Children of Bodom
Hatebreeder


5.0
classic

Review

by johnny of the Well USER (37 Reviews)
September 2nd, 2011 | 32 replies | 3,284 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm an outcast on the path of rebound... War is in my heart, death is by my side

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

I bought into Children of Bodom on a whim, having heard Are You Dead Yet and In Your Face and loving them both from the start. It was heavier than anything I’d ever heard before, but I knew that I’d found a band that I could really sink my teeth into and enjoy, so I took a stroll down to HMV, planning to pick up Are You Dead Yet? and Hate Crew Deathroll. To my luck, AYDY was out of stock, so I settled for this instead. That was one of the best things that ever happened to my musical life.

The first thing that struck me was the low point of the album; Alexi Laiho’s vocals. His indecipherable screech that he used in this album almost put me off at the start, and probably would have succeeded in doing so if it wasn’t for the astounding musicianship present here. When I realized how incredible the instrumental side of the album is, Alexi’s vocals suddenly made sense to me; Children of Bodom doesn’t clean vocals or clever lyrics because all their sound required for perfection was something to make it heavier, more unique and generally more badass, which the vocals definitely succeed in doing.

The instrumental work here is – as I mentioned earlier – what has always defined Children of Bodom. At the core of their sound are the relentless dual guitar work and the short-but-sweet solos that come up so often that it’s no use trying to predict them. The unique part of their music comes from keyboard wizard Janne Wirman who backs up the guitars masterfully, adds his own solos and gives the album most of its flare. Finally, everything is held together by Jaska’s crazy drumming and Henka’s bass, of which I’d like to hear more, since he appears to be at the bottom of the mix. Anyway, that’s enough of the band, enter Hatebreeder:

Highlights (all songs are excellent, but these stand out especially):

Hatebreeder: The title track is one of the albums heavier songs; right from 0:00 it’s low riffing and blastbeats. Hatebreeder stands out for its brutality and the vocals, which fit even better with this song than the others. The solos are all over the place, but the outro guitar/keyboard dual is one of my favourite solos on the album, which is saying a lot.

Bed Of Razors: This was my favourite song on the album when I first heard it, mainly because the melody played at the start is both catchy and mysterious, which are both ideal for a good hook. It doesn’t stop there; this song is one of the catchiest on the album and has more melodies than I care to remember. This is also one of the few songs in which Laiho actually put some thought into the lyrics, even if they are a bit disturbing, even if you have no idea what he’s actually screaming.

Children of Bodom: The band’s self-titled track is a winner. It starts off with a riff that is more or less perfect. However, not content with perfection, Laiho then brings in an even stronger riff that he plays over the top of the first riff, which sets the tone for the rest of the song. The chorus riff is just as good as the first two, the breakdown chugging fits in just right and the weird folk interlude is a reminder of just how unique these guys are.

In summary, this is one of the best albums that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Although it may be difficult to get into, but it is definitely worth the effort; many brilliant albums are like that (Dream Theater’s Awake and Opeth’s Morningrise spring to mind). I hope that I didn’t sound too much like a raving fanboy (I made an effort), but I can’t recommend this enough



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Poet
September 2nd 2011



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Too bad this was the the part in COB's career where Alexi's vocals didn't suck completely.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 2nd 2011



48574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Interesting


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WashboardSuds
September 2nd 2011



4889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ah great band

Digging: Nmesh - Dream Sequins

DarthMann
September 2nd 2011



13467 Comments


awesome album/
reviews alright

none
September 2nd 2011



1100 Comments


no

MO
September 2nd 2011



17382 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lol no

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Relinquished
September 2nd 2011



22422 Comments


I remember my short phase with this band

never again

KILL
September 2nd 2011



67177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 2nd 2011



48574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah
Just plain fun

ShinXetsu
September 2nd 2011



605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band used to be so fucking good m/

DarthMann
September 2nd 2011



13467 Comments


agree

foxblood
September 3rd 2011



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bed of Razors m/

man what a classic

qwe3
September 3rd 2011



21154 Comments


god this band is terrible

DarthMann
September 3rd 2011



13467 Comments


Black Widow

KILL
September 3rd 2011



67177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuckin downfall

Slimjim367
September 3rd 2011



512 Comments


this band has always been bad, and the fanboys are worse.
worse than lamb of god

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 3rd 2011



48574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

We ain't no fanboys buster

KILL
September 3rd 2011



67177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea this is just music you liked when you were 13 and still like cos fuck the elitists

RosaParks
September 3rd 2011



14592 Comments


bed of razors is so good

KILL
September 3rd 2011



67177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea, title track is the best i think prob



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