Hate Crew Deathroll review by Children of Bodom

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  • Released: Sep 23, 2003
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.7 (127 votes)
Children of Bodom: Hate Crew Deathroll

Sound — 9
A complete change from any previous stuff from CoB. This one's got aggressive guitar lines, tantalizing keyboards, mind-bending bass lines and gut-busting blastbeats. Janne Wirman and Alexi Laiho still take those signature make-your-fingers-hurt-just-listening guitar solos with powerful rhythm guitar and bass lines in the background. If you're used to the fancy classical and technical riffs from albums like Hatebreeder or Follow the Reaper, this album is a wonderful smack in the face with a musical baseball bat.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics take a turn away from CoB's previous stuff. Yeah, it's still about death, and war, and all that like their previous topics, but this time, they're completely antagonistic and aggressive to the point of insulting the listener. For example, in the title track "Hate Crew Deathroll," Alexi goes so far as to constantly scream insults like "stupid c***." The lyrics are very good, and since this is one of the very few instances where they are included in the booklet, it makes it even better.

Overall Impression — 9
The album was totally different than other CoB albums. It's the real turning point and the transitional album between their old stuff and Are You Dead Yet?, which I already owned. It's a sort of in-between from power/black/death to thrash/death styles. The only song I really don't like is the title track itself, only because something about it just doesn't flow right. Overall, however, it's a very good album and if it were lost or stolen, I would definitely buy it again.

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    whoops, in my sound review just take out the word guitar in the whole "janne wirman and alexi....guitar solos" part. stupid mistake.
    \m/ slayer \m/
    the solo on bodom beach terror is (in my opinion) alexi's best. i want bodom to make an epic song that ends with alexi doing an insane 3 minute long solo
    \m/ slayer \m/
    i dislike how people say ''screaming''. that makes it sound like its just full out blowing your lungs out but its actually a tough vocal technique
    alexi is a god him and roope make one of the most skilled guitarist gropu on earth, and yeh he doesnt scream, try singing one of his whole songs without choking or your larynx falling out the guy has skill.