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French black metal masters The Great Old Ones radiate their negative light through Lovecraftian themeology and aesthetics -- this is all well and good, and nothing special per se, but it's the quintet's dedication to extreme execution and dramatic narrative which set them apart from genre peers. If you compare their music to fan fiction, The Great Old Ones is top-notch Lovecraftian fan fiction, not by any measure a "second choice" or backup to something greater or more lushly featured. The band, thankfully, isn't at all pushy about how damn good they are, but by this point, they must know it in their minds and hearts: their fourth full-length Cosmicism exudes mastery on all levels and aims to soak your imagination in a freaky, kaleidoscopic dreamworld. We've got the exclusive early full stream right here.

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Cosmicism represents many dualities: fast/slow, powerful/timid, triumphant/defeatist, and more. It seems that for each characteristic or quality -- e.g. the incessantly powerful blasting which forms concrete-solid noise-walls -- there's a counter-characteristic, or some sense of balance. For as much noise as The Great Old Ones make on this new album, they also bend off into asides, ambiance, and abstraction, giving Cosmicism a full-featured feel, much like a film. Unlike a film, though, the album doesn't beg so much for your patience or attention; rather, it sort-of just takes your mind along with on a lush, dreamy journey, relegating any visual stimuli to that which your own mind creates. In the case of Cosmicism specifically, the atmosphere is more promising than the absolute-zero voids of space but still delivers on that oft-associated heady feel.

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Cosmicism releases tomorrow via Season of Mist.

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