Old Man's Child
Vermin


4.5
superb

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
July 13th, 2006 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Old Man's Child is a Norwegian black metal band founded in 1993 by current Dimmu Borgir guitarist Galder (aka Thomas Rune Andersen). With other members coming and going (mainly drummers/ percussionists), Galder remained the main driving force behind the band, being the guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist of the band. In 1996 the band was signed to Century Media, but due to the constant lineup changes, the band has rarely toured. Galder then joined black metal behemoths Dimmu Borgir in 2001 as their new guitarist while still fronting Old Man's Child. On Old Man's Child latest release, Vermin, the band continues to make heavy, symphonic, grisly black metal. With guest member Reno H. Kiilerich on drums and a guest guitar solo by Eric Peterson on Lord Of Command (Bringer Of Hate), Vermin stands as a solid black metal release.

The first track, Enslaved And Condemned, begins with dark, melodic guitar strums followed by some quick drum rolls and heavy, grooving, apocalyptic riffage. Galder comes in with his demonic vocal style (which actually resembles that of Angela Gossow from Arch Enemy) as he roars his satanic lyrics. There is a lot of strong keyboard backdrop and a wicked guitar solo about halfway through the song and another near the end of the song. The track has a very good brutal yet symphonic feel to it, and is a great opening track to introduce the listener to the album. The Plague Of Sorrow starts off with industrial noises and static only to kick off into heavy blast beats and gothic riffage. The track has a great groove to it and some more symphonic keyboard backdrop mixed in with it's brutality. Galder again shows off his demonic death metal inspired vocals with intense rage as the track blisters with gothic atmosphere and ambiance.

War Of Fidelity kicks off with a powerful drum solo intro that is backed up quickly by some sweeping guitar riffs and Galder's menacing howls. The song is tad more thrashy then the previous to tracks and has a slightly less presentful symphonic feel. The bass on the track gives a good groove to it's swinging thrash melodies and blast beats. Another great guitar solo is present on the track, along with a quick symphonic breakdown that sounds almost like it came out of a video game. An overall solid track with great riffs and guitar melodies. In Torment's Orbit has a much more dynamic apocalypse feel to it as the opening riffs kick on with the drums only to lead into a strong guitar solo and keyboard backdrop. By this point, Galder doesn't present much difference in his vocal style, but makes up with creative song structure. Another track dominated by it's symphonic feel and various thrash elements giving it a brutal gothic feel.

Probably the greatest stand out track is Lord Of Command (Bringer Of Hate). The intro reminds me of Nile an it's symphonies. The song then kicks into dark guitar riffs and keyboard backdrop, giving a much stronger symphonic feel then the previous tracks. The track also has some great thrash guitar and keyboard breakdowns mixed in with it's demonic brutality of guitar and vocals. Galder does an interesting echo with his voice in one part of the song that you can't help but find amusingly catchy. Overall a perfect black metal track in my book. The Flames Of Deceit begins with some scratchy riffs and heavy drum lines followed by some more gruff vocals. The track has some very strong guitar dynamics and some good vocal performances from Galder. A powerful breakdown occurs with some sweeping guitar solos and keyboard ambiance. Overall the track has some great guitar work, but could stand to having a better song flow and structure.

Black Marvels Of Death has some chugging melodic guitar strums as it starts that ascend into some dynamic drum lines and guitar chugging. The symphonic feel to the song is very strong, and sounds a lot more like Dimmu Borgir then any of the other tracks on the album. There is more wicked guitar solos and some standout bass riffs fueled by keyboard backdrop and drum beats. Another typical Old Man's Child track, but still good none the less. Twilight Damnation also has a melodic guitar intro that plays some very folkish tunes before some quick slashes at the guitar lead it into an aura of blast beats and thrashy symphonic black metal. The song doesn't present anything new to the album that the other tracks haven't already distinguished, but the song still has a nice groove to it. The album ends with slightly over a minute long outro track ... As Evil Descends, which is basically a bunch of dark gothic ambiance and symphonies mixed with industrial noises and creepy howling noises. Overall, Vermin is a standout black metal album with some gothic tunes that say that the band is still going strong even after all these years. All hail Old Man's Child.

Pros
-- Great musicianship and overall musical structure.
-- Amazing guitar work.
-- Has a very strong symphonic element to it.
-- Great vocals.

Cons
-- Hard to hear the bass for the most part.
-- Some of the symphonies get in the way of it's brutality.

Track Listing
1. Enslaved And Condemned (5/5)
2. The Plague Of Sorrow (4.5/5)
3. War Of Fidelity (4.5/5)
4. In Torment's Orbit (4.5/5)
5. Lord Of Command (Bringer Of Hate) (5/5)
6. The Flames Of Deceit (4/5)
7. Black Marvels Of Death (4/5)
8. Twilight Damnation (4/5)
9. ... As Evil Descends (N/A)



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Brain Dead
July 13th 2006


1150 Comments


Are symphonies getting in the way of brutality really a negative?

Thor
July 13th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice to see more Old Man's Child reviews around here! Great job, too. I'm planning to do their album The Pagan Prosperity in the future.

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Cravinov13
July 13th 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Are symphonies getting in the way of brutality really a negative?


It is when it disturbs song flow. But it only does that in one part in two diffrent songs basically, so it's nothing too bad.

Mr. Brown
July 13th 2006


36 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is quite good although I rarely listen to it. The vocals remind me a lot of the vocals that can be found on Naglfar's "Pariah". I really like the acoustic intros and drumming.

superpeer
July 14th 2006


257 Comments


I still need to get it, I like what I've heard of it. I doubt I'll get it soon though, stupid overpriced metal CDs.

TheDevilsOwn
July 14th 2006


91 Comments


I agree with the Arch Enemy comparision, cause he does sound a lot like her. I love this CD, but you got to review this before me. Good review though.

King_Of_Terrors
July 14th 2006


52 Comments


I like Old Man's Child alot, they are great. Except for the vocalist.

Cravinov13
July 14th 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The vocalist IS Old Man's Child, as in, literally.

Thor
July 16th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

By the way, the intro to War of Fidelity is AWESOME! The drums and guitar riffs are top notch.

SoulEviscerator
July 27th 2006


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hands down best album i have besides virus and nightmares made flesh.
the only bad thing about the album is the final track its more of a epilogue since theres not much involved other wise the album is outstanding.

Phil Anselmo
August 6th 2006


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Picks up where In Defiance Of Existance left off, and is just as melodic, if not more. However it is kind of a step down, especially without Nicholas Barker to grace the drums. Galder's vocals though are just as amazing as they ever were, and the album cannot be denied as being amazing melodic black metal.

Thor
August 15th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

War of Fidelity is one of Old Man's Child's best songs ever.

Cravinov13
August 15th 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been thinking of giving that song a 5. I still want other Old Man's CHild after this album though.

Thor
August 15th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You should give that song a 5 without question.

And yes, I could go for some more Old Man's Child albums as well. Galder really knows how to write some good songs.

TheDevilsOwn
August 15th 2006


91 Comments


I'm debating wheither or not i should review this album next or not.

Thor
August 16th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You can, but this review is really good as is. If you're going to give it a similar rating then I would suggest that you don't just because the site doesn't need it. If it's going to be different, then go for it.

Eakflanderyof
November 29th 2006


2143 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I haven't heard a whole lot from this band, but what I have heard only sounded decent. IMO, the song writing was lacking in the songs I heard, but the guy writes awesome solos. I think that Galder should write more leads and less rhythm parts because the rhythm parts just seemed kind of dull to me. The rhythm parts just were not very ear catching.

Is this one of those albums that you have to listen to a few times before you understand it and start to like it?

BTW, the songs I heard were Enslaved and Condemned and War of Fidelity.

Cravinov13
December 1st 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Enslaved And Condemned is one of the best songs on this album, but Lord Of Command pwns them all.

Wizard
October 22nd 2007


19641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Is this one of those albums that you have to listen to a few times before you understand it and start to like it?"

It took me a few listens before the album sunk in (considering too that this was my first real exposure to any sort of black metal).

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

BallsToTheWall
October 22nd 2007


44805 Comments


I've always heard about this band but never checked them out. Sounds good enough to try now.

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