Children of Bodom
Trashed, Lost & Strungout


3.0
good

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
April 29th, 2005 | 25 replies | 13,220 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Ah, Children of Bodom...a band that any half-assed metalhead should need no introduction to. They've made a hell of a mark on the modern metal world. Diehard metalheads hail all four of their albums so far as metal masterpieces. As an exteme power metal act with neo-classical influances, Bodom can satisfy from the toughest headbanger to the most uptight music teacher. Since the release of Hate Crew Deathroll in March of 2003, the boys from Finland seem to have dropped off the face of the planet while fans everywhere soak up as much as they can of their old work in preperation for the coming album, Are You Dead Yet?, which is set for a September 21 release in the US. CoB didn't leave us completely out to dry, though. In the meantime, fans were left to sink their teeth into Trashed, Lost & Strungout, their 2005 EP.

Keep in mind that aside from Shadows Fall, Children of Bodom is my all-time favorite band...this I suppose could be the epitome of a mixed review. On the one hand, we have the brand new tracks Trashed, Lost & Strungout and Knuckleduster, while in the other we have Bed of Nails (Alice Cooper cover) as well as She is Beautiful (an Andrew WK cover), which obviously display CoB's passion for covering other artists. This release has been met with mixed reviews with fans worldwide. While many say that Bodom is sliding down from atop the metal mountain, others say that these guys are slightly changing, but still kicking as much ass as usual. I guess I'm in the middle.

From the beginning, the EP starts off a hell of a lot more than promising with the title track, Trashed, Lost & Strungout. I found this to be one of the band's songs in quite a while. Instead of going for the heavier riffing style we saw on Hate Crew, the boys take it back to something more along the lines of Hatebreeder and Follow the Reaper. Most all of the emphasis is placed on the keyboards (which are amazing) and Alexi's lead licks (also badass). The song is very fast-paced and flows incredibly. The guitar work is immaculate as usual while Janne is at the top of his game. There is a large chunk of heavy riffing in the middle of the track, but the guitar solo afterwards is enough to drown it out. Incredible song.

The next track, Knuckleduster, is the one that confuses me. Here they throw an old-school Bodom song like TL&S at us, and then comeback with Knuckleduster, which sounds like it came off of Hate Crew. Keyboards are dominant, but very little emphasis is placed on lead guitar work. Instead we have threee minutes of brutal riffage. I suppose it would be a great song if it wasn't CoB. There is a great guitar solo, but...so many power chords...this isn't the CoB we all know and love. I guess it's been growing on me. It sounds great in every aspect, I guess the lack of neo-classical guitar playing kills me.

The two cover songs are next. both Bed of Nails and She is Beautiful can be put in the same boat. They're just fun metal songs not to be taken too seriously. Just remember, these are covers! When I first heard them I thought, "What the hell happened to CoB!?". Its alright. This isn't their stuff. Both the tracks aren't bad, but I personally prefer Bed of Nails. I guess there's just some kind of attitude about it that seems more old-school metal. She is Beautiful just seems funny...Alexi screaming about a beautful girl. The song is so upbeat it almost makes me sick. Still not bad though.

So ultimately, we have some good and bad. CoB leaves a hell of a lot of questions with this EP. Will we get good stuff like the title track, or some half-assed writing like Knuckleduster? One thing's for sure. If they combine both on one reocrd, I'll be first in line to buy. I liked it even if it does sound a little different at times. I'm both very excited and very afraid to hear Are You Dead Yet? in September. I'll leave the deciding up to you.

Recommended Tracks:
Trashed Lost & Strungout



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Shadows
Moderator
April 29th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't everybody post all at once.

fountainguitar
April 30th 2005



2 Comments


very good review on a very good album. Thanx for the appreciation for the finer points of metal.

under a glass moon
April 30th 2005



4 Comments


Great review. I've heard the title track, loved it the video is pretty cool too. I don't think I'll pick this one up though the rest doesn't really appeal to me from the sounds of it.

metalhd909
May 4th 2005



19 Comments


i loved the cover track especially the keyboard part

Dancin' Man
May 4th 2005



719 Comments


Very nicely done. Excellent review. CoB is always listenable but I'll always choose something else first.

Shattered_Future
May 4th 2005



1539 Comments


Great review.
The version my friend downloaded and burned for me didn't have Knuckleduster on it...so i can't comment on that song.

TL&S is an amazing song...for a while i couldn't stop listening to it.
The covers are decent...not amazing, not horrid, just decent.

comm
May 20th 2005



26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Does anyone else think Alexi's voice has progressed alot since Harebreeder and Follow the Reaper.

I personally like his vocals much more on this album. It seems like he is adding a punk sound to his voice, but still keeping it heavily death metal.

Just my opinion...

Thor
June 30th 2005



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I recently got this album and enjoyed it.

Great review.This Message Edited On 11.02.05

Nightrider32X
August 2nd 2005



3 Comments


I read on one of COB's sister sites that they will release an "In Your Face" single featuring a cover of "Oops I did it Again!" I laughed my ass off when I heard that!

Shadows
Moderator
August 2nd 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And they're getting some female pop singer from Finland to help them out with it.

Heldbackbytheday
September 5th 2005



31 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, Trashed, Lost & Strung out is the best song.

Thor
November 2nd 2005



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked the title song, but Knuckleduster bothers me. I'd rather listen to something that sounds like Hatebreeder than something off of Are You Dead Yet?

The cover songs are fun to listen to, and are good for a chuckle every once in a while.

Aakon_Keetreh
November 21st 2005



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i really liked the cover songs

Shadows
Moderator
November 21st 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This thing has grown on me. I now like every song. The covers are a fun listen, and the new album got me used to Knuckleduster-style songs.

Metal_fan1023
March 13th 2006



1 Comments


I didn't heard very much of this band in the beginning...that's probaly because i'm 15 years old.....but when i first was introduced to them by the song " Needled 24/7" i was hooked!! i coulnd't stop listening to it....such masterfull combinations...great solo's...and very good use of a double bass....i bought all other albums as fast as i could! i friggin' love these guys!

pinkzeppelin
April 28th 2006



17 Comments


i just started listening to CoB i love them, but i usually listen to straight up rtock , mostly classic rock an i cant tell any of CoB's stuff apart



Bfhurricane
April 28th 2006



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Youll be able to tell COB's stuff apart easily when you start listening to them more. Theres always "that riff!" in that song that just makes you hard, and its like that with most of bodoms songs and its not too hard to tell them apart.
I might get a little bit of crap for this but I dont think Trashed Lost and Strungout is that great of a song. Brings back memories of old Bodom but doesnt compare in my opinion

Thor
May 29th 2006



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Bed of Nails" is probably the best cover Bodom has ever done. It's just soooo darn catchy.

Shadows
Moderator
May 29th 2006



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really underrated this. The two new tracks are amazing and the 20 minute video is hilarious.

SynGates
January 26th 2007



2467 Comments


TR&S is an incredible song, just all around good. Knuckleduster still hasnt grown on me, and I doubt it will. "She is Beautiful" is a better listen Imo



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