Children of Bodom play at The Beacham with Devin Townsend, Obscura, Septic Flesh on Saturday, July 9th.
Children of Bodom: Relentless, Reckless Forever – review
Power metal – a kind of high-camp Eurovision take on Iron Maiden – has two main constituencies in its fanbase: lonely World of Warcraft addicts with no sense of irony whatsoever, and vintage Dio T-shirt-wearing hipsters whose ironic detachment tips dangerously into the red. But while Children of Bodom subscribe to many of power metal’s hallmarks – no song is so epic that it can’t be augmented further by a swathe of synth washes or duelling guitars and harpsichords – there is enough dirty riffing, rasped invectives and breakneck thrash on this, their seventh studio album, to appeal to the kind of metal aficionado for whom a belief in dragons and wizards isn’t compulsory. And any band that can crib a melody from the soundtrack of horror movie classic Seven Notes in Black without sullying the original, as CoB do in the exemplary title track, deserves far more than an ironically raised eyebrow in appreciation.