Rating:
6.0
Children Of Bodom - Halo Of Blood
7 June 2013


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]


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?

Not quite. Unfortunately the two previously mentioned singles are the best songs on the album and while other songs often do have a good dose of that classical Bodom past, they also have a (un)healthy serving of the sloppy melodeath-mess Children Of Bodom has become.

In fact, this album is essentially a stitched-together medley of Children Of Bodom's entire discography, distilled down into 10 tracks. There's a Hatebreeder-esque intro here, an Are You Dead Yet? riff there, topped off with a Bloodrunk breakdown. These sort-of Frankenstein combinations plague the album, so while a song might start off sounding very promising, twenty seconds later and it's a piece of crap.

"Transference" and "Halo of Blood" are definitely surprise treats considering the material the Hatecrew has been shelling out as of late, but even these tracks can't prop up the entire album. When put into the greater context of Bodom's early discography, they sound like they would belong on the B-Side of Something Wild rather than Something Wild itself. And that's the tale of the album, "Days are Numbered" is nothing more than a Hatebreeder rip-off and even "Waste of Skin" has a weak and Slayer-derivative chorus.

So, while yes, this is arguably the best album since Hate Crew Deathroll, being the fifth best Children Of Bodom album is not a very tough feat. And I would even place the lackluster Are You Dead Yet? above this one, at least that album had a voice of its own.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 5
Originality: 5
Production: 8


Band profile: Children Of Bodom
Album: Halo Of Blood


 


written by AngelofDeth | 22.02.2014


Guest review disclaimer:
This is a guest review, which means it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the MS Staff.

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 (12)



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Cynic Metalhead - 25.02.2014 at 10:28  
Good review.

Another piece of crap after RRF. I agree with you on singles, it actually took me to little surprise as singles were looking "good" but then record was just dead dropper. Let us throw this CD in dumpster.
deadone - 26.02.2014 at 00:01  
I like this one. Certainly no Hatebreeder but it's enjoyable and memorable enough especially when compared to anything after Hatebreeder except maybe Hatecrew Deathroll.
AlvarUgo - 07.03.2014 at 04:55  
Well, i do find this record very close to the quality of the best ones. It does sound too similar to them, but... what the hell. It's a well
crafted mix of good riffs.
sam1oq - 02.10.2014 at 17:29  
Lol. This is my second COB album after "Follow The Reaper" and I liked it more. I was thinking of rating this album between 9 and 10. Especially the "Waste Of Skin" song just kicks ass, but then I see the reviews and it seems like I'm totally weird. Anyway, I love this album. I guess I'll rate it 9.

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