The Great Old Ones are the best H.P. Lovecraft-worshipping black metal band from France you’ll kick yourself for not checking out earlier. Their two prior releases, Al Azif and Tekeli-Li, are monumental albums as much indebted to Lovecraft’s cosmic horror mythology as to the adventurous, atmospheric strain of black metal practiced by Weakling, Fell Voices, and Wolves in the Throne Room. EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy, is due out this month on January 27 through Season of Mist, and in anticipation of the record, The Great Old Ones have set up a pre-order link on their Facebook page and uploaded photos of three different version of the physical album.
They’re absolutely stunning. The art for the digipak CD and double LP both depict some tentacled abomination descending onto what appears to be a shadowy metropolis, while the digibook opts for a more restrained and classical look, sporting a gold-foil graphic of a familiar eldritch deity against a black background. According to the post, the digibook comes with a “36-page case-bound book with 15 exclusive artworks by Jeff Grimal (made especially for this edition)” as well as an acoustic version (!) of “My Love for the Stars (Cthulhu Fhtagn)” off their first album. The digipak comes with a 12-page booklet, and the LP also features exclusive artwork.
I see my money going to the digibook - the presentation is just too sexy to pass up, with almost forty pages of new art and that slick casebound book to pair with the band’s terrifying music proving an irresistible temptation. But no matter which you prefer, make up your mind soon - the digibook and LP are limited to 500 and 200 respectively, and something tells me that EOD, full-length number three is going to make The Great Old Ones a very popular band this year.
- Brian L.