Sound — 10
After the masterpiece Follow the Reaper, Children of Bodom returns with an amazing album, full of both power and melodical songs. Hate Crew Deathroll is defenitely better than anything Children of Bodom has ever put in albuns like Something Wild and Hatebreeder. Althought it has not the writing complexity of Follow the Reaper with kissing the shadows or bodom after midnight, it still has a bunch of riffs and solos that make any other speed\thrash\death metal feel noisy about their own work. Bodom Beach Terror and Hate Crew Deathroll are pretty nice examples of that masterwork by "Wildchild" Alexi(lead guitar and vocals), even being just kind of "secondary songs". Needled 24/7 is probably the greatest song in this album, followed by SixPounder, You're better off dead and Angels don't kill, a song that continues the concept of Everytime I Die, a most melodical song that also shows a diferent side of Alexi. These four songs are probably the greatest examples (on this album) of the fantastic capacity of the band to "mix" lead and rythm guitar with the keyboards, without wanting to reduce the work of the other members of the band, specially Jaska, whose lightning speeding play makes a tremendous power to the music.
Lyrics — 8
For someone that didn't wrote lyrics at all in the late years of the band (when Children of Bodom were still working on their demos as inearthed), Laiho has been shown to be a complete genious. But lyrics are just a suport for the music. They become secondary when the Alexi unleashes all his riffs and solos. Theres is nothing special to say about Alexi voice. It is not really something special but it's decent and gives a very singular style to Bodom music.
Overall Impression — 9
One of the best albuns by the finnish band (the second after Follow the Reaper) following the style that Children of Bodom started with Something Wild, a very singular style, with influences from the most different metal bands, such as Slayer, Entombed, Maiden and many others. Followed by Jaska, Janne and Henkka, Alexi Laiho is in the right way to lead what is becoming one of the most important and influencial bands of this decade.