Children of Bodom
Are You Dead Yet?


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (82 Reviews)
June 20th, 2013 | 77 replies | 2,442 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I don't give a flying fuck motherfucker

Albums In My Car Review Series - Part 2

Wow this sure takes me back, back to the 9th grade to be exact. Me and my best friend at the time met through a mutual love of As I Lay Dying and chug guitar playing. We had only been playing for a couple of years, so we were mostly playing entry level chugs. You know, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, some of the easier Trivium stuff, etc. After a fruitful day of drop C jamming, we stumbled upon a video on Youtube entitled "In Your Face" by a band called Children of Bodom. So many thoughts went through our heads before pressing the play button. "Whose face were we about to be in? Who is Bodom and why are his children so important?" Anyhow, we waited for ten minutes while the video buffered (fuckin dial-up) and wowee blast off we were in it. "Holy shit look at these white motherfuckers. Wow they've been open note chugging for like 30 seconds wow how cool. Damn that's some wicked keyboard. This song just builds and builds my fucking word." That was my first experience with Children of Bodom, and boy was it a good one.

Children of Bodom had been a band for over ten years by the time they released their fifth album Are You Dead Yet? and they had a much different sound for a much different audience. Their first four records were a mad science conncotion of melodic death metal, black metal, and neoclassical metal, and they had a steady fanbase of extreme metal heads mostly because of lead guitarist Alexi Laiho's out of this world guitar playing, and the band's fun and heavy sound. All of that changed however with Are You Dead Yet? whose drop C simple chug guitar style and slower tempos greatly appealed to 13 year old entry level metalheads such as myself. This change in sound largely alienated the band's core fanbase, and while this change in sound sort of worked for one record, it would become the downfall of the band on subsequent records.

Now I'm not quite sure if Are You Dead Yet? is actually a good album or I'm just being nostalgic, but I jammed it in my car today and I had a great time. The album opens with ridiculous keyboard, random industrial noises, and seemingly endless chugging that for some reason sounds really good to me right now. I think I might be crazy, but this album is amazing. Children of Bodom really stripped down their sound, but it works. The riffs are way more focused around simple rhythms, and the songs are a lot slower. The crazy guitar solos are still there, but even those are a bit simpler. Whatever man this album was perfect for a 13 year old axeman who would never be able to play traditional Bodom type stuff. Songs like "Punch Me I Bleed," "Are You Dead Yet?" and "Bastards of Bodom" featured bright melodies and metalcore influenced songwriting that had never been heard in a Bodom record before. Are You Dead Yet? is objectively terrible, but if you enjoyed it in a simpler time in your life, and you have your nostalgia goggles on tight enough, you might just enjoy it.

The top comment on the band's music video "Trashed Lost and Strungout" Reads as follows:

Soo endgeile Musik ! Ich bin Hopper und höre Metal, Musik ist Kunst, wer das nicht checkt ist entweder unter 14 oder hat nen IQ von Minus 12 !
Mir geht das tierig ab !!!"

If that doesn't tell you everything you need to know about this record, then I don't know what does.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 20th 2013



48530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My worst review to date, I hope you enjoy it

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

tempest--
June 20th 2013



10808 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The worst album you've reviewed to date.

oltnabrick
June 20th 2013



29282 Comments


worst all around i guess

Digging: Future - Honest

DrHouseSchuldiner
June 20th 2013



5605 Comments


Never heard this album in full

tempest--
June 20th 2013



10808 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

you don't want to

ethixx
June 20th 2013



1170 Comments


love reviews like these I don't give a flying fuck motherfucker

thumbcrusher
June 20th 2013



3546 Comments


your first bodom experience was pretty much identical to mine except i didn't have a friend to do it with :-(

KILL
June 20th 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fuck hypocrisy and fuck you too!!!

XingKing
June 20th 2013



9043 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This isn't even a review, just a stream of thoughts

Also, I fucking hate this album. This marked the death of the band

tempest--
June 20th 2013



10808 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

How could you possibly say with certainty that "Follow the Reaper Pt. 2" would have been a "pile of shit"?

Honestly, you make some of the stupidest comments on this site, and you have terrible taste. Please leave.

Keyblade
June 20th 2013



13256 Comments


It would've been terrible. At least with this album you have a ton of solid songs, easily their most accessible. I love their early work but I'll be the first to admit that it's a heaping pile of shit. Exactly the reason why Yngwie Malmsteen never wrote anything worth two shits.

dang

Digging: Nmesh - Dream Sequins

tempest--
June 20th 2013



10808 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Because you know exactly how it would sound.
Just shut the fuck up, you're immaculately stupid.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
June 20th 2013



11389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

immaculately stupid


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tempest--
June 20th 2013



10808 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A bit of antithesis for ya, Jac.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
June 20th 2013



11389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Endearingly insulting

Keyblade
June 20th 2013



13256 Comments


arguing over hypothetical situations nice

thumbcrusher
June 20th 2013



3546 Comments


I'm incredibly correct.


thumbcrusher
June 20th 2013



3546 Comments


thanks bro

tempest--
June 20th 2013



10808 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You're the one getting butthurt because Xing and I badmouthed this album. I couldn't care less about what you think of it.
I'm only trying to point out your complete idiocy. How do you know this album wasn't forced to be a more mainstream sound? Yet you still like it, so what does that say about how good or bad forced music is?

Keyblade
June 20th 2013



13256 Comments


i mean this guy 4.5'd The Faceless, if there were ever a more apt example of forced music...



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