Children of Bodom – Halo of Blood

Children of Bodom
Halo of Blood
Released 7th June 2013 (EU), 10th June (UK), 11th June (rest of the world)
Melodic Death/Power Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast

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Finnish melo-death/power metallers Children of Bodom don’t really need much of an introduction. For the benefit of those few who are unfamiliar with the band, here’s some brief background info:
Children of Bodom was originally formed back in 1993. After a handful of demos, the year 1997 saw the release of their debut album ‘Something Wild’. ‘Halo of Blood’ is their latest effort, a long-awaited follow up to their 2011 album ‘Relentless Reckless Forever’.

I’ve been listening to Children of Bodom since my early teens, so needless to say that I have high expectations for this album… Straight from the offset we’re entering familiar territory with the opening track Waste of Skin offering walls of guitar riffage, ultra fast keyboards and Alexi Laiho’s signature melo-death growls. Oh yes, this is a Children of Bodom album alright!!

Transference (also a video track) reminds me of the band’s ‘Follow The Reaper’ -era mostly due to the melodic tones of guitar and the keyboard patterns. As tends to be the case with Children of Bodom, there’s also a fair amount of guitar and keyboard solos providing the backbone to a lot of the songs on here. Not that it’s a bad thing, in fact that’s what makes this band so unique. As per usual, the album also features a Bodom-themed song, Bodom Blue Moon; a skilfully executed, keyboard infused piece of melodic death metal. Another noteworthy track is the slow paced and oddly tranquil-sounding Dead Man’s Hand On You, quite possibly the band’s very first metal ballad.

Overall I can say is that my rating for ‘Halo of Blood’ is based on how it compares to others in the band’s discography. My favorite of theirs is, was and always will be ‘Follow The Reaper’. Rest assured, this album is not a ‘Follow The Reaper part 2’ and luckily (for me at least) it’s not another ‘Blooddrunk’ either.

4/5 – so good to have you back Children of Bodom!

Iza Raittila

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