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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


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

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