Children of Bodom
Hate Crew Deathroll


4.0
excellent

Review

by Squirrel USER (3 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 234 replies | 31,276 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


5 of 11 thought this review was well written

Children of Bodom - Hate Crew Deathroll

Children of Bodom is:
Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho - Guitars / Vocals
Alexander Kuoppala - Guitar
Henkka T. Blacksmith - Bass
Jaska W. Raatikainen - Drums
Janne Warman - Keyboards


Recommended Songs
Needled 24/7
Sixpounder
Bodom Beach Terror
Angels Dont Kill
Hate Crew Deathroll
Silent Scream

Needled 24/7
A fiery opener, bursting right out of the speakers into a thrashy riff, with double bass pedals a' thumping to keep the tempo. Around 10 seconds in Alexi opens with a short but sweet guitar solo, and then a quick yelp; and we're off into the song.
Overall its a fast paced song with really melodious chorouses, it has 2 guitar solos and 2 keyboard solos and some of CoBs best riffs. All in all, it gets a 4/5

Sixpounder
This is a much slower song compared to Needled'; it chugs away with a really addictive riff and some light keyboards in the background. It's a very thumping song with its chugging guitars, double bass work and Alexis screeching vocals. The verses are a bit faster and flowing with an awesome riff. It has 2 guitar solos again; before the first there is a chant of "Six! six! six! pounder", which adds greatly to the coolness. The song is also chockablock with some excellent drum and guitar fills. 5/5

Bodom Beach Terror
A cool slow drum intro leads into a very cool guitar riff, after a few bars and a screeching "Lets go!" from Alexi; a very very catchy verse begins; really can't tell what he says but it just grooves like hell :cool:
The choruses are slow and the keyboards really show through in them, about 2 minutes in is a cool, very powerful interlude of sparse powerchords and keyboard attacks. After this a blistering solo from Alexi begins and the chorus begins again, after that a relaxing, slower keyboard solo leads the song out. When it's finished, there is a sample dialogue from the film, "American Psycho".
A low 4/5

Angels Don't Kill
This is a bit of a departure from the previous songs and albums by CoB; it's a kind of relaxed slow track with some very harmonious keyboards all the way through. The way Alexi sings it actually holds quite a bit of emotion and some of the guitar work is very relaxing and melancholic. The solos in it are very slow and suiting; it's a very cool track which stands out from the rest, if only for its different style.
4/5

Hate Crew Deathroll
It's a bit of an odd title but dont let that affect your opinion of the song. It starts out with a slow keyboard but then within a matter of seconds it absolutely explodes into a fast paced, upfront song; the vocals are very upfront and in the second verse is some cool vocals from the rest of the band. A short build up leads us right into another of Alexis fast paced solos and as abruptly as it started, the song is over.
4/5

Silent Scream
This is a Slayer cover for the uneducated :P; it stays rather true to the origonal and still retains the ferocity of Slayers version. It's a rather thrashy affair with a very cool build up intro into the song, theres also a VERY cool guitar/keyboard solo trade off in the middle of the song. All in all its one of, if not their best cover.
4/5


Well, thats only the main standout tracks that i'll be reviewing, but, don't get me wrong; the rest are very cool also, i jsut felt these were the best on the album. This album is closer to 'Bodoms Death side than they've ever been, mostly due to the lack of their classical influences that were on previous offerings.

The songs as a whole are very "groovy"; they have great riffs and a cool flow to them, the songs are full of great fills and all the instruments are used very well. The keyboards arent ignored, but they arent overpowering and the guitars dont overpower the bass and drums.

All in all, it's a great album, but next to their others, it lacks that special 'Bodom feel. If you're a fan of CoB but don't have this, you wont be disappointed by it, but prepare for something a tiny bit different to Follow the Reaper and Hatebreeder. If youve never heard them before - i really suggest you try them out, they have some great aspects to them which will surprise you.

Overall score - it gets 4 smilies out of 5.

:) :) :) :) :evil:

( also please comment on my layout etc, this is only my second review )


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Bartender
Emeritus
June 30th 2004



826 Comments


I actually own this album (and two others by CoB), but I'm not a big fan of them. They're decent though, and there's no one album I've heard that's particularly bad, and when they get it right (Needled 24/7, or Every Time I Die from Follow the Reaper), they're very good. I'd probably give this 3 or 3.5/5.

By the way, if you put [img] [/img] around that link, the cover will appear in the post.

Squirrel
June 30th 2004



74 Comments


Ok, thanks Bartender, also thanks for the comments

Music rockS
July 1st 2004



1 Comments


I like you reveiw. Bodom is one of my favourite bands, but this is probably their weakest release. You're right it lacks that feel.

satanic-panic
July 1st 2004



18 Comments


i was thinking about buyin this album, but if there is a different COB album that is better please let me know

Squirrel
July 1st 2004



74 Comments


Follow the Reaper and Hatebreeder are better; but a tiny bit different.

PIGS(1 different one)
August 13th 2004



53 Comments


A good album, not their best.

I would still give it a 4.6/5

Bodom, are one of my favorite bands.

In ObliQue
August 14th 2004



1 Comments


Defentily a killer album. I agree that Follow the Reaper defentily kills it but agian the two ablums arent exactly on the same page.

sensitiveorgan00
August 14th 2004



41 Comments


:lol: Man, I love their song titles. Nice review by teh way. I've heard a few songs off of this album, it was alright at best. Teh drum machine part in Needled 24/7 seriously pissed me off.

Kaden
August 14th 2004



222 Comments


This is the only COB album that I have, and I absolutely love ever second of it. But I don't have Silent Scream on mine :confused:

4/5

Squirrel
August 15th 2004



74 Comments


[QUOTE=Sensitiveorgan00]Man, I love their song titles. Nice review by teh way. I've heard a few songs off of this album, it was alright at best. Teh drum machine part in Needled 24/7 seriously pissed me off.[/QUOTE]


Thanks

:lol: they are odd titles, someone once said they sounded like wrestling moves, which is quite fitting i think :p


[QUOTE=Kaden]This is the only COB album that I have, and I absolutely love ever second of it. But I don't have Silent Scream on mine [/QUOTE]

I think it's only certain releases with Silent Scream on, maybe a Japanese release or something ? they covered it ages ago - it's on some versions of Something Wild too.

Does yours just finish at HCDR or do you get another song instead or Silent Scream ?

Squirrel
August 15th 2004



74 Comments


Bumpity.

Kaden
August 15th 2004



222 Comments


[QUOTE=Squirrel_h4x]Does yours just finish at HCDR or do you get another song instead or Silent Scream ?[/QUOTE]
HCDR is the last song on my copy.

Shadows
Moderator
August 28th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I'm just starting to get into this band. I've got Something Wild and been listening to it ever since. It's pretty amazing. I planned to get to get Follow the Reaper next, but this was still a good review. Be on the lookout for my Something Wild review.

Bartender
Emeritus
August 28th 2004



826 Comments


For fans of CoB, a band well worth checking out is Kalmah. Just thought I'd drop that in here.

Shadows
Moderator
August 28th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

[QUOTE=Bartender]For fans of CoB, a band well worth checking out is Kalmah. Just thought I'd drop that in here.[/QUOTE]
Kalmah? Never heard of them. I'll check them out though - CoB is great.

Bartender
Emeritus
August 28th 2004



826 Comments


I actually prefer Kalmah to CoB, although they have a very similar sound..just never been very keen on CoB, I'm not sure why. Try the song Heroes to Us as a starter, it was the first I heard, and made a good impression in Forced Listening

Dancin' Man
October 11th 2004



719 Comments


I think Angels Don't Kill is the best song to reccomend to a CoB virgin.

Kingofdudes
October 12th 2004



294 Comments


Good review, I got Follow the Reaper and Hatebreeder, now I need this one.

Shadows
Moderator
October 12th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Don't forget Something Wild.

Needled 24/7 would be a pretty good way to introduce a fan of heavier metal to CoB. It's got a lot of the old style still in them but is pretty heavy considering their earlier work.

buzzkill037
October 13th 2004



1 Comments


I heard needled 24/7 on he mtv2 headbangers ball cd and i loved every second of it



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