The Great Old Ones
Tekeli-Li


4.5
superb

Review

by Simon B. AKA Sputs OFFICIAL Pooh Bear USER (16 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2014 | 150 replies | 8,251 views


Release Date: 04/16/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: That is not dead which can eternal lie; And with strange aeons even death may die.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

“It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway trainâ€"a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter”

The description of a Shoggoth, in the words of Howard Philips Lovecraft himself. These Shoggoths, creatures appearing in the Lovecraft-mythos, often as servitors or captives to powerful cults and entities, are known to endlessly repeat "Tekeli-li", a cry that their old masters used. They first appeared in the book “At the Mountains of Madness”, released in 1931. And now, almost 80 years later, this book serves as the main source of inspiration for sophomore album of The Great Old Ones, a Black Metal band reigning from Bordeaux, France.

Back in 2012 The Great Old Ones released Al Azif (The Arabic word for Necronomicon). Al Azif was an album strongly rooted into the mythology of H.P. Lovecraft and the lyrical content of the six songs here strongly reflected that, being easily the highlight of the entire album. Sadly Al Azif suffered from two problems, the first was a lack of identity, sharing many common elements with fellow French artists like Year Of No Light and even Deathspell Omega. And a second problem was the lack of focus, or a clear vision, both lyrically and instrumentally. But despite these flaws the band showed great promise and potential for the future, the only question was if they would be able to live up to this potential.

So, did they?

Tekeli-Li totally shatters these doubts, not only did they improve upon every aspect of Al Azif, they also released one of the better concept albums thus far. This time around the band focused solely on “At the Mountains of Madness” for inspiration, the band transformed the adventure of William Dyer into a black metal album of enormous grandeur.

By focusing themselves solely on “At the Mountains of Madness” and writing an entire album around this book has managed to craft a very focused and dense album this time around. From the artic wind, the French spoken word passages and even the acoustic interludes, everything feels like it belongs there and it all contributes to the unshakeable atmosphere. One that not even the most drastic of tempo/dynamic changes can ruin. The dark and brooding, mysterious atmosphere from Al Azif is back, but even more engaging than before.

While Tekeli-Li is still not the most original album in its genre, its new found focus and increased emphasis on experimentation do help on bringing forth the bands own identity. The better production also helps on breaking the striking resemblance to Year Of No Light. While the similarities to others in its genre are still there, the band has made sure that this time around, they will stand out and be remembered.

The album also becomes progressively better, saving the best it has to offer to the very last. The album ends with the song “Behind the Mountains”, a song that twice as long as everything the band has ever write. But despite its eighteen minute runtime, it showcases everything the band has to offer in a spectacular fashion. And when ending, it will leave you entranced and wanting for more.

Tekeli-Li is a prime example of the evolution every band should make, they improved on every aspect, wile not forgetting what made them great to begin with. The Great Old Ones created a wonderful album with Tekeli-Li, one that honored the source material and used it as far more than a gimmick. They proved they are up for the job to differentiate themselves from their peers by creating a unique niche that is unmistakably theirs. Tekeli-Li is an album that should not be missed if you are a fan of atmospheric Black Metal. 4.5/5

“It is absolutely necessary, for the peace and safety of mankind, that some of earth's dark, dead corners and unplumbed depths be left alone; lest sleeping abnormalities wake to resurgent life, and blasphemously surviving nightmares squirm and splash out of their black lairs to newer and wider conquests.”



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Evreaia
April 3rd 2014



4022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Streaming here for those who missed it;

http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/exclusive-black-metal-voyagers-the-great-old-ones-preview-their-new-
album-in-full/

This was one of my most anticipated this year, and the first one so far that hasn't disappointed me,
FAR from. Heard the stream 10 times at least over the past few hours since release.

Digging: Dornenreich - Freiheit

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2014



8328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

So is this more post-metal or atmospheric black metal? Or a mix of the two? Because you make some strong references to Year of no Light who definitely aren't black metal.

Evreaia
April 3rd 2014



4022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

its atmospheric black metal, so both

But they do share a lot of similarities, al azif had the same producer which led to nearly identical
production and sound of guitars and drums. Which made the atmospheric parts almost sound identical.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2014



8328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

How about this one? I know you said they drifted away from sounding like the younger brother of Year of no Light, but are the atmospheric parts still similar from a tonality perspective?

Evreaia
April 3rd 2014



4022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

they went for a heavier production this time around, the music itself is also heavier (the softer
more melodic parts are used better in this album in the form of short acoustic interludes of spoken
word segments).

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2014



8328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Aight, I'll look to give this a go today and see what I think.

Evreaia
April 3rd 2014



4022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Sweet!

If you enjoy atmospheric black metal I'm pretty sure you'll like this.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2014



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love me some atompsheric bm. good review pooh bear

CaptainDooRight
April 3rd 2014



28864 Comments


def gotta check posd

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2014



8328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Yep, definitely hearing the Year of no Light comparisons now. First listen was decent, it needs time to sink in. I really dug the last track, but the rest kind of just passed me by. It's unfortunate I (or anyone not speaking French) can't understand the spoken word parts - like so, they don't add anything to my listening experience here.

zaruyache
April 3rd 2014



6280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Besides sounding Lovecraftian, this review doesn't really tell me what the band (or album in particular) sounds like. I like the analysis of the concept, but I think that should come second to analysis of the actual music.


Album does rule, though.

Digging: CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

tempest--
April 3rd 2014



13225 Comments


gotta check this hard

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

Nikkolae
April 3rd 2014



4841 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

need to check this out soon, that artwork is beautiful

Digging: Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

zaruyache
April 3rd 2014



6280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Gave this a second/third listen today, and it seriously rules. Probably a 4/5 from me. Competes with Sun Worship for best BM of the year so far, I think.

Evreaia
April 4th 2014



4022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Besides sounding Lovecraftian, this review doesn't really tell me what the band (or album in particular) sounds like. I like the analysis of the concept, but I think that should come second to analysis of the actual music. "

When writing the review I didn'tr eally notice this, now I do.

Its generally a refinement of their earleir work, only way more polished and thoughtfull. I should add an extra paragraph one of these days.

osmark86
April 4th 2014



3963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oooo sweet. I enjoyed Al Azif so I'll defo be jamming this.

Digging: Schammasch - Contradiction

CaptainDooRight
April 4th 2014



28864 Comments


Ev - as of now, i only listen to bm and hip hop, literally nothing else

Evreaia
April 4th 2014



4022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

My playlists aren't exactly varied either lately, haha.

zaruyache
April 4th 2014



6280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Also plz change Shaggoth to Shoggoth it's bothering my OCD :-(.

oooo sweet. I enjoyed Al Azif so I'll defo be jamming this.

This destroys Al Azif.

Evreaia
April 5th 2014



4022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

fixed, my bad.



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