Released: 2009, Century Media
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.