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Not as bad as everyone says - 80%

Dimbatzor, September 17th, 2005

I disagree with everyone here who says COB have sold out. They sure have changed though. No longer is this insane, wild riffs all over the place, this is more aggressive, simpler, more In Your Face music. Some people can appreciate the change, and still tell the different from scum like Slipknot, others can’t.

Now onto the songs.

01 – In Your Face

The second single from the upcoming album. Starts off with a heavy rhythm riff. Followed by Alexi shouting “Go” (could this be replacing his old “Yeow”?) the drums then join in, and after a while a haunting keyboard riff is played. When the vocals come in, you notice a difference, they’re not as harsh as previous stuff, yet they seem to create a certain mood to the music. The chorus to this song is great, and the solos here are typical of COB. “I don’t give a flying fuck mother fucker” does seem a bit repetitive and pointless though. Another complaint of this song is the drums at 1:00 get on my nerves for some odd reason. Anyway, moving on.

02 – Oops… I Did It Again (Britney Spears Cover)

Starts off with some speaking, the instruments come in, spitting and coughing, this is obviously a joke track. Alexi’s vocals are out of tune slightly on this track, and I think this is deliberate. Some random woman (Jonna Kosenen) does guest vocals on this track in the chorus along with Alexi, I think the song would be better without her to be honest. In the middle of the song they speak in Finish about some beer. Anyway, a funny track, only downsides are the woman vocals, and the “woo” at the end (just annoys me).

03 – In Your Face (Censored Radio Edit)

Don’t let this fool you, this will not be played on the radio! The track simply bleeps out the fucks, with a beep. I must complain, the beeps are too quiet to be funny, so really it’s a useless track. The track is actually shortened, so it’s the version the video was made from. I have no clue why it’s shortened.

Overall, this single is like marmite. You either love the change, hate the change, or like I did, go “hmm” and listen again a few times until it grows on you, and you realise it’s just a change. It depends really, do you want to like the new Bodom stuff, or do you want to hate it.

I myself like it alot, but I do prefer the older stuff, Follow The Reaper being my favourite.

80/100 for the few things I said, and the extras (althought the Britney Spears cover is great) just don't live up to the extras of the Trashed Lost & Strungout single

New sound, but just as great - 97%

Released, August 23rd, 2005

After putting out classic albums like Hatebreeder and Follow the Reaper, in 2003 Hate Crew Deathroll was released. This album took the band in a new direction with more thrash and less power metal sounding melodies. The 2004 EP Trashed Lost & Strungout held on to this new style, and this even a step further. Being one of the most straight forward songs by the band so far In Your Face starts off with a heavy riff, and a great keyboard melody. Then comes up-tempo thrash with great and agressive-as-fuck riffs. The chorus aswell as the solos are absolutely awesome. Great song!

The next one is a very suprising cover of Britney Spears "Ooops I did it again"
I didnt know what to exept at all, but this is great. the band seems to have'd really fun while recording it. The solo they added to the song is great, and the double-bass work during the last chorus rocks. Children Of Bodom is one of those bands that dont care what small-minded kiddies think is un-tr00 or not metal. This cover is metal as fuck, believe it or not.

The cencored version of the single song is a joke by the band, and a thankful proof of self distance, while the song contains a lot of "fucks" they are now cencored with big bleeps (yes, you can censor a song as a joke). This version is never meant to be played on the radio, its just here for laughs

I have allready heard all of the upcoming album "Are You Dead Yet" and I can tell you that this song is kind of one-of-a-kind on the album, it contains songs reminding me of the 4 first albums aswell, so even if you dont like this, be sure to check it out on September 19th

A Must Have - 93%

gitrplaya4u, August 21st, 2005

When listening to this single I realized that Children Of Bodom has obviously undergone a change. The first track, In Your Face, starts with a monotonous, yet catchy rhythm backed by piano. Now this may be a huge change from their early stuff, but this is still balanced out by the normal melodic guitars and tricky dueling solos later on. The solo may be short, but it’s still there. The vocals on the whole single are pretty much the same as on Trashed, Lost, and Strungout and Hate Crew Deathroll. In my opinion this is neither a good thing nor a bad thing.

Oops I Did It Again ended up being better than I expected. I thought it was amazing how they turned a hiphop song into metal. They even added a solo in there. But it was strange how they stopped in the middle and started talking. Many people took this cover seriously but it’s really obvious it is a joke after you listen to it.

Track three is basically a wasted track. I don’t know why they would bother editing In Your Face. If it’s playing on Finnish radio, who cares if they cuss in English, and you know they certainly aren’t going to play this cacophonous music in the US (that was sarcastic if you couldn’t tell).

All and all, I gave it a 93 basically because of the last track. Otherwise every CoB fan should buy this.

This band sucks hard - 10%

BurntOffering, August 21st, 2005

Alright, so we get a new single from Bodom. With two songs on it, being a small teaser for the new album. Well, we have "In Your Face" and this song proves that Bodom have fallen under the MTV syndrome. To sum this up for the most part, this sounds like Disturbed with keyboards. Alexi's voice I actually think is better, it's not as harsh as it used to be at all. I don't like growling or anything so it's nice for me, but it's pushing them more into the mainstream and people are not going to be happy with that. The guitar tone is weak as usual, no big suprize there. Alexi is actually a pretty good guitarist, but the solos on this song are just bland and crappy. After the Disturbed wanna-be riffs, we get some modern gheyxcore bullshit. Oh, and instead of stupid Lake Bodom lyrics, we get angst lyrics and Alexi saying "Fuck" every other word. Where the fuck is the speed/power metal? I feel like I downloaded an As I Lay Crying single. Say good bye to the days of Deadnight Warrior and such.

Next we get the Britney Spears cover. Now I'm assuming this is a joke, but even if it's one of the crappiest and un-metal things I've ever heard. It's funny for the first couple of seconds, but then you'll realize how sad and pathetic it really is.

Overall, this is pure shit. MTV really got to these guys BIG TIME. Fuck this band and go get some real metal. I can only recommend this to mallcore and modern homoxcore bitches. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY LIKE METAL