Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Children Of Bodom - Relentless Reckless Forever (2011)

Known for their multiple layers of godly guitar solos, Children Of Bodom is back again with another headbanging studio album entitled "Relentless Reckless Forever." The melodic heavy metal band from Finland has taken a step in a different direction with this album. Of course, listening to their older albums, you already know that they like to change things up in almost every album. Somehow they always manage to keep their sound unique and likable.

"Not My Funeral" is the first song off of the album, and really gives you a taste of what this album is all about. Constant blast beat drumming keeps you rocking your head from start to finish. Screeching guitars fill the air, while they are layered with a touch of soft strings in the background. Alex Laiho, the lead guitarist and lead vocalist of the band, shows off his amazing talent as he destroys scales with his shredding solos.

Another song that really deserves some attention is track three, "Roundtrip To Hell And Back." This leans a little bit more towards their older work, with the use of their synthesizers and keyboard action. No solos from Janne Wirman, the keyboardist, however his melodies do manage to provide more color to the mix and a more epic sound to the overall song. But don't worry about the solos, Laiho takes care of that with another mind blowing melody.

The title track, "Relentless Reckless Forever," has an awesome build up in the beginning. It starts with rapid drumming, followed by a groovy bass line and catchy melodic guitar riffs. The vocals consist of aggressive mid-range growling that really stand out through the verses. "Was It Worth It" is another kick-ass track that follows a similar pattern. This song carries lots of bass and loud crashing cymbals. The guitar riffs are excellent and are layered with wicked vocals. This is all followed by another effortless solo. You will definitely want to repeat this song a couple of times.

The album didn't really include to many keyboard solos like they usually do, but again, having drastic changes like this is what really keeps their albums unique. You never know what you're going to get when you open up a new album. One thing is for sure; you're always going to be at the edge of your seat as you listen to see which direction they choose to go next.


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