album : Relentless Reckless Forever
band : Children of Bodom
genre : Melodic Death/Power Metal
year : 2011
This is one band that went higher and higher with a few of their earlier releases and suddenly made everyone feel that the peak has been reached. And before we knew it we saw that the band has decided to ‘experiment’ with their sound and fuck things up. Had the discography been only till Hate Crew Deathroll then Children of Bodom wouldn’t have been so forgettable today. Well, almost. Honestly, after the compilation album full of covers was released I had moved on with all things Bodom. Before any assumptions are made I absolutely admire the Bodom from 1997-2003 and I still haven’t gotten over Something Wild.
Now before they are written off Children of Bodom had to come up with an album that wouldn’t make it difficult for them to take a dip in the evil lake. Relentless Reckless Forever is boring but it ain’t terrible. There is a clear demise of old-Bodom and these releases are just the remains of what once was one of the most adored melodic death metal band.
The album title and the artwork is a big turn off but nevertheless we hardly have good cover art nowadays. At places the synth sounds forced. This is bad considering it was the same instrument that lifted Bodom higher giving them a sound of their own. The opening track will own you. Along with that we have Shovel Knockout, Roundtrip to Hell and Back, Ugly, Cry of the Nihilist and Was It Worth It? which are not only tolerable but likeable to. The neverending keyboard-guitar solos are spotted at places restoring the band’s pride.
The title track is dragged and so is the last track Northpole Throwdown which is more of dance-floor material than metal. Like their albums, Alexi Laiho – the vocalist had stopped impressing me long back. Everything on Relentless Reckless Forever is average but we have gotten used to accepting average things coming out of this Finnish band.
Rating : 2.5/5