I won’t lie. I feel a bit unprepared going into this week’s Found On Bandcamp selection Tekeli-li by France’s The Great Old Ones. Not so much for my lack of black metal knowledge, but more for the absence of Lovecraft lore. A majority of which comes from Metallica and The Real Ghostbusters animated series. Will this void hinder my, or anyone else’s enjoyment of the album? Not at all. But fans and readers of the man’s scriptures might appreciate the music on another level entirely.
From the first weighted chord of “Antarctica” you get an immediate sense of impending doom, despair and hopelessness. Something that Tekeli-li conveys with great conviction through “Awakening” and climaxing with “Behind The Mountains.” If you are sensing some theme with the track titles that’s because the album, as I found out, is based on the short story At The Mountains of Madness. Once I read the synopsis of the other wordly tale and gave the album another pass, the songs took on a noticeably different tone than on previous listenings. It’s apparent that The Great Old Ones know how to paint a picture from Lovecraft’s words. Speaking of paint, don’t forget to check out the oil painted cover for the album. The combination of colors and brush strokes further cement the album as a work of art on more than just the musical plane.
The band has several packages that you can purchase from their Bandcamp page. The no frills digital version will run you €4.99($6.90) whereas the 2xLP vinyl gatefold and physical Cd will set you back €22($30.40) and €12($16.58) respectively. Links for The Great Old Ones’ page can be found in the embedded Bandcamp player below.