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NEW ALBUM Q42 017/Q1 2018

Discussion in 'Children Of Bodom' started by RICJAMES, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. BodomBlueMoonHC

    BodomBlueMoonHC Bodom Fanatic

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    I've been loving the album. As a whole it is very good. However it seems to be missing a standout track. IWC had songs like Suicide Bomber and Widdershins (the latter being one of their best songs ever imo) and Halo had the title track, All Twisted, Scream for Silence...... Hexed is a very consistent album, I just wish it had at least one exceptional song to grab me.
     
  2. mutran

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    Seems like a good day to give it a try and write my thoughts on Hexed, now that a few people are talking about it.

    Well, first of all I gotta say that Hexed did not accomplished my expectations the very first day it leaked, but I admit it's almost my fault cause I did build up some expectations after the track-by track videos.

    Only Glass Houses, the ending of Hexed, Kick and Look Back were the real highlights.

    But then, the more I listened to the album the more I started to dig it, and began to understand it's rythms and melodies (cause I always struggle the first days of a new album on memorize it's songs) and compare to the rest of the albums.

    I spent the last three weeks listening to Hatebreeder, Follow, HCDR, Blooddrunk and Hexed almost every day and I gotta say now that I just fucking love it and there are some songs that mean a lot to me.

    That being said, I'm with you on there's no REAL HIGHTLIGHT SONG but I don't really see as bad thing cause I find the album very consistent. I pretty much like every song.

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    Thoughts on each song:
    - The Road: I think it's the weakest song on the album and a shame being the opener but anyway it's last minute is gold. Pure gold.
    - Under Grass: The chorus is really uplifting and works pretty well while I'm at the gym.
    - Glass Houses: The main melody on the keys, it just gets me hard. Also the lyrics are quite funny.
    - Hecate's: Best intro in ages. Btw I hate that cringey lyric-video.
    - Kick in the Spleen: 10/10 It just kick ass. 1:50 onwards is subleme.
    - Hexed: I know it has a weird outro but it's just beautiful and hypnotic. Never heard keys and bass all alone in COB.
    - Relapse: It's chorus stucked in my head and I just love this little Bloodrunkish song.
    - Say Never Look Back: Man, this is serious shit. Not even a bland second on it. Jaska and Janne just kill'd it.
    - Soon Departed: The lyrics really hitted me but I would prefered a more explosive ending. Anyway I needed a sad song.
    - Knuckleduster: 100000/10 we all know it.

    We all can agree that it's not the best cause it lacks some memorable melodies and stuff BUT I really think that COB is ending this decade with a pretty solid purple atmosphered album and I'm really glad about it.

    Don't really know what can we expect next from them, maybe more melodies and guitar licks?
     
  3. Inceptionist

    Inceptionist It's Not My Funeral

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    I definitely still listen. Even though the hype has worn off, it’s a good album. It’s just a solid album and seemingly has something for everyone.

    Like, Glass Houses, Kick in a Spleen, and Hexed are by far my favorite, but not everyone likes them. I don’t like Hecate’s Nightmare, Say Never Look Back, or Soon Departed much, but other people really do. It’d be hard for anyone to make the argument that it’s a “bad” album when each song is seemingly popular with at least somebody.
     
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    I completely agree with your thoughts on each song! But you missed Platitudes :D

    Platitudes - Catchy melody, love that song but I miss a sick guitar solo here.

    I think every song something which makes it special on it's own way, even This Road which to me is also the weakest on the album. I actually enjoy the intro and verse of that song, but that's about it ^^
     
  5. Sinthoras_96

    Sinthoras_96 New Metal Member

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    Im still listening to the album on a daily basis, often multiple times per day.

    If I had to rank the albums at this point, it would probably look like this:

    10/10 HCD and Hexed
    9/10 FTR and BD
    8/10 HB, AYDY, IWC, RRF
    7/10 SW
    5/10 HoB (The Sound on this one just ruins it)
     
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  6. CharIie

    CharIie Formerly known as Joker and IDontKnowWhatToWrite

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    I can completely relate to that post =) Still listening to it daily, and loving it as much as the second time (first listening is a discovery). Though I would swap BD and SW, and would give HoB a 7/10. But otherwise we have a pretty similar ranking.
     
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  7. kilon

    kilon I told you!

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    I haven't listened to it since the second day after release. There are some good songs but they just don't interest me enough to waste time on when there is so much other good stuff to listen to, including evete Bodom album up to Hexed.

    I guess this will be one of those albums where you rediscover it every so many months, enjoy it and then forget about it again for half a year.
    And maybe some songs still end up on a playlist.
     
  8. COB-666

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    Metal-archives review:

    Bodom's Most Melodic Album - 85%
    Dragonchaser, March 27th, 2019

    Children Of Bodom have fallen a long way since their glory days, producing uneven albums that, while always enjoyable, are more frustrating than anything else. I’ve been a die hard Bodom fan since my teen years, and it was great to see them get so much recognition when ‘Hate Crew Deathroll’ dropped in 2003, but like many bands I treasured (Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Edguy), the new millennium and its pressure to be heavy enough to appeal to the youth of the day turned this band into something I didn’t like. True, I’ve enjoyed everything they’ve put out to a certain degree, but I’ve yearned for them to return to the ‘Follow The Reaper’ sound, and I thought we were almost there with 2013’s killer comeback ‘Halo Of Blood’. Then they put out just another muddy Bodom album with ‘I Worship Chaos’, still hitting that ‘Blooddrunk’ vein with no fucks given. So I approached this one with trepidation. Thankfully, I was rewarded in spades, as this is the best album this band have recorded since 2003.

    I think this record could be taken in one of two ways. Either people will think it insipid and lazy, or they’ll appreciate its considerate melodic direction. I hope it’s the latter for most people, because this is a pretty remarkable album. With a crystal clear production job, ‘Hexed’ is a smooth, crystalline attempt to recapture this band’s more intricate, melodic side that was present on ‘Hatebreeder’ and ‘Follow The Reaper’, only it’s played with the conviction and anger of ‘Hate Crew Deathroll’. While it certainly feels like their old stuff, this is still very much a modern Bodom album, only they’ve ditched the dirty, abrasive groove riffing and replaced it with catchy melodies, subtle arrangements, and a touch of their old neo-classical flair. The album opens with ‘This Road’, a pretty typical modern Bodom tune that isn’t particularly noteworthy; it’s a cool song, but not representative of the album as a whole. Things pick up with my favourite cut on the album, the melodic, hair-raising ‘Platitudes And Barren Words’, and it never lets up from there. This run from ‘Platitudes’ to ‘Knuckleduster’ is crazy good. The title track is an epic monolith that references all of Bodom’s past, from its tinkling harpsichord refrain to its jagged power metal riffing, this is a classic in the making. The backing vocals are so infectious, you’re forced to join in. It’s not optional. Then the zesty riff of ‘Relapse (The Nature Of My Crime)’ kicks in and you’re fucking owned by a spicy banger that could’ve easily been on ‘Follow The Reaper’. ‘Say Never Look Back’ is a somber melodic piece, and we end with the sucker punch that is their reimagining of former b-side ‘Knuckleduster’, which finishes the album off in style. That main riff is a bone breaker.

    I understand your skepticism regarding Bodom’s return to form, because this isn’t a straight up tribute to the past. It’s a new age Bodom album, much more considered in terms of melodic composition, with well structured songs full of atonal key changes, sweeping displays of guitar/keyboard interplay, and of course, Alexi’s hostile bark, which is as innocuous as ever. It’s not as in your face as many of their past efforts. I’d go as far to say this is actually Bodom’s most melodic album to date. It has low points; ‘Hecate’s Nightmare’ is a drag, and the first half of the record is not as inventive as the second, but that run mid-album is just heavenly, and such a shot in the arm for a band like Children Of Bodom, who prove with ‘Hexed’ that they are still a vital band.

    https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Children_of_Bodom/Hexed/747990/Dragonchaser/117580
     
  9. Sinthoras_96

    Sinthoras_96 New Metal Member

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    Blooddrunk is an album that really grew on me over the years. I initially didnt really like it, but it became one of my most listened CoB albums and I rank it in the same category as FTR because I feel like these two albums are very similar in their soundworld.
    The reason why I rank SW that low is pretty much the same that Alexi mentioned in his ranking of their albums: SW has many amazing parts in its songs, but those parts feel like theve been thrown together absolutely random. Most of the SW tracks simply arent good songs. I still listen to it once in a while because of all these great parts in each song and its definitly an interesting document of bandhistory. But I would never recommand SW to anyone, who wants to start discovering Bodom.

    I honestly cant understand this attitude of the old school fans. They always ask for FTR Part 2 and at the same time most of them call Blooddrunk the worst album. Bloddrunk IS FTR Part 2, they are just too blind to see it for some reason. The sound of these two albums is cold and harsh, the keyboards sound quite similar and are extremely dominant in every song of these two albums and they all have crazy long as fuck solos/instrumental parts.

    Then he calls IWC an album similar to Blooddrunk, when IWC is more like AYDY Part 2 instead of Blooddrunk Part 2, and HoB an Comeback in FTR style, when HoB is the worst album they ever made (speaking of the sound).

    Except for the fact the he likes Hexed, I completely disagree with this review.
     
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    Blooddrunk is not FTR part 2, it's very different than FTR. The atmosphere, the melody, the sound of keyboard... very different. Blooddrunk is not a bad album i think, but FTR is much better.

    Good albums ( the first is better - for me ): 1. Hatebreeder 2. Follow The Reaper 3. Hate Crew Deathroll 4. Something Wild 5. Are you Dead Yet? 6(?). Hexed 7(?). Halo of Blood 8(?). Blooddrunk
    Bad or less good albums: RRF & IWC
     
  11. Deadman5hadow

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    First Hecate's Nightmare live video :
     
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  12. Sinthoras_96

    Sinthoras_96 New Metal Member

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    Well thats your opinion and I accept it. But I honestly fail to understand, how that reviewer can bring Blooddrunk up as an example for a bad album and at the same time call Halo a return to FTR. Halo completely lacks any atmosphere in its sound and a cold dark atmosphere is a very strong part of the FTR album.
     
  13. Norbix

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    Calling Blooddrunk the part 2 of FTR is blasphemous. Blooddrunk is trashy, dark, depressing, and angry. FTR on the other hand is both dark and cheerful at the same time, it's epic, and it's definitely not trashy. I don't even know how to categorize FTR riffs as anything other than "bodom". Every song on FTR is a musical story rather than a collection of metal riffs.

    Calling hexed the most melodic COB album is also blasphemous. It's the most groovy rhythm wise sure, but it doesn't even even close to as melodic as the prime COB albums.

    That review has me re-listening to FTR and jesus christ... the stars aligned for that album. That will never be replicated again.
     
  14. (__Joonas__)

    (__Joonas__) † Followed the Reaper †

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    Blooddrunk is the most atmospheric of all the new albums after FTR, which is why I like it the most out of anything since FTR. Just a very very different atmosphere. It's got only two tracks I dislike (5 and 7). It doesn't touch FTR (or HB) tho. Musically it's not the best new album, but it's got this deep angst feel. It's not epic like FTR or eerie like HB and it's unnecessarily low pitch and thrashy. The first songs of Hatebreeder will always be the top moment of this band.
     
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  15. Sinthoras_96

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    I wouldnt say that other albums have no atmosphere, but Blooddrunk has this FTR feeling to it. Dark, cold, harsh.

    If I listen to FTR and then Blooddrunk in a row, it feels like a natural connection to me. Thats why I call it FTR Part 2. Im not a musician, so I dont really care about if a riff is thrashy or melodic or whatever. What matters to me is the overall endproduct, if you know what I mean. So yeah, maybe Blooddrunk has very different riffs but it still has that FTR feeling for me like no other album has, especially not Halo lol.

    Thats also why I ranked them both 9/10 and above all other albums except Hexed and HCD.
     
  16. Norbix

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    Atmosphere is one ingredient of what makes FTR the landmark album that it is. I mean, if that's all you look for in COB then that's great. But I can't help but feel like you're underappreciated other aspects of Bodom. It's kind of like taking some random oil painting and saying it's mona lisa part 2 because it's also painted with oil.
     
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    I'm still shocked everytime I see new pics or live videos, Alexi come on man what dafuq is going on ? At Wacken last year he looked pretty normal and not like a walking skeleton :(

     
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    Its not only about the atmosphere in Bodom for me. I also really like the RRF album, which has a very mainstreamish sound. Not my Funeral is one of their best songs ever.

    And I also dont enjoy Blooddrunk only because of its atmosphere. Songs like Hellhounds, Blooddrunk, SPFTD, Tie my Rope, Banned from Heaven are simply masterpieces to me.

    The atmosphere is just the reason why I call it FTR Part 2. It simply has the same soundworld for me like FTR. And I also think that these two albums are quite similar in their way to use the keyboard and how they contain super fast and long solo parts. So the atmosphere isnt the only similarity here.

    But also HCD for example has this dominant keyboards and long solos over the whole record, yet I would never call it FTR Part 2 because the soundworld to me is very different. Its not as harsh as FTR and BD.

    I hope my reasons are now more understandable.
     
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    rj rl multidimensionally dyslexic

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    Surprises me that you call FTR dark, cold and harsh and compare it to Blooddrunk in atmosphere. FTR is the most Finnish-folky album of their discography and I certainly wouldn't call it dark. I isn't exactly happy either, but I'd call it picturesque. I think that's conveying the same idea as Norbix when he calls the songs musical stories. Blooddrunk is sure angry, don't know about dark.
     
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    This is weird and interesting. People experience music in different ways. For me FTR and Blooddrunk have very different vibe. FTR is blissful and inviting, while still being dark... but Blooddrunk is dripping grudge and describing negative feelings. While making FTR Alexi had depression and seemed to have discovered alcohol to balance out things... while Blooddrunk deals with angering experiences with women, and the drinking/injury stuff that was going on.
     
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