Children of Bodom
Follow The Reaper


4.5
superb

Review

by teamsleep698 USER (25 Reviews)
March 29th, 2007 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Definitly a must buy, and an extremely enjoyable album. One of those albums that doesn't get old at all, and can silence all skeptics for a genre, such as myself.

Can I just start out saying that this album is truly amazing? I’m not your typical power metal fan boy in anyway, shape, or form, but all the way from “Follow the Reaper” to “Aces High” I was very impressed to say the least. What kept me away from these guys were the vocals that I would be afraid I’d hate, and the chance of repetitiveness that might occur. I was semi-right about both things, but those are the only things that stopped me from rating this 5 all the way. Children of Bodom are to me, the heaviest band I’ve really been into yet. The vocals, riffs and solos these guys throw down are enough to make a 90 year old put down their walker and headbang while dreamily playing air guitar. Simply Children of Bodom’s raw talent is enough to please any music listener, probably in the class of one of those must have albums.

When you’re talking about cons to this album, there aren’t many. One would be the vocals, which might be too much for some listeners. Alexi Laiho is the vocalist for Children of Bodom, and his vocals are hard to interpret. Then again give Laiho credit, he sings like Satan and plays guitar like Jesus at the same time. Laiho’s vocals sound very similar throughout the whole album, but can sound less reptitive at times when he grunts. If there are any other possible cons to the album it might be over the top for some listeners. The raw talent and passion these guys put out for every song as heavy as they do could be a negative thing to a listener accustomed to a softer sound.

Aside from the very few cons to this album, “Follow the Reaper” is really a mind-blowing piece of artwork. The pure heaviness of the album in itself is enough to turn anyone to growing their hair to their knees and become a metal head. “Follow the Reaper” is so heavy, it could probably end up on the music play list of Satan himself. Every track rockets into a heavy sequence in seconds, sending the listener to a headbanging heaven immediately. Another huge positive to this album is the guitar work. Just the solos could be enough to drive any listener wild, but added on with the great combination of catchy and heavy riffs the guitar work is close to legendary. Following up heaviness is the consistency of the guitar work, each and every second seems like their amps are turned up all the way and ringing through your ears non-stop. I had to take about six extra strength Tylenols by the time I listened to this album the whole way through, that’s how hardcore and in your face it was.

Laiho the lead guitarist and vocalist makes up not only catchy and heavy riffs, but is also followed up by the rest of the band. Alexander Kuoppla is rhythm guitar, and could lead in any other band just judging by his exceptional level of talent as well. Kuoppla and Laiho’s lightning quick guitars screech and scream in unison through your headphones non-stop, and sound so well together. Not only that, but the bassist Henkka Blacksmith sends just as catchy and quick bass riffs into your ears along with Kuoppla and Laiho. Blacksmith helps add that heavy element to the band, throwing down bellowing, and seemingly earth shattering riffs that not only back up the tremendous guitars but stand out as well. Another key component to the band is the keyboardist Janne Wirman, who also finds a way to masterfully captivate the listener. His keyboarding adds even more speed to the band’s play, along with melody. Wirman also keeps around some of those softer listeners, who at times adds a nicer softer sound, that is just as fast and catchy as the rest of the band.

The last member of the band that I haven’t mentioned is Jaska Raatikainen, the drummer of Children of Bodom who helped start the band with Laiho. When you have all instruments exploding through your headphones as loud as you do with Children of Bodom you’d think it would be tough to hear at least one of the members. Then again this is where Children of Bodom surprise you; there is no soft member of the band. Each one plays as loud and as good as possible, and Raatikainen is no exception. His drumming sounds like a giant pounding on the earth that stands out and is flawless. Raatikainen mirrors just what Children of Bodom do, he plays loud, heavy, catchy, and as fast as a locomotive. Aside from all the great instrumental work and godlike play there is one last positive about “Follow the Reaper”, and that is the length. No track is under three minutes, and considering the massive amount great play these guys put out there is no dull moment, making each track seem about five minutes longer. Children of Bodom’s sound are basically just another band’s apex of a song just about three to five minutes long. That said each track is in a good range of time and boredom is never apparent during this album at all.

So there you have it, all the pros and all the cons of the album. All in all this album is a must buy, and will not disappoint any listener except those who are not into rock or metal at all. Like I said before the heaviness can be a blessing to some listeners, and a curse to others, yet it is a huge part of Children of Bodom’s sound. Those who I’d recommend if I had to would be any rock, hard rock, or any type of metal fan.

Group Members:
Alexi Laiho- Vocals/Lead guitar
Alexander Kuoppla- Guitar
Henkka Blacksmith- Bass
Janne Wirman- Keyboardist
Jaska Raatikainen- Drums

Recommended tracks:
All tracks are worth a good listen, there really is no bad track

Positives:
-No bad tracks
-Godlike speed
-Flawless consistency
-Extremely heavy
-Instrumentally insane
-Good amount of time for each song
-Never gets boring or old

Negatives:
-Laiho’s vocals
-Could be too over-the-top in heaviness for some listners



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Thor
March 29th 2007


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Godlike speed? Hmmm...

teamsleep698
March 29th 2007


423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My first review really for this type of genre, didnt know a too too much about them but i tried my best. Hope you guys like it. By the way i used albumbase to get this so "Aces High" probably isnt the last song, its "Hellion" sorry for that.This Message Edited On 03.29.07

Bfhurricane
March 29th 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty good review. If you wanna hear some real Satanic music, try some Dimmu Borgir. But this album is definitely near-classic, but Hatebreeder will remain my favorite Bodom cd. You should check that out.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2007


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol dimmu borgir

Wizard
March 29th 2007


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review, cant understand why this is a great album after repeated listens (probably gave this cd a spin a good 30 times).

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Yazz_Flute
March 29th 2007


18810 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I was just out to review this

lol, Ill review another. Great one btw :thumb:

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

SynGates
March 29th 2007


2467 Comments


I'm tired of FTR reviews rated higher than a 4. The great guitar and keyboard work don't deserve that alone. That's all I see in CoB.

You are right in the sense that the keyboard and guitar work is the bands claim to fame, but the song structure, vocals, and bass are excellent as well (Bass isnt really that audible, but I can hear it well). Drumming is about average, but excellent on HCDR. I cant believe you are bored until the solos come.This Message Edited On 03.29.07

Angmar
March 29th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is the shit. Pretty good review.

If you wanna hear some real Satanic music, try some Dimmu Borgir.

How about no go with gorgoroth or emperor

Angmar
March 29th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

UghThis Message Edited On 03.29.07

Angmar
March 29th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

UghThis Message Edited On 03.29.07

SynGates
March 29th 2007


2467 Comments


The vocals aren't that great, they just get the job done.
Well, that is true. To me, they sound great but he cant enunciate correctly sometimes.
But its not like it goes boring riff + average vocals and then crazy solo, its crazy riff + keyboard backup + average vocals and then crazy solo(s).
Oh, and nice triple post dude.This Message Edited On 03.29.07

CoRpSeSlAyEr
March 29th 2007


855 Comments


No, try some Aeon, Vital Remains, Deicide, Mayhem, or even Darkthrone. Great album also.

Bfhurricane
March 29th 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think that the guitar and keyboard solos are the only saving graces. The riffs are spectacular, and choruses to songs like Children of Decadence, Follow the Reaper, and Hate Me! can just throw shivers down your spine

ToWhatEnd
March 30th 2007


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't see how people can hate on this album, I don't even go for this type of music usually but this is just hands down incredible music.

Otisbum
March 30th 2007


1912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm tired of FTR reviews rated higher than a 4. The great guitar and keyboard work don't deserve that alone. That's all I see in CoB.
Then maybe you should review it?

EDIT: Nice review.This Message Edited On 03.30.07

wakeupdead
March 30th 2007


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

[quote=Review]Negatives:
-Laiho’s vocals[/quote]I will have to agree with you on that point. I was never too fond of Laiho's vocals either, but the instruments kept me listening. Not that his vocals are terrible or anything....good review

Brain Dead
March 30th 2007


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Children of Bodom are so damn trivial, but so damn fun.

Inflames
March 30th 2007


635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Alexi has improved somewhat on his vocals....
A little bit.

Brain Dead
March 30th 2007


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wrong. He got much, much worse on Hate Crew Deathroll. He sounds like a typical metalcore screamer there. On Follow The Reaper and before, he incorporates black metal shrieking, which is a superior vocal style.This Message Edited On 03.30.07

Altmer
March 30th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i never was a big fan of Laiho's vocals to begin with, but imo the guitar/keyboard wizardry displayed makes you forget about all the trash Laiho turns out vocally



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