Children Of Bodom

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Something Wild

Children Of Bodom - Something Wild ©1998 Nuclear Blast
1. Deadnight Warrior
2. In The Shadows
3. Red Light In My Eyes, Pt. 1
4. Red Light In My Eyes, Pt 2
5. Lake Bodom
6. The Nail
7. Touch Like Angel Of Death

From the grim reaper's outstretched hand (in the process of going "cootchie-cootchie coo"), you know that these children aren't going to be playing nice. What they do, however, is rumble on the playground that the big kids such as At the Gates play on. Children of Bodom have put together a very strong debut album that may not entirely be the newest equipment on the playground, but still a fun time. One of the few bands I've heard in awhile that can mix speed metal, death metal, keyboards, touch of brutality and not overdo any one area. The keyboards are subtle and used to enhance the ripping music while the guitars have that touch of Gothenburg (the band hails from Finland, though) and even a bit of Theli-era Therion. "Touch Like an Angel of Death" is among the strongest of the cuts on the album (any band that uses those tubular bells in a heavy song gets my vote) while "In the Shadows" has that galloping classic metal feel. Perhaps the only place the band could concentrate on improving are the vocals. Not that they're going to encourage you to hurl this disc into the depths of hell or anything, just that they are a bit monotonous on the whole. With a stronger vocal presence, this band could be something to fear next time around. Go ride your seesaw to this one.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 08/1998

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