Children of Bodom
Skeletons In The Closet


2.5
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Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (92 Reviews)
September 26th, 2009 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Covering covered territory.

For a compilation of covers divided between mostly metal classics and comic renditions of rock & pop closer to home, Alexi Laiho and his band casually reel off some unexpected twists, which ironically may even turn out to be more metal than some of their own creations. Expect with these a throng of differing production qualities and timbres, for the majority span over ten year of recording process, either as an attention-grab at the end of a limited edition track list, or as a designated country edition speciality. Take, for example, Britney Spears“Oops!... I Did It Again”, a running internet joke a few years back to further extend the then predictable side of Laiho’s humour, and the duration of Are You Dead Yet? Rewind six or so years and you’ll be playing back the last two songs of 1999’s Hatebreeder deluxe edition through the inclusion of Stone’s “No Commands” and Iron Maiden’s “Aces High”. It may be easy at a glance to deduce that Children of Bodom are making it painless to attain all these party songs and rarities in one neat package, but in reality, Japan the US and Europe each share a slight permutation of the same track list, plus-minus the slight degree of difference. Whichever way though, they’ve most likely been all heard before at some stage, savour the four that were recorded exclusively for the purpose of making this extend over one hour, which is easily double the duration of what you’re presumably willing to experience in a single sitting.

But otherwise, there’s something genuinely side-splitting about this record, and (though fleeting) about Laiho endeavouring to be sincere bawling out the eponymous lyrics from Andrew W.K’s “She is Beautiful” (from the European version), while of course attempting to reconcile with watery metal standards in the same breadth. Likewise, Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” shares a fair deal of jollity in the twang and blang of banjo quasi-metal, and remains as an epitome of a gradual evolution from early anguish toward more untailored fun. With such an abundance of variety here, it’s hard to focus solely on their most arguable influences, and instead remain subtly bemused by their other choice of habit. Janne Warman for example shows us how to deposit (recklessly) a provisional new age pad solo in just about anything without agreeing first with context. All up it’s either justifiably awful, or partially amusing but never quite as entertaining as what this it’s marketed to be. Even though most of its content is derived from an applicable source, they’re regrettably spoilt by lacklustre attempts at comedy.



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taylormemer
September 26th 2009


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Probably rec. Ghost Riders in the Sky and Silent Scream. Others could be worth mentioning, but don't expect a lot here.

rasputin
September 26th 2009


14555 Comments


i remember listening to the britney spears, maiden and billy idol covers a few years ago - i wasn't very impressed.

great write-up though

fireaboveicebelow
September 26th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

taking it too serious

taylormemer
September 26th 2009


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, but you see that's the problem with this record. It's either torn between being both serious and hilarious. In all, it's mostly bland and uneventful apart from the odd occasion. I myself wont ever consider listening to most of this stuff ever again.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2009


16496 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, but you see that's the problem with this record. It's either torn between being both serious and hilarious. In all, it's mostly bland and uneventful apart from the odd occasion. I myself wont ever consider listening to most of this stuff ever again.

This.

Great review.

KILL
September 26th 2009


72285 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

most of the covers suck but hellion and no commands are great, nice review

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

Phantom
September 26th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

good review, pretty much what i expected of this album

fireaboveicebelow
September 26th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

toxic is more metal, I made my own

Phantom
September 26th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

so did some metalcore band

jingledeath
September 26th 2009


7104 Comments


already listened to a few of this and they were boring. not going to bother with the whole thing.

fireaboveicebelow
September 26th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah A Static Lullaby covered "Toxic"
shut up mine's better

SCREAM!
September 26th 2009


10398 Comments


toxic is more metal, I made my own
I must hear this

Most of these are all right. The biggest downside i see is the same downside i see in CoB, the gradual decline of Laiho's vocal capacities.

Digging: Svartidau?i - Flesh Cathedral

Deathcar
October 7th 2009


1534 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This would be a lot more enjoyable if it weren't for the fact that most of these have been easily availible for years now.

Some really good ones like Bed of Nails and Oops, I Did it Again, but a lot of generic filler as well.

It just seems like a bit of a pointless release to me. Maybe they should just focus on actually writing some good songs again instead...

sba4life
October 18th 2009


363 Comments


August Burns Red covered Oops. And it is way better

Dystopic
October 25th 2009


183 Comments


Hellion and Aces High are decent, the rest suggests that Children of Bodom are running dangerously low in the ideas department.

Giblover
November 6th 2009


35 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the ONLY thing keeping me from giving this a 1 or 1.5 is that there are covers from the Hatebreeder/Follow the Reaper era.

MagnetaMorning
November 13th 2009


62 Comments


lol. i own only 2 COB cds, and 1/5th of this one, apparently.

TRMshadow
December 7th 2009


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"I was so hungover when I did the vocals that I had to blow chunks between the lines on the second verse" (taken from booklet when commenting on the Kenny Rogers song.

^This is what not to do when trying to make music for loyal fans.

TRMshadow
December 8th 2009


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

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Ire
December 8th 2009


41829 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol album is terrible



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