I first got into CoB from someone telling me about them being power metal (which i am obsessed by) so i checked them out, they are fantastic, i have all their albums, i cant pick a favorite, but this one seems to be the most melodic of them all, i 'd like ask people why they think this is 'melodic death/black metal'? whats black metal about it apart from the vocals? nothing! these guys are melodic power metal, with black metal vocals, which is a good mixture.
'Follow the reaper' - and excellent opener with some complcated guitar work from singer/guitarist/songwriter/mastermind Alexi Laiho,and a catchy chorus.
'Bodom after midnight' a nice maiden style intro and a good chorus makes this a highlight,nice backing vocals lso...'Children of decadence'has some good lyrics and melodic lead riff, a total helloween style chorus line.
'Everytime i die' is slow and chugs along nicely, very good lyrics and good vocals
'Mask of sanity' another highlight,good lyrics,good chorus and mint leads!
'Taste of my scythe'is very melodic with an angry chorus and murderous lyrics, with an intro speach from the 'exorcist 3' (just like the opening track)
'Hate me!' ahh the single, fantastic lyrics and middle section, great lead work
'Northern comfort' my favorite track from the album, heavy chuncky main riff, good lyrics and fantastic emotional chorus.
'Kissing the shadows' a cool closing track, very very melodic, plenty of pinched harmonics and fantastic lead guitar work from Alexi and Alexander, also the import includes a melodic cover of WASP's 'hellion' which is good also, all in all a great album, from CoB and worth getting, power metal with black metal vocals, very new and very exciting,nice job guys!