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The Great Old Ones

The Lovecraftian black metal band The Great Old Ones have gained quite a reputation already with their first two albums, but their latest work ‘EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy’ is definitely their best work yet. Varied, intriguing, dark and compelling; there’s no doubt in my mind that their star will only rise even more. It should not be surprising to learn that Lords Of Metal wanted to know more about the album and contacted the band with some questions. Vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Guerry kindly responded.

By: Roel de Haan | Archive under black metal

Greetings to you! To start things properly: How are you doing?
Hi! Fine thank you. A lot of things to prepare but we like that!

Congratulations with your new album ‘EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy’! I thought it was very impressive. How are people reacting to the album? What are your expectations for the album?
Thank you! For the moment, all feedback is excellent. Those who know us love the new songs, and those who discover us are very enthusiastic. About our expectations, we wish to make the more gigs possible, and touring a lot. We hope that our new album will make up discover new places.

Compared to your previous albums I noticed a definite improvement in terms of maturity and unity of your music. How would you compare ‘EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy’ to you earlier albums?
This is our third album and we always try to evolve so I hope it’s normal to make more mature songs. This time, we wanted our creation darker, more violent, even if our atmospheres are always present. We love our first two albums but there is a consistency between the songs in EOD that we can perhaps call more mature.

As per usual for a The Great Old Ones album ‘EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy’ revolves around lovecraftian themes and this time is the album functions as sequel of Lovecraft's only story to be published as a book, ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’. Could you tell us something about the story and how it interconnects with the music?
I can’t tell you a lot of things, because this is a story and if I tell you the end, it’s not very respectful for those who want to discover it! But I can say that EOD is a tale about a descendant of the original story protagonist, Robert Olmstead. The latter has disappeared and the first wants to know what happened to his ancestor. Of course, when he arrives in Innsmouth, the Esoteric Order of Dagon (EOD) will make him live an adventure that will change his life forever. Each song is like a chapter, and the music is adapted to the action or to the feelings of the protagonist.

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The production of ‘EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy’ is excellent. Raw but clear, warm and organic yet powerful. Could you tell us something about the recording-process? Did it differ much from previous recordings?
We changed producer and studio for this album. We wanted a more powerful sound, but without denying the atmospheres that characterize our music. We have one of the best metal producer in Bordeaux, and we knew that he is a fan of TGOO. So we recorded this album with Mobo at Conkrete Studio (Loudblast, Gorod, etc.). We were very well prepared and so we could spend more time on the details. This allowed us to create a more intense and mature ensemble.

Your song are boasting a variety not often seen in extreme metal, but all seem to convey and sombre or melancholy feeling. How does a The Great Old Ones song come into being?
I wrote the majority of the songs alone since the beginning of the band. So it’s a very personal work. When I compose music, nothing is thought out in advance, whether it's when I compose guitars, bass, vocal lines, or the base of the drums. If a part makes me feel deep emotion, it’s a good part for me. And when I make them listen to the other members of the band, and that they feel the same thing, it is successful. Of course, all this is arranged when each member appropriates the parts I send him, which brings density to the songs.

Your albums always have beautiful and interesting artwork and ‘EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy’ is no exception. Could you tell us something about it and how it relates to the music?
All artworks of TGOO, including this one, are works of Jeff Grimal (Guitar, vocals). He is a brilliant artist, very productive, and a true fan of H.P. Lovecraft. We are always very impressed by his works. The fact that Jeff is in the band makes artistic communication very simple. This time, we wanted a representation of the grip of a Lovecraftian creature on a place, and the inevitability of the return of entities stronger than men.

What are your plans concerning playing live in support of the album?
We work at this time on European tour and festivals. It’s a hard work but we are well surrounded by nice and motivated people. And we work a lot to propose very great shows!

I wonder what has the future in store for The Great Old Ones? What are your plans and ambitions for the future?
Make a lot of tours, play in a lot of festivals, make the band grow, and continue to announce the return of the great Cthulhu!

Thank you very much for your time, I wish you well and as tradition demands it I hereby offer you the final words to our readers.
Thank you for your questions and your support. Come see us in live, we work a lot to propose you a fascinating travel in the Lovecraftian mythology!

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