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Children of Bodom: Hatebreeder
Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal
Nuclear Blast Records
April 26th, 1999
Release length: 38:10
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Hatebreeder by Children Of Bodom shows the band begin to change and mature the sound they play. While the music is pretty much the exact same style as their debut album, Something Wild, there is more talent and effort shown this time around.

While Hatebreeder features some amazing tracks, it suffers from the same faults as the last one. Vocally, the album is only slightly better then Something Wild, based on the fact that the laughable gutteral vocals aren’t really used this time around. The harsh vocals actually sound more generic this time around, which is sad, but at least not comical. However, the introduction of the harmonized harsh singing is a nice touch, and definitely works in the album’s favor. “Hatebreeder”, for example, uses this style, but only shortly.

It is clear that Children Of Bodom have become more aggressive on this release. The guitar work is just impressive, having the same speed as before for much of the album, but being a little more technical. Once again, there are both piano solos and guitar solos, both are which are excellent, but it is easily the dueling solos that really shine off this release. And if the songs are in0your-face fast, they rely moreso on melody, such as the song “Bed Of Razors”, which is simply an amazing track with a slower tempo, great guitar work, and the newer keyboard sound that appears much stronger on this release in the background, giving the song, and the technical guitar frets, a nice edge.

Hatebreeder is a rather diverse album, musically. The only lame musical aspect would be the Miami Vice theme song played on the keyboards for the introduction on the song “Black Widow”, as it doesn’t really do much for the song aside add time to the track. This is another promising album from Children Of Bodom, but sadly it was only the music that progressed. Had the vocals not become so generic with this release, it would have surpassed Something Wild.

01. Warhead – 4:07
02. Silent Night, Bodom Night – 3:12
03. Hatebreeder – 4:21
04. Bed Of Razors – 3:56
05. Towards Dead End – 4:54
06. Black Widow – 3:58
07. Wrath Within – 3:54
08. Children Of Bodom – 5:14
09. Downfall – 4:34
Overall Score: 6/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.