MetalBite Review by Luka on 4/29/2001
A milestone metal record for the ages, written totally by the genius and dexterous guitar wizard Alexi Laiho (also from Sinergy) As soon as "Warheart"
-the opening track-starts, the Children shift everything into high gear and donít slow down until the very end.
Impressive riffs and melodies frame the songs while amazing solos (often at the very end of the song to leave you starving for more) by Laiho take the songs to a whole new level and fill in every crack. Hatebreeder
delivers some of the best melodies Iíve ever heard, (e.g. intro to "Children of Bodom"
or endings of "Bed of Razors"
and "Towards Dead End"
) most played on very high notes by the lead guitarist that all seem like parts of a solo. The entire album is played on very high notes, yet the guitar tuning is shifted down an entire note, allowing Alexander Kuoppalaís rhythm to get really heavy when needed. Lots of distortion and the clean production give the guitars a real heavy metal feel, most notably in The one thing that doesnít even come close to the perfection of the rest of the album is Laihoís vocals, and less importantly, the lyrics. With a phenomenal album like this, annoying black metal growls just donít cut it.
Yet the album this great doesnít let anything anchor it down, it proudly stands tall in the metal world and will for a very long time. These Fins really know how to fucking rock! Pure perfection: 10/10!
Speed, death, thrash, black, symphonic and power metal beautifully fused together to create a total metal masterpiece. There is no other band in the world like Children of Bodom
and no album as perfect as Hatebreeder
. Get this right now!
out of 10