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Children of Bodom: Follow the Reaper

Album Reviews:

CMJ (2/12/01, p.29) - "...REAPER's grand, up-tempo death metal is textures with classical elements. There's still plenty of In Flames/Iron Maiden riffs and speed - it's just enmeshed in the storm an splash of synthesizers..."

Album Notes

Children Of Bodom: Alexi Laiho (vocals, guitar); Alexander Kuoppala (guitar); Janne Warman (keyboards); Henkka T. Blacksmith (5-string bass); Jaska Raatikainen (drums).

Recorded between August and September 2000.

This operatically menacing Finland outfit's third record is a showcase for frontman Alexi Laiho's prog-meets-death-metal songwriting imagination and the near-euphoric, omnipresent keyboards of Janne Warman. Still navigating their chosen terrain, Bodom spreads its wings wide on tracks like "Bodom At Midnight," which toggle between familiarly punishing riffs and orchestrated flourishes which border on the theatricality of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. But when they forge a middle ground on the cathedral-goth synth-stomp of "Everytime I Die," Children begin to hint at their soon-to-come maturation.


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