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Old Man's Child
Slaves of the World
July 2009
Released: 2009, Century Media Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

The old saying of “there’s no rest for the wicked” seems to hold especially true for Old Man’s Child mainman Galder. When not busy with his day job in Dimmu Borgir, Galder still finds time to write and release new music on his own under the Old Man’s Child moniker. You’d think that after the rigorous touring schedule that Dimmu keeps that the guy would be all out of evil. But you would be wrong in that assumption, because Galder has just unleashed OMC’s seventh full length studio killer, SLAVES OF THE WORLD, containing nine stellar tracks of Satan infused, black metal vehemence.



With each OMC release, Galder has taken steps to broaden the scope and impact of his music, while still retaining a stringent black metal foundation. With that in mind, consider SLAVES OF THE WORLD to be a “best of the best” culmination of the man’s songwriting prowess. This is the heaviest, meanest, and nastiest that OMC has sounded since THE PAGAN PROSPERITY, while still retaining some of the atmospheric dynamics of later releases. More of a solo project now than a true band, Galder handles all of the vocal, guitar, bass, and keyboard work on the album, while Darkane drummer-for-hire Peter Wildoer fills in behind the drum kit. And did I mention that this is a heavy, mean, and nasty album?



The title track rips open the gates of hell with twisting and turning riffs, laden with rolling guitar runs and Galder’s signature snarl. “Saviors of Doom” follows with the same relentless tenacity, while drenched in a horrific keyboard backdrop. Songs like “Unholy Foreign Crusade,” “The Spawn of Lost Creation” and “On the Devil’s Throne” punish with their straightforward headbanging thrash rhythms, while “Path of Destruction” and “Servants of Satan’s Monastery” explore more ethereal terrain, the latter track being one of the best in the band’s discography and a monster tune to close the album with.



Which brings me to another point; it’s refreshing to see metal bands like OMC acknowledging Satan in their lyrics and song titles. All too often, metal bands will revert to referencing the guy by some kind of spooky metaphor (Fallen one, dark prince, Rush Limbaugh, etc.) to avoid the conversation of whether or not they’re “really” Satanists. I know it’s cheeky, but on that point alone I give SLAVES OF THE WORLD bonus points. But it’s not like the album needs it, because it’s really, really good on its own. The songwriting is tight, the execution is flawless, and you’ll need to book an appointment with your chiropractor, because you’ll need to have your neck worked with as much headbanging that this album will induce. Great work here from an under-appreciated artist; hopefully we won’t have to wait another four years for Galder to get back into the studio.
Track Listing

1)Slaves of the World
2)Saviors 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

Lineup

Galder – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Peter Wildoer – Drums


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Old Man's Child
Slaves of the World
July 2009
Released: 2009, Century Media
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

SLAVES OF THE WORLD marks the seventh go-round for blackened Norwegian nutter Galder and his one-man army Old Man’s Child. It’s hard to believe that it’s been four long years since his last effort, VERMIN. Said album earned Galder a legion of new fans, and some of the best critical reviews of his career. Personally, it was a step back from the vicious mastery of IN DEFIANCE OF EXISTENCE, but certainly still a great album. Sadly, the bald one has been overly busy with Dimmu Borgir, where he is little more than a hired gun – and the best damn thing about that band.

From the rather pedestrian beginnings of OMC, it’s been cool to watch as Galder has slowly built up a reputation for quality black metal, despite the comments of some overly tr00 “fans”. From the straightforward assault of THE PAGAN PROSPERITY, through the more melodic and haunting ILL-NATURED SPIRITUAL INVASION, and the prog-inflected REVELATION 666, Galder has always changed things up slightly with each release. Until VERMIN. For me, that album was a bit of a continuation of his explorations on IN DEFIANCE.

Thankfully, SLAVES OF THE WORLD goes back to the tweaking that makes OMC so interesting. This time out, Galder has gone in a more aggressive vein, almost death metal at times, especially in his harsh vocals which are much more growl than rasp these days. Musically, as I said, it’s certainly more aggressive than you might expect from OMC. Take one listen to the speedy might of “The Crimson Meadows” or “The Spawn of Lost Creation” for proof – the ghostly keyboard shell is still there, but the beating heart of the beast is full of metallic fury. Simply put – OMC hasn’t sounded this nasty and pissed off in quite some time.

Despite my initial trepidation of this album, Galder has proven yet again that he is a master. SLAVES OF THE WORLD is annihilating music and some of the best work of his career.
Track Listing

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 Fiendens Land
9) Servants Of Satan’s Monastery

Lineup

Galder: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Peter Wildoer: Drums


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