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segunda-feira, 30 de abril de 2012

The Great Old Ones "Al Azif"

In 1927, Lovecraft wrote a brief pseudo-history of the Necronomicon that was published in 1938, after his death, as "History of the Necronomicon". According to some sources, the book was originally called Al Azif, an Arabic word that Lovecraft defined as "that nocturnal sound (made by insects) supposed to be the howling of demons". 

Influenced by Lovecraft's imaginary are The Great Old Ones, a post black metal band coming from Bordeaux, France. The Great Old Ones are all about dark ambiance, atmospheric sounds and most of all, extreme music. Musically speaking, the type of black metal that the band unfolds along "Al Azif" fits in the "post" genre, it's more atmospherical and it has, at some points, some hints of that sludgy post metal riffs which dwells in a more slower, almost doom-ish rhythm. The concept behind "Al Azif", this fantastic debut album from this french band, as you can automatically tell by their name and title, is related to the whole imagery of H.P. Lovecraft's short tales. So i guess i can reformulate and affirm that this is true Lovecraftian black metal.

I was really anxious to hear this whole album by TGOO ever since i found them on Bandcamp, it just took one listen to believe that i was before something really majestic. Throughout  the album, is clearly that each detail has been thought to exhaustion. From the epic first track "Al Azif" to "My Love For The Stars (Cthulhu Fhtagn)" every riff, every note is perfect and flawless. "Al Azif" is without shadow of doubt an album of epic proportions that lives up to name Lovecraft. Check out the band here, where you can also order this fantastic album. Highly recommended!

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