ALBUM: Children Of Bodom – I Worship Chaos

Release Date: October 2nd 2015
Label: Nuclear Blast Records


The two things that have most likely ruined some of your favourite bands are line-up changes, and the attempt to make too many albums, which is why you have to give it to Children Of Bodom. Despite the fact that they’re nine albums in and have recently seen another departure from guitarist Roope Latvala, ‘I Worship Chaos’ is one of the more solid releases in their now huge back catalogue.

Despite the fact that this is their first venture as a four-piece (as they’ve apparently chosen not to replace Latvala this time), this is still a very Bodom-sounding record. Alexi Laiho clearly still knows how to throw a decent riff about the place whilst still letting out his signature scratchy yelps; the frontman shines on tracks like ‘My Bodom (I Am The Only One)’ and ‘Morrigan’, which are both essential additions for any fan who’s built a CoB playlist.

Even though the drumming never leaps out at you, it’s one of the stronger elements of the album when paid attention to, and Jaska Raatikainen knows how to back up a hook with some slow hard hitters, or assist in making Laiho‘s solos rip by turning the speed all the way up.

One of the biggest improvements to the CoB puzzle is the keyboards; a piece that doesn’t fit well for a lot of the band’s naysayers. On ‘I Worship Chaos’, the keys are much more strategically placed, not at the forefront with every riff anymore, and they either delicately appear in the background when they’re needed (like on the intro to ‘Prayer Of The Afflicted’), or they’re not there at all.

All of these components are coming together to make the best Children Of Bodom record in a while, but none of them are creating anything that they haven’t before. Maybe the band are destined to be like Slayer and Motörhead in the sense that their style never really changes, but if that’s the case then the band can’t complain if the audience ever gets bored. Rather than trying to create a new and explosive experience using different ingredients, Children Of Bodom are trying to see how many meals they can make with just potatoes.

Written by Jack King (@Jackingy)



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