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Old Man's Child - Born Of The Flickering (7,5/10) - Norway - 1997

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Century Media
Playing time: 51:15
Band homepage: Old Man's Child


  1. Demons Of The Thorncastle
  2. Swallowed By A Buried One
  3. Born Of The Flickering >mp3
  4. King Of The Dark Ages
  5. Wounds From The Night Of Magic
  6. On Through The Desert Storm
  7. Christian Death
  8. Funeral, Swords And Souls
  9. The Last Chapter
  10. …Leads To Utopia/The Old Man’s Dream
Old Man's Child - Born Of The Flickering

I’m actually at a loss for words when it comes to describing this album. One thing is quite obvious though. Galder can do it all. “Born Of The Flickering” is one of those albums that you can listen to countess numbers of times and it never grows old. It’s extremely hard to produce an album of that quality and OLD MAN’S CHILD have done it more than once.


I had only heard three or four songs by OLD MAN’S CHILD before I received my copy of “Born Of The Flickering”. It had actually been quite awhile since I had taken the time to listen to any of the songs I had downloaded and I was rather anxious to hear a full album.


After “Born Of The Flickering”’s first rotation, it was clearly evident that the expectations I had for it weren’t let down even the slightest. The album had barely finished and I was ready to hear it again for a second time. Highlights of the album for me included “Demons Of The Thorn Castle”, “Kings Of The Dark Ages” and “On Through The Desert Storm”.


Although heavy, “Born Of The Flickering” seemed at the same time, strangely calming as well. I don’t know if it was the small taste of female vocals heard throughout the album, or the instrumental piece “Wounds From The Night Of Magic”, maybe it was a bit of both.


As for the rest of the album, I wouldn’t say that OLD MAN’S CHILD are one of the genre’s most brutal bands, but they can certainly hold their own. I definitely give them major credit when it comes to talent/musicianship. So, if you’ve been completely oblivious to OLD MAN’S CHILD until now, I suggest you crawl out from under the rock where you’ve been hiding for almost 9 years and have a listen. (Online March 4, 2004)

Jennifer Richards

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