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CHILDREN OF BODOM
CHILDREN OF BODOM
Hate Crew Deathroll
(Motor Music)
39:54min

I wouldn't necessarily consider myself a die hard fan of these Finnish youngsters, but always used to like a handful of selected tracks from each of their previous albums though. "Hate Crew Deathroll", the band's fourth full length studio album, changed the whole situation around now and completely turned me into a CHILDREN OF BODOM addicted so much, that I hardly found any time to listen to anything else at the moment. This album is so full of energy, so crushing and blessed with tons of incredible liller riffs that the band should easily make it real (!) big now! In a way you could say that "Hate Crew Deathroll" is a Heavy Metal melting pot, because the guys seem to combine the best elements from almost every Heavy Metal subgenre there is. While their overall, basic style could always easily be described as STRATOVARIUS meets KREATOR, they've added a lot more diversity to this formular now, so that the openminded ones among you should easily notice several quotes from various other, bigger bands. An often very Kirk Hammett-like guitar solo style, the insane Zakk Wylde type riffing, an Malmsteen inspired keyboard scenario, the 'I Was Made For Lovin' You' type opening of 'Chokehold (Cocked'n'Loaded)', the newer PRIEST / HALFORD inspired structuring in several uptempo tunes, the more modern sounding, groovy riffing in 'Sixpounder' - yes, you get everything (and more) on this one! The production is absolutely fantastic, the album furthermore convinces by its very clever arranged song order and the band probably comes across more tight and professional sounding than ever before! So, my only complaint goes out to their rather uninspired looking coverart, which not only becomes quite repeatative by now, it's furthermore very difficult to notice that they have a new album out as it looks so similar to each of their previous outputs. Apart from that: one of my new personal favorites of the year 2003!

Frank Stöver

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