It's not difficult to tell that Children of Bodom like to have a good team, but their Trashed, Lost & Strungout EP is certified proof of it. The EP contains four tracks: "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" from Are You Dead Yet, a b-side titled "Knuckleduster," and two ridiculous covers. In addition to the music, we also get the "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" music video and a 19-minute documentary called "Trashed and Lost in Helsinki" that more than lives up to its title.
Concerning the music, the EP's title track is one of the better songs on Are You Dead Yet? (2005) and anchors this release as well. "Knuckleduster" is a prime cut that will appeal to listeners who like some hatred in their Bodom; it could easily have replaced one of the weaker tracks on Are You Dead Yet?. As usual, the two covers are not intended to be taken too seriously. This is clear from the song selections alone. Bodom do a number on Alice Cooper's "Bed of Nails," even going so far as to do the chorus death-metal-style near the end of the song. Their rendition of Andrew W.K.'s "She is Beautiful" is, predictably, even more ridiculous. Both covers are quite enjoyable.
"Knuckleduster" is worth the purchase price of "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" all by itself, but believe it or not, the "Trashed and Lost in Helsinki" documentary is the real gem on this EP. The overarching story-line is pretty obviously staged, but it is also secondary to the Bodom boys getting sloshed. To some the documentary might seem pointless or excessive, but it captures the essence of the band: they're just five guys who like to have a good time and play metal.
Ultimately, the "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" EP is only something dedicated Bodom fans and collectors will want to own since most of its contents can be found on other subsequent releases (the two covers both appear on the 2009 Skeletons in the Closet compilation). Nonetheless, it's a great EP and a worthwhile pickup for those who might not have enjoyed all of Are You Dead Yet? or want to see firsthand Bodom's drinking prowess.