Contrary to what you might think, Ottawa punk outfit Black Tower, featuring members of Crusades, The Visitors, and The Creeps, are not satanists and the “dark lord” prominently referenced in their fantastic debut album The Secret Fire is not the red, horned demon you might be think he is. The lyrics and music of The Secret Fire are entirely inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous fantasy novel The Hobbit and the “dark lord”, of course, is Sauron.
But you don’t have to be a fantasy nerd to enjoy this album. In fact, if you like punk rock, specifically in the vein of the Crusades, then you’re going to seriously dig this release and we encourage you to give it a listen in its entirety right here.
The Secret Fire is set to be released on CD and digitally June 2nd via Unspeakable Axe Records. No Idea Records will be handling the vinyl release later this summer.