Roundtable Review: Tekeli-li by The Great Old Ones
Posted by RiffRaff
Label: Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions
Release Date: April 18th, 2014
Genre: Black/Post Metal
Studio Albums: 1 previous LP (Al Azif)
Location: Bordeaux, France
WarpRider – Vocally, it is a bit on the harsh side, but I like the music. To me, the music carries more weight than anything and I can often listen past vocal style I am not terribly fond of. The music and dark, melodic, and speedy and right up my alley. 3.0
Atleastimhousebroken – “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” If that quote means anything to you, stop now and go buy the Tekeli-li. In my many years of adoring H.P. Lovecraft’s literature and pining for metallic interpretation, never has a metal band done his work any justice. Sure, there are a few good songs about The Elder Ones, but none seem to really capture the insanity, beauty, torture, horror, otherworldlyness, and pure majesty that is recounted in the stories. So, to my surprise, popping in this record and hearing outstanding musical representations that fit wonderfully with the mood, tone, and overall feel of Lovecraft’s writing, you can consider me an ecstatic nerd. However, unlike the worshipers of the Deep God Cthulhu, I will not be praying for a quick and merciful death; I want to revel in the awesomeness of this record as its madness implodes my being from within.
Even if you happen to not have a background in Lovecraft-ian lore, the dense, ethereal, and forever engaging blackened post-metal here should deliver more than enough reason to give Tekeli-li you time and money. 5.0
Irmelinis – The abstract cover art of “Tekeli-li” drew my attention to this band, rarely have I seen such an intriguing and immensely beautiful album cover. It’s painted by Jeff Grimal, one of the band members, and his awesome job made me order a physical copy instead of only a digital. It’s now looking very good on display in the bookshelf in my living room! Enough about the outside, now for the inside: Mysterious, fresh, chaotic and grandiose, that’s what “Tekeli-li” sounds like. With engaging, ethereal guitar melodies and drum work that is densely black and atmospheric the music travels through twisting terror and colourful beauty to post rock crescendos, arctic winds and acoustic interludes. Chilling and extremely beautiful. 4.5
ChristopherMammal – Yes, I know I’m an old fart and I like music that’s many times older than me. When the opening bars of an intro sound like Mussorgsky, I’m interested. Then when the rest of the intro sounds like the start of “The Count of Monte Christo” mini-series with Gérard Depardieu, my large and floppy ears prick up. It helps that I don’t speak French. And when the next track is totally engrossing, I’m hooked. The Great Old Ones continue the rest of album in the same absorbing fashion. Their lavish and melodic metal, the surge of the up-amped guitars and the blackness of the eerie solos make this Mammal purr. “Behind the Mountains”, nearly 18 minutes long, embodies everything I like about modern black metal. 4.0
A Metal State of Mind Score – 4.125 out of 5
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Posted on May 6, 2014, in Roundtable Reviews and tagged Black Metal, Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft, metal, Music, Post Metal, Reviews, Roundtable Review, Tekel-li, The Great Old Ones. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.