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Follow The Reaper

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pindoff Record Sales Ltd.
  • ASIN: B000056AQH
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Follow The Reaper
2. Bodom After Midnight
3. Children Of Decadence
4. Everytime I die
5. Mask Of Sanity
6. Caste Of My Scythe
7. Hate Me!
8. Northern Comfort
9. Kissing The Shadows
10. Hellion

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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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Format: Audio CD
Although I prefer "Hatebreeder" over "Follow the Reaper," I can't deny the continuing flawless execution of Children of Bodom's offerings. "Follow the Reaper" seems to slow things down just a tad, but that doesn't make the music any less bone-crunching or such a hoot to listen to. 'Bodom After Midnight' and 'Children of Decadence' are two of the first few tracks to get you going, and are personal favorites of mine, but the album seems to kick more into overdrive as you listen through it. It all works up to "Hate Me!" which is my ultimate favorite Children of Bodom song, period. This is a song that will get your blood pumping and put one of those big smiles on your face. The song manages to mix semi-fast, intensely heavy drums and guitars with a soloing violin (I think) at the beginning of the song, and keeps up the pace right to the end. For a song with such negative lyrics and connotations, I feel the most happy after it's all done.
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.
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Well, what can you say about these guys? they are awesome! Im glad that music like this is still being made.
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.
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Reading these reviews, I began to suspect FtR was a masterpiece. After listening to the album, I don't think FtR merits the hype. I almost gave 2 stars because the guitarist is extremely skilled.
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.
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I think this album is a must-have for any real metal fan. Every aspect of it is amazing. The Vocals are much better than many metal bands out there, and the guitar is simply amazing. The Drums are also some of the best ive heard and the keyboardist puts out amazing solos and keep all the songs together perfectly. The bass is also easily heard in most songs and sounds very complete. Every song on this album has something special about it. This album is simply astonishing.
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