Sound — 9
This album is a very diverse leap for Children Of Bodom as you can hear, they have taken a lot more elements out of their sound and added new ones. As I find with this album is that a lot of the keyboards are moving towards a more industrial style of playing, as children of bodom started showing in "Follow The Reaper" and the guitars are not as blistering fats as in their previous efforts, although they do have their moments. The solos of this album are surprisingly catchy for a shred band, a lot catchier than their previous efforts. Another thing to note is they seem to have dropped the use of Chorus hooks, not completely, but there are far fewer present than in their previous releases, as their chorus seem to be more relying on Crushing powerchords and the Impressive vocal work. The sounds range from the moody, evil and distant "Angels Don't Kill" to the more in-your-face pundings of the title track "Hate Crew Deathroll".
Lyrics — 8
I think the lyrics are not the most creative lyrics I have seen, but they are not terrible all the same, they seem to have that angry element to them in which you can't disagree. In the past Alexi was always powerful at projecting his voice in a variety of Pitches and their is no exception in HCD. He definatley delivers a powerful performance, and really stands out against other vocalists of similar genres.
Overall Impression — 9
I think this album tops a lot of their previous efforts, and it tops many efforts form likestyle bands that bridge into similar categories as COB. I think the most impressive songs on the album are efforts such as "Your'e Better Off Dead" "Angel's Don't Kill" and the title track "Hate Crew Deathroll". The thing I love the most about this album is the way everything fits together. If this album was lost I would definatley buy another one.