Children of Bodom
Blooddrunk


3.5
great

Review

by Kenneth E. Rathburn USER (71 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2010 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Though it certainly doesn’t stand alongside the pre-Hate Crew Deathroll releases, Blooddrunk brings more consistency and value than its lackluster predecessor.

Many experienced bands succumb to the temptation to change (aka simplify) their sound after a couple or so releases. Children of Bodom certainly aren’t an exception to this all too prevalent fact. However, the quality of their more recent works has, thus far, been superior to what other groups tend to deliver and remain stuck in quality-wise. 2005’s Are You Dead Yet? saw the band take their shifts made on Hate Crew Deathroll a little further; except without bringing quite as much good material to the table. As a result, the reactions were mixed with the undying “new fans gained, old fans lost” circumstance applying. Fast-forward to 2008 with the release of Blooddrunk as Alexi Laiho and company try to correct what mistakes they made without taking a “return to roots” approach. The results? An adequate, slightly improved successor.

One of the key problems with Are You Dead Yet? was its lack of truly energetic or even somewhat heavy tracks which was at least upheld on Hate Crew Deathroll. Although songs such as the two released singles, “In Your Face” and “Trashed, Lost & Strungout” saw better utilization, the weaker songs (primary culprit: “Punch Me I Bleed”) left the entire package feeling bittersweet. With that said, Blooddrunk doesn’t change things up drastically from a stylistic standpoint, given the music is still rather thrash-oriented. The difference here, however, is that we have more of the FFF (fast, frenzied and frantic) Bodom that has made some of the newer songs enjoyable.

Take album opener “Hellhounds On My Trail” for instance, which kicks things off on a quick note, serving as a proper pace-setter. Other songs such as “Tie My Rope,” “Done With Everything, Die For Nothing” and album closer “Roadkill Morning” give us more of the comfortably zealous sound the band are often renowned for. We also get the best idea of band’s technicality on these tracks with Laiho and Latvala being the key players. One shame is that Janne Warman doesn’t provide as much keyboard input as one might expect, usually standing out only during the trade-off solos with Laiho and on certain intros. Instead, the album seems geared towards straightforward yet crazed heavy metal. Fortunately, Blooddrunk works sufficiently on this level, with the overall satisfaction at least higher than its predecessor.

This isn’t to say that the album is exempt from potential faults, however. Those familiar with Bodom’s work in-general know all too well that lyrics have never been their strong point. And much like Are You Dead Yet?, the words with the music are trivial, silly and even idiotic at points. Though Children of Bodom aren’t a thinker’s band, they’ve certainly been around long enough to deliver at least fair songwriting credentials. Additionally, even with great, fast songs, there are still some unremarkable, slower moments found throughout, but namely in the middle stretch. These points are at least handled better than those on Are You Dead Yet?, but are all the more evidence such a style shouldn’t continue to be tackled by the group.

In spite of still having problems found on the band’s other recent works, Blooddrunk still encompasses a side to Children of Bodom that, though not preferred, is still entertaining. Being hardly more than 35 minutes, the band wisely choose not to overstay their welcome with the relatively basic song formulas present. We might not see a triumphant return to the band’s original style anytime soon, but I won’t feel betrayed if they can at least maintain the consistency implied by this, Hate Crew Deathroll and, to a lesser extent, Are You Dead Yet?.



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Xenorazr
August 2nd 2010


462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This album needed a defensive review since it isn't nearly as bad as made out to be, especially compared to AYDY.

ShadowRemains
August 2nd 2010


21639 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

the coding does not work in the summary...

get rid of that

otherwise, good review, although I disagree with the rating

TheSpirit
August 2nd 2010


18001 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Bodom really fucked up on this one

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Xenorazr
August 2nd 2010


462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, that was the first thing I noticed, taken care of. I don't review too frequently so I always forget. :/

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2010


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, I've actually only heard Something Wild, Are You Dead Yet? and Blooddrunk from Bodom, and this one is clearly the weakest out of the three ("Banned From Heaven" is such a badass song though). Also, I highly disagree with you that AYDY? wasn't energetic.

Terrifyer
August 2nd 2010


3403 Comments


eh this is far worse than AYDY (which itself wasnt that good)

Phrike
August 2nd 2010


1691 Comments


fuck this band

ShinXetsu
August 2nd 2010


605 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, I happen to like this album a little more than my rating suggests. Definitely their weakest though.

Yeahtoast
August 2nd 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Kinda disappointing album.

beefshoes
August 2nd 2010


4354 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like the vocals on this release more so than those on past releases but everything pre Hatecrew overshadow this.

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beefshoes
August 2nd 2010


4354 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like the vocals on this release more so than those on past releases but everything pre Hatecrew overshadow this.

Rugter32
August 2nd 2010


754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

AYDY is quite better. This one is full of meh-ness, though Hellhounds on My Trail and Banned From Heaven are awesome. Also, pos'd

qwe3
August 2nd 2010


21368 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

oh come on dude this is so bad

ShadowRemains
August 2nd 2010


21639 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

tres mal

tres mal

tres mal

ChucklesSupreme
August 2nd 2010


45 Comments


god damn i hate the way you write

Xenorazr
August 2nd 2010


462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

@Metalstyles: AYDY? lacked energy, it wasn't devoid (which is why I mentioned the singles, they, "Next In Line" and "We're Not Gonna Fall" were up to standard). But the weaker tracks (Punch Me I Bleed, Bastards of Bodom, If You Want Peace, Prepare For War) really brought down the great moments. At the expense of key standout songs, this was more consistent overall and, thus, more enjoyable and superior all told.

TheSpirit
August 2nd 2010


18001 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"If You Want Peace, Prepare For War" was probably the best track on AYDY? Js

bloc
August 2nd 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Smile Pretty and Tie My Rope are pretty good

Xenorazr
August 2nd 2010


462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Let's see what you have Chuckles, oh wait...

Lol, a neg, I wonder where that came from.

ChucklesSupreme
August 2nd 2010


45 Comments


i didn't neg....



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