Imagine you are a music reviewer, and you have a taste for big, sludgy, post-metal heaviness. Chances are, then, that you’re a huge fan of Old Man Gloom. You get sent a early review copy of their upcoming fifth album, ‘The Ape of God’, and review it lovingly. Then, one week before the schedule release, the band announce there are actually two different albums called ‘The Ape of God’, and both would be released on the scheduled date. Further to that, the album sent to reviewers, the one that you’d listening to intently for weeks, represented neither album, featuring a mixture of truncated versions of tracks from both ‘true’ albums.
Let me make it clear – Old Man Gloom are trolls.
In March 2020, OMG announced a new album: ‘Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning’, due for release in May, with the announcement accompanied by the first single, ‘EMF’. The new song, as well as the impending release of more new OMG, was well received. But then…
A week later, without warning, Old Man Gloom released another full album: “Seminar IX: Darkness of Being”. Both albums were undeniably incredible, and the experience of listening to part two for a couple of months before getting the first part of the puzzle was an interesting one.
Old Man Gloom’s mix of post-metal and sludge, along with some broadly experimental and unpredictable twists and turns, makes them one of the most exciting extreme acts in metal. The fact they can still manage to surprise their fans with an entire album in an age of internet leaks and rumours is truly remarkable.