Children of Bodom
Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout


5.0
classic

Review

by Yppolitia USER (8 Reviews)
November 4th, 2006 | 78 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: [b]Pros[/b] The band caught at top form Plenty of shredding (if you're into that sort of stuff) Cons No noticeable ones

Chaos Ridden Years is the second live album for C.O.B. Since the first one, Tokyo Warhearts, they have had a lot more material to add to this CD. They have been able to add music from Follow The Reaper, Hate Crew Deathroll and Are You Dead Yet".

When I heard of the upcoming release of the album/DVD I immediately went to the website to check which songs were on and which song were not. Unfortunately songs such as Deadknight Warrior, Kissing The Shadows, If You Want Peace..Prepare For War, Hatebreeder and a few others of my personal favs were not put on. However, I was not disappointed with this as I couldnt expect all my favourite songs to be on it and the ones that are on the DVD are amazing as they are.

Throughout the gig Alexi makes several comments to the crowd going but there responses aren't as eager as I would have expected for such a band as COB.

Alexi's singing during the live performance is different to the studio versions of the songs. His vocals are more raspy and deeper than the usual studio version. I know you may be thinking that already his vocals on the songs you have listened to were pretty damn raspy but they are more different during the live performance. Each song is played to an extremely high standard and fueled with plenty of energy and sweat.

The solo duel between Alexi and Janne is pretty entertaining although they do both share a kiss during it which may leave a few people in question 'Are they gay"'. Apart from Henkka the bassist, each musician in the band gets a shot under the spotlight and has a solo. With a superb drum solo by Jaska, obviously heaps and heaps of solo's from Alexi and Janne, not forgetting Roope, the latest addition to the band. The last song on the CD/DVD, Downfall, starts with Janne playing the Titanic theme tune on the keyboard with the crowd swaying and Alexi laughing and claiming that 'Titanic inst the issue', to then kick into the actual keyboard intro for the song.

Because of Janne is not ALWAYS playing the keyboard in COB's songs, during the gig he takes his free time and spends it efficiently by taking a scythe, playing several sausages on the blade and cooking them from an oil drum spurting fire, then sharing the sausages with the band, and the crowd.

On The DVD
The special features on the DVD that aren't on the CD are a MUST HAVE for ANY COB fan like myself. You are given a talk by the band about the progression from the bottom to the top, all their promotional videos, Making Of/Behind The Scenes of the DVD and pictures from the gig. The only way this DVD could have been much better is if they had a guitar lesson for two from Alexi :P Unfortunately you are subjected to seeing Janne and Alexi's penis' on the DVD. Do not worry, at least they are not at the same time, that would be a more worrying. The final thing I would like to mention on the DVD which I found extremely amusing but at the same time very disturbing was when Alexi toke which what appeared to be a condom and then, inserting it up his nose, then sucking it through his mouth.



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metallicaman8
November 4th 2006


4677 Comments


Alright review, could've been more detailed. Several grammatical errors and some words missing as well.

...The guitarists kissed? Like are we talking a double kiss (one on each cheek) because that's very common in Europe, so it wouldn't be such an odd thing. if it was on the lips however, just ew.

SCREAM!
November 4th 2006


15116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

From what i've heard, in some European countrys (Nordic ones I think) kissing on the mouth can be a sign of friendship and is sometimes done between guys. Its not like here in N.America.



There were a lot of grammatical errors but good overall review.

metallicaman8
November 4th 2006


4677 Comments


Hmm..when I was in Italy they didn't raelly kiss on the lips. Usually a peck on each cheek, but meh. Maybe I just didn't happen to see anyone doing it. Either way I'm pretty sure these guys are not gay.

spoon_of_grimbo
November 4th 2006


2241 Comments


jesus, what are you, a homophobe metallicaman? kurt and krist from nirvana full on kissed on saturday night live in 1990, its not like its a new thing, probably just done for attention! and even if they are gay, so what? the way i see it, i have no problem with gays, as long as they don't start acting that way towards me. it wont stop you from enjoying the music!

and on a sidenote, if this is even half as good as tokyo warhearts, i NEED to own it NOW!


metallicaman8
November 4th 2006


4677 Comments


Ha, I don't have a problem wiht gays. In fact there's a gay guy at my school I rather like (in a strictly heterosexual manner). I just really doubt these guys are gay because..well come on they're a power metal band. It just doesn't seem like they could possibly be gay. Anyways, we should stop now, this discussion is rather pointless.

I've decided to pos this review, despite grammatical errors

Yppolitia
November 4th 2006


44 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks dude If you point out any major ones than ill change them to make it more bareable to read

dropshock
November 4th 2006


1 Comments


alexi isnt gay.....he's got a wife lol. i read that somewere in an article about him trying to commit suicide or something. and metallicaman, were did u watch the DVD its not even out yet :S

Yppolitia
November 4th 2006


44 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The DVD is out.

Bfhurricane
November 4th 2006


6212 Comments


Actually I think Alexi divorced his wife, though don't take my word for it im not entirely sure.
As for the review, you made it seem very appealing, though for an absolute "classic" rating you should try to go more in depth about how classic it truly is.
I dont mind seeing Alexi's penis... hes on my top 10 list of "Musicians I'd go Gay for!" But really i wouldnt.

Yppolitia
November 4th 2006


44 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm not sure about a wife but in last months Metal Hammer or the month before, whichever one about Unholy Alliance Tour, he claimed that it is hard being on the road and not being able to see his girlfriend much which obviously imply s he has a girlfriend...

Cravinov13
November 4th 2006


3854 Comments


Me want!!!! Good review too. I would imagine roadlife is hard on band members with loved ones.

Apocalyptic Raids
November 4th 2006


810 Comments


fanboy alert fanboy alert

Cravinov13
November 4th 2006


3854 Comments


totally

Otisbum
November 4th 2006


1913 Comments


Nice review, uber awesome avatar pic.

Just checked this band out earlier today, they're pretty awesome from what I've heard on PureVolume.

Bfhurricane
November 4th 2006


6212 Comments


^ Go out RIGHT NOW and buy Follow the Reaper and Hatebreeder

Foodforthegods
November 5th 2006


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To me, the only problem with this live record is laiho's voice. He can't scream like he did in the past anymore.

jameskukucka
November 5th 2006


308 Comments


To clear up, Alexi was married to Kimberly Goss (formerly of Dimmu Borgir and currently are members of the power metal band, Sinergy). However, he divorced her, he still has a tattoo that says "KG" and Kimberly has on that says "AL." But they are divorced. I'm waiting for the DVD to be released in the US i can't wait for it. I hope this show is as good or better than when i saw them live back in March.

SCREAM!
November 5th 2006


15116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wonder if Alexis' penis being on the DVD has anything to do with people saying he looks like a girls :pThis Message Edited On 11.05.06

diefamous
November 6th 2006


281 Comments


Are you sure they're not gay? Cause between kissing and sharring sausages that sounds pretty gay.

Sepstrup
November 6th 2006


1567 Comments


Ha, I don't have a problem wiht gays. In fact there's a gay guy at my school I rather like (in a strictly heterosexual manner).


if it was on the lips however, just ew.









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