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The Great Old Ones | A chat about this fragile humanity…

The Great Old Ones are a French Lovecraftian post-black metal band rocking from Bordeaux since 2009, after recently releasing their 4th Album ‘Cosmicism’ on the Season Of Mist label The Great Old Ones are re-emerging from the dark depths to bewitch the masses once again!

Metal Digest had a chat with The Great Old Ones about 2020, their new drummer & what is next for them.

Welcome To Metal Digest!

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

Hello The Great Old Ones, it’s awesome to get to speak with you!

2020/21 has been a tough year, how are things with the band?

Benjamin Guerry (guitar, vocals): Hi! These are indeed very complicated years, for us and for everyone. Our last concert was in February 2020 I believe, and we had to find a lot of things to do to preserve our sanity.

With live shows being in short supply & outright canceled, what sustained you & helped to get through it?

BG: We were lucky enough to be able to do at least one tour when our last album came out. It would have been very hard not to be able to present it live. We also participated in the online edition of the Hellfest Open Air Festival. I think it helped us get through this desert period. Also, we are currently working on a very exciting project. I can’t talk about it yet, but it should be fantastic! We can’t wait to present it.

Is all the chaos in the world a sign that Cthulhu’s time is drawing near?

BG: I don’t know if this pandemic heralds the arrival of Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep, or another great old one, but it shows that humanity is fragile and that it can very quickly be destabilized. This shows that we are not much and that the universe will continue to expand when we are gone. This ties in with the philosophy of the cosmicism imagined by Lovecraft: the human race is insignificant in relation to the vastness of the cosmos.

Recently you’ve had a change in the line-up with a new drummer with ‘Julian Deana’ joining, was there any initiation ritual you put him through? Or can you not talk about those things?

BG: Each of our performances or rehearsals is a ritual in itself. Composing and playing this style of music requires letting yourself be invaded by multiple emotions, letting your soul fly into unknown lands. Julian, therefore, had to learn to put himself in the same psychic state as us, while keeping the power of his drums playing. He took up this challenge brilliantly, and it promises great things for the future.

‘Cosmicism’ was your last release in 2019, after the lockdowns that feel like 5 years ago now! Have you managed to figure out how to get together to practice and manage to write new material over this time? Should we be expecting another release on the horizon?

BG: The events you are talking about have shaken up all our plans, whether on a personal or professional level. Of course, and even though it was difficult, we remained active. A new album will not come right away because we really want to take the time to offer something exceptional. However, we are still currently working on a very exciting live show project. I can’t say more but we can’t wait to present this to the public. It will be a real Lovecraftian experience!

The Cthulhu Mythos is a fascinating universe full of insane mind-bending content and your music compliments it perfectly, is there any source materials you are currently reading & getting inspiration from?

BG: Many different styles of art inspire us, be it literature, music, painting, etc. But Lovecraft’s writings remain our main influence. Whether it is through the myth of Cthulhu, the lands of dreams, or short stories like “The Outsider”, the emotions of our music come from the work of the author. We still have a lot to explore, and each new dive into Lovecraft’s writings is just as fascinating as ever.

Thanks for your time and opening up with us!

Is there anything else you would like to mention to our audience?

BG: We have had a very loyal following since the beginning of the band, and we are very grateful to them. We can’t wait to present our new live project, and can’t wait to get back on the road!

Thank you for the wonderful interview.

Until we meet again,

Milton on behalf of Metal-Digest.

The Great Old Ones are back to gigging across Europe check their website for full details.

‘Cosmicism’ is available on CD Digipak, Digital & Vinyl.

Benjamin Guerry – Vocals & Guitar

Aurelien Edouard – Guitar

Alexandre ‘Gart’ Rouleau – Guitar

Benoit ‘Barby’ Claus – Bass

Julian Deana – Drums

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