The Great Old Ones
EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy


4.5
superb

Review

by Chamberbelain USER (149 Reviews)
January 19th, 2017 | 270 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Where does madness leave off and reality begin?”

When you chose to represent each of your albums on individual novellas from one of the most renowned horror authors in the world, there can hardly be a short supply of thematic inspiration. Numerous bands have created concept albums based around their own ideas, or pen songs that take insight from creative writing, but few bands will dedicate the entire span of an album to an existing piece of literature.

H.P. Lovecraft is the lifeblood of France’s ambient black metal quintet, The Great Old Ones. His grotesque imagery in his vivid fictional recounting goes hand in hand with the bleak grandeur that The Great Old Ones conjures, which simultaneously takes their audience on a journey through the band’s expansive soundscapes and Lovecraft’s tangible narration. Now releasing their third album based on “The Shadow over Innsmouth”, “EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy”, The Great Old Ones transport us to the dank, decaying and decrepit town of Innsmouth, where we follow our narrator’s footsteps in discovering the accursed secrets that dwell within the queer seaport.

Considering the basis of the lyricism has been laid out in the plot, while the tone and atmosphere of the album have been developed in the descriptive text, it’s still no simple task translating literacy into music. The album commences chronologically to the novel, where the protagonist is overlooking Innsmouth’s dank harbour. The Great Old Ones project this dejected environment in ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’ (the song) by adopting a bleak guitar tone where Benjamin Guerry’s dark vocals are free to echo around the curious corners of the seaport. The panicked riffs halfway through shift into more dominant territories that, in a way, foreshadow the impending revelations our protagonist will consequently face during his visit.

The Great Old Ones capture Lovecraft’s imagery and detailing further in songs like ’When the Stars Align’ and ‘Mare Infinitum’. The former’s contorting riffs represent the protagonist’s deterioration into madness and describe that the human race is inexorably heading towards the return of Lovecraft’s abnormal Eldritch overlords, The Deep Ones. The latter is dedicated to creating an expansive soundscape to illustrate the infinite depth of the sea, at the bottom of which dwells the splendid underwater city of these humanoid-amphibian monsters. Grim cellos evoke the grandeur of the city while the maelstrom of tremolo riffs embodies the vicious, volatile and vast expanse of the ocean. Even the 26 second intro track, ‘Searching for R. Olmstead’ evokes the squelching, pattering splatter that the creatures make as they march to hunt down the protagonist.

The quintet’s black metal goes hand in hand with the hideous imagery Lovecraft is notorious for. “EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy” is very much a continuation of the band’s past two albums, only with increased theatrics and wild execution. The guitars are solely focused on creating a grandiose atmosphere, but predominantly rely on walls of sound and swerving rhythms; the halfway point of ‘The Ritual’ inducing a heavy Emperor influence. The technique may sound one-dimensional but it’s what imagery is being portrayed by the guitars that command your attention, not how it is portrayed. Finally, a special mention has to go to Léo Isnard’s pummelling drumming, which is nothing short of breathtaking throughout this accursed plot.

The Great Old Ones have once again breathed further life into the fictional world of H.P Lovecraft as well as mastering their chosen aesthetic of atmospheric black metal. Moreover, their narration of “The Shadow over Innsmouth” vividly assures everyone, just like the novel once did, that humanity is doomed and the Esoteric Order of Dagon will be restored to its inescapable supremacy.



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Chamberbelain
January 19th 2017


61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album stream: http://www.terrorizer.com/news/listen-new-album-great-old-ones-eod-tale-dark-legacy/

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Flugmorph
January 19th 2017


17049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

uuuuuh a fine delivery

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MarsKid
January 19th 2017


5280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well done, good descriptions my man. Pos.



Lovecraft is a popular metal theme but I have no doubt these guys will do him justice

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CaptainDooRight
January 19th 2017


2199 Comments


book

zaruyache
January 19th 2017


17539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

still mad they streamed like the day after they shipped out my preorder cd wtf season of mist :[[[[

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InFlamesWeThrash666
January 19th 2017


6753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

will check

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Flugmorph
January 19th 2017


17049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

zaru u not a special snowflake? aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwww

Evreaia
January 19th 2017


4883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great review. Great album.





linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 19th 2017


2409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review has basically made me want to listen to this album even more. The few songs I've heard have already pretty much confirmed that this will be one of my top albums of 2017. Nice write-up.

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zaruyache
January 19th 2017


17539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah i mean I thought the point of preordering was you got it first, pffffff. Oh well. I also snagged some on-sale cds for cheap, then they sent me a coupon this morning, so I'm prob gonna snag a sweet Rotting Christ shirt for cheap. That makes up for this misgiving of justice. I GUESS. :3

Flugmorph
January 19th 2017


17049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

¯_(ツ)_/¯

CaptainDooRight
January 19th 2017


2199 Comments


'The few songs I've heard have already pretty much confirmed that this will be one of my top albums of 2017'

this came out in '16, no?

zaruyache
January 19th 2017


17539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Those aliens are wonkin' ur space-time perception, cap; this comes out next friday.

Flugmorph
January 19th 2017


17049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cthulhu has warped his mind completely. we have to take him out

AdolfChrist
January 19th 2017


11933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"we have to take him out"



Lol. Oh, youre serious.



Edit: i thought you meant Cthulhu, maybe not.

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AdolfChrist
January 19th 2017


11933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Im gonna wait till this comes out to listen to it. Besides, i still gotta let Tekeli-Li sink in.

zaruyache
January 19th 2017


17539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Why would we wish to destroy that which was a gift from the Eldest of Gods?



Cleanse the apostate



Heresy must be cleansed



Cleansed

AdolfChrist
January 19th 2017


11933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty sure he was talking about cap'n, but our lord Cthulhu is a fucking world destroyer, i think he can handle himself.

zaruyache
January 19th 2017


17539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Flug is a heretic and must be sent to the cleansing fires.

AdolfChrist
January 19th 2017


11933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, i suppose.



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