We’re out here posting atmospheric, Lovecraftian Black Metal, because sometimes I worry we’re not really doing enough to service maladjusted Norwegian teenagers, with ideological grievances against a religion introduced to their country a thousand years ago. Also, grimm riffage and blast beats, are always good.
The Great Old Ones hail from France and make a hybridized black metal that blends the usual sounds of ice, paganism, and snow; with spacily atmospheric breaks. Their new album Al Azif, doesn’t sound like it was recorded through the wall of a practice space, and dudes don’t wear corpse paint. Most black metal fans will hate it on principal alone. Their songs exhibit a strong understanding of dynamics, with the atmospheric parts really bolstering the full on worshipping of Cthulhu. I dare to call the whole thing “mature”. If dudes had a cool story about living in the forrest, only consuming dead animals, Pitchfork would shit themselves.