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5.0 out of 5 stars
Best of Bodom, 23 May 2004
For me, this is easily the most accessible of Children of Bodom's first four albums, and also the one with the most replayability. Where, for me, Hatebreeder and Something Wild had outstanding tracks interspersed with some more mediocre, Follow the Reaper really does not contain one song that would enhance the quality of the album in its absence. The sound is a cross between particularly heavy power metal, with death metal vocals: classic melodic death. Some may argue that this album is more commercial than its predecessors (and successor) in its widened appeal. Certainly the songs contain catchier and more frequent guitar solos (I especially like the one two minutes into Northern Comfort), making the album easier to appreciate on first listen. There is little or no acclimatisation period with this album, and it has the same impact on me now as it did when I first bought it. The musicianship is excellent and the songs are varied enough to retain interest, but similar enough to give the album cohesion. This album is so good that it is almost pointless exercise to list the best songs, and is better to list those that weren't as good: Taste of my Scythe, Kissing the Shadows and the cover Hellion. These are good songs, but compared to modern classics such as Everytime I Die, they are non-starters. Despite these minimal disappointments, this album is the standard all melodic death metal should be judged against. Buy it now!