The Bottom Line
- Expertly written, compulsively listenable black metal.
- Aggression perfectly counterbalanced with symphonic touches.
- Keyboard interludes add little.
- Feels somewhat overproduced.
- Released May 19th, 2009 by Century Media Records.
- Recorded in Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.
- Old Man’s Child’s seventh studio album.
Guide Review - Old Man's Child - 'Slaves Of The World'
Despite clean production that might annoy kult purists and an insistence on using keyboards that detract from the music the album Slaves Of The World is a lean, feral beast that wipes the floor with what he produces in his day job.
Dimmu Borgir’s albums don’t deserve the heaping of scorn they sometimes get from the metal underground, but it’s undeniable that their recent work has boasted a Hot Topic gloss that can only be removed by an enchanted Mjollner pendant. Slaves Of The World dials down the theatrics in favor of blood and gristle. Songs occasionally steer into Dimmu-like bombast but the interludes and riffs are strong enough that you lose sight of the window dressing.
Old Man's Child doesn’t seem to rely on the classic Norwegian sound -- this album has more in common with thrash and even the industrial death of The Rotted. Genealogy and influences are of little matter in this case, anyway. Slaves Of The World is first-rate metal by a quiet but determined talent.