Released: Nove, Svart Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Nature and the hope of humanity becoming at one again with mother earth are two themes that I always love to hear about in Black Metal. As a huge fan of ecology and green anarchist punk music, I was very touched and warmed by the debut EP of Californian outfit Bog Oak.
A TREATISE ON RESURRECTION AND THE AFTERLIFE sums up the band’s agenda on how humanity should end its arrogance and make peace with the ever growing threat of nature taking its toll on the selfishness wrought upon animals and nature by humans. I wouldn’t be surprised if this band are vegan as they have taken some of the most ecologically concerned themes and given them an angry and bitter edge with a sludge metal sound reminiscent of Mortals and the Melvins.
‘The Resurrection of the Animals’ will please any animal rights activists listening to this band. ‘Time Drift of Seasons’ will also give hope to anyone thinking the planet will eventually give up on humanity and leave us to rot into the proverbial hole we dug ourselves into long ago.
This is misanthropy at its greenest. There are themes of occultism and magic dotted here and there but the theme of nature rides high above all others. If you think animals and vegetation have had enough of being eaten and the pagan ideas of natural magic will eventually bode true and we will be lost to oblivion, then Bog Oak are that band you’re looking for. An excellent debut into a scene rich in opinions and ideas. Another idea to unite all alternative people who share a concern for the soil we tread over every single day.
Review by Demitri Levantis