To me, this is the quintessential COB album. It has elements of Hatebreeder and their early stuff but marks their transition towards a more modern version of themselves. This album has an explosive rawness that seems to get lost on later albums. Similarly to Lamb of God's "Ashes of the Wake" or Avenged Sevenfold's "City of Evil," this is the album where the band just went for it. It only sounds like Children of Bodom and to me, will be the essence of their sound.
Great CD! Worth every penny! Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys metal! If you enjoy metal, you have to aggressively search to find the gems, as the radio plays the same old crap over and over, and while Sirius is much better, they hardly ever play most of the gems I've found by looking at metal label websites and metal magazine reviews online. Check-out some of the CDs that I have reviewed in my past, and I guarantee you will find something you may not have ever heard of! Stay metal and support our metal community! If you discover something you like on my past review list, click "yes" on where it says: "was this review helpful?"!
I basically second what alot of the other 5-star ratings say. The brutal yet melodic fusions of guitar riffs and eerie keyboards speaks for itself. Alexi Laiho sure knows how to emphasize the brutality with his menacing rasp of a voice, as well as his lightning-fast guitar prowess.
It's a shame that these guys couldn't have achieved the same acclaim as mainstream metal acts like Godsmack, Korn, Disturbed, or Slipknot, all of whom they put to shame with their intense brutal sound. I could kick myself for not knowing about them sooner. Thank goodness one of my good friends pointed them out to me after I was telling her about all the heavy groups I listened to. She told me that CoB were way heavier than the aforementioned groups, and now I know she wasn't kidding.
Anyways, enjoy! And as always, ROCK ON!!! \m/ \m/
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