Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Great Old Ones Interview

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Jeff: Since the recording, we have worked on a new live show for a tour we made in april (Roadburn festival, Belgium...), which went very well. the new album was released recently, we already have some nice reviews and we look forward for more.

2. So far the band has released 2 albums and a single, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound that is presented on all of thew recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

We recorded 2 albums with Cyrille Gachet. For the first one, we experimented the sound. The sound of the first album is aerial, drums may be a little setback, it's a raw album. The second one has a much more powerful sound, we spent more days to record, drums are better mixed and the whole sound is more consistent.

3.The bands name and song lyrics come form the writings of H/.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interested in this author?

It's a fantasy author we read, mostly in our childness and we have pleasure in reading the stories again. We think that he really created a very special atmosphere, and with his own style he let something in his time, surely one of the greatest horror writer. "Mountains of Madness" is the perfect name, with this special dreammood. We also would recommend the Call of Cthulhu", "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" and many others.

4.Does the band have any interest in Occultism?

We are not involved in occultism but we love everything around this subject in cinema, literature and art in general

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We believe that every set is a unique moment. So it is really difficult to choose a better show on an another. We discuss after each concert in order to improve ourselves. We can say that the Hellfest 2013 and Roadburn 2014 gigs were exceptional in terms of quality. During the show, we want to create a dark atmosphere using smoke, black dresscode and recently we add a lightman in the crew in a way to really have our own atmosphere on stage.

6.Do you have nay touring or show plans for the new album?

We will make the release party of the album in our county, we also have a gig in Toulouse with Kylesa and the Under The Black Sun festival near Berlin in July, the Motocultor Festival in August and maybe a european tour in October or November .....

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

At the moment, the return is more than favorable ..  We have a loyal fans following us in many concerts.

8.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?

Benjamin et I have a doom project called Drame, It's a project who speeks about the loss of the loved ones and it will be instrumental. I also have an accoustical project called « Frileuse ». Leo plays in a funk band called Massada and a jazz project, he also have a grind one named ObĂ©lix, Xavier has a drone project.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

At the moment, we focus on the promotion of the new album, and in the future, we already have some ideas, but you will know about in the right time.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We are influenced by black metal in general and bands like "Neurosis", "Cult of Luna", "Year of No Light", but we listen to many different styles,

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I am also an illustrator and painter.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thank you for this interview, you are invited to listen our new album on our bandcamp : thegreatoldones.bandcamp.com

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