Hellbound Metal: “Halo of Blood isn’t breaking down any new barriers for Children of Bodom but their powerful and thrashy riffage and technicality are presented fully realized. Their flair for the dramatic and intensity while remaining somewhat accessible is a formula fit for pseudo-mainstream success.”
“I’ve always credited Finland’s Children of Bodom with helping to further my interest and involvement in metal, and in all those years I’ve seen them live a countless number of times. Somehow though, this show felt different. It felt special. Whether it was the ravenous crowd, my nostalgic mood, or the fact that this was the band’s 15th anniversary tour, the moment I heard the opening riffs of “Sixpounder” I just couldn’t stop smiling.”
Renee Trotier reviews the February 27th Toronto performance by Children of Bodom, Eluveitie, Revocation and Threat Signal. Live photos by Albert Mansour.
“I don’t want to live up to anything. I want to act like how I feel. It did come to the point sometimes where people, when they saw me sober, just drinking a bottle of water, they’d come to me, like, ‘Dude, are you okay?’ [Laughing] ‘Yeah, I’m fucking fine.’ [Laughing] Then when they see me passed out on the floor holding an empty bottle of Jameson’s, then they’re like, ‘Yeah, that’s Alexi.’ [Laughing] I only have myself to blame.”
Adrien Begrand in conversation with Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho