Old Man's Child

Old Man's Child is a Norwegian black metal band from the city of Oslo. The band is the brainchild of Galder (formerly known as Grusom; birth name: Thomas Rune Andersen) who is the only permanent member of the band.[1]

Old Man's Child
Background information
OriginOslo, Norway
GenresMelodic black metal, symphonic black metal
Years active1993–present
LabelsCentury Media
Past members(see below)



Old Man's Child was officially founded in 1993, but its roots go back to 1989 when Galder, Jardar, and Tjodalv formed a death/thrash band called "Requiem". They originally played Slayer and Metallica covers but later released one demo album in 1990. "Requiem" dissolved in 1992.[2][3]


In 1996, after they released their first full-length album Born of the Flickering, they signed to Century Media. After release of The Pagan Prosperity and Ill-Natured Spiritual Invasion through Century Media, the band went on one of their infrequent tours. Old Man's Child have rarely toured because of the constant line-up changes over the years.

In 2000 Galder went to play in Dimmu Borgir. However, Galder did not stop working with Old Man's Child. Over the years, Old Man's Child has become a one-man band with the addition of session members on albums.

Between 2000 and 2005, Galder released three albums: Revelation 666 – The Curse of Damnation (2000), In Defiance of Existence (2003) and Vermin (2005). On July 2008 Old Man's Child announced that they were entering the Studio to record their seventh studio album Slaves of the World. Slaves of the World was released in 2009.

In an early 2011 interview, Galder stated that he was firmly focused on the current Dimmu Borgir tour.[4] However, he said that after the world tour he would start writing music for Old Man's Child with the possibility of an album release in 2012.[5][6][7][8][9] This did not come to pass, and the band entered an extended period of silence during which Galder appeared to maintain his focus on Dimmu Borgir.

In December of 2019, however, the group was reactivated with Galder posting a video on the band's Facebook page showing him working on new Old Man's Child material, the first such work in over a decade.


Studio albumsEdit



  • In the Shades of Life (1994)


Band membersEdit

Current members
  • Galder – vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards (1993–present)
Former members
Former session musicians



  1. ^ Mike DaRonco (1999-08-16). "Old Man's Child". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  2. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "Born of the Flickering - Old Man's Child". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  3. ^ Mike DaRonco (1999-08-16). "Old Man's Child". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  4. ^ "Metal Psalter Dimmu Borgir's Galder Interview". Metalpsalter.com. 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  5. ^ "Old Man's Child reviews, music, news". sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  6. ^ "Old Man's Child - Vermin Review". Metal Invader. 2005-12-19. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  7. ^ "Old Man's Child Slaves Of The World Review - Review of Slaves Of The World by Old Man's Child". Heavymetal.about.com. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  8. ^ "Old Man's Child: 'Slaves of the World' - CD Review". FEARnet. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  9. ^ "Old Man's Child - In Defiance Of Existence review". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2011-10-31.

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