Black metal has always had a love or hate relationship within the metal community. With Old Man's Child's latest release 'Slaves of the World' you get a balanced blackened metal offering that will either impress or once again split opinion.
Opening in top form with the slowly moving, dark title track, which perfectly sets the tone for the whole album, moving on to thrashings of dark metallic fury which don't let up for the entire output.
Guitar work is impressive, bringing the darkness is Dimmu guitar man Gaulder, proving that even outside Dimmu themselves he's still an accomplished guitarist and he's definately in his comfort zone here.
The production is polished but still very raw, with some well placed panning and overall is a impressive sounding record.
Although it's black metal, and I'm assuming most listeners will be coming to OMC from Dimmu, it doesn't sound like a Dimmu spin-off, with it's old-skool riffs and manages to feel darker and deeper. I expect Dimmu fans will enjoy it but don't expect songs like 'Progenies' or 'Serpentine Offering' here.
'Slaves...' is an impressive, dark, metallic record proving that black metal can maybe appeal to a bigger audience, its a thoroughly enjoyable listen and well worth your time.