The Howling: Forbidden Melodies Vol. 1

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The Howling: Forbidden Melodies, Vol. 1
Adapted from “Incantations & Spell Songs of the Netotsi” by F.H. La Rage (1886)

COLD AS DEATH

A hymn of demonic evocation. Melodic similarities to the 1915 Hungarian pop sensation “My Baby Wears Yellow Boots.” The “boots” may refer to the footwear of peeled human flesh associated with the Vlkodlak – or Skinwalker.

RIVER’S BRIM

A fertility chant. Experts believe this to be a prayer to Nivashi, the water goddess and most powerful deity of the Netotsi pantheon.

PRECIOSA

A spell song for eternal youth. Expert note the similarities to the Magyar melody “Szep a Rozsam” – a popular tune in the Trans-Carpathian Romani repertoire, especially at weddings and circumcisions.

BREAKING DAWN (EYE OF THE DEVIL)

Originally entitled “Ochiu Dracului” or “Eye of the Devil.” A melodic old wives tale to scare wayward children. The legend tells of a dark and sinister lake where the Devil teaches an academy of the dark arts. The favorite food of the Satan and his students: ill-behaved children.

THE HOWLING

Origin unknown. Variations found throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The tune bears uncanny resemblance to the melodic contour of wolf calls recorded by J. Arthur Thompson in the High Carpathians.

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released March 15, 2016

Leif Bunting – bass
Heather Cano – bassoon
Scott Keil – drums, percussion
Geordie McElroy – banjo, organ, vocals
Jonathan Soucy – electric guitar

Donna Suppipat - percussion
Andy Yamazaki - saw

Recorded & Mixed by Jonathan Soucy @ Electroman Studios
Mastered by Tim Sturges

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