The influence of Howard Phillips Lovecraft spreads far and wide throughout metal like the spindly tentacles of some long forgotten shoggoth. The long-faced, New England eccentric had almost as much of an impact on metal as Black Sabbath. Had Howard known of the terror that would actually be unleashed upon the earth, perhaps he would have put away his pen and said no more. Much like the creatures who longed to break through the threshholds of space and time in order to turn the world towards madness, metal bands sought to use the work of Lovecraft to create an aura of mystique and chaos, and why not? The bible and Tolkein had been done to death, and neither could compete with the sheer sinister imagery of ancient, hate-fueled, grotesqueries unleashing unparalleled horrors upon an unsuspecting world. The Lovecraft mythos were culled for lyrical themes by such luminaries as Metallica, Morbid Angel, Thergothon, Entombed, Samael, Cradle of Filth, Therion, to name a few. And joining that fray was a little known Mexican death metal band who took their name, R'lyeh, from Cthulhu's hometown. In 1992, R'lyeh unleashed their own tribute to the Old Ones in the form of this demo titled Ancestral Terrors. It is a lumbering, putrid Zoth-Ommog of primitive death metal.