CHILDREN OF BODOM

Melodic Death Metal / Melodic Black Metal • Finland
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Children of Bodom is a Finnish band from the city of Espoo, near Helsinki. The name of the band comes from one of the most famous Finnish murder cases of all time. (The murdering of three teenagers one night at Lake Bodom back in the 60's.)

Early Children of Bodom albums are inspired by classical music and death metal (Red Light in My Eyes pt. 1 starts with a line from J.S. Bach's Invention No.13 in A minor and Red Light in My Eyes pt. 2 includes selections from Mozart's 25th Symphony), and later albums are more inspired by a commercial thrash and hair metal, losing some of its earlier melodic style. A precise definition for their musical genre is discussed by fans and the specialized press alike, often discounting the influences of the band and the composition of songs. The lyrics of their songs are written in the
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CHILDREN OF BODOM Something Wild album cover 3.84 | 21 ratings
Something Wild
Melodic Death Metal 1997
CHILDREN OF BODOM Hatebreeder album cover 3.95 | 24 ratings
Hatebreeder
Melodic Death Metal 1999
CHILDREN OF BODOM Follow the Reaper album cover 3.44 | 31 ratings
Follow the Reaper
Melodic Death Metal 2000
CHILDREN OF BODOM Hate Crew Deathroll album cover 3.96 | 20 ratings
Hate Crew Deathroll
Melodic Death Metal 2003
CHILDREN OF BODOM Are You Dead Yet? album cover 2.62 | 17 ratings
Are You Dead Yet?
Melodic Death Metal 2005
CHILDREN OF BODOM Blooddrunk album cover 2.47 | 17 ratings
Blooddrunk
Melodic Death Metal 2008
CHILDREN OF BODOM Relentless Reckless Forever album cover 2.93 | 16 ratings
Relentless Reckless Forever
Melodic Death Metal 2011
CHILDREN OF BODOM Halo of Blood album cover 3.61 | 10 ratings
Halo of Blood
Melodic Death Metal 2013
CHILDREN OF BODOM I Worship Chaos album cover 3.86 | 7 ratings
I Worship Chaos
Melodic Death Metal 2015
CHILDREN OF BODOM Hexed album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Hexed
Melodic Death Metal 2019

CHILDREN OF BODOM EPs & splits

CHILDREN OF BODOM The Carpenter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Carpenter
Melodic Death Metal 1997
CHILDREN OF BODOM Trashed, Lost & Strungout album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trashed, Lost & Strungout
Melodic Death Metal 2004
CHILDREN OF BODOM Hellhounds on My Trail album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hellhounds on My Trail
Melodic Death Metal 2008
CHILDREN OF BODOM Skeleton in the Closet album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Skeleton in the Closet
Melodic Death Metal 2009
CHILDREN OF BODOM Tales From Lake Bodom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tales From Lake Bodom
Melodic Death Metal 2015

CHILDREN OF BODOM live albums

CHILDREN OF BODOM Tokyo Warhearts album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Tokyo Warhearts
Melodic Death Metal 1999
CHILDREN OF BODOM Chaos Ridden Years: Stockholm Knockout Live album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Chaos Ridden Years: Stockholm Knockout Live
Melodic Death Metal 2006

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Bestbreeder From 1997 to 2000 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bestbreeder From 1997 to 2000
Melodic Death Metal 2003
CHILDREN OF BODOM Skeletons in the Closet album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Skeletons in the Closet
Melodic Death Metal 2009

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Children of Bodom
Melodic Death Metal 1997
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Downfall
Melodic Death Metal 1998
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Hate Me!
Melodic Death Metal 2000
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3.50 | 1 ratings
You're Better Off Dead!
Melodic Death Metal 2002
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Needled 24/7
Melodic Death Metal 2003
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Trashed, Lost & Strungout
Melodic Death Metal 2004
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In Your Face
Melodic Death Metal 2005
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Blooddrunk
Melodic Death Metal 2008
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Under Grass And Clover
Melodic Black Metal 2018
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This Road
Melodic Death Metal 2018

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Chaos Ridden Years: Stockholm Knockout Live
Melodic Death Metal 2006
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In Your Face
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The Unholy Alliance
Melodic Death Metal 2007

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Hexed

Album · 2019 · Melodic Death Metal
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Kev Rowland
The band couldn’t stay as a quartet outside the studio as their sound needs that double hit of guitars, so in 2016 they brought in Daniel Freyberg (ex-Naildown and ex-Norther). It must be a hard job settling in with a group of guys who have been together longer than many marriages, but certainly when it comes to the sound, he seems right at home having spent the last three years on the road with them. Straight from the off on this this record, one thing that is immediately noticeable is the seeming higher presence of keyboard player Janne Warman. Laiho agrees, “Yes, he’s played a big part of every single album, but this time this might seem even more prominent only because of the sounds that he uses. Because the funny thing is that on, let’s say, ‘I Worship Chaos’ or ‘Halo of Blood’, the keyboards were there all the time, but you might not even know that they’re there because he’s doubling my guitars with some insane, super-low octave sound that doesn’t really stick out. So maybe he pops out more on this album, and I guess he has more of a main role in a lot of parts of the songs.”

This album feels more melodic, more commercial in many places, than some of their previous albums and it is hard to know if this is down to the larger emphasis on keyboards, the production, or the new member of the band. Certainly, Raatikainen is hitting the drums as hard as he has for more than quarter of the century, and his double bass blastbeats are there in evidence, but one has to really listen to them as he has been pushed more into the background. The band have used Mikko Karmilla to mix their sound for years, but here it feels muddier and not as clean – it is really noticeable when playing this album straight after the last one, as the sound is quite different indeed. Interestingly the band have also gone back in time and have revisited a song they had recorded before, 2002’s “Knuckleduster”, as it was felt it wasn’t treated correctly first time around. Unfortunately, Laiho didn’t have the lyrics for the verse, so had to write new ones. This is the last song on the album and shows the band with some of their heaviest elements, which contrast well with the keyboards. When Children of Bodom get it right there are few in the world to match them, and even when slightly under par they are one of the best bands in the metallic universe.

Although I would have liked to have heard this with slightly different production, yet again Children of Bodom have produced the goods.

CHILDREN OF BODOM I Worship Chaos

Album · 2015 · Melodic Death Metal
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Kev Rowland
Roope Latvala of Finnish thrash metal band Stone joined Children of Bodom in 2003, after guitarist Alexander Kuoppala decided to leave. This was the only line-up change since the band changed their name from Inearthed back in 1997, but prior to the recording of this album in 2015, Latvala also left. Instead of trying to get someone else into the band in time for the album, it was instead recorded as a quartet for the first time. Given that all these guys were playing together for at least the last 18 years, and drummer Jaska W. Raatikainen and singer/guitarist Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho formed that band back in 1993, the loss of one member doesn’t seem to have phased them too much.

It was back in 2003 when I first came across the band. I had missed out on their first three albums, but ‘Hate Crew Deathroll’ and the opening cut “Needled 24/7” was an immediate hit with me. As for their version of “Oops I Did It Again” (which can be found on their 2009 ‘Skeletons In The Closet’), it is simply awesome and even my kids enjoyed hearing that one in the car. For some reason I don’t think their take on melodic death or melodic black metal has ever really gained the plaudits and attention it should have (although in fairness I do live at the other end of the world and music press is limited, to say the least). This is technical music, incredibly tight with very high note density, and keyboards that may be sat at the back providing a symphonic curtain for the music to be placed against or can be taking the lead in a very metallic manner.

These four guys basically grew up together, firstly in the same small community in Finland, and then on the road together and it shows. This is music which relies totally on everyone knowing their place and combining together to create something special. Laiho may not have another guitarist to play against but he can either trade licks with himself or Janne Warman who is always there when he needs him. I have to smile each time I play “Hold Your Tongue” as it reminds me so much of Slipknot in one sense, and not at all in another.

Melodic, metallic, over the top yet with commerciality, Children of Bodom are still one of the top acts from Finland and this shows why.

CHILDREN OF BODOM Follow the Reaper

Album · 2000 · Melodic Death Metal
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Warthur
As far as Children of Bodom's stuff go, it seems like many would peg either this one or Hatebreeder as their favourite. For my part, whilst I wasn't too impressed by Hatebreeder, I think Follow the Reaper has just enough of an improvement over it to win me over. It's still a melodic mashup of power metal and death metal, mind, but I think on this album Children of Bodom juggle those two extremely different styles with much more finesse, so the power metal bits don't seem to trip up the death metal parts and the death meal parts better support the power metal aspects. I'd never call it a top-tier classic, but it's entertaining enough.

CHILDREN OF BODOM Something Wild

Album · 1997 · Melodic Death Metal
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UMUR
"Something Wild" is the debut full-length studio album by Finnish death metal act Children of Bodom. The album was released through Spinefarm Records in February 1997. The album was originally meant to be released on a small Belgian label under the IneartheD monicker, but as the band were not satisfied with the deal, they were forced to change their name to Children of Bodom to avoid legal issues when they signed with Spinefarm Records. The name Children of Bodom derives from an infamous Finnish murder case where three teenagers were murdered at Lake Bodom in the 60s by a still unknown killer.

The music on the album is at it´s core death metal, but there are dominant power metal leanings in the music too. Heavy metal and thrash metal riffing are also used, as well as neo-classical elements. Melodic death metal with power metal styled keyboards is maybe a valid simple description of the band´s music. The vocals are growling yet fully intelligible. Occasionally they enter raspy black metal territory.

It´s pretty obvious that the 8 track, 35:58 minutes long album is a debut. Especially if you´re familiar with the band´s later more mature output. This is pretty raw and unpolished and few of the tracks are particularly memorable. The performance by the band is decent and there are a couple of skillfully played sections here and there, but again it´s obvious that these guys could take it up a notch and would do so on the next couple of albums. The fact that the sound production is a bit thin and maybe a bit too unpolished and unbalanced for the style, doesn´t help on my overall impression of "Something Wild" either. All in all it´s a decent debut album by Children of Bodom, which right away established their trademark sound, but the songwriting is immature and the tracks simply don´t stick, so a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

CHILDREN OF BODOM Hatebreeder

Album · 1999 · Melodic Death Metal
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Warthur
Children of Bodom basically do with death metal what Bal-Sagoth do for black metal: namely, they make catchy, cheesy power metal with an aesthetic borrowed from their chosen extreme metal style to produce a fusion of the two styles. Hatebreeder is an enormously catchy and accessible listen, and is a nice gateway drug for power metal fans wanting to acclimatise themselves to death metal shrieks or for death metal fans who want to explore a bit more cheese in their metal, but for me it tends to fall between two stools a little and doesn't scratch my death metal itch, my power metal itch, or "weird cheesy genre mashups" itch for that matter.

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