Children of Bodom
Something Wild


4.0
excellent

Review

by Xenorazr USER (120 Reviews)
August 1st, 2009 | 36 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bodom's debut is disappointingly brief, yet very enjoyable thanks to the incorporation of various musical styles, enthusiastic guitar work and a smooth overall flow to the tracks.

Children of Bodom aren’t exactly a band that one would call “subtle.” The group has primarily been known for having a rather blunt and in your face (no pun intended) nature to their songs (especially in their recent releases). Though they’ve always exhibited a very direct music style, the band’s debut album Something Wild shows the band in a different light which can easily be argued as a better overall sound as opposed to their post-Follow the Reaper efforts.

Opening with one of the band’s many derived audio clips from films, “Deadnight Warrior” quickly escalates into a fast track over almost as quickly as it starts. The following song, “In the Shadows,” has a more prolonged sound and structure, barely passing the six minute mark. Serving as a double track offering if you will, both “Red Light in My Eyes” parts alternate between slow and frantic speeds that keep you guessing. “Lake Bodom” has an instantly identifiable intro that persists throughout a well-paced track. The longest track on the album, “The Nail” is at first (after the voice intro) uninteresting but the relentless guitar playing help it stand back up. Finally, “Touch Like Angel of Death” is another solid, quick and well-paced track that has an interesting keyboard outro about two minutes after the regular track ends.

What Children of Bodom brought to the table with Something Wild was a fairly unique style, one that derived various cues from other genres. This album was just the beginning of what would ultimately make the band tough to label genre-wise for many. Although the core sound is melodic death metal, other influences can be found here, such as neo-classical and black metal, but not to the point of them dominating the overall manner of the tracks. What this helps give the album over its successors is a sense of atmosphere and darkness that would ultimately vanish starting with Hate Crew Deathroll. Also present is a smoother flow to the songs as opposed to the band’s work starting on and after the aforementioned album, especially on “In the Shadows.”

The musicianship here is a key part of what helps the album stand out very well. Lead guitarist and vocalist Alexi Laiho has earned quite a name for himself in the metal community, and his work here is as impressive as anything else he’s recorded. His guitar style on the album is very quick and frantic, barely taking the time to slow down. As for Laiho’s vocal style, he might not be the best at extreme vocals, but they fit the kinetic nature of the music, which helps give the music a natural feel most of the time. Keyboardist Janne Warman primarily plays the role of adding atmosphere to the music, though still gives the songs a mechanical sound that would become more and more prominent in the future. Jaska Raatikainen provides solid drum work here, having enough fast, enthusiastic moments to be worthy of mention. But the album has a distinct lack of strong bass guitar work, save for a couple brief moments on select songs.

What’s most unfortunate about Something Wild is its length: it’s simply too short with only seven tracks, four of them coming out to around four minutes each, two being in the six minute range and the other being just under three. Granted, the album is paced very well altogether, but as mentioned earlier, “Touch Like Angel of Death” is an rather abrupt conclusion (unless you listen to the chilling keyboard outro) which will likely leave many saying “that’s it?”

Something Wild manages to utilize its potential and strengths very well and, other than its disappointingly short runtime, is a strong effort. The generally frantic and exciting nature of the band is very evident, especially from the always zealous Alexi Laiho. If you ever long for a fast yet eerie listening or want a great, brief set of tracks, you won’t find a much better solution than this.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
rasputin
August 1st 2009


14967 Comments


does this have gruff screams? i don't think i can handle those

Greggers
August 1st 2009


2375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, Lake Bodom kicks arse.

Xenorazr
August 1st 2009


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@rasputin: Not sure what you mean by "gruff" screams, but just listen to a couple tracks yourself. Give "Lake Bodom" and "Touch Like Angel of Death" a listen each and you'll have an idea of what the album is like.

@CrazyGreg: Yeah, it's probably my second favorite track on the album behind "In the Shadows", I'm surprised the band considers it their worst track.

R6Rider
August 1st 2009


5282 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what a bunch of fags, In The Shadows is one of their best tracks

Willie
Moderator
August 1st 2009


20216 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the only consistently good album in their career.

shindip
August 1st 2009


3539 Comments


IMO this is their fourth best album.

Poet
August 1st 2009


6146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is easily their best album. The Nail is probably their best song too.

shindip
August 1st 2009


3539 Comments


I agree with The Nail being awesome, but I prefer some of their other albums over this.

Poet
August 1st 2009


6146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I enjoy all of them except Blooddrunk, but this one just felt more complete than say Hatebreeder or Follow the Reaper (which is awesome too)

shindip
August 1st 2009


3539 Comments


Blooddrunk wasnt even that bad, even though it is their worst.

bastard
August 1st 2009


3432 Comments


this is the only album of theirs i can sit through anymore

Yazz_Flute
August 1st 2009


19174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey its Max Harkness



haven't listened to Bodom in forever

handoman
August 1st 2009


2386 Comments


holy shit

and i jus realized where your user name came from

R6Rider
August 1st 2009


5282 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

first 3 are very solid, Hatecrew is good but its got some weak moments, AYDY is also solid but it lacks depth, never heard Blooddrunk and I'm pretty sure I dont need to

XulOnerom
August 1st 2009


1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is awesome and easily their best



Also, In The Shadows is their best song

Hawks
August 2nd 2009


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No this really isn't their best. Definitely not "easily" their best.

Wizard
August 2nd 2009


20524 Comments


Holy shit Hawks, come back to Sputnik!

Hawks
August 2nd 2009


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha what do you mean Wiz? I've been around.

R6Rider
August 2nd 2009


5282 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah wtf wiz?!!! hes been around

XulOnerom
August 2nd 2009


1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the raw and atmospheric feel of this album. Follow The Reaper, Hate Crew Death Roll and Are You Dead Yet? are great but they are too clean, too polished. Hatebreeder is the one that sounds most like this album but the songs aren't as great as the ones here. Still, all CoB albums are great... even Blooddrunk (gasp!)



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