Children Of Bodom – Hexed

5/10

Finland’s Children Of Bodom has come up with their 10th album. First time that I really take a good serious listen to the band. I went through their catalogue from the latest release to their earlier, I was about to start this review by comparing the band to In Flames, but with “Hexed” they have a jam session with Kreator more than they do with In Flames.

“This Road”, dare I mention Chuck Schuldiner in a COB review? Well it’s not completely ripoff vocally but there are similarities. This one is Melodic death metal with perfect backup help from keyboards. “Under Grass and Cover” follows still full throttle and shows us the skills of new guitar player Daniel Freyberg. Third song “Glass Houses” it’s a bit different fiery intro, should fit in perfectly in a future setlist. Typical COB song “Hecate´s Nightmare”: And a breathing space for a while. Here Alexi tries to go down deep in his death metal vocals, more atmosphere than the tracks before. I personally prefer this part of the band. “Kick in a Spleen” is just what it says. Razor sharp riffs over Alexis most angry vocals so far on the album. On “Platitudes” Alexi really tries to challenge his vocal chords into unknown territories once again on this one. Keyboard orientated thrash. But I love the abrupt ending to the song.

Title track “Hexed” comes on and this is where ideas ran short? Another blissful attack on our ears and nothing more. The chorus was different than on some of the other songs though. Aggrothrash was the word I was looking for during the listening of this record. “Relapse” is a Formula A for that kind of metal. Might not be the best I have heard from the band even though I am not all too familiar as I said in the beginning of the review.

On “Say never look back” the band goes on in familiar tracks but somewhere I can find something that stands out, could it be the melodic side to the song rather than the bullet train songs before. Here you even hear traces of classic heavy metal. My interest in the album faded a bit before this but this really caught my ears.
Wait a minute! “Soon Departed”. What happened? This one I really enjoy. One of the slower tracks on the album, distinct melodies, not this barbed wire vocals during the whole song. Here you can hear vibes from the so called Gothenburg Sound. Why did they wait so long to let those two last songs shine through?
Re- recording of an own song? Here we have “Knuckledust” and I must still peddle my opinion that the last couple of songs should have blended in earlier on the record so the interest in the album would have been continuous.

BAND: CHILDREN OF BODOM
ALBUM: HEXED
LABEL: NUCLEAR BLAST
DATE OF RELEASE: 19-03-08
RUNNING TIME: 44:41
RATE: 5/10
STAND OUT TRACK: SOON DEPARTED

Children Of Bodom – Hexed

March 6, 2019

Finland’s Children Of Bodom has come up with their 10th album. First time that I really take a good serious listen to the band. I went through their catalogue from the latest release to their earlier, I was about to start this review by comparing the band to In Flames, but with “Hexed” they have a jam session with Kreator more than they do with In Flames.

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