The Great Old Ones

Lovecraftian black metal - France

The Great Old Ones Band

Channelling the spirit and literary heritage of author H.P. Lovecraft, French Atmospheric black metallers THE GREAT OLD ONES have returned with their most impressive work to date. ‘Cosmicism’ lures the listener deeper into darkness with intricate, beautiful and twisted melodies, ultimately encompassing them with madness.

THE GREAT OLD ONES emerged in 2009 from the old parts of the ancient Aquitanian harbour city of Bordeaux, FRANCE, a city famed for its secrets and deep red wine. After releasing their first album, ‘Al Azif,’ the reactions of critics and fans were unanimously positive.

The band followed up with their second full-length, ‘Tekeli-li,’ which garnered even higher praise. As a result, THE GREAT OLD ONES played a show at the acclaimed Roadburn festival, opened for BEHEMOTH in their homeland, played at Hellfest, and supported label mates SHINING and DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT.

The third full length, ‘EOD – A Tale of Dark Legacy,’ (2017) marked another big step in the band’s fast rising career. The five-piece took the road with the legendary GAAHLS WYRD and embarked on a successful European co-headline tour with AUÐN from Iceland. THE GREAT OLD ONES also appeared on the billing of respected festivals, such as Brutal Assault and Eindhoven Metal Meeting, in front of a gigantic crowd of cultists.

Now, the French worshippers of Cthulhu reveal their fourth offering to the old ones. “Cosmicism” is a literary philosophy developed by H.P. Lovecraft. The idea behind “Coscmicism” is that humans are godless creatures who are totally insignificant in the grand scheme of our cosmic universe.

The production of this album was entrusted to Francis Caste (SINSAENUM, LOUDBLAST, SVART CROWN, REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMER, HANGMAN’S CHAIR) of the Studio Sainte-Marthe, who managed to capture the singular essence of THE GREAT OLD ONES.

The record is a true journey in the cold deep of space. Each song features a Lovecraftian entity and parallel the dark destiny of the protagonist who meets her and in turn, slowly succumbs to admiration and madness. Lyrics inspired by H.P. Lovecraft layered over haunting, melodic beauty result in a perfect match. Just listen and you will find out what awaits down there…


  • Benjamin Guerry : Guitars, vocals
  • Aurélien Edouard : Guitars
  • Alexandre ‘Gart’ Rouleau: Guitars : Guitars
  • Benoit ‘Barby’ Claus : Bass
  • Léo Isnard : Drums
Posted on October 29, 2019

Lovecraftian black metal band THE GREAT OLD ONES have teamed up with Invisible Oranges for the premiere of their new album ‘Cosmicism’. The anticipated fourth album of the French band was released on October 25 via Season of Mist.

Posted on October 1, 2019

Lovecraftian black metal band THE GREAT OLD ONES are now premiering their first ever music video, for the song “Of Dementia”. The stunning clip has been directed by Zev Deans, known from his work for PORTAL, BEHEMOTH and GHOST. THE GREAT OLD ONES will release their new album ‘Cosmicism’ on October 25 via Season of Mist.

Posted on September 10, 2019

Lovecraftian black metal band THE GREAT OLD ONES have announced a French tour, in support of their upcoming album ‘Cosmicism’. The tour will start on October 31st in Grenoble and will pass through cities such as Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux and more. Find a list of all confirmed tour dates below. The new record will be released on October 25 via Season of Mist.

Posted on September 3, 2019

French Lovecraftian black metal masters THE GREAT OLD ONES have revealed a lyric video for the song “Nyarlathotep”, taken from their upcoming record ‘Cosmicism’. The video is streaming at the official Season of Mist Youtube channel at the link below.

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