Alexi Laiho, in his recent interview with our Metal Mark, really dug into the breakdown of the songs on I Worship Chaos. You can really tell how proud he and keyboardist Janne Wirman are of their newest release, and they should be. It is absolutely stellar! They manage to bounce around genres without losing that classic Children Of Bodom sound. While I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of Halo of Blood, I really like what they have done on this new release.
“I Hurt” opens up with symphonic elements and galloping bass and drums before breaking into a headbanging feast of razor-sharp riffs at a breakneck pace. The chorus is catchy and brutal with a killer keyboard and guitar break in the middle. “My Bodom (I Am The Only One)” has thrash elements mixed in with huge symphonic flourishes and a dirty ’80s feel. “Morrigan” takes on a darker and more goth attitude, and the keyboards really make this song. Laiho’s vocals and guitarwork here are nothing short of brilliant. “Horns” has a more traditional Bodom sound chock-full of blast beats, huge riffs and screaming guitars. “Prayer For The Afflicted” is dark and heavy; the keyboards gloomy, the guitar parts cold. It’s my favorite song here. The whispers between verses are a perfect fit and really make the song. The title track is straightforward and has anthem written all over it. “Hold Your Tongue” is more mid-tempo but lacks nothing in the riff department. It builds to a scream-along chorus. “Suicide Bomber” is another favorite, and I really love Laiho’s vocals. It epitomizes the Children Of Bodom sound. “All For Nothing” is a slower, more melodic song. The verses are slow and brooding, but the chorus gallops along at a brisk speed. Once again, Laiho’s guitar work is nothing short of stellar. “Widdershins” has an almost power metal feel to it at first before speeding at blistering pace with wailing guitars and brilliant drumming.
I Worship Chaos is a melting pot of all of the previous Children Of Bodom releases. They’ve honed a sound that is easily identifiable but defies any genre in this day and age.
I Worship Chaos is out October 2 on Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-order it here!
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