Children Of Bodom - Halo Of Blood


7.7 | 476 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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19.03.2013 - 01:31
Lit.
Account deleted
I wonder if the monochromatic cover signifies anything?
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19.03.2013 - 01:39
Rating: 9
Vermoorden
Can't wait!
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19.03.2013 - 05:14
Rating: 9
ProgVet
Hopefully it will be a return to Hatebreeder, Follow the Reaper, Hatecrew Deathroll era.
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19.03.2013 - 06:50
Rating: 10
Darkblazer
Written by ProgVet on 19.03.2013 at 05:14

Hopefully it will be a return to Hatebreeder, Follow the Reaper, Hatecrew Deathroll era.

Commercialism says no
u_u Im hoping too
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19.03.2013 - 07:22
Rating: 7
Svneatr
Vitharr
The album art and the tracklist suggests to me that this could be a surprising album. Could be that I shouldn't judge an album by it's cover but this is the first time I've been excited for a Children of Bodom release since before Are You Dead Yet?.
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19.03.2013 - 09:59
moe5512
Kinda cool artwork, I don't know but I get a more "back to the roots" vibe of this than of the previous 2 albums. But I'm probably wrong :|
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19.03.2013 - 11:34
FeskarN
Written by moe5512 on 19.03.2013 at 09:59

Kinda cool artwork, I don't know but I get a more "back to the roots" vibe of this than of the previous 2 albums. But I'm probably wrong :|

Same feeling here but I have hard to see if they can write anything like their 3 first albums..
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The Land Is Silent... Before The Storm!
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19.03.2013 - 11:57
Carl Berg
Carl Berg
Wtf...
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19.03.2013 - 14:11
BlackHalo83
This band won't disappoint guy
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20.03.2013 - 22:52
Bloodshotmage
Am I the only one that thinks the artwork looks kind of like a Christmas album?
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21.03.2013 - 14:45
Rating: 9
Synapse
Vocals and Keyboards are produced by Tagtgren (the last album he produced for COB was, my personal favourite, Follow the Reaper) so hopefully that will mean Alexi's vocals will have more of an echo effect and be more 'black' sounding like they were on Follow The Reaper. As well as the keyboards being more pervasive and atmospheric
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22.03.2013 - 03:37
Vombatus
Potorro
Something Wild part 2 or no fucks will be given (the later will probably happen though ).
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22.03.2013 - 05:48
Rating: 7
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
I have a feeling this will be some nice DSBM.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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22.03.2013 - 07:46
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Boxcar Willy on 22.03.2013 at 05:48

I have a feeling this will be some nice DSBM.

DSBM = Dick Sucking Blowjob Music?
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22.03.2013 - 10:04
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by psykometal on 22.03.2013 at 07:46

Written by Boxcar Willy on 22.03.2013 at 05:48

I have a feeling this will be some nice DSBM.

DSBM = Dick Sucking Blowjob Music?


nope. depressive suicidal blowjob music.
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26.03.2013 - 13:26
Hellbrann
Well, believe it or not, but I hear some influences from the first albums. The omnipresent keyboard probably helps a great deal. It's a bit more like the sound of Follow The Reaper and Hate Crew Deathroll, but still not quite like it. I'm not sure how to rate it, but it's miles better than Blooddrunk and Relentless, Reckless, Forever.
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26.03.2013 - 21:36
FeskarN
Written by Hellbrann on 26.03.2013 at 13:26

Well, believe it or not, but I hear some influences from the first albums. The omnipresent keyboard probably helps a great deal. It's a bit more like the sound of Follow The Reaper and Hate Crew Deathroll, but still not quite like it. I'm not sure how to rate it, but it's miles better than Blooddrunk and Relentless, Reckless, Forever.

wow, that's great. I don't have to high hopes for it but if it's better than the two previous ones I'm more exicted than I was before!
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The Land Is Silent... Before The Storm!
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04.04.2013 - 21:15
Rating: 5
ZafÞ
Phlegmish
I have a hard time listening to the title track from start to finish, so I wouldn't say I'm very excited for this.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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07.04.2013 - 17:07
matthewlwry@gmail.co
I'm very excited for this. If you watch the youtube video they put up with some of the first impressions from music critics apparently it's more of a return to their roots. The song that has now been taken down from YouTube (a radio rip of Halo of Blood) was a particularly good track, one of the best they've written in a long time, with a very black metal feel. I don't see any reason to be overly pessimistic about this album.
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07.04.2013 - 17:49
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by matthewlwry@gmail.co on 07.04.2013 at 17:07

I'm very excited for this. If you watch the youtube video they put up with some of the first impressions from music critics apparently it's more of a return to their roots. The song that has now been taken down from YouTube (a radio rip of Halo of Blood) was a particularly good track, one of the best they've written in a long time, with a very black metal feel. I don't see any reason to be overly pessimistic about this album.

Yea, I heard that supposed "radio rip of HoB" and I seriously doubt that was "Halo of Blood". It was entirely too black metal-y for a Children of Bodom track, even in their early days they weren't as black metal-y as that track was. I suppose it's possible but I'm pretty positive that track was created by a troll.
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07.04.2013 - 18:39
matthewlwry@gmail.co
It would have to have been a very, very dedicated troll. You don't just fabicrate an entire song so you can go "LOL I TROLLED U"
Plus the video got pulled by the record company.
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07.04.2013 - 19:03
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by matthewlwry@gmail.co on 07.04.2013 at 18:39

It would have to have been a very, very dedicated troll. You don't just fabicrate an entire song so you can go "LOL I TROLLED U"
Plus the video got pulled by the record company.

No, not like the troll wrote and recorded the song. But they could've found a random unknown song from a band whose vocalists is similar to Alexi, or taken the music from one song and put the vocals from another Alexi sounding vocalist layered on top of the blackened song.

I'm not saying that's what happened but that radio rip track just sounded entirely too different from anything CoB has written previously so I am not so quick to believe that is a new CoB song as many others. If the song was more similar to CoB then I'd be more willing to believe but until CoB or Nuclear Blast release that exact song, I'm not buying it.
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07.04.2013 - 19:38
matthewlwry@gmail.co
It's not THAT different, the guitar tone is just a lot more black-metal than usual. The record label wouldn't have removed it if it wasn't real.
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07.04.2013 - 19:53
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by matthewlwry@gmail.co on 07.04.2013 at 19:38

It's not THAT different, the guitar tone is just a lot more black-metal than usual. The record label wouldn't have removed it if it wasn't real.

They might if they, or Children of Bodom, didn't want fans thinking they were releasing something they're not (false advertising?). If I was in a major label band like CoB and somebody posted a false track from my upcoming album I would definitely have it pulled immediately for misrepresnting my work. And neither NB nor CoB have released a statement verifying that was or was not a CoB track, so all I'm saying is that I will not believe that is a CoB track until an official release from Cob or NB.
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07.04.2013 - 20:04
matthewlwry@gmail.co
Hm, true, wouldn't be good for them. We'll wait and see I guess. I think it was real, and I hope so because it was a good track, but it is odd that they haven't made a statement on it.
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08.04.2013 - 06:47
Jtbmetal123
This album will kickass.
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08.04.2013 - 08:10
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by matthewlwry@gmail.co on 07.04.2013 at 20:04

I hope so because it was a good track, but it is odd that they haven't made a statement on it.

I agree, that was a pretty bitchin' sounding track and I also hope that was real because then that would mean CoB would be worth a shit again finally.
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08.04.2013 - 22:11
Tomci
Who knows if it is real, but here is the song "halo of blood".
http://www75.zippyshare.com/v/44276740/file.html
(no downloads, its soundcloud :3 )
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11.04.2013 - 03:46
Rating: 7
Litvin
Written by Tomci on 08.04.2013 at 22:11

Who knows if it is real, but here is the song "halo of blood".
http://www75.zippyshare.com/v/44276740/file.html
(no downloads, its soundcloud :3 )

Hmm....the quality is sucks. I would be very surprised if it is really CoB.
Hardly believe that they start to playing like they played before
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11.04.2013 - 04:41
psykometal
A staff guy...
The vocalist definitely sounds like Alexi, and it has it's moments where it definitely sounds like a Bodom track but the black metal tremolo and blast beats are like nothing Children of Bodom done in a very long time. The solo sounds like an old CoB-style solo for sure but Alexi has stated in more than a few interviews that CoB will never go back to playing like they used to, so that makes it very difficult to believe that that is really "Halo of Blood".

Now if I'm wrong, and that IS "Halo of Blood" and Alexi has decided to go back to playing some of that great old CoB-style playing then Halo of Blood is definitely going to be a stand out album of this year.
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