Children Of Bodom - Halo Of Blood


7.7 | 420 votes |
Release date: 7 June 2013
Style: Extreme power metal

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01. Waste Of Skin
02. Halo Of Blood
03. Scream For Silence
04. Transference
05. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
06. The Days Are Numbered
07. Dead Man's Hand On You
08. Damage Beyond Repair
09. All Twisted
10. One Bottle And A Knee Deep
11. Crazy Nights [Loudness Cover] [Limited Edition Bonus]
12. Sleeping In My Car [Roxette Cover] [Limited Edition Bonus]

Line-up
Janne Warman - keyboards
Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho - guitars, vocals
Roope Latvala - guitars, backing vocals
Jaska Raatikainen - drums
Henkka Blacksmith - bass, backing vocals

Additional info
Peter Tägtgren - producer
Mikko Karmila - engineering
Sami Saramäki - cover art

Staff review by
Windrider
Rating:
8.4
Another few years have passed and the once so mighty Children Of Bodom give it another try. People out there might have heard the rumours already so here is the essential question: Are they back? Back from their downhill path starting with Are You Dead Yet? If you want an answer to that, get yourself the album and find it out by yourself, for it's truly a quite personal question. But let's have a look beyond conservatives and fanboy rockers and get some insight to the subject.

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published 13.07.2013 | Comments (13)

Guest review by
AngelofDeth
Rating:
6.0
The singles released for this album, "Transference" and "Halo Of Blood", set off a storm of anticipation and excitement around this album due to the fact that these songs sounded reminiscent of the Children Of Bodom's classical and often most cherished early albums. But now that the album is out and the dust is settled, does Halo Of Blood really live up to the hype?

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published 22.02.2014 | Comments (4)

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16.07.2013 - 03:34
Lit.
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Obviously not in the same league as Hatebreeder, FtR or HCDR, but it definitely shits over anything they did over the last couple of years, and Something Wild.
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19.07.2013 - 03:37
Rating: 9
Vikcen
Metálico
Great, this is Children of Bodom yeah!
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25.07.2013 - 17:48
Doc Godin
Full Grown Hoser
Written by Guest on 13.07.2013 at 16:33

Written by Boxcar Willy on 30.06.2013 at 05:56

Surprised this wasn't a huge steaming pile of shit.

Surprised people aren't realising this is a steaming pile of shit.

Agreed. This has happened with every album of theirs since Blooddrunk; it's not as shitty as the predecessor, or it's a different type of shitty, so people start getting a little too excited and hail it as a return to form.

Personally, I only listened to a couple tracks from this, there wasn't enough to pull me in further. To me it just sounds like the same unlistenable garbage they've been putting out for the past 8 years.
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12.08.2013 - 15:16
Rating: 9
Vikcen
Metálico
Written by Doc Godin on 25.07.2013 at 17:48

Written by Guest on 13.07.2013 at 16:33

Written by Boxcar Willy on 30.06.2013 at 05:56

Surprised this wasn't a huge steaming pile of shit.

Surprised people aren't realising this is a steaming pile of shit.

Agreed. This has happened with every album of theirs since Blooddrunk; it's not as shitty as the predecessor, or it's a different type of shitty, so people start getting a little too excited and hail it as a return to form.

Personally, I only listened to a couple tracks from this, there wasn't enough to pull me in further. To me it just sounds like the same unlistenable garbage they've been putting out for the past 8 years.


Every album of theirs since Are You Dead Yet? ... Relentless Reckless Forever at least i find it decent, but this Halo of Blood is much better than Are You Dead Yet? for example, or even Something Wild .

Seeing your qualifications of the albums, my impression is that Children is the typical band that you like only one or a couple of records... sure past 8 years for you? you are putting a six on Hatebreeder , or four on Something Wild , but Hatebreeder? this is a fucking masterpiece of Metal =)
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13.08.2013 - 02:37
Doc Godin
Full Grown Hoser
Written by Vikcen on 12.08.2013 at 15:16

Seeing your qualifications of the albums, my impression is that Children is the typical band that you like only one or a couple of records... sure past 8 years for you? you are putting a six on Hatebreeder , or four on Something Wild , but Hatebreeder? this is a fucking masterpiece of Metal =)

Six isn't a terrible rating. It's "Average". So you'll see that I recognized their recording history was on an incline up until a point. That, and I started listening to them shortly before AYDY was released (possibly around the same time), so there was still a sense of anticipation and let down for me.
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01.09.2013 - 14:10
Rating: 5
Korah
COB starts to be an old band and doesn't seems to change something. The first album was titled "Something Wild" and the last one should be "Something Old" ; it is so HateBoring, Following The same way since 1997 getting worst and worst ; The HateCrew is Dead ans they seems to be some MilkDrinkers.
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05.12.2013 - 14:24
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
I think I speak for the majority of COB fans when I say that this album shows the band returning to their roots. Whilst none of the songs here still manage to match the quality on COB's first three albums, I found every one to be very enjoyable. In particular I loved how well orchestrated the keyboards were with the rhythm section, making songs such as the title track, 'Transference' and 'Bodom blue moon' all the more consistent and excellent. A couple of songs (namely 'The days are numbered' and 'Damage beyond repair') disappinted me a little, but not enough to make this whole album any worse.
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24.01.2014 - 15:46
Sean 79
This has been sitting on the shelf for a while now. After Blooddrunk and Relentless.... I wasn't expecting this too be any good. I agree with most that it sounds more like a genuine successor to Hatecrew.... Probably a 7.5 rather than an 8 but a decent album and much improved on the last 2.
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19.03.2014 - 06:49
Rating: 9
mikeprado30
That is a AMAZING album! The title-track BLEW MY BRAIN!!! It surely would be perfect if weren't by those ballad-like songs that killed the flow of the album (even when I think they are not bad, but somehow they don't fit).
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06.07.2014 - 00:42
Rating: 8
FinnRommi
Best album from Bodom since Hate Crew Deathroll
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25.01.2015 - 15:36
RobRadcliffe
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It's deffently a masterpiece album!
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20.02.2015 - 15:47
Rating: 8
metalfan1999
I prefer listening to Death Metal/Black Metal than melodic death metal/extreme power metal, but I heard that Children of Bodom is really good, so I just bought this album (with bonus tracks and dvd). Halo of Blood is not an absolute masterpiece, but it is very good and intense as well
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20.02.2015 - 19:09
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by metalfan1999 on 20.02.2015 at 15:47

I prefer listening to Death Metal/Black Metal than melodic death metal/extreme power metal, but I heard that Children of Bodom is really good, so I just bought this album (with bonus tracks and dvd). Halo of Blood is not an absolute masterpiece, but it is very good and intense as well

Of you have no prior experience with The Bodom Boys then you really need to start at the beginning.

Something Wild wasn't the best but it was still far superior to this and all of the 3 albums that preceded this one. Hatebreeder and Follow The Reaper are their absolute best, and every (yes, I do mean every) body who is familiar with their discography will tell you this. Hate Crew Deathroll was the 4th best album; Halo of Blood is very similar and feels like an attempt to recreate the success of that album. Then the 3 between HCDR and HOB are just pure rubbish; they are lame attempts at a commercialized sound and style.

So, basically, start from the beginning and listen chronologically, but the general consensus is that their discography in order of fantastic to garbage is:
Hatebreeder ~
Follow The Reaper ~
Something Wild
Hate Crew Deathroll
Halo Of Blood
Blooddrunk*
Are You Dead Yet?*
Relentless Reckless Forever*

~ these are interchangeable from person to person but always considered the top 2 and pinnacle of their career

* these are mostly all considered rubbish and not worth listening to past a first listen

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03.06.2015 - 20:31
Rating: 8
Ruchesko
Was it Tägtgren who knocked some sense into Alexi and made him turn the keyboards back up? I like to think Janne spiked his Blue Moon at the wrap party, snuck into the studio and doctored the mix. Whatever the case, good to have Bodom back.
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26.12.2015 - 00:46
Rating: 8
metalfan1999
Written by psykometal on 20.02.2015 at 19:09

Written by metalfan1999 on 20.02.2015 at 15:47

I prefer listening to Death Metal/Black Metal than melodic death metal/extreme power metal, but I heard that Children of Bodom is really good, so I just bought this album (with bonus tracks and dvd). Halo of Blood is not an absolute masterpiece, but it is very good and intense as well

Of you have no prior experience with The Bodom Boys then you really need to start at the beginning.

Something Wild wasn't the best but it was still far superior to this and all of the 3 albums that preceded this one. Hatebreeder and Follow The Reaper are their absolute best, and every (yes, I do mean every) body who is familiar with their discography will tell you this. Hate Crew Deathroll was the 4th best album; Halo of Blood is very similar and feels like an attempt to recreate the success of that album. Then the 3 between HCDR and HOB are just pure rubbish; they are lame attempts at a commercialized sound and style.

So, basically, start from the beginning and listen chronologically, but the general consensus is that their discography in order of fantastic to garbage is:
Hatebreeder ~
Follow The Reaper ~
Something Wild
Hate Crew Deathroll
Halo Of Blood
Blooddrunk*
Are You Dead Yet?*
Relentless Reckless Forever*

~ these are interchangeable from person to person but always considered the top 2 and pinnacle of their career

* these are mostly all considered rubbish and not worth listening to past a first listen



Thanks for the info! I got Something Wild, Hatebreeder and Follow the Reaper for Christmas (listened to those albums already on spotify though). I feel that Something Wild is somewhat under appreciated (I love that album). Something Wild, Hatebreeder and Follow the Reaper are definitely their 3 best (HCDR is good, but not nearly as good as the first three). There seems to be a lot going on in Follow The Reaper (there is a lot of groove and it is also the most power metal like of them all). Follow The Reaper is awesome, but I like Alexi's vocal style the most on Hatebreeder (and second on Something Wild). Something Wild seems to be their darkest album and sounds sometimes like an adventure trip (don't rly know how to describe it. I guess it is because Alex tried to do the album in a Malmsteen stlye), Hatebreeder got those awesome high pitch rasps, which I love, and a lot of neoclassical elements and lastly Follow The Reaper is really catchy and groovy, but lacks a little bit of neoclassical elements. However, Follow The Reaper is more of an allrounder thing (It got a lot of interesting stuff on it that is somehow different, but on the other hand somehow similar. Basically the album has a lot of entertaining parts to it). I am not really sure how to rank those three (I don't even know if I should). When listening to all three of them it seems as if that particular album is the best. It's weird, because sometimes I have a clear favourite album of a band (e.g. I like De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas the most of all Mayhem releases or The Principle of Evil Made Flesh of all COF releases). Thanks again for giving me some basic info on the band. Merry Christmas! Btw what do you think of I Worship Chaos? I listened to part of it, but was kind of disappointed. Sadly is a step down from Halo of Blood
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26.12.2015 - 03:48
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by metalfan1999 on 26.12.2015 at 00:46

Thanks for the info! I got Something Wild, Hatebreeder and Follow the Reaper for Christmas (listened to those albums already on spotify though). I feel that Something Wild is somewhat under appreciated (I love that album). Something Wild, Hatebreeder and Follow the Reaper are definitely their 3 best (HCDR is good, but not nearly as good as the first three). There seems to be a lot going on in Follow The Reaper (there is a lot of groove and it is also the most power metal like of them all). Follow The Reaper is awesome, but I like Alexi's vocal style the most on Hatebreeder (and second on Something Wild). Something Wild seems to be their darkest album and sounds sometimes like an adventure trip (don't rly know how to describe it. I guess it is because Alex tried to do the album in a Malmsteen stlye), Hatebreeder got those awesome high pitch rasps, which I love, and a lot of neoclassical elements and lastly Follow The Reaper is really catchy and groovy, but lacks a little bit of neoclassical elements. However, Follow The Reaper is more of an allrounder thing (It got a lot of interesting stuff on it that is somehow different, but on the other hand somehow similar. Basically the album has a lot of entertaining parts to it). I am not really sure how to rank those three (I don't even know if I should). When listening to all three of them it seems as if that particular album is the best. It's weird, because sometimes I have a clear favourite album of a band (e.g. I like De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas the most of all Mayhem releases or The Principle of Evil Made Flesh of all COF releases). Thanks again for giving me some basic info on the band. Merry Christmas! Btw what do you think of I Worship Chaos? I listened to part of it, but was kind of disappointed. Sadly is a step down from Halo of Blood

You're most welcome!

I honestly have not even bothered to listen to I Worship Chaos because I've read so much of how it is a huge disappointment after Halo Of Blood. Instead I've just spent my time checking out other 2015 releases.

And speaking of early Bodom and 2015 releases, you have ABSOLUTELY GOT to check out the SunLess Rise debut that released last month. Absolutely stellar, and very similar to the early Bodom sound and style. Check it out, you will not be disappointed at all, I PROMISE.

And Merry Xmas to you too!
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13.02.2016 - 18:14
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Masterchief
Just tried this well I cant judge, traditional cob album,
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