I’ve been a Children Of Bodom fan for a long time now. I have all their other albums, but for whatever reason its taken me forever to get this album, their debut. And quite why its taken me this long, I don’t know, because this album is just as brilliant as all their other stuff. Children of Bodom really are one of the best metal bands around at the moment, and this proves it perfectly well.
Something Wild is a somewhat rougher album by them. The production is a little rawer, but by no means bad, and the music is definately heavier, faster and somewhat edgier as well. I get the feeling that they tried to return to this sound to some extent on Hatecrew Deathroll, after the catchy, melodic, 80s sound of Follow The Reaper, but this album brimming with much more energy. But don’t be fooled into thinking that isn’t melodic either. Something Wild is just as full of hooks and melody as Follow The Reaper and Hatebreeder.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Children Of Bodom, they combine Malmsteen-esque neo-classical 80’s metal with catchy, even poppy hooks but also with a modern, much heavier and thrashier edge. For those of you who don’t like raspy vocals, Children Of Bodom are not really the band for you, though they could also be the band to convert you. Alexi Laiho is, as always, brilliant. His ability as a guitarist is frightening considering his age at this point, and he is definately one of the best lead guitarists in metal today.
I can’t really think of much more to say. I still think Follow The Reaper is their best album to date, but this is just as good a place to start with them as any.