Children Of Bodom - Hate Crew Deathroll - reviewed by: EC
1. Needled 24/7 2. Sixpounder 3. Chokehold (Cocked'N'Loaded) 4. Bodom Beach Terror 5. Angels Don't Kill 6. Triple Corpse Hammerblow 7. Your're Better Off Dead 8. Lil' Bloodred Ridin' Hood 9. Hate Crew Deathroll 10. Silent Scream (Bonus track)
How in the hell is Alexi Laiho coming up with some of this stuff?
I really loved the last three albums that his band has shelled out, but this one is just monumental. What a massive collision of brutality and melody! I have never heard anything quite like this, razor sharp guitar blasts mixed with perfectly timed twin-guitar harmony, its almost too much to take in all at once. Hate Crew Deathroll is a perfect album title for this release, exploding out of the trenches from the first track "Needled 24/7", which happens to be my favorite track on the disc. This reminds me of older In Flames meets Bay Area Thrash glory. Other picks would be the gloomy madness of "Angels Don't Kill" or the Machine Headish "Sixpounder".
I'm not sure which God Alexi Laiho has sold his soul too because this disc certainly has its share of heavenly melody while at the same time engulfing the listener in a dark ride of hate filled screams. This is by far the best Children Of Bodom disc to date and I really can't understand why this band gets such bad press within the metal community. This is honest in your face guts and glory heavy metal the way it should be.--EC 2.18.03
About this Writer: Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.
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