THE GREAT OLD ONES - EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy
Season of Mist
France's H.P. Lovecraft inspired black metal quintet is back with their third full length. This time around they're taking on the followers of Dagon by adapting Lovecraft's The Shadow over Innsmouth into a concept album. Ya know I've read that story a few times and never thought of black metal as a background soundtrack. I kinda had something more creepy in mind especially when you're dealing with slimy smelly fish people.
While there are times when THE GREAT OLD ONES do lay out a dreary blackened atmospheric landscape there's no feeling of dread or panic. If you are familiar with the written work then you can understand. Unlike their debut, Al Azif from 2012 or the 2014 follow up Tekeli-li, this Bordeaux act builds a huge wall of majestic sound to blast your ear drums out for most of this release. Excuse me but I'm suppose to be feeling the fear and insanity of being chased by unknown as-salients in downtown Innsmouth.
I'll give THE GREAT OLD ONES their due, as far as this release goes yeah it's a decent sounding atmospheric black metal. One could point to similar works of the past by fellow Frenchmen BLUT AUS NORD or DEATHSPELL OMEGA as bookends for this whole modern (?) French black metal portrait. Frankly this is more romanticism than insane horror that'll keep you up at night. I'll take the likes of PORTAL or HOODED MENACE for my musical forays in Lovecraftian themes over this one.