Children of Bodom have fallen quite far from their early brilliance in the form of Something Wild , Hatebreeder and Follow the Reaper ; that much was evident by the first couple of riffs on Hatecrew Deathroll , but at least that album still had some balls, despite being horribly annoying and mediocre. Are You Dead Yet caused a split among fans, with one side being the more “true” fans into Bodom’s older keyboard driven numbers and others that are “scene kids” because along with Bodom they prefer bands like Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage and often rank Bodom among these bands. While I think they deserve such accolades and have apparently scraped their way to the top, their detriment upon recieving this exposure comes off as problematic. His lyrics are still really stupid I don’t think that will ever change but the feel of his delivery is always rabid and crazy, which suits this set of songs better than any before, plus the slightly deeper guitar tone accords with that of his voice, so it’s no longer like two razors slashing at your ears. After the release of the absolutely banal Are You Dead Yet?
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A lot of people have complained about that album and a lot of what people have said is true.
Yes, Hellhounds and the title track led me to believe that what we had was a decent album on the way. Not good, but tolerable. Jaska has turned into a thrash drummer make of that what you will. According to Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho, “Blooddrunk” concerns blooddruhk behaviour”,  and “being addicted to spilling your own blood”.
Drinking Hanging Out In Love. We also hear Alexi experimenting with some more low oriented vocals and whispering throughout Blooddrunk. I’d be surprised if Bodom could bloodrunk out another album after this one. For all those who liked the industrial synths of Are You Dead Yet, there are plenty of those to. This one actually could be great, but the same problem that’s been plaguing the first batch is here as well, and that is Jaska.
The riifs for the most part are extremely fast, yet very technical and at times, it feels like you’re listening to a thrash metal album. If we analyze the discographies of almost any metal band, we’ll be able to easily find blooddrhnk similarities.
Jaske’s drum work shows that he’s still on top of his game. This was the proverbial final nail in the coffin, creating an album of what is probably Bodom’s pissed jamming sessions.
Same goes with Janne as his key solo is more of a fill than anything. But if you are open minded enough, and realize the situation in Bodom’s fanbase that is going on and are willing to listen, give Blooddrunk a chance. What is wrong with you Janne Wir, man? So overall I’d say the album is worth a listen, maybe not worth the buy. Hellhounds on My Trail.
In those areas, Blooddrunk bloocdrunk easily Bodom’s best album. When it comes to Children of Bodom, most metalheads seem to peg them as sort of like a Metallica of melodic death metal.
There are generally more solos from Laiho, almost all of which are markedly more creative and crazy than his contributions to ‘Are You Dead Yet? Done with Everything, Die for Nothing LoBodomy has been played at least 17 times on bloooddrunk iTunes and I couldn’t for the life of me tell you a note of that one; same blooddrubk with Done With Everything, Die For Nothing.
In saying that, while I didn’t ‘agree’ with what they were doing on Are You Dead Yet, this album has made me smile. The chorus of this song is brilliantly composed. Improved elements such as more professional “gang shouts” and the growth in the band’s use of keyboards in their writing more than balance out the negative aspects of the album though, in my opinion. Blooxdrunk to see he’s breaking up all the monotony that came with Something Wild and Hatebreeder’s rasps.
It’s a much purer release we’re talking classic metal here than its predecessor and has more memorable songs, plus some great performances to boot. Instead, Alexi shouts another big fat “fuck you” through the music on Blooddrunk, and that comes out nlooddrunk sort of a mixed bag.
Children of Bodom – Blooddrunk – Reviews – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives
Not only does the riff in Blooddrunk sound like a complete copy of LOG We’re not going to keep eating up this crap just because you throw in a few “old school Bodom” solos and synth melodies amidst your modern shash. The past albums featured not only awe inducing, but powerful and eerie covers except for Are You Dead Yet? The rest of the songs are very well executed and sound overall pretty well.
I completely understand where all of the hardcore Bodom fans are coming from when they say that this isn’t why they like the band.
Alexi still shreds and wails like no other Finnish guitarist; Janne dominates the synths; drummer, rhythm, bassist are a rock steady rhythm section; but the overall sound of the band is a bloodddrunk of a lot heavier than ever before.
But is really catchy and gets the song going on.