Children Of Bodom’s sixth studio album proves to be quite a treat. “Blooddrunk” follows the release of “Are you Dead Yet?” with amazing intensity. Many long time fans will argue that “Are You Dead Yet?” took Bodom into a new mainstream direction with mostly catchy mid-tempo tracks and lacked the intensity of earlier releases such as “Hatebreeder” and “Follow the Reaper”. Well the intensity is back but the vintage neo-classical style is still gone. Never the less there is a lot to like here with some really impressive tracks that hold up well even when up against the juggernauts from the aforementioned “Hatebreeder” or “Follow The Reaper” albums which set the standards extremely high.
Hellhounds On My Trail – Excellent opener that sets the mood for the rest of the album. It did not appeal to me at first, but it does grow on you. Thrashy beginning which develops into a menacing beat after the great solo. 4.5/5
Blooddrunk – First single off the CD. 4/5
LoBodomy – Technical track which has some depth to it. Nothing spectacular though and seems to be one of the weaker tracks on the CD despite the great solo and interludes between Alexi’s guitars and Janne’s keyboards. 3.5/5
One Day You Will Cry – One of the best songs on the CD. Amazing atmospheric intro which develops into a great beat and continues onto one of the most impressive solos on the whole album. 5/5
Smile Pretty For The Devil – The first song that was recorded for the CD. Straightforward Bodom song that develops into a great keyboard groove at the end after the lengthy battle. 4.5/5
Tie My Rope – Great song with complex guitar work. 4.5/5
Done With Everything, Die For Nothing – One of my favorites off the album. The song has a scorching beat to it and showcases Alexi’s vocals very well. There are some really deep growls and a phenomenal chorus. 5/5
Banned From Heaven – The slow song on the album similar to “Angels Don’t Kill” or “Everytime I Die” from their earlier albums. Has a very eerie feel to it and provides an excellent change of pace. 5/5
Roadkill Morning – Very fast track yet still melodic. Great album closer. 4/5
There are evident influences from the several bands that Children of Bodom have toured with in the last few years. Lamb of God and Slayer instantly come to mind when looking at such tracks as “Hellhounds On My Trail”, “Blooddrunk” and “LoBodomy” where their influences can be heard throughout the entire songs. This is where the album develops a certain feeling of thrash. As a whole “Blooddrunk” feels a lot thrashier compared to their earlier works which were a lot more neo-classical. Whether this is a good transition or not depends on the listener, but it does loose some of their unique style and feel.
Although this review may come off as negative, it is only in the context of Bodom’s previous work; any other band this would be a five star album! Give it a chance you might like it if you approach it with an open mind, but most importantly give it time as most great thrash albums take a lot of listens to grow on you.