The Great Old Ones are a band from France that plays a Lovecraft inspired form of atmospheric, ambient/black metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "Al Azif" which was released by Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions.
A very slow, dark, melancholic, melodic and atmospheric sound starts off the album and after a couple of minutes the music goes into a more fast and raw black metal direction along with blast beats and grim screams as mixing in the slower and atmospheric sections of the beginning as well as adding in more melody and when solos and leads are utilized they bring a post black metal feeling to the recording along with some progressive elements on some of the later tracks.
When the clean parts are utilized they bring a very progressive feeling to the recording and in some of the slower sections you can hear a slight shoegaze feeling but done in a more heavy and dark manner and the bass lines also add in more post rock elements and on one of the tracks you can hear a slight death metal influence in the guitar riffing and the ambient sections add a more occult feeling to the recording and the acoustic guitars on the last track have a very medieval sounding feeling to t hem before the band goes into a more fast and raw direction.
The great old Ones have a very interesting sound and while you can hear a lot of the more modern post black metal sound in the band, they also take a more dark, grim and occult approach to this genre and stay away from the more mainstream sounds of the genre, along with lyrics that are based on the writings Of Lovecraft, Necronomicon as well as mentioning the more obscure R'lyeh grimoire and the production has a very dark, heavy, powerful and raw feeling to it along with a couple of long and epic in length songs.
In my opinion The great Old Ones are a very great sounding atmospheric Lovecraft inspired black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Visions Of R'lyeh" and "my Love For the Stars (Cthulhu Fhtagn)". 8/5 out of 10.