Its a wonder that they call this style of music death metal, because when a Bodom record is blazing through my sound system, there's not much else that can make me feel so alive.
Bodom are one of the most awesome bands to have ever graced my stereo. They have come so far from their dark black metal days of their debut album "Something Wild" to the top of the melodic death metal scene of Finland. It seems somewhat odd that Alexi Laiho and his hatecrew chose to release a live album after only 2 studio albums (Arch Enemy had at least 3 before releasing their live helping) but this does not detract from Bodom's performance in anyway, as they put on a show tighter than government spending in 1980s Great Britain.
If it weren't for the irrepresible roaring cheers of the Japanese crowd (and Japan is excellent choice of arena given the insane popularity of death metal out there), you'd be convinced this was a live album. The sound quality is utterly amazing and all 5 of the motley Finnish crew are highly on form. Alexi and Alexander's fingers have NEVER been faster! and dont even get me started on the great Janne Warman! He is without a doubt one of Metal's most talented keyboardists.
Pounding through the majority of the band's sophmore release "Hatebreeder" with 6 of 9 songs, a meager 3 of 7 tracks from debut "Something Wild" (Where the hell was Red Light In My Eyes (part I)?) and rounding off with an intro and a solo war (the unforgettable "War Of Razors"), I give this album 4 stars, falling short of the last star purely for the misfortune of being recorded before the release of the band's most sensational release "Follow The Reaper". A steep price to pay for the import, but worth every penny.
Pity the last album ("Hatecrew Deathroll") was a bit of a let down...