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Old Man's Child Slaves of the World


1. Slaves of the World 2. Saviours of Doom 3. The Crimson Meadows 4. Unholy Foreign Crusade 5. Path of Destruction 6. The Spawn of Lost Creation 7. On the Devil's Throne 8. Ferden Mot Fienden's Land 9. Servants of Satan's Monastery
2009 Century Media Records
Our score 7

6/11/2009

Black metal is in the midst of a small resurgence these days. With acts like Nachtmystium and Wolves in the Throne Room getting the nod from Pitchfork and the often execrable (but undeniably popular) bursts of black metal posturing by deathcore acts, longtime fans of the genre are more and more likely to encounter a scarf-wearing, hyper-ironic hipster name-checking black metal as "something they're jamming to lately." No matter how much things change, it's nice to see old standards releasing material that remains relevant. And while he has never quite managed to re-invent the wheel with his work, frontman/multi-instrumentalist Galder has amassed quite a run of solid work over the years (Dimmu Borgir notwithstanding.) For me, Old Man's Child occupied the middle-ground. Generally better produced, with more texture (but slightly less viciousness) than your average trebly demo tape made by corpsepainted basement dwellers. They were never as embarrassingly over-produced as some of the latter-day symphonic black metal acts out there. Galder's previous work under the Old Man's Child name had a few slumps here and there, but it was a decent taste of things to come: Slaves of the World seems to be a continuation of the sleeker production and increased emphasis on song structure found on Vermin. Galder shifts comfortably between death metal-styled machinegun riffs and brittle black metal axework, snarling (thankfully) incomprehensible lyrics with astonishing venom. The one major critique I have is Galder's use of keyboards during the songs. He capably uses them to incorporate some nicely-timed doses of atmosphere, but once Galder shifts back to guitar, they are quickly lost in the mix; not irritatingly so, but I think with a bit more finesse, it would have shifted Slaves of the World from very good to great. Pete from Darkane does a phenomenal job behind the drum kit, providing Galder with a sturdy but responsive rhythmic foundation to build the album on. (This is especially evident during the drum/piano interplay during "Ferden Mot Fienden's Land" - one of the few truly excellent uses of the piano on this album.) Given that Galder has been at this (with varying degrees of enthusiasm) since the early 90s, I have to say I'm impressed. I've never been a huge proponent of black metal, but when an act like Winds of Plague is served up as such and people shovel it down with a smile, it's truly heartening to see a band that knows what they're doing release a really solid album. Bottom Line: Perhaps I shouldn't be this enthusiastic about just a "very good" addition to OMC's catalogue, but if I had to choose between a band with a decade-long career of good-to-very-good releases and a band that releases one great album and spends the rest of their career shitting the bed and giving each other piggyback rides, I'll take the first one, thanks.

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Puppies_need_discipline_ 6/11/2009 9:01:42 PM

first post shit band


anonymous 6/11/2009 9:15:39 PM

Why would Lambgoat review this? I don't think fun offender dungeon masters in their late 30s post here.


chicken_gang_bang_ 6/12/2009 4:26:00 AM

(a lot of parenthesis in this review)


anonymous 6/12/2009 11:04:15 AM

Why would Lambgoat review this? I don't think fun offender dungeon masters in their late 30s post here. posted by () on 6/11/2009 9:15:39 PM I take it you havent been to the MB yet.


Brett__ 6/12/2009 11:22:43 AM

Still looking for a good DL of this album. In Defiance of Existence was BRILLIANT.


the coolest guy_ 6/12/2009 1:34:32 PM

these guys are shitty rapists. fight them!


anonymous 6/12/2009 2:12:14 PM

Great shit. I could care less if they're all filthy pedophiles. I'd go see them beat five year old boys on stage and STILL clap at the end.


cantfakethepunk_ 6/12/2009 2:57:56 PM

as i type this there is a c-ck in my mouth, in either hand, one in my man boobs, in between each of my toes, and 3 dicks in my ass. booyah!


anonymous 6/12/2009 3:43:15 PM

this band f*cking sucks, so does this review, i'm tired of black metal and doom metal and sludge metal and all this gay bullshit


DUDEGUYBRAH_ 6/12/2009 5:08:56 PM

good review. this was definitely no in defiance of existence but it was definitely worth a listen


anonymous 6/13/2009 8:51:07 AM

this band f*cking sucks, so does this review, i'm tired of black metal and doom metal and sludge metal and all this gay bullshit posted by () on 6/12/2009 3:43:15 PM ---------- So why bother coming to this site?


anonymous 6/13/2009 3:20:11 PM

to the guy who asked me why i come to this site: because i've been posting on the board since 2002 and because this site was predominately hardcore when i found it. who the f*ck are you? kill yourself.


anonymous 6/14/2009 8:39:56 PM

oh no!!!!! people wearing different clothes might like the same music as me!!!! - reviewer


YouGotScanned_ 6/15/2009 6:51:40 PM

Nice to see a good band on this website for once...Vermin was mediocre in comparison to the rest of the OMC library but I'm excited to check this out! Revelation 666 is classic!


anonymous 6/15/2009 9:53:24 PM

oh no!!!!! people wearing different clothes might like the same music as me!!!! - reviewer -------- Says the scarf-wearing gay.


eggs_ 6/16/2009 10:34:11 AM

eggs


eighteenxx_ 6/17/2009 1:00:36 AM

"to the guy who asked me why i come to this site: because i've been posting on the board since 2002 and because this site was predominately hardcore when i found it. who the f*ck are you? kill yourself." want a f*cking cookie for that? get over it.