OLD MANS CHILD - REVELATION 666 - THE CURSE OF DAMNATION - CENTURY MEDIA
Revolving around mastermind Galder, Norway's OMC has managed to make a decent name for itself within the black metal underground and eventually land with the ever-alert Century Media. The band is one of the many newer bands which has brought on the keyboards into its black metal mix and has hit the market hoping for attention and a fan base. Sadly though, every second band uses keyboards nowadays and the fact is more a hindrance to success (separates the real metallers from the false ones) than otherwise. The band surely knows how to compose a good riff, and an even better harmony, but what should have been a storming thunder turns into a mere drizzle once the band chooses to commercialize its delivery. All in all then, OMC could have been a Dissection, but instead ends up being just a Dimmu Borgir. - Ali "The Metallian"
OLD MAN'S CHILD - IN DEFIANCE OF EXISTENCE - CENTURY MEDIA
Old Man's Child has always been a second-rate Dimmu Borgir. Seeing that Dimmu Borgir is a third rate band, that would make Old Man's Child ninth rate. Here are the facts: a partial list of bands using keyboards and drum machines would read something like Kylie Minogue, Fear Factory, Depeche Mode and Old Man's Child. The keyboards are loud and irritating and the drum machine lame and lifeless. The sole good thing about this album is a couple of acoustic intros and interludes and that is because they are lifted off various Dissection songs! Featuring a couple of Dimmu Borgir members as 'guests,' In Defiance Of Existence is nothing more than warmed over goth with growls and guitar solos. The cliche-ridden cover (the same-look girl is already on three covers this year alone!) just clinches the fact that this kid is one hopeless weakling. - Ali "The Metallian"
OLD MAN'S CHILD - VERMIN - CENTURY MEDIA
Old Man's Child is hardly a band anymore. The former band, now one of the projects, of sole remaining member Galder is rehashing the same old keyboard driven rock music that has carried it to this day. Fact remains though that there is little here that is of value and even the fair weather so-called metal fans into fast riffs and keyboards are steadily moving on. The 'band' has improved its technical ability and handles its instruments better which might explain why Vermin spews less keyboards, for as Galder learns to play better he also figures out how to create rhythm and fill the music with more guitars; yet that is not enough in a world where hundreds of other and better bands are jockeying for position.
Denuded of its credibility, it is too late for Old Man's Child to be given much credence. - Ali "The Metallian"