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2008 reissue of Follow the Reaper which is the third album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom. The band’s style in this release differs from the neo-classical approach of their previous album (though much of it still remains). A sound more heavily influenced by power metal presents itself in this album.

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  • Im not really any fan of death metal but this is my only favorite death metal band. Their death metal is not that kind of aggresive average thrash with random melody like most death metal bands put out (AKA meshuggah) but they add a great combination of power metal influence sound with phenominal keyboards and neoclassical yngwie malmsteen style guitar playing and a monstrous bass, But yeah im not too crazy about the growling vocals because im more use to the power metal type vocals but alexi laiho is an awesome guitarist.

    This album here is just plain awesome and all the songs were great!

    Posted on December 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I was very happy to find this CD for my nephew. The cost of the CD and shipping were great and delivery was fast.

    Posted on December 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • OK, first of all, I’ll admit that I’m the biggest fan of Death or Black Metal. Mainly due to the growling/screeching vocals. When a vocalist does that it tells me one thing. They they can’t really sing a lick in their normal voice. But from time to time I find a Death or Black Metal band that I can tolerate. And those are usually the Melodic Death or Symphonic Black Metal bands. Bands that constantly change up their song structures with symphonic keyboard elements or just various guitar riffs within the same song. In my 20+ years of being a Metalhead, I have only found a few that fit this bill. I guess my first Death Metal band was Schuldiner’s “Death”, back in the day. But more recently, I have found a few such as Dark Tranquillity, Dimmu Borgir, and Amon Amarth.

    However, the most recent is Children of Bodom. Oh, dont’ get me wrong, I’ve heardx some of their stuff over the last few years, but never could get myself to get into them. Well, lately, I have decided to give them a try by buying their catalog. And despite the raspy screeching vocals, the music is darn good. Especially this album right here. I listened to it in my truck and I was blown away at the musicianship of this band. (I usually listen to my music on my PC through a set of Logitech THX 5.1 speakers.)

    Each song on this CD is killer. There wasn’t one filler song. Each song had its own hook, riff and keyboard backings that made each song unique. I really could run down each song as to how they rate, because I don’t pay that much attention to that kind of stuff.

    But for these 2008 re-issues, I will say this….the sound quality on them is outstanding. I’m thinking that they may have been remastered as well. I know Hate Crew Deathroll was. Every element comes through clearly. The bass is strong. The keyboards own and the guitars rule.

    Actually, I will also say this with regards to CoB in general. I’d say that about 70% of their songs are instrumental. Not instrumental as in no vocals, but each song is about 70% without vocals.

    Posted on December 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Children of Bodom are continuously proving themselves to be among that absolute best in the melodic death metal genre. They seem to get better with every album. As fantastic as Hatebreeder was it needed a a few tweaks to be perfect. It seems like Children of Bodom found out just exactly what these were and tweaked away. The first major improvement is that Alexhi has finally given up entirely on those low notes, he could never properly sing them and it just put a damper on things, it looks as if he finally came around and admitted his faults. The guitar work is great like last time around, but it’s much more technically proficient in my opinion and has some really awesome solos. The keyboard is back and more powerful than ever. My favorite songs on the album are “Follow The Reaper”, “Children of Decadence”, and “Kissing The Shadows”. This is without a doubt one of the best melodic death metal albums of all time.

    Posted on December 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I love metal. Ever since I was a freshman in high school when my cousin, a professional violinist who I’ve always looked up to in terms of music, introduced me to it back in the days. One of the bands that he hooked me up with was Children of Bodom. I’d say this is CoB’s best album, but it’s a very difficult choice. The music that this band produces is truly amazing, and this album is a perfect highlight of their career.

    Each track is its own, no repeating riffs, no dull moments. What I find most amazing is that this band can change the moods of each song many times in a 3-5 minute range. The only band that I think does a better job than CoB is Opeth, but they use an average amount of 10 min per song to do this. This is what makes CoB so intense. They’re not the heaviest, or the fastest, or the loudest band. But they are one of the most solid bands I have ever heard in my life. If you like metal, no, if you like rock in general, you would dig Children of Bodom.

    Posted on December 10, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now