Despite this demo was released in 2008, it was not long ago that we learned of this project by the hand of the duo that composed it: Moongun Wormwalk and Count Tenebrae were two entities created in line with this work.
Defining what we hear over the five themes that make up this work is no easy task, during the 75 minutes duration, experienced moments of traditional doom, dark melodies in the line of any more ambient subject, dark atmosphere and some “powder” of funeral doom. All this together can carry us through a long journey, necessarily obscure, through ruinous and silent landscapes, where this soundtrack will be explained and gives us a contagious sadness, and through the mournful rhythm of the doleful guitar which accompany us.
Musically, "Of Moss And Men" is a quite simple record, no complex data structures or the performances of virtuosity. Because this is not the essence of the Grove. Rhythms sober, minimalist, low frugal, very discreet and guitars stripped of technicalities in sticking to a very environmental work. All this supports a set of keyboards planning, these American sound shapers, and the voice of Count Tenebrae in a clean slate, soulful, reminiscent at times and David Cavannagh, almost as a storyteller.
The structure of all the music is quite good, each one revealing a genuine piece of art with its own identity, making songs like "Satyr's Grove," the high end of its 28 minutes, it does not become monotonous, however it has the ability to go in involving and absorbing into itself, freeing us at the end so we can go in time to catch the next theme.
To listen to this demo release of the Grove there is the need to a conducive state of mind to do such thing, it is not a job to appear in playlists. Rather, it is a record which must be heard, explored and enjoyed in our own moments. Until the next trip comes. (15/20)