H.P Loevecaft was a well known author from New England in the early 20th century that created the Chthulu Mythos and the Necronomicon which also went on to influence plenty of horror, science fiction and horror authors as well as being an influence on a lot of modern occultists while also being a huge inspiration and some of the lyrics you read on metal albums and this is a review of his 2 stories "The Hound" and "The Music Of Erich Zann" the first of which is where he first introduced the Necronomicon and the vinyl was relased in February 2016 by Cadabra Records and was read by Andrew Leman along with a dark ambient soundtrack.
Dark ambient sounds start off the album along with some spoken word parts reading a Lovecraft story and also capturing the atmosphere of his writings along with pain and sorrow that was very common in his writings and you can hear a lot of occult and esoteric references while also being very philosophical at the same time.
The story also delves into grave robbing and satanic and demonology references while the spoken word approach gives the story a gothic horror atmosphere and after a few minutes the found an ancient grimoire which turns out to be the Necronomicon which was written by the Mad Arab an Arabic demonologist who lived in the dark ages and the story starts evolving into more of what you would expect from a person misusing an ancient occult book which involves rituals, invocations, and death.
The second story starts out with an avant garde music sound and spoken word parts dealing with maps and talks about his metaphysical studies before going into the music of Erich Zann and he also starts taking about this mysterious place and after awhile he starts describing the people that live there and their mysterious ways before finding a room of his own.
After awhile also learning the origins of the previous mentioned musician which music haunts him, then the story goes into his meeting with the musician and how his music is more different than anything he has ever heard and the story gets more suspenseful after a few minutes while also going into more of an occult direction.
Andrew Leman takes 2 classic stories of Lovecraft and reads them along with soem avant garde ambient music in the background at times which also gives the stories more of a haunting atmosphere and the productions sounds dark.
In my opinion this is a very great soundign spoken word of H.P Lovecraft's writings and if you are a fan of his writings, you should check out this album. 8/5 out of 10.