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Children of Bodom: Was It Worth It?
Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal
Spinefarm Records
February 23rd, 2011
Release length: 9:47
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“Was It Worth It?” is the lead single off Children of Bodom‘s seventh full-length effort, Relentless Reckless Forever. The song was originally just a music video to promote the album, but fans who paid attention will have noticed that there is also a CD Single that was made available prior to the album’s release. The single, available only overseas through Spinefarm Records, is limited to 500 numbered copies, and, being a fan, I secured my own copy through pre-order [being pressing number 491 out of 500] to add to my collection in anticipation of Relentless Reckless Forever. On a personal level, I have been hoping this full-length will find the band going back to their Follow the Reaper days, when the songs were catchy and had a great attitude behind them, unlike their newer material. Sadly, this single didn’t do much to satisfy those hopes, but it effectively managed to increased my anticipation of the album, as the video has more then likely done for many metal fans.

“Was It Worth It?” is a question that many who buy this release will be asking themselves. This isn’t really one of the greatest songs by Children of Bodom, but it’s surprisingly very enjoyable. The song is at a slower tempo, of course, having a slight Rock edge to it at times, but takes more of the band’s chanting and building Power Metal ideas into effect then anything, though the guitar/keyboard solo battle is clearly more Rock then anything. The song is just traditional Children of Bodom done well, and on the first listen it may not stick, but the more time with it, the more the song’s rather simple composition, lighter atmosphere through the Power Metal influences with an anthemic/angry vocal performance will grow on you.

The second track on here is “Angel’s Don’t Kill (Live at Bloodstock)”, a fan favorite and, while at first may seem like a horrible selection, is perhaps the perfect choice to accompany “Was It Worth It?”. The song’s slower pace and matching anthemic attitude that is matched with a little anger and an overall depressing atmosphere will always remain one of the band’s best songs. However, this live version simply isn’t that great. There at times that the vocals seem to be either improperly timed to the original song, or as if the breathing was off and just are no vocals at all when there are supposed to be lyrics. One spot in particular does contain swearing, so perhaps it was an edit, or maybe Alexi restrained himself from being vulgar considering it was being recorded. Either way, it’s ok track, the perfect selection for this single, but it’s just not one of the best live recordings of the song.

If you surf the net, you’ll see entries depicting this single to contain two other tracks, a second live song and the title track’s music video. Sadly, this pressing does not feature those additional tracks, as it contains only the lead single “Was It Worth It?”, as well as a live recording of “Angel’s Don’t Kill”. Whether there is, or will be, an alternate version of this release is unclear at this point, but either way, the single still does what it sets out to do, but serves no point if you already heard the song other then to be a nice piece of collectable Children of Bodom history. If you’re a die-hard fan of the band, I say it’s worth trying to track down a copy of this single to add to your collection. But, if you’re just a casual fan, then chances are you have this single digitally somehow, or are satisfied with waiting for Relentless Reckless Forever to hit shelves after seeing the video.

01. Was It Worth It? – 4:03
02. Angels Don’t Kill (Live at Bloodstock) – 5:44
Overall Score: 7.5/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.