Album Review: Children of Bodom – “I Worship Chaos”

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When preparing to analyze any work from Children of Bodom, you generally already have an idea of what to expect. The successes of their twenty-plus year career has been defined by a spastically symphonic brand of melodic death metal, all themed around the grim reaper… obviously. That said, when news broke about their ninth studio album, I Worship Chaos, I still found myself both excited and curious about what may come from it. And I must say, it certainly delivered in all the ways we would have expected, and probably hoped for. Continue reading

The Horns Up Top 10: Children of Bodom

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Named after an unsolved multiple homicide case that took place near their hometown of Espoo in 1960Children of Bodom emerged onto the extreme metal scene in the mid-1990s. Best categorized as melodic death metal, Bodom’s sound is easily recognizable thanks to its heavy keyboard use, giving their songs an extremely upbeat feel. Their success is unquestionable; every studio album of theirs from Follow The Reaper onward has reached Gold certification in Finland. Impressive.

Children of Bodom have not really deviated from the aforementioned sound over the years. While some of the most recent albums have added a bit of an industrial flair, they’ve traditionally stayed true to their roots over their eight studio album career. While I’ve been rather lukewarm (putting it kindly) to much of their recent work, I can’t emphasize enough how frequently I go back through their catalog. As such, Bodom seemed like an appropriate band to focus on in this edition of The Horns Up Top 10. So let’s get into it…

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Quickies: Potentially good news from Wintersun and Tool? More importantly, ‘St. Anger’ got a face-lift.

I have nothing interesting to say. It’s a Tuesday. Who honestly gives a shit about Tuesday?

I can dig it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up. 

Quickies: Episode 3 of Ziltoid TV. Also, you really need to see this Laiho/Flynn thing

I’m not all that impressed with At The Gate’s At War With Reality. There. I said it.

If you haven’t listened to Z2 yet you’re fucking crazy. It’s amazing.

Ok, maybe At War With Reality is pretty solid.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up. 
 

 

Sunday Side-Splitter: Vocal Practice

Another Sunday, another Side-Splitter. To be completely honest, I have absolutely no idea how or where I came across this clip but I’m really glad I did. Allow me to introduce you to vocalist Olle Ekman of Deals Death warming up in the studio for his “upcoming growls” (I think is what he says, but, ya know, accent).

This is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. I’m going to let you watch it though. It’s barely a minute, you have no excuse, it’ll definitely generate a laugh or ten. So, that being said, here’s your Side-Splitter for today:

The best part is when he sounds like a dinosaur. Or the self-motivating “you can do this”. Or… all of it. I personally think he sounds like Alexi Laiho, but maybe that’s just me. Actually, the band has some pretty noticeable Children of Bodom influences overall, and it sounds quite good. You can listen to them on their Facebook page linked above. Regardless, they’ve earned my following because of this video. Enjoy.

Prost.

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.