Children Of Bodom – Halo Of Blood

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Review by Julian Handley

Nuclear Blast Records

Fun time Finnish melodic death metallers Children Of Bodom are back with their eighth full length studio album containing ten hyperactive tracks, each of which are as over the top as the next, served up with the trademark delivery, which is instantly recognisable. Big intros, relentless drumming, squealing guitars and frantic keyboards, steadied only by a stabilising bass, before the evil, spitting vocals, rasp in to the mix.

Alexi Laiho has perfected the death metal scream, although on the odd occasion, within this album he can be heard to produce a refreshing semi, clean vocal. Group vocals are also used throughout, to great effect. Halo of Blood has some great tracks which will come in to their own on the live circuit.

Album opener ‘Waste of Skin’ is a furious pace setter, basking in a glorious mix which gives a great balance to the overall sound as no single aspect dominates. This can said of the nine tracks that follow. The band looked to handle the production with support from Peter Tagtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain) who has helped mastermind the capturing of the coarseness and melody, creating a stunning, diverse, modern-day soundscape. ‘Transference’ is a grinding, grating monster, saturated in melodic bliss with some excellent instrumental showmanship. And ‘Bodom Blue Moon’ is a busy number, which batters the brain, without mercy.

Overall, Halo of Blood is a worthy effort, setting the band back on track, picking up where Blooddrunk left off. Having just confirmed dates for a UK Autumn tour in support of this album, I for sure shall be in attendance to see how tracks from this album, stack up on the live front.

Children Of Bodom – Halo Of Blood7.5 out of 10

Track Listing:

  1. Waste of Skin
  2. Halo of Blood
  3. Screams for Silence
  4. Transference
  5. Bodom Blue Moon
  6. Your Days are Numbered
  7. Dead Man’s Hand on you
  8. Damaged Beyond Repair
  9. All Twisted
  10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep