Album Review :~ The Great Old Ones - EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy

Lovecraftian atmosphere in music is a tricky thing to nail down.Who doesn’t love anything inspired by the likes of HP Lovecraft?Numerous bands have created concept albums based around their own ideas that take insight from creative writing, but few bands will dedicate the entire span of an album to an existing piece of literature. Spawning from the depths of Lovecraft’s tales is the newest record from post-black metal heads The Great Old Ones, EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy. TGOO this French group married the ritualistic fury of second-wave black metal with a creeping dose of sludge,doom soaked post-metal madness. The atmosphere and tightly plotted albums were based on Lovecraft’s tales,while still employing their own take on post-black metal.

On this year French post-black metallers The Great Old Ones Unveiled their third full length opus on this year entitled “EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy” via Season of Mist record label with 44:08 min running time . This new album consist with 7 tracks . TGOO was formed in 2009. In before they had released tow full length album "Al Azif" in 2012 and "Tekeli-li" in 2014. Now I am straight diving to the point about this new album .

When at first checked out their manifestation back in December I was overwhelmed and track sounds so authentic,mature from then I was clinched  that I have to check this whole material for sure and this would be savage beast. TGOO delivers distinctly experimental, atmospherically evil,vivid,horrifying form of black metal with a little bit of the sludge,doom leanings.This bands each and every musician did fantastic job on this album in radiant way and It’s really great when your high hopes are not misplaced. This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album . It is really not easy to describe their musical style . A natural synthesis of dissonant sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity Despite the often crushing,fast ,furious,cacophonous black metal assaults with a lots of segments of slower tempo too where TGOO combines a little bit siudgy,doomier passages with cavernous drum thrashes, melodic guitars and those effective rasps.
well,their latest opus opening track is “Searching for R. Olmstead” . This track starts with eerie,creepy sound with some vocals. Quickly their quasi opener “The Shadow over Innsmouth” song returns to the sonic assailment and the musical style transformed into a whirlwind of guitar noise laced with aggression,deliberate cadence and progression seasonings. Their whole composition and musical style is impeccable also borrow great atmosphere with sour ,dissonant riffs work .

This new albums whole compositions are extremely filthy and unsettling piece of sinister,grim euphoria and unearthly ambiance . “EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy”  commences chronologically to the novel, where where the protagonist is overlooking Innsmouth's dark dank harbour.Their distinct entity infused me by a lot . Their musical style have a quite soft and smooth edge in the guitar playing which adds to the more atmospheric,unique kind of black metal but at the same time the vocals and other parts of the riffing is straight forward brutal,ferocious simultaneously . Honestly saying after a multiple listen this album just blew me away with their ethereal abyss,melancholic,the multi-layered,ominous musical style . Each musicians have exudes tremendous effort on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it .TGOO really does the trick for the atmosphere is the overall murky and misty sound that comes from the music. I highly cite and embrace this album . 

This album is filled with a slew of cadence, apocalyptic,pummeling, ominous,hellish,doom laden,powerful riffs work . As well bass line up is whopping,intense,strong ,rumbling, slithering . Drumming,percussion line up is bleak, frantic,solid,clattering and powerful . The guitars are solely focused on creating a grandiose atmosphere, but predominantly rely on walls of sound and swerving rhythms.In each track morbidly delicious,macabre,soaring,dark eerie,ghastly riffs,bass lineups matched in well manner .This whole albums sound deliver a dissonant,grim feeling,sinister,melancholic,gruesome black metal with raw emotion and pure energy . “EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy” endures beauty of black metal . This album indulge strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship . This album have a hypnotic effect on the listener . Vocals decently large voice that does well for TGOO . Especially his chants are menacing and hoarse voice are excellent . Vocals howling scream,immense,deep rasps ,serene chanting,watery echo effect voice emerged on this album in a well manner adds a thick murky sound and intertwined perfectly with their utterly spellbinding,obtuse,bizarrely arrogant, mysterious,fully blistering black metal,distant musical style with a lots of melodic,atmospheric,doomy accompaniment and embedded perfectly . Overall you will get sinister,gloomy,desolate,mysterious ambient from this whole album .I really worship this band.

Each song have an energy ,fluency and draw a savage landscape .Stand out tracks are all of them . I personally Cherish each and every single track . Vision of the album cover is Pretty neat,solid,atrocious,grisly, macabre, gorgeously hideous. Overall “EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy” whole album is Spectacular,engrossing ,significant and goes all the way through with a relentless rage from the beginning. The sound has a depth to it, that with brief distortion. This album sounds so authentic and a truly remarkable sonic journey from beginning to end . Indeed this album is such an true gem of this year . The production is absolutely impeccable,capable of handling both the massive atmospheric and gargantuan heft.Outstanding another one release of this year so far . The French bruisers still possess all the necessary skills and hard-won experience to put younger,newcomer challengers in their place.If you looking for something different, epic this album will take you on a journey into another universe .

My Rating – 4.9/5   Review done by Souvik Basu. Published on 26/03/2017

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