Children Of Bodom

Brutal Assault - 2010

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

After a great Sepultura and Fear Factory gig, it was hard not to feel a little drained, but Children Of Bodom were not ready to accept any excuses…

The concert, much like Children Of Bodom themselves, kicked off hard and raw, for this night with Follow The Reaper, and it didn’t take long to see that the band had now amassed the energy they had so clearly lacked when they were sitting in the signing session earlier in the day.
In fact, they were kicking some serious Czech butt, Finnish style. Anyone who has ever seen Children Of Bodom knows exactly what I’m talking about; there was serious headbanging, Alexi ‘Wildchild’ Laiho, Henkka ‘Blacksmith’ Seppälä and Roope Latvala were all very lively, moving about the stage all the time, and of course Laiho and Janne ‘Warman’ Wirman had their usual musical tag-along. This evening Wirman chose to play Van Halen’s Jump as an intro to the final song of the evening, Downfall.
The only thing that could lower the tempo of the band was if something went wrong, and so it did. Not a major thing though, but during the start of Needled 24/7 a string on Laiho’s guitar broke, and so the show had to continue without him playing until a replacement guitar could be found, but they pulled it off of course…

Not only the band, but the audience was really bloodthirsty for some action as well. It was (as it usually goes with Children Of Bodom) one of the wildest, most moshing, crowd-surfing and circle-pitting crowds of the festival. I don’t know what it is with this band, it just brings out that party animal in people…
Well, anyway, I was thoroughly entertained, and even though it may not rank as one of my favourite shows here, it was still a concert well worth seeing.


Follow The Reaper
Hate Crew Deathroll
Needled 24/7
Everytime I Die
Living Dead Beat
In Your Face
Angels Don’t Kill
Hate Me!

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