Owl Release New LP ‘Nights In Distortion’ Stream In Full Within



Some of the best art is often made in the wake of the worst tragedies. Such is the case with Germany’s doom metal band Owl, whose forthcoming, 3rd full-length album, Nights In Distortion, nearly never came to fruition due to the impact of the death of their bassist René Marquis. Over 4 years in the making, the band’s long-awaited record will finally be realized on September 7th via the Swedish label Temple of Torturous Records.


Owl’s (Germany) founder and primary songwriter Christian Kolf, who’s also a member of the critically renowned  metal band Valborg (Prophecy Productions) and founder of the label Zeitgeister, created the band in the mid-2000’s as a necessity to further explore and challenge his musical creativity. What began as a death metal project has evolved over the years, incorporating Kolf’s eclectic tastes and influences that’s resulted in an amalgam of death and doom that conjures memories of Type O Negative, Jesu, Neurosis, Anathema and Meshuggah among others.


“I have to say that this album is still heavy for me when I listen to it,” says Kolf. “There are a lot of grievous memories connected to that album, but foremost it’s about my friend René Marquis who died some months ago, who played bass on it. He was really a nice chap. You could nerd with him about music and instruments for hours. He gave us all a big vibe. And to have him on board for this album was very very helpful. Sometimes I thought “why should I do this, it’s stupid, just chill and make music when better times come,“ because I knew that it would be draining somehow. But René always said “do it.“ It was good to have a partner for this album, someone I could talk too and share it with.”

The album is now released, and it’s easily one of the better albums I’ve listened to this year. It’s dark, moody and a timeless doom classic in my opinion! It’s also a real grower. Repeat listens offer something new and it’s without doubt album of the year quality for those that have/will hear it. 

The album can be streamed in full here via YouTube and Bandcamp. We also spoke with the projects founder and primary songwriter Christian Kolf, who’s also a member of the critically renowned  metal band Valborg (Prophecy Productions) and founder of the label Zeitgeister


BM: Can you please tell us about the bands formation? 

CK: I guess this whole thing started back in 2009. It was not very glorious. I always had the dream to do an obscure Death Metal record, I had a certain picture of it. The trigger was Portal. I discovered them and then I did the first Owl album. I just fulfilled a dream I had: I always wanted to do this kind of Death Metal, that reminds of canyons, with an 30-minute ambient piece at the end of the record. All because I was a big fan of the first Anathema „Serenades“ and Red Harvest’s „Hybreed“, albums that already did this ambient stuff. 

BM: You were originally a death metal band. What brought about the move to Doom? 

CK:This happened on the 2nd album. When I wrote the track „Memories Of Dead Dreams“, it was not meant for Owl, but after a while, I decided to do it. With the 2nd album I moved away from the occult/obscure Death Metal thing and did more things by feeling. I already did this „Death Metal“ album with my debut album, so it was kind of boring to do the same again. Owl became my personal outlet and I did not think so much about styles anymore. Especially with the EP „The Last Walk“, this was the first „Doom“-release by Owl. I did it to cope with some things, not because I wanted to do a 22-minute long Doom-song, it just happened.


BM: You sadly had a massive loss in your band. Did you consider calling it quits at the time? 

CK: Quitting was never an option, because Owl is some kind of tool for me, to get through life. But I had the urge to just upload „Nights In Distortion“ on bandcamp and move on.

BM: Do you consider this album to be a fitting tribute to your late friend? 

CK: Yes. Totally. He played bass on it. He motivated me to move on when I struggled with this album. He became a member of Owl for „Nights In Distortion“, so this was our first work together. I will always remember him, when I listen to that album.


BM: What’s your hopes for this album? 

CK: I went through some rough times, and this album was somehow a therapy for me. I just wanted to express my emotions, without thinking about „if this is cool“ or not. I did it for myself. So, my only hope is, that maybe some people can feel that, and make it their „own“ album. That would give me some piece. 


BM: Have you any plans to tour this release? 

CK: Not now. First up Owl has always been my solo project. But I’m working on a new album, probably with a different line-up, guys who are willing to play live. So at the moment, my plan is to play live with the next release.


BM: is there any advice you would give bands dealing with loss? 

CK: Let it all out. Be sad, be angry. You will be confused. You will not get it that someone is gone. But life goes on. And this only shows you that life is brutal and that you have to go on, if you want to get something out of your life. Create a place inside of you for all this stuff, because it will never go away. Don’t forget to laugh about it.

BM: Is there anything you would like to add?    

CK: Thank you.




The Ultra Clear Vinyl edition is already SOLD OUT at Temple Of Torturous,  8 copies left.

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