Album Review: Children Of Bodom – Relentless Reckless Forever

Finnish melodic death metal act Children Of Bodom return this year with their seventh full length offering in Relentless Reckless Forever, the follow up to 2008’s highly successful Blooddrunk.

First things first, from the second this album starts you know it’s a Children Of Bodom album, which I guess is how it’s meant to be, right?

I understand the band have a sound that works for them and they want to keep the fans happy, but if you honestly gave me 2 Children of Bodom albums to listen to and this was one of them I couldn’t tell you the difference in terms of style, the band hit the peak of this style in my opinion when they released Hate Crew Deathroll, and since haven’t really changed at all!Children Of Bodom Relentless Reckless Forever

Sweeping guitar solo’s, pounding drums and growled lyrics from lead man Alexi Laiho do set this up to be a good album and at only 36 minutes you can listen to it easily (see my review of Sylosis’s new album for more information).

All the similarities aside though, this is a good album, the songs are well composed and you can tell that there has been a lot of effort put in to this. Alexi’s powerful vocals and intricate guitar skills are shown off to a high level in this album. And you can easily tell that everything has been fine tuned for ages, rather than the usual throw it all together and hope it works system that you sometimes hear.

Unfortunately I think the best moment on this album comes from the lead single Was It Worth It? Which is disappointing as it would’ve been great to find some gems in the album that had not been released into the wild world of the internet yet?

Overall; for Children of Bodom hardened fans this will be a great album, for the casual listener to the Finnish band, it’s just a bit too much of a repetition of the last album.

Rating – 6.5


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