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Album Review

With the presence of brutal riffs and keyboards, Finland's Children of Bodom sounds at times like Fear Factory fronted by a hardcore screamer, especially on their 2005 release, Are You Dead Yet? The group's fifth studio album (which was co-produced by Children of Bodom and Mikko Karmila, the chap who produced their previous outing, 2003's Hate Crew Deathroll) shows the quintet plowing full steam ahead, as the venom continues to bubble to the surface throughout. But the group also has an unmistakable prog metal edge to boot, as the tricky interplay between guitarist Alexi Wildchild Laiho (who also doubles as vocalist) and keyboardist Janne Warmen on "Punch Me I Bleed" certainly brings to mind Dream Theater. And since it's nearly impossible to hear any new European metal band from the mid-'90s onward and not hear an unmistakable Iron Maiden influence, the guitar work between Laiho and Roope Latvala in "Bastards of Bodom" certainly brings to mind Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. Although they may often be lumped in with the majority of other European "extreme metal" bands, there is definitely a progressive air that surrounds Children of Bodom.

Customer Reviews

Another great album from COB

Evolution, not revolution would be the one word to describe Are You Dead Yet. The boys from Finland are back with their latest masterpiece and while they have most certainly have found their musical niche, what gets sacrificed is originality in musical composition. Any COB song on this album will feel very familiar and while that's not necessarily a flaw that will lose fans by the handful, it does have the potential to turn away fans, especially who were turned on by COB's neo-classical sound that has not been heard since 2001's Follow the Reaper. That being said, the album is strong from start to finish. The best tracks are easily Trashed,Lost and Strungout, Next in Line and the more (relatively) slower paced, Punch me I bleed. Frontman/guitarist Alexi Laiho is in fine form here, delivering the crushing riffs and dazziling solos that fans of the band have come to expect. The keyboards are present as well as the newcomer Roope Latvala replacing Alexander Kuoppala as the second guitarist and his presence is felt here as well. Overall a solid album by the Hate Crew, however this record may only aid in making you yearn for a back to roots approach while also applying a little more forward thinking in the musical spaces of COB's universe. hopefully the next record will do just that.

Pure Awesome

This is the best Children of Bodom album. This CD is a must-buy for anyone that calls themselves a metal fan. What can I say? You won't know how good this disc is until you give it a listen.

holy gnar

I have listened to these guys for a few weeks and am blown away! This album is their best to date and also best produced. I am not into screaming metal vocals but the pure oozing talent drowns out the screaming for me.

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Espoo, Finland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining elements of melodic death metal, power metal, neo-classical, and thrash, Children of Bodom have been one of the world's most expansive and hard to define bands since their formation in 1993. Founded by lifelong friends Alexi Laiho (guitar/vocals) and Jaska Raatikainen (drums), the band originally formed under the name Inearthed. Along with bassist Samuli Miettinen, Laiho and Raatikainen mined their love of classic death metal for inspiration, channeling the aggression of bands like Entombed...
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