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Mills Of God : Call of the Eastern Moon

While also released on CD, the debut album of Mills Of God in my opinion is such a heavy slab of Doom that it's only granted justice on an equally massive slab of vinyl. Modus Operandi Records have really laid their sould into this one. You won't find yourself taking a step down in sound quality just because you choose the LP version (and before you ask: Yes, I've heard both versions in hardcopy and on my own stereo), and don't interpret that as me saying that the recording and mastering aren't top notch. It is top notch! And so is the music.

While their demo 'The Seed' showed Mills Of God walking alongside Doom/Droners with a strong Post Rock/Doomcore sound - Pelican of course being the key name here. 'Call of the Eastern Moon' sees the band diverging from this path through musical substance abuse. Strong influences from Psychedelic Rock turns the band's auditory clock back several notches by dragging the older schools of rock into their extremely heavy Drone/Doom soundscapes. Mentioning psychadelia might trick the reader to think that this is a laid back venture, but its sheer magnitude and loudness keep the 'force of nature' feeling firmly in place in the music. In more vivid images one might describe it as the kind of violent gravitational force which could easilly pull a house from its foundation. As a bonus you get to damage your neck while headbanging to this.

I would hazard a guess that 'Call of the Eastern Moon' is as interesting to fans of bands in the vein of Pelican and Orthodox as well as those of Electric Wizard and YOB. Or perhaps the fanbase for this release would be the kind of Doomster who's looking for music that's both fit to mediate to and at the same time to physically shake your body into contact with your mind/soul.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Side A: Call of the Eastern Moon
Side B: Monolith

Duration : Approx. 31 minutes.

Visit the Mills Of God bandpage.

Reviewed on 26-04-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
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