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“Vermin” by Old Man’s Child

Artist: Old Man’s Child
Title: “Vermin”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 10/18/2005
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Rating: 8/10

Old Man’s Child has been around for a number of years and yet for some reason never seems to be in the limelight that is afforded some of their peers in Black Metal. It’s a surprising fact when one considers that Dimmu Borgir’s own Galder is the key force behind the group and brings to the table a brutal yet highly melodic piece of music. In the past, Old Man’s Child has had a number of talented people in its lineup but with “Vermin” the band only finds Galder doing vocals and all instruments, while Reno Killerich handles the drumming. I admit being unfamiliar with the sound of the band before this release and felt it had a lot of the styles demonstrated on Dimmu Borgir’s “Death Cult Armageddon”. The main difference between the two is that OMC leans more to the Melodic Metal end while DB maintains a steady growth in the area of Symphonic Metal. I have to say that Galder does a great job of the guttural growling necessary to be the vocalist in this group and can surely hold his own against that of Shagrath or Nergal (Behemoth).
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