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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.

The Great Old Ones Tekeli-Li Cover

Unless you were living in a cave or perhaps just shun the internet altogether, you probably noticed every metal blog light up last night when a single from the upcoming Mastodon album got pushed out. It was noted to be from a radio station so the quality was a bit sketchy in some cases. Whether or not the band caved to peer pressure or this was their ingenious plan all along, Mastodon has released the track themselves via Soundcloud.

When I fist heard “High Road” I wasn’t immediately sold on it. Probably more due to my high expectations than the song itself not sounding up to snuff. After a few dozen passes it definitely grew on me. It has equal parts The Hunter and Crack The Skye with slightly more polish than both. This just makes the wait until June that much more difficult.

The often changing metallers Vader have released a lyric video for the track “Where Angels Weep” which is from their upcoming album Tibi Et Igni. The song has a bit of a classic metal vibe to it, with a slight breakdown of sorts thrown in to change up the pace a bit in the middle. I like it. I like it a lot.

Vader‘s latest will be released June 10 here in the states. Pre-order packages are available at the Nuclear Blast store now.

Vader Tibi Et Igni Cover

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