Children of Bodom Record Fastest Song Ever

Their new album also features the slowest song in the history of the band, according to guitarist Alex Laiho.

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Children of Bodom have pushed themselves harder than ever on their eighth studio album "Halo of Blood," with guitarist Alexi Laiho calling one of the tracks "the fastest song in the history of the band."

But this is an album of extremes, and the album balances the speed of that particular track with the slowest song in their catalog.

"The title track, in my opinion, is the fastest song in the history of the band," Laiho tells Premier Guitar. "It's basically like blast beats throughout the song. Another song, called 'Dead Man's Hand on You,' is by far the slowest song in the history of the band. That was definitely something we'd never done before.

"None of this was thought out or plannedeverything just happened naturally. It was definitely a challenge for us to do something like that but I think we did a pretty good job."

Laiho goes on to talk about how he approaches all the guitar solos on the record, which apparently come to him in the heat of the moment. "I improvise them on the spot," he says. "I like to keep things fresh and spontaneous sounding when I do solos. I usually don't like to write anything beforehand."

Listen to "Transference" from the new Children of Bodom album "Halo of Blood" here:

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    'Fastest Song Ever!' sounds a lot cooler than 'fastest song in the history of the band'.
    When I read the headline, I thought "HOLY CRAP! Someone beat Napalm Death?"
    I liked that on facbook and now I look like a dick seeing as I only just saw the article
    Enough with the misleading titles, whoever does that ruins UG
    You clicked on it and paid for an ad twice by commenting. Mission accomplished, I'd say!
    He didn't say that they aren't doing they're job right. Just that people who read the articles don't want to be given misleading titles only to be disappointed when they actually read the article.
    Exactly. I honestly never woulda clicked on this if the title wasn't so misleading
    Right? lol im suprised i havent seen an article like " dave mustaine is from the future" or some crazy stuff
    Didn't you hear? Terminator is based on his life story. They just missed out the Metallica/Megadeth thing, for some reason. I think it was because it would be hard to cut it down to fit in the length of a movie.
    They also have the third one, which they didn't mention... The song with the most average tempo in the history of the band!
    And yet indeed another misleading title by Ultimate-Guitar. I can hardly take their journalistic roles seriousy this way.
    Coming to UG for quality journalism is like going to a Cannibal Corpse concert to hear power ballads.
    None of you are reading this right, It said. The "title track" is the fastest ever. Halo of blood. You just listened to 'transference' (not the fastest or slowest track, just normal). This songs pretty standard with their older stuff, this should have some decent support. At least it's not dubstep.
    "At least it's not dubstep" That's like saying, "Well, at least my head and legs are still here" right after my arm has been cut off.
    I can laugh at Dubstep. Children of Boredom just makes me sad.
    Why would you write an article about the band's fastest song ever... and then embed a completely different song?
    Fuck blast beats. Theyre ****ing boring.
    dudududududududududududududududududududududududududududududu dududududududu-snare-dudududududududududududududududu I agree. It's boring as shit.
    Black Hazard
    I say they're ****ing annoying, especially when they go on forever. I will change the song because of that.
    not unless they're played with constant perfection and not half-assed. that shit's hard.
    The title of this article is misleading, but it's still obvious what it's supposed to mean. On another note, Children Of Bodom are awesome.
    link no1
    It's obvious after you read the article but on first glance it's obvious most, if not all people, thought this was a record breaking thing rather than "fastest song in the history of the band".
    \m/ \m/ \m/ RAWR! teh fastur teh sung is mens it betr becuz teh br00talz! \m/ \m/ \m/
    "Their new album also features the slowest album in the history of the band, according to guitarist Alex Laiho." We already know you can't be assed to proof-read the articles, but can you at least check the goddamn headline?
    What Alexi says: "I improvise them on the spot. I like to keep things fresh and spontaneous sounding when I do solos. I usually don't like to write anything beforehand." What Alexi means: "I'm too intoxicated to write interesting solos anymore, so I just play some fast garbage and call it a day."
    I wasn't the biggest fan of Reckless Relentless Fever... So I'm really looking forward to hearing this album. Though the 'Fastest Song Ever' doesn't really bode to well for a long listening... Hopefully the slower one goes for 10 minutes or so to help even things out a bit.
    that songs clocks in at just less than 5 minutes unfortunatley
    Where's the complexity? Where are the intricate melodies? Where are the blasting riffs? Where are all the things that used to make me love Children of Bodom? I at least hope they're selling records.
    the song is pretty nice so some of us are expecting this album but PLEASE no more of these quotes!!! it's like saying nothing really
    I know they're sort of a legendary metal band, but at some point this type of metal just starts to all blend together to me. Then again, I'm not really into this kind of music.
    Agreed, I much prefer their older sound, follow the reaper are you dead yet, their harder crunching guitars made it feel like they were playing live in the album, their new sound is too clean I think, makes it feel like there's holes in their songs that weren't there before, still love them though
    They're very cheesy metal though. One could go so far as to suggest they're a pop band with metal aesthetics lol! If you want quality metal, don't go looking for COB, but if you want cheese and fun, then why not!
    'Fastest Song Ever'... well, that sounds 'promising' which I mean 'absolutely awful'
    Anyone think Alexi looks like Noel Fielding/Vince Noir?