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Halo of Blood

Children of BodomVinyl
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  • Vinyl (June 25, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vinyl LP pressing. 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Since "Hate Crew Deathroll" 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fired Up Finns Bring Back Classic Sound! 4.25*** June 13, 2013
Format:Audio CD
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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Eddie
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Children of Bodom album, and it kicks ass! 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars huge fan, love this album. January 1, 2014
By Scott
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its a great album. it contains their fastest song and slowest song to date (as described by Alexi), and they both rock. the whole album is great from start to finish. if the only one you hear is the one they have a video for, Transference, I feel that is the weakest song. I wish they would have made a video to any other song.. the title track, Halo of Blood is pretty sweet. Scream for Silence is by far my favorite track..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Children of Bodom are neat
Been listening to COB for a while and I this album reminded me of why. If you've ever like Children of Bodom, get this album.
Published 14 days ago by Greg
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good, just not spectacular COB release
Following-up the stripped-down approach taken for 2011's "Relentless Reckless Forever," Finland's Children Of Bodom return to their roots to their roots in a more overwrought and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great release by this band
I have been a huge fan of this band for years and they never seem to disappoint me. Another great release from these guys that is full of great material and musicianship. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian
3.0 out of 5 stars A couple good songs
The album overall is just ok. The only song I can really listen to all the way through is Scream For Silence. It's one of the slower songs, but the riffs are great. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Barraza
5.0 out of 5 stars Halo?
This album just tears your head off from start to finish. If you like them and in Flames, get this and turn it up, forget everything and let yourself go.
Published 5 months ago by Cecil A. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of the Past!
I have been a devout COB fan since they started and being a fan of older COB than newer, Halo of Blood is really quit refreshing! Even bringing in some fun blast beats!! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Philip Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
This album is as good as the last few. I have 6 total now. I was not disappointed. I am not one of those reviewers that compares to earlier albums and wonders if they are selling... Read more
Published 8 months ago by David K. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
I really like all the songs on this album. I can't think of any that I don't like listening too.
Published 8 months ago by Eric Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, but nothing stands out yet
It's good. All of it is technically brilliant but there aren't any songs that really stand out to me yet. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Milarsaurus
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
I have only listened to it once and think I will have to listem to it several times for it to grow on me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Damian Dodge
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