Album 0406: Children Of Bodom – Blooddrunk

ChildrenOfBodom-Blooddrunk

Release Date: 2008
Genre: Melodeath/Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Hellhounds On My Trail (04:00)
2. Blooddrunk (04:05)
3. LoBodomy (04:25)
4. One Day You Will Cry (04:05)
5. Smile Pretty For The Devil (03:54)
6. Tie My Rope (04:14)
7. Done With Everything, Die For Nothing (03:31)
8. Banned From Heaven (05:05)
9. Roadkill Morning (03:33)
10. Ghost Riders In The Sky (03:39)
11. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (02:39)
12. Rebel Yell (04:11)

Total Length: 47:21

Hellhounds On My Trail sort of sounds nice, but it’s completely… obsequious? I’m probably not using that word correctly, but oh well. It has no identity, it just sounds like any other number of songs by this band, or even a few others. It’s just like the cover, a complete mess of a mixture of ideas, until you’re looking at an indecipherable mess. Blooddrunk is much the same, it pretty much goes in one ear and out the other. It doesn’t even feel like there’s a chorus here.

LoBodomy brings nothing new to the fold. An entirely inconsequential song. One Day You Will Cry kind of has some neat ideas in it. They aren’t presented very well, being wrapped in the blandest bread ever, but they are there. Smile Pretty For The Devil just plain does nothing. It does nothing for me, it doesn’t really please me in any way. It’s sad to say, somewhat, but there’s nothing.

Tie My Rope carries on that trend. Nothing redeeming. Done With Everything, Die For Nothing finally bucks the trend. Sort of. The opening and verse doesn’t sound entirely different from the other songs on here, but the chorus is kind of fantastic. It’s simplistic, melodic, and catchy. The antithesis of most everything else on this album. Banned From Heaven tries to be a bit more and falls flat on its face.

Roadkill Morning finishes off the album normally, and unsurprisingly is pretty bland. Just a song that presents some riffs and vague melodies, then it’s over. Ghost Riders In The Sky is a Stan Jones cover and while it’s a good song, this version is disappointing. They just don’t sound really into it, the chorus should be exciting but instead it kills all forward drive. The only part that still stands out are the little bits in the verse, the trills or whatever they are called.

Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) is a Kenny Rogers cover, and while the chorus for the original sticks with people, the rest of the song and the entirety of this version do not do that at all. Just useless. Rebel Yell covers the Billy Idol classic, and I almost like this version. They kept the atmosphere, but the extra speed kind of takes something away from it. I’m not sure I will come back to this album for a long, long time. I tried giving it a chance, and my opinion on it only decreases more each time.

Final Rating: 4.5/10

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