Are You Dead Yet? review by Children of Bodom

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  • Released: Sep 19, 2005
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.5 (441 votes)
Children of Bodom: Are You Dead Yet?

Sound — 10
First off, I would like to say that this album kicks unholy ass! From the first note to the last, COB unleash unrivaled fury from their intruments, and themselves. The opening track "Living Dead Beat" has an awesome synth/guitar/drum buildup to a growl by Alexi. The title track has one of the most amazing openings, crazy double bass by raska, and a bloocurdling howl by the Wildchild. Intrumentally, this album is as amazing as all the others, if not better. Alexander and Alexi hold it down on the guitars, while Raska pounds on the drums. The keyboardist (sorry, don't know his name), has improved greatly and are better used in sync with the guitars. And of course, the bass lays down some awesome lines, such as in "Bastards Of Bodom," which, by the way, sounded like "Hate Me" to me, for all you COB fans out there. as far as sound goes, this album will kick your ass and leave you wanting more.

Lyrics — 10
Lyrics are typical COB lyrics, dealing with death and the lake bodom murders. There's also a cover of The Ramones' song "Somebody Put Something In My Drink". Not my favorite, but it's catchy. Some of the words are a little cheesy, but Alexi has a way of delivering them through his growling, howling, screaming, and singing that makes it sound amazing. He has progressed greatly from their earlier stuff, such as Hatebreeder and Something Wild, but still retains that same, intense vocal abuse.

Overall Impression — 10
Un-friggin-belivable, thats the only way to describe it. Heavy, fast, melodic, chaotic, straight up "metal up your ass," that's how you describe COB. If you're a fan of them, buy this, don't live another moment without it. If your looking to get into them, get this. It's the most polished and refined effort by the finnish metallers yet, and by far the best. Something Wild, Hatebreeder, Follow The Reaper, and Hatecrew Deathroll all pale in comparison to this album, and if you know those albums, you know that means something.

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