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2008 reissue of Follow the Reaper which is the third album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom. The band's style in this release differs from the neo-classical approach of their previous album (though much of it still remains). A sound more heavily influenced by power metal presents itself in this album.
Lorsque Children Of Bodom sortit Something Wild, son premier album, en 1998, de nombreux rires narquois se firent entendre : du black metal à la sauce heavy metal (ou l'inverse), ça ne pouvait pas marcher ! Seulement voilà, les compos étaient tellement percutantes et le guitariste Alexi Laiho, son leader, était tellement doué que Something Wild connut un vif succès, tout comme Hatebreeder en 1999. Malheureusement, Follow The Reaper s'avère très en retrait par rapport à ses deux éminents prédécesseurs, un peu comme si Alexi, qui a bien d'autres occasions de cultiver sa noirceur en donnant un coup de main à divers groupes nettement plus black, tant au niveau musical qu'idéologique (notamment Impaled Nazarene), avait souhaité rendre Children Of Bodom plus accessible. Certes, ce n'est pas encore du Sinergy, le combo de sa petite amie dans lequel il joue également, mais l'influence du black atmosphérique a fortement régressé au profit d'un speed mélodique indéniablement moins sombre. Ceci n'enlève rien au talent d'Alexi, qui s'exprime ici différemment, mais la puissance de feu de Children Of Bodom s'en trouve considérablement amoindrie. --Hervé SK Guégano
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Again, for fans that are skeptical about treading into death metal territory, fear not. This isn't a dark, bleak, satanic, slit-your-wrists kind of album. It's technical, complex, precise, and offsets negative notes with postive notes to give you that angry, but focused and confident feeling. If you're a fan of classic thrash metal, especially melodic in the vain of Megadeth, Anthrax, and the like, then you'll be surprised at just how easily Children of Bodom manages to ramp up the notches on all of those bands and create something infinitely more grand and appealing to the average listener. give it a listen a few times, THEN pass judgment, or you'll be missing out.
Some people classify them as "Black Metal" which I believe to be untrue. (The only black metal ive heard is Dimmu Borgir [a band that kinda gives me the creeps with all their anti-christian lyrics and blood drinking] when i saw them live with Children of Bodom, so thats all that i have to go on.
Some people classify them as "Gore Metal" which is completely untrue. Gore metal is disgusting and sick and should be avoided.
These guys are more like progressive death metal, but not progressive in the sense that opeth is. Opeth is a very sophisticated band, Children of Bodom is just pure fun. Ive never had so much fun listening to a band.
The solos on this album are astonishing. They usually start out with some blazingly fast keyboarding, which is followed by some blisteringly fast guitar shredding. It's like the keyboarder and the guitarist are dueling each other, which produces some awesome results.
While the lyrics arent all that great, the lyricist is awesome. Normally death metal is not accessible to someone who is new to metal, because the vocals can be so harsh, but the singer of COB has a somehow friendly and inviting growl instead of just a scary growl. He has a quality to his singing that makes you think that he is just a cool guy who likes to party and drink. I dont know how to describe it, but i just like his voice and In my opinion he has the best vocals in death metal.
Anyway, these songs are all 5-star songs, especially northern comfort, and bodom after midnight. If you like In Flames and Opeth, then try these guys for some really sweet music. Im gonna go see these guys live again in may with Iced Earth and its gonna be awesome, dont miss them if they come to your hometown.
If you slow down the drums, FtR sounds like pop music. "Children of Decadence" is based on the same riff as Blue - Dabadee. They recycle that riff again at 2:25 in "Northern Comfort". If you listen to what is happening underneath the metallic surface, the underlying musical progressions are akin to generic pop music. The chorus to "Hellion" is a generic pop progression, much like the rest of the album.
I dont like the vocals, which sound like the girl from Exorcist. I prefer my death vocals to have more bass range instead of fingernails on chalkboard. But I could live with this if the riffage were more interesting.
This album lacks the inventive and dissonant riffage that marks truly great heavy metal. Don't tell me that FtR is "over my head" or that I "don't get it". Believe me, I "get it". This album is pretty standard thrash. It doesnt break any new ground. In my opinion, Metallica's "And Justice for All" set the standard for this genre, and FtR doesnt even come close.
Most recent customer reviews
I believe children of bodom just might be one of the best metal bands to date. This album was the eye opener. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2007 by JR iceman
Follow the Reaper was the first CoB album I bought, and having already listened to most their songs off this album, the rest of the songs did not disappoint me. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2006 by Metal in my Head
I think that Childern Of Bodom is an fabulas tallented band and the riffs are amazing i cant get enough of there music, but i just wish that they would make better lyrics to make... Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by metal man
This is really one incredible band oozing with tons of talent. Every song is worth listening too and I can always go back and listen to it. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Smithy1185
If In Flames got knocked up by Dimmu Borgir and somehow produced offspring, its name would be Children of Bodom. Read morePublished on June 4 2004
Initially, I didn't like this very much..I think I was in a bad mood. But a few weeks after I bought it I listened to it again and thougt that it was almost as good as hatebreeder. Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by ...
What a CD. ......What a CD. There isn't a track on here I don't like, and each song on has been my favorite at some point. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by Atub
Man, what can be said about the musical phenomenon know as Children of Bodom? I mean dang that is some awsome music. Lots of guitar. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Jared Pitt
Ah, Children of Bodom... I had to find out what all the effing
fuss was about so I listened to their stuff...Not a bad band. Read more