Released: 2015, Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Despite being twenty years into their career, Children Of Bodom show no sign of slowing their chaotic lifestyles of touring, writing and recording. As leaders of true, headbanging, horn raising extreme metal in the new school, Bodom have gained countless fans across the world right from their first couple of albums, and have only hard work and passion to thank for it. However, the COB comrades suffered a loss,with the departure of long time guitarist Roope Latvala just before the recording of I Worship Chaos, a man yet to be replaced. Fearlessly, the band have charged on as a four-piece, with guitar hero Alexi performing all six string duties on this record.
Where as recent records such as Halo Of Blood and Relentless Reckless Forever explored new niches in the Bodom sound, I Worship Chaos is as much a definition of classic C.O.B. as it is anything else. Kicking off with trademark classic guitar and keyboard trade off riffing, "I Hurt" unleashes a barrage of death metal chords, punched across the mix by a dense, reverberating snare. Any fears that the band have stagnated can be scrapped instantly, as the Hate Crew sound as lethal, urgent and intense as ever.
Although as melancholic as things get within the usually aggressive Bodom camp, "Morrigan" is a clear stand out track, with an instant chorus and seamlessly shifts that take the best of Dark Tranquility's atmosphere and turn the "stadium rock appeal" dial up to ten. If included in Children Of Bodom's set lists in tours to come, "Horns" is sure to raise said universal metal appreciation symbol in venues everywhere as it sharpen's up Carcass's style of guitar melody and adds a heap of classic Bodom dirt to lethal effect.
Apart from "All For Nothing", which throws a ballad shaped curve ball at this record , Bodom have gone and produced and album which defines their sound 20 years into it. Although their furious, machine like output shows no sign of slowing, if this were to be the last C.O.B. album, then the Hate Crew could be truly proud of their efforts, as they show us how it's done with true confidence.
Review by Jarod Lawley