Old Man's Child - _The Pagan Prosperity_
(Century Media, 1997)
by: Paul Schwarz (6 out of 10)
Many people, not just Century Media, think OMC are the next revolution in black metal. Now, although I must admit they are not generic, I think this implies that OMC are also brilliant, and it is this second, albeit implied, factor which I have to disagree with. If you happen to pick up the _Darkness We Feel_ compilation, then you might be tempted to disagree with me on the strength of "The Millenium King". This is the best track on _TPP_, and if the whole album was of this quality, then... But it isn't. The aforementioned song has a lot of different elements (heaviness, pace, atmospherics, nice leads), which is what most of the other tracks lack. As _TPP_ progresses, one song begins to blend more or less into another. OMC play a few more of their trump cards on tracks like "Return of the Night Creatures" and "Doommaker", but the overall impression is of a solid but not outstanding album. With Emperor back, Mayhem reformed, and Dimmu Borgir producing albums like _Enthrone Darkness Triumphant_, OMC are going to have to do a lot better than this to get ahead of the pack, although they are at present worthy to run with it.

(article published 1/1/1998)

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