A remarkable collection of songs, spells and invocations from BDO chief, Greywolf, aka Philip Shallcrass.
Beginning with an invocation to the old Saxon gods of Britain, it moves into 'Song at Wodnesbeorg,' a song inspired by Greywolf's meeting with Woden on an ancient burial mound in North Wiltshire. Next is an invocation of Awen, the sacred, flowing spirit of inspiration in our tradition. This is followed by a hymn to the divine feminine, 'Lady of the Greenwood.' Track 5, 'Lover' and the title track, 'The Sign of the Rose,' are lyrical love songs. 'Autumn Spell' is a prayer for healing, followed by 'Hel's Embrace,' reflecting on the dark side of relationships, while the next track, 'A Perfect Mirror,' deals with love's ability to find itself reflected in another's soul. 'Slide' is an out-and-out rocker with some bitchin' slide guitar work. 'Sacrifice' muses on what we may or may not be willing to give, or give up, for love. 'Thanks' is an expression of gratitude for the sheer strangeness of being alive. The final track, the 12-minute epic, 'The Sweet Sorrow,' is a tragic tale of love and loss, based on a traditional Scots ballad of the same name, here given a makeover with layered harp, bass, percussion and strings. Running time 62 minutes. Sample Playlist
Greywolf's long-awaited - i.e. 14 years!!! - second cd is in preparation. He's been recording tracks for it for about, oh, 14 years or so... There's still a little way to go. However, while we're all tapping our fingers and toes waiting, GW thought it would be a nice idea to make some preview tracks available for download as 'singles' for BDO folk and friends. It's also a way of raising funds to get the cd pressed. Kind of a cloud-sourcing thing. You get an amazing, nearly 10-minute track for just 0.99p! We think that's a bargain. So, if you like it, please tell your friends and point them here. Thank you!
The Hunter is an example of what Greywolf calls 'shamanic rock', opening with rattle, flute and frame drum plus, of course, wolves howling in the wild. Then it all kicks off with the addition of drum kit, bass, rhythm and twin-tracked lead guitars. All instruments are played by Greywolf, who also wrote, produced and sings it. The song is about Gwyn ap Nudd, the guide of the souls of the dead, leader of the Wild Hunt and Lord of the Faery Folk in native British tradition. He is also the Lord of the year's Winter half. The track runs for just under 10 minutes and Greywolf tells us it's his favourite track of all his recorded output to date. Guaranteed to have you bouncing around the room, as we trust the clip below will demonstrate:
This clip is 96 kbps (i.e. small file but fairly low quality), the full download is 192 kbps (i.e. much better quality and quite a big file - about 14MB).