New Release Time
“Transference”, the recently released single from the upcoming Children of Bodom album, has been given a video to go along with the music. The Finnish melodic metal band are on the brink of releasing their eighth studio album Halo of Blood, and what better way to build anticipation than to give us music with some snappy visuals to go along with it?
The new song features the style that Children of Bodom has, over the years, refined into a chugging heavy metal style with trace amounts of the melodic technicality that harkens back to the beginning of their career. Alexi Laiho’s solos and melodies are as shreddy and intricate as ever. Joined again by guitarist Roope Latvala, drummer Jaska Raatikainen, bassist Henkka Seppala, and keyboardist Janne Wirman, the whole crew has put together a high-energy and high-speed song that can do to your face what a cinder block can do… to… your face. (It’s late. Sue me for the crummy punch line).
Halo of Blood
Halo of Blood, the follow up to 2011’s Relentless Reckless Forever, is slated for release on June 11th in North America, June 6th in Europe, and May 29th in Japan. The 10-track album spans over 41 minutes of chugging heavy metal, produced by revered producer Peter Tagtgren of Hypocrisy and PAIN fame, and includes a guest appearance of Annihilator’s Jeff Waters.
The album will be available in multiple packages including a regular CD, a CD and making of Halo of Blood DVD digipack, a vinyl collection, t-shirt and album packs, and t-shirt and CD/DVD box set packs.
For the curious here is the Halo of Blood track listing:
1. Waste of Skin
2. Halo of Blood
3. Scream for Silence
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. Your Days are Numbered
7. Dead Man’s Hand on You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep
Other Children of Bodom News
On top of the upcoming album, Children of Bodom will begin touring Europe on June 7th, and after that on June 29th the band will be one of the headlining acts in the upcoming Rockstar Mayhem Festival. The tour will commence and given the circumstances I’d say it’s very likely we’ll hear some of the new material along the way. After Mayhem Fest ends in early August the band will resume touring through November.