Album Review – Children of Bodom – Relentless, Reckless Forever

Now that I had some time to let Children of Bodom’s newest release, Relentless Reckless Forever sink in, it’s time to review. 

I think it needs to be said that I entered Children of Bodom’s career at the album Are You Dead Yet?  I say this because when it comes to Children of Bodom’s fans, there is a definite line in the sand where many say CoB faltered.  That line seems to be either around Are You Dead Yet or earlier.  For me, Are You Dead Yet is my foundation for Children of Bodom so I base the bands albums on that foundation. 

Personally, I like what I like and will never feel like I can or cannot like a band because of what the general public thinks.  Relentless Reckless forever is a very good Children of Bodom album.  In many ways, I think that even old-school Children of Bodom fans will find redeeming qualities in RRF.  RRF is very much an improvement over Blooddrunk, that’s pretty much a no-brainer.  Children of Bodom has always been edgy and raw.  The latest release from the Finish quintet is no different. 

My favorite song on the album is Cry of the Nihilist.  This song is riff-heavy, has adequate double-bass, and is as raw as any other Children of Bodom song.  Other standouts are Was It Worth It – a bit toned down for Children of Bodom, but still very heavy.  I can see where the record company would want to put this song out first…to show that the band has evolved a little.

Despite what some critics or fans might think, Relentless Reckless Forever has already gone gold with over 100K sold, according to the band’s website.  For the metal industry those are some pretty good numbers. 

Even if I wanted to, it’s difficult to say anything bad about this album.  It does rock and in no way does this album degrade Children of Bodom a bona fide thrash metal band.  These guys are here and will be hitting the road full force.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Relentless Reckless Forever, it is worth your time and energy.  I give it 4 of 5 Devil Horns.

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Posted on March 13, 2011, in Album Reviews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Good review. I dug this album. It’s fun to listen to. For me the big seller on it is the solid riffing and guitar work along with the phenomenal keyboard work. I really couldn’t find a low point within the album, but nothing really blew me away on it either. If anything it kept my attention the entire time it was playing, unlike their Blooddrunk(which had some standouts, but fell short in the middle), and my head was bopping and my foot was a tapping. Maybe after a couple more spins it will start to grow on me some more(just picked it up yesterday so I’ve only heard it twice so far). If anything I have to give COB props for perfecting the “extreme power metal” sub genre, they really do give you the best of two worlds.

    • I definitely agree it is a good album, but not earth shattering. I give CoB props for doing whatever the hell the want to do. Have you heard the Britney Spears cover? They don’t seem to care what people think. They did make up for lost ground with Blooddrunk though. This new album keeps you hooked for more than just 5 or 6 songs.

  2. I’ve heard the Britney Spears cover, it’s hilarious. I dig the cover album they put out, especially because they seem to be big “Big Lebowski” fans. There’s 2 covers of songs from the movie on it. I think they did a great job with “Antisocial” by Anthrax too. Gotta love their sense of humor.

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