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Live: Children Of Bodom

Children Of Bodom / Eye Of The Enemy / Orpheus Omega
170 Russell, Melbourne 07/05/2014
Review: Cameron Chambers | Photos: Kane Hibberd

Children Of Bodom

A traditionally brisk Wednesday night in Melbourne may act as a deterrent for your average music fan, but when Finnish metal virtuosos Children Of Bodom are in town, it’s going to take a little more than a high wind chill factor to keep the black-clad masses away.

Powered by their good friends Jim, Johnny and Jack (as well as the customary smoke out in the venue’s toilet facilities), the near-capacity crowd was at full roar from the get-go, as Bodom’s pint-sized guitar whiz Alexi Laiho kicked things off with “Sixpounder” from the group’s much-loved 2003 effort, Hate Crew Deathroll, with “Bodom Beach Terror” (another of the disc’s classic cuts) also making an appearance early in the set.

Cloaked by their now customary COBHC (the Children Of Bodom Hate Crew, of course) banner and supported by one of the more visually impressive light shows you’re likely to see this year, it was clear that Bodom’s 20-plus years in the game have moulded them into one of the more reliable metal acts of our time.

Laiho’s vocals were on point throughout the 15 song set – even while he was busy throwing out lead after dizzying lead – and while the rhythm section of Jaska Raatikainen and Henkka Seppälä may not be the flashiest of metallic timekeepers, they were flawless in their delivery, an absolute must when you’ve got Laiho and keyboardist Janne Wirman trading off schizophrenic solos at regular intervals.

The band’s more recently released material certainly went over a treat with the assembled throng, but the constant barrage of old favourites was what Bodom faithfuls had come to see, with Hate Crew Deathroll’s dominant title track earning one of the more rapturous receptions of the evening. Chalk up another win for these ageless legends of the game.

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