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2013 release, the eighth studio album from the Finnish Melodic Death Metal band. The album was recorded at Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki. For the recording of the LP, the band teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their fan-favorite albums Hatebreeder, Follow The Reaper and Hate Crew Deathroll, as well as Swedish producer Peter T„gtgren who oversaw production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album was mixed at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. The cover art was created by Sami Saram„ki, who was responsible for the artwork on previous Children Of Bodom albums Follow The Reaper, Are You Dead Yet? and Hate Crew Deathroll.


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  • Audio CD (June 11, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B00BX3KZAS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Murdoch584 on June 11, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Just so people don't misinterpret, I enjoyed "Are You Dead Yet?," "Blooddrunk," and "Relentless, Reckless Forever," but those three albums lacked a sense of urgency. It was as though a great metal band had found a safe formula and decided to stick with it (kind of like Lamb of God's "Resolution"). I'm not saying that's what happened, that's just how it seemed to me. They released solid, but ultimately generic metal. Let me reiterate: I don't think they are bad albums. CoB just seemed to be capable of so much more.

I hesitate to call "Halo of Blood" a return to form; it's more of an amalgamation of their entire catalog. Listening to it, I heard hints of their neoclassical era, hints of "Deathroll" (I consider that their transitional album), and hints of AYDY and beyond. In the end, this album is what AYDY should have been. That said, here's a breakdown of the tracks:

"Waste of Skin:" 8.5/10 After some muted chords, the main melody kicks in, instantly reminding me of "Hate Me!" which is definitely not a bad thing. The verses and solo are more in the vein of something from "Blooddrunk," but the rest sounds like a natural progression from the "Follow the Reaper" era.

"Halo of Blood:" 8/10 Alexi's self-proclaimed favorite song on the album (see the track preview video on their website). While not my favorite Bodom song by far (that honor goes to "Hatebreeder"), it's still a good song. It starts with a very black metal feel, then settles into a riff that is reminiscent of "Lil' Bloodred Ridin' Hood." The solo is an all-out shred, and relatively forgettable.

"Scream for Silence:" 10/10 A slower song, but has one of the coolest melodies I've heard from Bodom. Easily my favorite song on the album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Rosenbluth on June 13, 2013
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Children of Bodom have definitely Americanized their sound over the last several albums. For about ten years they indulged their inner Pantera and Metallica not to mention their affinity for the L.A Glam bands, and did so through the scope of a veteran European Death metal band. It was tasteful but left some people wanting the band that is often brought up when someone discusses Melodic Death Metal to relapse to their roots and embrace their snow covered forest dwelling beginnings. Well just look at the cover. Wish granted! Sure there is some American sounding stomp and stammer here and there to punctuate highly melodic songs, but it serves as a much more refined part of COB's sound. This release seems to pick up where Hate Crew Deathtroll left off. The songs are excellent and lend themselves to repeat listens, as Alexi Laiho's serpentine riffs are so meticulously penned, that it defies initial comprehension. There are definite returns to the past and longtime fans will hear a good amount of Hatebreeder like material on certain tracks. Laiho's vocals are also much harsher, never touching anything as melodic as "Needled 24/7", with exception of a soft almost spoken intro. Longtime fans will love this and what's cooler is that new fans (like one of the other reviewers) can jump right on board with this release and then immediately be able to embrace the classics like Follow The Reaper, as well as the newer stuff! While the actual stars I gave are four, I like the other reviewers I assume, are merely holding COB to a rating against themselves. Excellent job by a veteran crew not even close to being done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Twisted Slasher on June 13, 2013
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CoB is a band I've heard a few songs from here and there, most of which I thought were awesome, but after hearing Transference I decided to get this day one and I'm not disappointed. There's not a bad song on the album. Dead Man's Hand on You and Damaged Beyond Repair don't sound quite as good as the others on the first listen, but they may grow on me in time. I highly recommend this for all melodic death metal fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eddie on November 10, 2013
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This freakin' album is awesome. Simply awesome. If you have a kicking stereo system in your car with the right speakers and large subwoofers, you can not the blue wigs off old ladies in church and get the attention of beautiful and crazy metal chicks. Great album!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Girard on July 30, 2013
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I'm a big fan of the Bodom that was. I really enjoyed listening to releases like Hatebreeder, Follow the Reaper, and Hate Crew Deathroll. However, once Are You Dead Yet? came around, the music wasn't drawing me in like it used to, it just didn't seem right. Blooddrunk seemed like an improvement over Are You Dead Yet?, however it still didn't seem like Bodom. I skipped the next album, and still have not listened to it entirely, but from what I've heard it was not that great.

Now we have Halo of Blood. This release is much more "Bodomy" than the previous three, even though it's a bit short and less polished. I wouldn't say that Bodom is going back to their old sound, but it definitely seems like they are taking a step in the right direction given that they went back to their original producer which haven't used since Hate Crew Deathroll.

I really enjoyed this album and liked all of the songs. I feel that any fan of the band should purchase this album and show their support.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller on June 23, 2014
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Solid COB album. You pretty much know what you are going to get with them. Fast chugging riffs, blast beats, and dueling synth and guitar leads.
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