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Format: CD
Sku: 214425591
UPC: 602517801295
UPC 14: 00602517801295
Release Date: 2/15/2010
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Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Children Of Bodom: Alexi Laiho (vocals, guitar); Alexander Kuoppala (guitar); Janne Warman (keyboards); Henkka T. Blacksmith (bass); Jaska W. Raatikainen (drums).
Muze PNote Personnel: Alexander Kuoppala (guitar); Janne Warman (keyboards).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Mikko Karmila.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Dante Bonutto.
Muze PNote Recording information: Astia Studio, Finland (08/??/2002-03/08/2008); London, England (08/??/2002-03/08/2008).
Muze PNote Four albums in and still whacked on speed, Finnish five-piece Children of Bodom continue with its highly entertaining, giddy, pogo-stick metal on Hate Crew Deathroll. Attitude-wise, CoB has become the Manowar of melodic death metal, willfully leaping off the cliff of over-the-top metaldom (not unlike Swedish supergroup Witchery) -- which is refreshing, considering the poker-faced seriousness of most acts in the genre, and here, main Bodom-ite Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho keeps his tongue firmly in cheek while tearing through squirrelly cuts such as "Triple Corpse Hammerblow" and "Lil' Bloodred Ridin' Hood." Like its predecessor, Follow the Reaper, Hate Crew finds Laiho firing off frantic speed metal riffs and technical, shred-heavy solos alongside humorously irritating prog/horror movie keyboards; this time, however, he has tightened up the arrangements (most songs clock in under four minutes) and significantly improved the enunciation of his vocal screech, making for a lean, mean, and infectious listen. The album races to the finish of its 36-minute running time, only slowing down for deathly ballad "Angels Don't Kill" and highlight "Sixpounder," which trades busy fretwork for hackle-raising mid-tempo riff chuggery and a monstrous, sweeping, anthemic chorus. Adding to the album's effectiveness is its crisp, crystal-clear, sharp, and mechanical production (Megadeth's stellar Countdown to Extinction is a reference point), which perfectly suits CoB's slice'n'dice songwriting ethic. Hate Crew Deathroll is easily the band's most accomplished, well-rounded, and enjoyable album, thanks to Laiho's playful, frisky approach to metal's clich?s; placing Children of Bodom next to comparable European metal acts gives the overtly serious sensibilities of the genre a well-deserved deflating. ~ John Serba

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
Muze Music Compilations Mtv2 Headbandger's Ball Vol 2

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/01/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1780129
Music Label Name Label : Spinefarm Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : DDD
Music UPC UPC : 00602517801295

Professional Reviews

Kerrang (Magazine)
(p.49)
- "Rightly regarded by many as COB's finest hour, this both accelerated and justified frontman Alexi Laiho's rapid ascension into the realm of latter day guitar deities."

Record Collector (magazine)
(p.79)
- "The music itself is fast, hummable power metal with death and thrash elements..."

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