The man issued a three-song demo as Svart Ugle before signing to Bindrune Recordings and issuing an album in early 2007. Aurora Borelias issued a LP version of A Feral Spirit. The band and Celestiial issued a split release in 2008. A Banishing Ritual was issued in the winter. The band and and Bindrune Recordings/Glass Throat Recordings issued Light The Fires on July 31st, 2012 on six-panel Deluxe Gatefold CD.
BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL - Same - BINDRUNE
There is enough majestic doom, noble gloom and morbid depression here to make one more than curious regarding the band’s monicker, title, artwork and the suspiciously Nazi looking symbol on the cover which might be an old Indian symbol.
The sub-genre that is funeral doom is an island upon itself in terms of individualism and depth of feeling. Blood Of The Black Owl, whilst incorporating the style’s essentials, leans to the noisy and boisterous end of the spectrum. Kicking off with Kills In Timber it is instantly obvious that the man in charge Chet W. Scott intends to crank up the distortion enough to give a nod to early Celtic Frost and Hellhammer. The vocals are incidental if completely suitable. The music is an echo of death. The morbidity of this dirge, the instinctiveness of the evil, the heaviness of the static, the simplicity of the chords and the abyss of desolate feeling all point to one thing. Blood Of The Black Owl is excellent and well above the head of not only the majority of the population, but also the metal scene. - Ali “The Metallian”
BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL - A FERAL SPIRIT - BINDRUNE
What the hell happened to this band? The band’s self-titled 2006 debut was an impressive work of an independent mind, but the current release sounds like a pretentious and pompous attempt at monetizing one’s hazy drug habit. On the face of it the album follows the path of mysticism relegating music (never mind metal) to the recesses of a burnt out mind, but the topology of a landscape smitten with ups and downs, droning and whining, screeching and gasping for an alternate reality becomes tiresome faster than one can say 'dope!' Several songs feature minimalistic and repetitious doomy riffs, but they are completely cowded out by the core of the album.
Essentially, A Feral Spirit is the shamanic answer to Manowar: never mind the songs, music or action. Fill the album with spoken word, effects, synthesizers, droning and acoustic strumming until the listener takes a cue from the band and tunes out. Pan-thy-monium sounds musical and relevantly metallic compared to this. At the very least, for my time, the band schooled me in the sounds and contrasts of the sounds of coyotes, wolves, crows and ravens. Gee, thanks. - Ali “The Metallian”