Children of Bodom – I Worship Chaos
I Worship Chaos is the ninth studio album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom. It was released on October 2, 2015. It is the first album since 2003’s Hate Crew Deathroll not to feature guitarist Roope Latvala due to his departure from the band in May 2015, making this the band’s first album as a four-piece group with Alexi Laiho handling all guitar duties. For the first time, the band did not use a commercial recording studio. Instead, they opted to use a converted warehouse to enhance the ambiance of the sound. In this album, the band used drop B tuning on most of the album and D-flat tuning on the songs “Hold Your Tongue” and “Suicide Bomber” instead of drop C tuning and D standard used on previous albums. This also makes this the first album since Something Wild to use a D-flat tuning.
Children of Bodom never stops impressing. I was surprised to find that Roope had left the band but nevertheless, this is a fantastic album. I won’t go as far as to say that it’s the perfect Bodom album as they have been introducing some slower-paced songs recently. But I’ve must have listened to this at least 10 times already and I enjoy it start to finish. Any Bodom fan will welcome this new addition to the discography. Seasoned ‘Bodom’ fans such as myself will enjoy this release thoroughly. They’ve definitely mixed it up in this album by throwing in a mixture of their artistic strengths, so everyone gets a taste of what they love about this band in every song. Thrash fans will be very pleased with the album because it’s sprinkled in almost every song.
It’s hard to go on and explain in such descriptive detail about how different the album is from all their other releases. Going on and on, describing the strengths and personal favorite parts of each song, detailing how much melody is incorporated, talking about how even the slow beat songs are still heavy, acting like I’m a professional commentator of how each instrument is well played to their full potentials. Now I won’t sit here and act like “Follow The Reaper” isn’t their best work (in my opinion), but fans old and new quickly realize that this release is quintessential Bodom. This is raw, an unfiltered metal that was created for metal fans. And what better band to release an album like that than Children of Bodom. Stop looking at all the positive reviews, support the band and buy the album, then make your own decisions regarding what you personally like or dislike about it. Fair warning: you won’t regret spending the money to own ‘I Worship Chaos’.
COB frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho commented on the new album: “We are close to putting the finishing touches on the new COB record I Worship Chaos and as much fun (but most importantly raw, literally bloody-knuckled hard work) it has been making it, I’m more than happy and even more anxious to share this chaos with the rest of the world. So people, put your shades and helmets on, it will get very dark and it might hurt, in a perfect COB fashion of course!”
Returning to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios (located at a top-secret, undisclosed location in Helsinki) to record I Worship Chaos, the album was produced by COB and Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their earlier albums Halo Of Blood, Hatebreeder, Follow the Reaper and Hate Crew Deathroll. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.
In support of their 2015 release, I Worship Chaos, Finnish metal superstars Children Of Bodom are teaming up with The Noise to embark on a 21-date North American tour with special guests Abbath, Exmortus, and Oni. The I Worship Chaos Tour will kick off in Quebec on November 23, make its way through Canada and the US and conclude in Brooklyn on December 19th. As you’d expect, Children Of Bodom singer/guitarist Alexi Laiho is very much looking forward to the upcoming tour saying, “We’re happy to have finally put something cool together for our upcoming US headline tour with Oni, Emortus and, the one and only, Abbath. So, I’d say this tour is more than worth checkin’ out! So hope to see you there!”
Artist: Children of Bodom
Album: I Worship Chaos
Released: October 2, 2015
Label: Nuclear Blast
Producer: Peter Tägtgren, Mikko Karmila
Genre: Melodic Death, Power Metal, Thrash Metal
Website: Official Website
Discs: 1 disc
Reviewed by: Guest Reviewer
Our Rating: 4.0 /5
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