Ah, concept albums. High art. Thinking about stuff. Things that generally go over my head. While I am hardly new to either Lovecraft or the French atmospheric black metal band The Great Old Ones, I’ll be the first to admit that nothing about their Cthulu Mythos based concept drew me to listen to their new album. Yes, I’ve read Lovecraft and enjoyed him greatly. However, what got me excited for a new album from The Great Old Ones is the fact that every single thing I like about well produced, melodic, and expansive black metal is both present and perfected across their prior releases, and done even more proficiently here.