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Children Of Bodom - Something Wild (8,5/10) - Finland - 1997

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 36:57
Band homepage: Children Of Bodom

Tracklist:

  1. Deadnight Warrior
  2. In The Shadows
  3. Red Light In My Eyes, pt. 1
  4. Red Light In My Eyes, pt. 2
  5. Lake Bodom
  6. The Nail
  7. Touch Like Angel Of Death
Children Of Bodom - Something Wild
The band's very first album "Something Wild" introduced us to some great technical Metal in 1997 and laid a path for what would be a great musical journey in the realm of the Finnish gods CHILDREN OF BODOM. Lacking the more mature sound of "Follow The Reaper", it is closer to their second release "Hatebreeder", but with more experiments as to what should define COB's style. Mixing various elements like the complicated guitar-leads of melodic Death and fast rhythmic riffs of Power Metal, the unique blend found in "Something Wild" does create an addiction after too many listenings.

Take the scarred hand of the Reaper and follow him to the greatest depths of Hell. There you will find guitar-arrangements like you've never heard before, non-oppressive keyboard-melodies, complex tormented growling vocals and you just might encounter one of the rare polished rubies you only find once or twice a year. The assault on your senses will be invading, your vision probably blurry in the process, but once you've fully opened up to this record, you'll understand that beneath the layers and layers of complicated instrumental euphoria paired with demonic vocals, there is talent. Metalheads out there: This is a CD you will not want to miss.

Mathieu Bibeau



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