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Mother of Millions – Orbit Award winner

Mother of Millions
Orbit
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 18 April 2022, 10:34 AM

Greek Prog Metal quartet MOTHER OF MILLIONS are back with a new EP, entitled "Orbit.” It’s the band's first release after the loss of keyboardist Makis Tsamkosoglou, during a show in June 2019. It is a soul-searching, introspective and affecting record, that attempts to share all emotions that followed this tragic event. Recording it, was described by the band as a necessary healing experience for the restart process. The album contains four tracks.

“Where Do We Go From Here” leads off the album. It’s a very short, two-minute piano and vocal piece that features delicate notes and some somber leanings. It’s obvious that the band is still very much in mourning for the loss of their friend, may he rest in peace. “Orbit” is a five-minute song that begins with heavy electronica and a weighted riff. The vocals are smooth and easy, tempering the angry mood of the music. The sound drops near the half-way point, then returns with all of the frustration and unanswered questions that follow such a tragic event. You can visualize the singer raising his hands to the sky in protest.

“No Light, No Light” is a telling song title. Typically, it’s more common to say something like “no light, no dark,” but that level of acceptance is not on the band’s mind. Calm and lush tones open the album through the chorus, which has catchy hooks and an almost Pop quality to it. I love where this song goes. “Rome (Piano Version)” closes the album. It’s very charming, but solemn in nature, and perhaps encapsulates best what the band is feeling and has gone through since the untimely death of Makis. Piano is the perfect medium for conveying their feelings. You can almost touch the tears that are coming down, as the vocals are quite poignant and emotive.

This was obviously a very personal album from the band, as I am sure they struggle to come to grips with their loss and find the words to convey them. Four sad songs await the listener, and this is exactly the kind of musical medium that they no doubt had to go through in order to make at least some sense out of what happened, and to express their feelings during this very difficult time. There is a lot to like here, especially by any fans who have also gone through a loss. I think these songs might help them find some comfort.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Where Do We Go from Here
2. Orbit
3. No Light, No Light
4. Rome (Piano Version)
Lineup:
George Prokopiou – Vocals
Kostas Konstantinidis – Guitars
Panos Priftis – Bass
George Boukaouris – Drums, Percussion
Record Label: ViciSolum Productions
     


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