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After an album Galder more or less created and performed by himself (“Ill-natured Spiritual Invasion”), he re-recruited some of his old crew, and introduced a couple of new members into the line-up. The result was stunning. With “Revelation 666”, Old Mans Child moved forwards quite a few steps in their own evolution.
The album is an attraction by itself. Steady from the start to the end, its purpose to catch the listener and make one focus on what’s happening succeeds all the time. Old Mans Child has always used a lot of melody and symphony, and this release is no exception. With a lot of mixing between guitar melodies and synth, they’ve created a beautiful wall of sound which escapes not one listener. This can be related to Dimmu Borgir to some extent, although I wouldn’t concentrate on that fact considering this was released before Galders involvement in that band. Besides, Old Mans Child does it so much better anyway.
The riffs and melodies are really what make this special. Aside from a few try-outs, usually the riffs stay heavy and the melodies are more “out there”, constantly pushing themselves and going towards new directions. This is just how it should be made. “Obscure Divine Manifestation”, anyone? This is a perfect way of demonstration, as it fits the description as a hand into a glove. Major tempo changes, violent screaming and vile riffs while alternating with the oh-so goddamn beautiful melodies! Atmosphere / Ambience / Character? Call it what you want. Just recognize what Old Mans Child can do with it. This should be considered a classic. If you like striking melodies over crunching riffs, you should not even hesitate buying this.
The drumming is interesting here and there, such as in opener “Phantoms of Mortem Tales” where they’ve taken folk-influences into the picture. This is interesting stuff, which makes it a lot more easy-listened than their previous efforts. Sure, the blastbeats and relentless speed still exist in some form... or just enough for it to be sufficient.Galder screams and twists his throat like before, and while he may have a pretty average tone to his shrieks, it’s his pronunciation of the English language which makes his vocal performance interesting. Always trying to sound as vile as possible, he spits and lashes out the words, instead of the “normal” way of screaming. This sounds very evil and good most of the time. His performance here is under no circumstances faulty.
So, that’s pretty much the conclusion. Fans of former releases by this band may feel tempted to buy this, and should by all means do so. This is, after all, a strong build upon their earlier works. If you’re insecure what this is about, give it a few spins before actually laying out cash on it, but if you feel positively struck by this review, you should, as stated, not hesitate at all.
Fave tracks: Phantoms of Mortem Tales, Hominis Nocturna, In black endless void, Obscure Divine Manifestation