One of the facets of Children of Bodom I always liked was their ability to control their own chaos. Their rhythm seemed all over the place, but tied in nicely with intricate guitar solos and keyboards to add that extra flair. To add to all the madness there’s Alexi’s [mostly] unintelligible lyrics which I guess is a good thing because after reading most of the lyrics, I discovered a certain cheese-factor. But, if the words are lost in translation (through growling) who really cares as long as the music shreds right? I wasn’t terribly impressed with their last two albums, Blooddrunk and Relentless, Reckeless Forever. Needless to say, my expectations are low for their latest release, Halo of Blood. But, like most bands I have a fondness for, it’s hard to just stop buying their albums in hopes they regain the fire they used to have and create something…good. Let’s see where Halo of Blood stands.
Children of Bodom is one of several well-known bands that records numerous cover songs; some quite good while others are just entertaining (see their Britney Spears cover). It’s hard to take the band seriously sometimes; they seem to joke around a lot with their music. Setting comedy aside, they covered Grammy winner Pat Benatar’s Hell Is For Children and did a great job with it. The song appears on the album Skeletons in the Closet released in 2009. The album of covers features Billy Idol, Suicidal Tendencies, and Slayer remakes to name a few. Their rendition of Hell Is For Children is their own, but still holds true to the original. I like it mainly for nostalgic reasons.
When MTV first came out in 1981, Pat Benatar was one of a few artists that filmed videos which were on heavy rotation. There weren’t many videos at the time. I was 8 and I thought Pat Benatar was a cool rockin’ chick. I liked a lot of her songs. Little did I know she was setting the foundation for the metalhead I am today. I think it was her song You Better Run which was the second video ever played on MTV. Hell Is For Children was a controversial song (at the time) about child abuse. The song appears on the 1980 album, Crimes of Passion which remained on the U.S. album charts for 93 weeks. Just a tidbit, Pat Benatar was the first solo female artist played on MTV.
Here is the original song by Pat Benatar featured on the album Crimes of Passion, 1980.
Below is the cover song by Children of Bodom which is featured on the album Skeletons in the Closet, 2009.