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Children of Bodom - Are You Dead Yet?

Children of Bodom, Are You Dead Yet?

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 0 out of 5

FINNISH five-piece Children of Bodom like to think of themselves as extreme metallists. If their PR is to be believed, they are the real deal in rock.

Are You Dead Yet? is their fifth studio album and it’s a genuine head-ache inducer. Play it loud enough and your ear-drums might just start to bleed.

Track titles include If You Want Peace… Prepare For War, Punch Me I Bleed and Bastards of Bodom.

Guitars are played to screeching, full-metal effect, vocals are screamed out in true Goth style.

Just occasionally, there’s a guitar solo that impresses, but they frequently get drowned in the wall of sound that represents most of the songs and the grating vocals that carry all the allure of fingernails across a blackboard.

Barely a track begins without an ominous drum roll, or a chugging monster riff.

The only respite comes during final track, Rebel Yell, a gutsy cover version of the Billy Idol classic that is probably the most audible piece of work on the long-player.

But by then, it’s too late. The damage has been done and only the most ardent Goth fans will have been able to survive the onslaught.

It’s probably no coincidence that the album is called Are You Dead Yet?. Listen to it for too long and you’ll probably wish that you were.

Track listing:
1. Living Dead Beat
2. Are You Dead Yet
3. If You Want Peace… Prepare for War
4. Punch Me I Bleed
5. In Your Face 6. Next In Line
7. Bastards Of Bodom
8. Trashed Lost And Strung Out
9. We’re Not Gonna Fall
10. Rebel Yell

  1. This is a crap review. Ok, so u shouldn't be reviewing albums like these on your “indie” site cos they're much more talented and musical then your standard 3 chord indie songs. These are top quality quality musicians and the album is the shit.

    dave    Jan 25    #
  2. Yeah… I wouldn’t be quite as extreme as dave, but as a hardcore bodom fan I find your kind of “indie” stuff more “headache inducing” than metal will ever be.

    Pete    Jan 31    #