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Review: Old Man's Child - In Defiance of Existence
Old Man's Child
In Defiance of Existence

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 39:46
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 8, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
In Defiance of Existence

Rated 4/5 (80%) (14 Votes)

Most metal-heads know the history of this band already so I won’t go into the drawn out explanation. There is however something new to report about this album. It is filled with 100% Naughty By Nature style Hip Hop and R&B. I’m kidding around of course although I can already see the emails coming telling me that shit wasn’t funny…. heh. There is a change but nothing that drastic. The change is Nick Barker joining up to add his considerable talent to the rhythm section and considering he is one of the best drummers in metal I definitely consider this a very, very good thing.

The album itself isn’t breaking any new ground but then again I think OMC is pretty damn good the way it is. For those unfamiliar with the sound I would describe it as blackened thrash metal. The new album follows the formula of previous releases "Revelation 666" and "Ill Natured Spiritual Invasion." Mainly fast songs with some break down sections here and there. There does however seem to be slightly more keyboard work on this one but that could also just be because at times it seems more up front in the mix. I will however admit that the addition of Nick Barker adds a little more ferocity to the drums. His work is absolutely impeccable. At times I actually found myself thinking a certain drum fill or another had to be a studio trick or something because of it’s speed or technique but having seen him live I know that he is just that damn good. The songs themselves seem slightly heavier as well with some of the most violent sounding tracks I have heard from them, especially the songs "The Underworld Domains" and "Life Deprived."

Overall this album is exactly what fans of the band were hoping for and I for one will have a hard time getting this out of the CD player. Highly Recommended.

Favorite Tracks- The Soul Receiver, Quest of Enigmatic Dreams, Life Deprived.

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