Ill-Natured Spiritual Invasion
Review by Luka on April 30, 2001.
The third offering from Galder and the crew, though there is no more ‘crew’ left in Old Man’s Child. Here it’s just him on guitars, vocals, bass, synths and what-have-you, while the talented Gene Hogland of Death, Testament, Dark Angel and Strapping Young Lad does the superb job as a session drummer. There is not much to set this album apart from other black metal works in terms of song structure, playing or the vocals. What makes "...Spiritual Invasion" so great and listenable is the simple but excellent riffs and melodies that beautifully melt into one another, all enhanced by a majestic background synth and sometimes a classical piano. All the while Galder rants and rasps about an invasion of the earth by demonic aliens and "ill-natured spirits" (HAHAHA!)
There is tons of grammatical errors in the lyrics. Lots of errors in singing as well since, as Galder proudly boasts in the credits, the vocals were not pre-rehearsed and were all improvised while recording. Big deal, this is why they give you a studio and rehearsal time, to make the record flawless.
On the cover an evil knight from hell (or outer space) that, by some bizarre coincidence :) looks exactly the same as the one on the cover of Absu’s "Sun of Tiphrareth", released 3 years earlier.
Stupid band name, stupid album name but a very good recording, certainly not a black metal standout but a great listen nonetheless.
Bottom Line: A lighter form of black metal that embraces some thrash and speed. Good, good stuff.
Rating: 7 out of 10