Released: 2014, Les Acteurs de L'Ombre Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
H.P Lovecraft has a lot to answer for, not only is he one of the greatest writers of all time, and a complete master of horror, he has also managed to leave an undeniable mark on popular culture, many many decades after his time, every one from Cradle of Filth to Guillermo Del Toro pay great lip service to the man and have used his literary works as inspiration on their own crafts over the years.
It seems too that French band The Great Old Ones owe him a debt of gratitude as well, not only does their name derive from a collective of ancient deities referenced in his work, but they also sound like they could soundtrack one of his hellish nightmare inducing stories with their music. Alot is made of genre bending and especially more ambient elements being added to death and black metal over the years, something that Opeth did to get effect on some of their best works.
Tekeli-Li as an album is a 6 track concept piece Based on thr H.P Lovecraft novel 'At the Mountains of Madness' and is a 55 minute, 6 track trek through a musical journey that is set to the tone and atmosphere of said book.
The Great Old Ones, are something similar, taking darkness and mood and not using it to bash the listener over the head with direct bluntness, but using it as a tool to lure the listener in and take them on a journey into the unknown. There is crunch, and there are riffs, but there is also something lurking under the surface, much like a monster under the bed, you could listen to this and feel like you are about to step into the Mountains of Madness themselves with Cthulu as a tour guide, its bleak and beautiful, and perhaps the softening of me in my old age found it a tad unnerving as well, even more so if you listen to it in the pitch black.
Generally I like my music a little more straight forward, I favour melody and brutality in equal measure as opposed to beauty and fragility, but with this album, I found myself drawn into a macabre world that was almost impossible to resist and I think given the right mindset, that this could be an album that people could really absorb themselves into and get a lot out of, but don't take my word for it, grab yourself a copy, switch off all the lights and prepare for a journey into the mouth of hell.
Review by Simon Crampton