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Review: The Great Old Ones - Cosmicism
The Great Old Ones

Label: Season of Mist
Year released: 2019
Duration: 50:04
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 28, 2019
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Readers Rating

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (2 Votes)

Most bands underestimate the amount of elements, nuances and atmosphere of H.P. Lovecraft's work. Many fall short of delivering an acceptable effort in order to grasp the genius of the American author, not coming anywhere near the horror and deepness of his fiction. The Great Old Ones are not one of those bands. Led by the very competent Benjamin Guerry (guitars, vocals), the Frenchmen show once again why they are one of the few who can truly illustrate Lovecraftian horror in the form of music with Cosmicism, their fourth journey to the depths of R'lyeh.

While not short on the pompousness that often accompanies the post-metal wave of sound, this is perhaps the Great Old Ones' album that most successfully manages to bond Lovecraft's ideas of religion, inner struggles and insanity in ways that make us reflect on our insignificant passage in the world and the amplitude of what lies beyond.

Balanced, destructive and truly inspiring, Cosmicism shows The Great Old Ones at their peak in terms of songwriting and rock solid in the instrumental parts. The growls, the haunting elements, the three guitars and the overall aura that surrounds the album are all pieces of the same cataclysmic puzzle. Being as a tribute to Lovecraft's genius work or as a full-on black metal record, this excels in every way possible.

The intensity in which they play, the horrors that they tell and the roads that lead to the final product all make for a strong case that The Great Old Ones are one of the most refreshing and awesome acts out there. So let yourself fall into the Cthulhu Mythos, make an offering to the Elder Gods and enjoy one of the great albums of 2019 so far.

"That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die."

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