Children of Bodom
Blooddrunk


2.5
average

Review

by Rugter32 USER (6 Reviews)
March 21st, 2009 | 100 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It had potential, and it fell flat on its face. Not as bad as it's made out to be, in any case.

Children of Bodom has arguably been one of the most successful metal bands of the last decade: With 11 years of being active with the name "Children of Bodom", and even more years if you count their early days as "Inearthed", they've been a force to be reckoned with, with their first 3 albums being considered classics. Now, I'm not gonna lie, I prefer the sound of their recent stuff (Are You Dead Yet?, Hatecrew Deathroll), to the one of their old stuff. I must even admit that Are You Dead Yet? is what I consider their best album. Being heavier and more complex than their old stuff while keeping a lot of melody was definitely something I quite enjoyed. Songs like the title track and Thrashed, Lost & Strungout kept calling me for playing them again. But let's get back on track, a review of Are You Dead Yet?, this is not.

Now, this album keeps the same formula as AYDY?... So why is it I don't rate it as highly? Well, to start with, I must admit that the quality of this album keeps jumping from song to song. The album opens in a good note with the fast, thrashy Hellhounds on My Trail. This song feels just like the kind of progression they needed, cool keyboard that makes atmosphere here and there. But if there's something interesting about this song, it is the solo. The solo of this song jumps back to the 80's thrash era, it is dissonant, fast, completely insane, yet it fits right in the madness. Even the keyboard solo is completely crazy. But it fits. And then, the title track. Blooddrunk is quite a good song, the keyboard intro is amazing, the solos are more like classic Bodom, and there's more melody here. Alexi's vocals are stronger than they were on AYDY?, and in both of this songs they fit perfectly. Sadly, this 2 songs might be the only ones of the album I can say that, and maybe Tie My Rope. Both songs are great, but I can't say that with the rest of the album so easily.

You see, one of the biggest problems here comes from Alexi's vocals. In the songs that were previously mentioned, his vocals felt right were they belonged. But in the other songs, he sounds overbearing. Since Hatecrew Deathroll, Alexi started changing his vocals from a harsh black metal like screech to a mid-range scream which you could actually understand and also was more powerful than his screech of early albums, and far better than his attempt at a low growl in Something Wild, which was, admittedly, quite laughable. But in this album, he tries to get his vocals to take over: In songs like Lobodomy and Roadkill Morning, his vocals are overbearing and annoying, you just get to wish he shuts up. Alexi has never been one of the most appreciated vocalists out there, but this album definitely won't help those who hate his vocals at all.

Musically, this album lacks an edge: While there are some seriously awesome songs like Hellhounds on My Trail, Blooddrunk, Tie My Rope and Banned From Heaven, there are some terrible ones like Lobodomy and Smile Pretty for the Devil, and the others are just... there, they are neither good nor bad: They're just forgettable. This album suffers from feeling like a collection of B-Sides instead of an actual album, and that quite damages the quality, making it quite jumpy. The riffs in this album are mostly great, going from highly melodic to thrashy, and that is one of the high points of the album. Same cannot be said about the lead guitar work, though: As good as Alexi is, the solos feel recycled and repetitive, with certain exceptions: Hellhounds on my Trail has that insane Slayer-like solo and Blooddrunk is quite good. But the rest of his solos are lacking the feeling of the ones in earlier stuff. Drumming isn't anything really special, but it's good. Jaska could do more creative stuff, but he does a good work. The bass has some cool parts like in Smile Pretty for the Devil, where it sounds cool in the intro, that is admittedly the best part of that weak song, but overall it is M.I.A. during all the album. The keyboards aren't as prominent as they used to be, usually now they just follow the notes, but they shine at times.

Lyrically, this album is simply disastrous. I can't keep it any longer, this album might as well be considered their lowest point lyrically. AYDY? got some of their best lyrics to date, this is totally the opposite. Take, for example, the great Hellhounds on My Trail:

Watching the c***
But before I'm into worries
I do better think fast
Step beyond the legs
Risk selfdestruction
One more sucker
Wait again
To the wrong turn
To the right direction
Too many ****ing gonna turn
Going too fast
When you call me outrageous
As a questioner


Now, asides from making NO SENSE AT ALL, they are plain terrible. Luckily, that is one of the songs where musically you won't care about the lyrics. But there are cases, like Lobodomy, where you'll hope "Well, at least this song might have good lyrics". Well, let's look at the source:

You mother****ers wanna give me, a lobotomy?
**** no, then you know who I am?
Well we're about to ****ing see
You started messin' with death
No one said?
I'm a Maniac
*** yeah, you have no power to ask why!
Then I will give you a turn


Well, you get your answer, and it is a no. And don't expect the rest of the album to be any better lyrically, it's just plain terrible in that sense.

In short, this album had potential, but it ended up falling flat in it's face. Alexi tries to hard to take over with his vocals, the songwriting keeps jumping in quality, the lead guitar works usually feels like more of the same, the keyboards which used to give an extra edge to earlier albums aren't there for a good part, and the lyrics are horrid. Their worst album to date, though it has songs like Hellhounds on My Trail, Blooddrunk, Tie My Rope and Banned From Heaven that save it from being downright terrible. I don't know how their next album will turn out, but I do hope it ends up being better than this one.

Reccomended tracks:

As mentioned before, Hellhounds on My Trail, Blooddrunk, Tie My Rope and Banned From Heaven. Because those are actually awesome.



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Rugter32
March 22nd 2009


754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Tried a different format for this one, hoping it worked. I tried as hard as I could to do a TBT, I started doing one but I decided to change it. Had this on the work since last week, but last week was just crazy in terms of school.

fireaboveicebelow
March 22nd 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review, am I the only one who likes DWE, DFN

Rugter32
March 22nd 2009


754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I dunno. It's a listeneable song, but nothing standout, for me at least.

Essence
March 22nd 2009


3585 Comments


in the lyrics it's actually lobotomy, I guarantee it. they just named the song lobodomy because they fail at everything

also

it's = it is (what something is) e.g. it is dark
its = possessive e.g. (the blade is sharp; its edge has been honed)

Rugter32
March 22nd 2009


754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hmm? where did I make that mistake? haven't noticed it :s.

And will fix the lyrics. Thanks for the corrections.

EDIT: Don't worry, noticed where. Thanks for the corrections, again.This Message Edited On 03.22.09

ninjuice
March 22nd 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's a good review, you just should make it flow a bit better (don't necessarily declare each paragraph will be about this and then the next will be about that).
Album isn't that bad but I only listened to it once (might have hated it if I listened to it more).

taylormemer
March 22nd 2009


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Children of Bodom has arguably been one of the most successful metal bands of the last decade:

I wouldn't start a review in this way

rasputin
March 22nd 2009


14546 Comments


^^ Hawks intro

KILL
March 22nd 2009


71839 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol thats a good thing though hawks rules

Digging: A Guy Called Gerald - Black Secret Technology

ninjuice
March 22nd 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

at reviewing, not so much

taylormemer
March 22nd 2009


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

^^ Hawks intro

I was attempting to remain ambiguous but ok!

Hawks
March 22nd 2009


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

at reviewing, not so much

I know this man.

Wizard
March 22nd 2009


19437 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lay off Hawks boys hahaha.



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Rugter32
March 22nd 2009


754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

messin with Hawks means srsbsns guise

srsly

BoovTheAlmighty
May 10th 2009


21 Comments


It's an OK album, definitely not as good as Hate breeder or Follow the Reaper. The songs that you mentioned are some of the gems on the album, but the rest is...bleh.

Bleak
May 10th 2009


258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album makes me want to puke blood.

dontreallycare96
May 17th 2009


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I did not think the album was as bad as the reveiw portrays i will admit not as good as the others but still okay but the songs mentioned of annoyance are true they do suck.

devouredbymetal
May 18th 2009


516 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the lyrics of lobodomy are hilarious...heheh...its more like a humour metal track...there should be a battle of the bands between kalmah and cob...amazingly sh***y album...

when_darkness_falls
June 3rd 2009


107 Comments


Good album. I like this album, but then again I was a relative COB virgin until this album. So go figure...
Banned From Heaven has one of the most grandiose openings Ive heard...
It truly kicks major rear end :P

fireaboveicebelow
June 3rd 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

listen to hypocrisy if you like that song, bodom completely ripped them off



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