Posts Tagged ‘Album of the day’
Posted on Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Idiot In Remission: France has always been a haven for envelope-pushing black metal acts. From the primitive, lo-fi wrath of Les Légions Noires, to Neige‘s ten thousand side projects, French black metal is a genre that plays by its own rules, often earning the approval of critics despite a determinedly ‘untrve’ sound.
Take, for instance, Anorexia Nervosa – a symphonic act that nevertheless has the respect of the same people who scorned Dimmu Borgir. Alcest‘s haunting melodies and heartfelt shoegaze should have earned nothing but derision from purists, and while some turned their backs Alcest remains one of the most beloved bands to come out of the old hexagon this side of Gojira.
The Great Old Ones‘ ingenuity, thus, is nothing shocking. The Lovecraft-inspired quintet from Bordeaux, who are currently signed to the excellent Les Acteurs de l’Ombre, don’t have much in the way of history. In 2012 the band released Al-Azif, their debut album, which drew influence equally from the evilness of Inquisition and the not-so-evilness of blackgaze acts like An Autumn for Crippled Children. It was, and remains, a profoundly unique record – hard to compare and harder to grasp, despite the familiarity of the subject matter.
But it’s now 2014 and the band’s newest record Tekeli-li is just now seeing the light of day after months of anticipation. Tekeli-li answers the question I was worrying about when it came to The Great Old Ones – would they fall for the sophomore slump after putting out one of the most intriguing black metal records of 2012?
The answer is, unquestionably, ‘no’. Tekeli-li is at once a continuation of The Great Old Ones‘ style and a further exploration of the limits of post-black interspersed with psychedelic phantasmagoria in the style of A Forest of Stars or Nachtmystium. The story is a retelling of one of Lovecraft‘s most well-known novellas At the Mountains of Madness, which concerns itself with an expedition in Antarctica coming across the tomb of an ancient, unspeakable evil.
To The Great Old Ones‘ credit, they manage to lyrically capture the essence of Lovecraft‘s writings, with the nefarious opener ‘Je ne suis pas fou’ featuring vocalist Jeff Grimal introducing the story of Tekeli-li and constantly reaffirming that he’s not insane. The delivery of these lines, and, indeed, of the whole album’s lyrics, is absolutely superb.
Continue reading: Idiot in Remission: The Great Old Ones – Tekeli-Li REVIEW
Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: When I first heard about this album I was excited. Now, having listened to it a few times, I can still say that. What I don’t know is how other people will feel about it. It’s one thing to assume that an album of […]
Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: You never forget your first Roadburn. Ever. The Tilburg-based jewel in the world’s crown of heavy and expansive music festivals is a truly magical environment; one which is built upon a solemn promise of musical joy, artistic freedom and non-prejudicial acceptance which binds like-minded […]
Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Aurora Borealis have a good track record when it comes to pushing originality and are clearly not afraid to put out some truly challenging and left of centre releases. From the ultra-raw black metal oddities of Wolfmangler and Dead Ravens Choir to the more […]
Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: 100% raw, uncompromising, kick-ass rock and roll!!! Really the above line could quite easily comprise the whole review for this Zeta Reticuli Blues as it pretty much says it all… but being a conscientious writer and knowing you will all want to know a […]
Posted on Sunday, July 6th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Sputnikmusic: It’s almost hard to start a review about American black metal and not mention forefathers Weakling and torch-bearers Wolves in the Throne Room / Panopticon who are arguably the most well respected and most recognized influencers in the American realm of black metal. Largely overlooked until […]
Posted on Saturday, July 5th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The word “epic” gets tossed around these days for everything from Homeric poetry to late-night burritos, so one hesitates to use it for fear it might be taken with a watered-down meaning. I’m at a loss, however, for how else to describe the monumental, otherworldly […]
Posted on Friday, July 4th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Welcoming others into the confines of the lone wolf pack on this record, adding their own hypnotic vocal charms and pummeling beats to the consistently brilliant Michael Bjella work, GOG. This music never ceases to amaze me, engage all my senses with his creative concepts and […]
Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It has been 19 years since New York City doomers Blood Farmers released their self-titled debut on Hellhound Records, and while that album and their 1991 Permanent Brain Damage demo were reissued via Japan’s Leaf Hound Records in 2008 and 2004, respectively, and trio have […]
Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Ninehertz: Despite a plethora of female fronted retro doom albums over the last twelve months or so, I’m excited to hear Electric Citizen as the growing genre still has much to offer, and also offers a potential brighter antedote to the doom and gloom blackened metal I’ve […]