Children of Bodom
Are You Dead Yet?


4.0
excellent

Review

by myhigherpie USER (13 Reviews)
September 26th, 2008 | 51 replies | 3,283 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a highly enjoyable album from the highly influential finnish metal band.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Children of Bodom. The name is iconic in the metal community. For the past 10 years they have made their signature combination of power metal, melodic death metal, and thrash metal. With only their instinct and their Flying V axes, they have branded their name into the hearts of metal fans everywhere, even having their very own official fan club, and a fan base rivaling Lamb of God. Sometime during 2005, COB released an album. It was the subject of much controversy. Some labeled it as a sellout album. Some labeled it as a foreshadowing of great things to come. That album is Are You Dead Yet.

Children of Bodom are:

Alexi Laiho – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Roope Latvala – Guitar
Janne Wirman – Keyboard
Henkka Seppala – Bass
Jaska Raatikainen – Drums

Are You Dead yet is famous for being the one album by the legendary Children of Bodom that changed their tried and true formula. Many people hated it. Some loved it. I for one am the latter. In my opinion, this is easily one of their best. By mixing more thrash metal elements into their music. It’s heavier and by far more brutal than anything they have ever done. The riffs are more distinguished and sound like they could break every bone in your body if they fell on you. The keyboard, which is by far my favorite component of the COB sound, is still top notch and just as fast as their earlier albums. All in all, this is a COB album, just slightly different.

The album starts out with Living Dead Beat, a popular song and one of my favorite on the album. It starts out very techno-ish with Janne’s keyboarding, but then the riff starts up, and it is oh so sweet. The first thing that will strike listeners of the album for the first time is how heavy it is. Another notable change is Alexi’s voice is no longer shrill and black metal-ish. It’s more smoothed out, and in my opinion, better for their new sound than their old vocals would be.

If there was a perfect song to mosh to, it would be If You Want Piece… Prepare for War. It starts like a freight train and never lets up. Take it from me. I have seen COB live, and whenever they play this song, you’d better brace yourself for one of the biggest mosh pits of your life. Whenever I play this song on my computer, it’s a tradition for me to thrash around as fast as I can until the song ends.

Another of my favorite songs on this album is Thrashed, Lost, and Strung Out. It takes the basic formula for all the previous songs and amplifies them times 1000. Its fast, its brutal, its got a solo that will make your head explode. It is the signature song on this album, and represents all that COB is about. At the end of the song, the song title is exactly how you feel.

Children of Bodom are symbolic in the metal world and for good reason. Are you dead yet is just yet another among the repertoire of reasons why Children of Bodom are at the forefront of metal. Despite the changes made, it’s still an entirely enjoyable album, and a *** load of fun. It certainly is not their best, but it’s definitely not their worst. Try not to compare it to COB’s older stuff, and look at it from an entirely new perspective. I guarantee most people will find at least something they like from it.

Pros:
Consistent… only a few weak spots (punch me I bleed)
Heavy and brutal

Cons:
Punch me I bleed (I really hate that song)
Purists will hate it.
Not as strong as their earlier releases.

Recommended tracks:
Living Dead Beat
If You Want Peace… Prepare for War
Trashed, Lost, and Strung-out



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rasputin
September 26th 2008



14517 Comments


BREAKING NEWS
CHILDREN OF BODOM SUCK

myhigherpie
September 26th 2008



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my second review

I believe it is an improvement over my last one.

tell me what you guys think and tell me how to make it better.

rasputin
September 26th 2008



14517 Comments


It was okay 5/5.

poweroftheweez
September 26th 2008



1290 Comments


Good review pie. I hate Bodom. But good review.

rasputin
September 26th 2008



14517 Comments


You need to work a little on your sentence flow, some parts read really abruptly.
[quote=review]In my opinion, this is easily one of their best. By mixing more thrash metal elements into their music. It’s heavier and by far more brutal than anything they have ever done.[/quote]
Try making smaller blunt sentences into longer, connected ones.

TrojanWhore
September 26th 2008



752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Decent review for a relatively decent album.

DethMagnetic
September 26th 2008



110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The last good CoB album

Essence
September 26th 2008



3578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Rasputin....

High five!

*/h5*

Kage
September 26th 2008



1173 Comments


it was a good review but this sentence:

"even having their very own official fan club, and a fan base rivaling Lamb of God."

sounds pretty foolish.

AngelPhoenix
September 26th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album. This and HCDR are the only ones from the band I enjoy listening to. This Message Edited On 09.26.08

DethMagnetic
September 26th 2008



110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

FTR and Hatebreeder slay both

AngelPhoenix
September 26th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So I've been told. And so I continue to disagree.

DethMagnetic
September 26th 2008



110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

k

McP3000
September 26th 2008



3941 Comments


album sucks, their earlier work is alright

DethMagnetic
September 26th 2008



110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ emo

marksellsuswallets
September 26th 2008



4848 Comments


COB sucks pretty bad...In Your Face is decent (though the lyrics are a lolfest)...that's about it...This Message Edited On 09.26.08

Slaytan
September 26th 2008



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

BREAKING NEWS

CHILDREN OF BODOM SUCK

Correct. Hatebreeder is teh shit though.

myhigherpie
September 26th 2008



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am the only one here who genuinely loves this album

hatebreeder and FTR do slay this album though. FTR is one of my all time favorite albums.

apparently a lot of people dont like COB...

bastard
September 26th 2008



3435 Comments


No, Hawks10pec loves this album.

Almost as much as he loves his black metal.

SynGates
September 26th 2008



2467 Comments


these guys were my favorite band when I joined the site, and I found it through searching for them. Now, they're barely in my top 100 probably.



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