Over the past 5 years or so, there has been a lot of bickering about how Bodom changed their sound and consequently are no longer ‘the band to watch out for’, but as a die-hard fan, I can only look at their work with an eye for positive aspects. It’s like they’ve decided to completely throw out the idea of developing anything and are doing just what every other band out there is and finding a “cool” riff, sitting on it for 4 minutes and calling it a song. Children of Bodom — Blooddrunk. This record like the one that preceded had more of a rock ‘n’ roll feel to than the previous classical influence the others put forward. They aren’t melodic death metal by virtue of the fact that they don’t suck. All five musicians are at the top of their game, and we receive a solid effort from a band that continues to demonstrate growth in their sound. Sure “Blooddrunk” is not your typical Children of Bodom album, as it differs drastically from the band’s characteristic sound.
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Almost all the lyrics sound juvenile. His technicality has not gone downhill and he’s bodok very strong and respectable in the drum department. But while this comes off as a far tastier outing of metallic wonderment, Alexi and company plow through sweet-but-recycled riffery and slightly symphonic interludes with a phoned-in performance, a “BODOM by numbers”, if you will, where melodic death metal guitar leads mix with double-bass percussive blooddrukn, mixed-down synth lines that are just sorta there, and weaker, croaking vocals where once hateful screams permeated.
I give this a 29 because at least the soloing is still there.
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This is of course one small example but for me this isolates the problem. Maybe they’ll try this more on later albums. For all those who liked the industrial synths of Are You Dead Yet, there are plenty of those to. In those areas, Blooddrunk is easily Bodom’s best album. The album includes more blooddrunk metal than its predecessors.
To put it shortly, it is a failed experiment. The solo is good as Alexi usually delivers but is way too short. Repeat it a few times out loud, write it, I do not know, but its a very bad name. It sold 20, copies during its first week of release.
General Comment I think it’s pretty obvious this song is bout the attraction of alcohol. Baragon94May 18th, It’s not very loud but you can hear it under all the rhythms and when it does show up, like on Smile Pretty For The Devil, it has stunning clarity and bite that does not show up much on metal albums.
Dasher10April 14th, How can they be bashing alcohol lovers? Also, for once we see Bodom doing some thought provoking lyrics, but only on one song. I was still afraid though, since the album wreaked of metalcore blkoddrunk and I was afraid that Bodom was going to become a full fledged metalcore band. The music itself is, while mostly along the lines of heavy and fast songs, features bloodddrunk nice variety in how it is delivered. I think part of the problem is the difficulty of Bodom’s classification.
Did you feel bad for alienating your older fans, and thus decide to go halfway back to the old sound? If you want to hear Bodom being full blown metalcore, well you’ll have to wait to. It’s a play on words, alluding to the consumption of blood, possibly as a result of Alexi’s self mutilation But most of the lyrics from Blooddrunk are a complete fucking joke.
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. But the lyrics are another story.
General Comment These lyrics are totally wrong.
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The solos feel bored. Kalmah’s upcoming release is sure to knock heads off, Children of Bodom is merely an afterthought nowadays.
Which in itself was a bit a of dip in quality ok, more of a massive drop.