It's hard to believe Finland's wildest export Children of Bodom are already on their sixth studio album. Even though Something Wild debuted more than a decade ago, and COB has been around long enough to have inspired several imitators (Norther and Skyfire to name a couple), they still seem like the same brash young upstarts who so dynamically challenged the metal status quo with their unique blend of death, black, thrash, and power metal.
Part of what keeps this image alive is that every new COB album still captures the energy and fire of this amazing band, and 2008's Blooddrunk is no exception. Blooddrunk is a completely intense album full of lightning fast riffs, amazing solos, those trademark Wirman keys, and Alexi Laiho's screaming vocals. It absolutely holds up to previous COB albums, and reminds me of Hate Crew Deathroll in particular. Same COB sound, same COB attitude. Of course this consistency means you really aren't seeing that much progression in the band's style from album to album, but this is one of those bands where you really don't need a lot of progression. They figured out a winning formula early and it continues to work for them to this day.
I can't see how any Children of Bodom fan could be disappointed in Blooddrunk. It is vintage COB, and proof positive that this band is still a force to be reckoned with.
NOTE: I'm a collector at heart, so I had to spring for the more expensive Deluxe Edition of Blooddrunk, which comes in a nifty digipack with a bonus DVD, even though I'll probably never watch the DVD more than once. The main reason I bought the Deluxe Edition is that the regular CD contains another soon-to-be- legendary Children of Bodom cover song. This time it's an absolutely furious version of the old cowboy classic Ghost Riders in the Sky that I don't think anyone could have seen coming! There was also an insert with a code to download some free COB songs from previous albums, which I thought was an especially cool bonus for new fans that might not be familiar with the band's earlier albums.