Children of Bodom released their first album way back in 1997. It was called Something Wild and proved to be a pretty big hit.
It was not until 2005's Are You Dead Yet?, their fifth album, that the band began to make any serious in-roads in North America. But it is only now, with their sixth release, that I have had an formal introduction to them. Children of Bodom is a band whose name I have seen appearing more frequently around my haunts, and I cannot say why I never listened to them prior to this. Better late than never, right? Also, continuing their higher profile North American presence, they are part of the latest Gigantour incarnation with Megadeth, also featuring In Flames, High on Fire, and Job for a Cowboy. As for Blooddrunk? It is nothing if a very satisfying chunk of genre crossing metal.
The first intriguing aspect of Children of Bodom is their name. I was curious as to where it came from. So, a little research later I have found that it is derived from a notorious murder that took place in their native country of Finland. In 1960, four teens were brutally attacked, three killed, while camping at Lake Bodom. Reading the few details I found, it looks like, on the surface, a close relative to the Zodiac murders in San Francisco. Those murders are not quite an exact match, but they both went unsolved, although there was a confession to the Bodom murders in 1997, although it does not seem to be believed. In any case, it is definitely a dark source to draw a band name from.
The Children of Bodom sound is a mash-up of multiple genres, most notably melodic death and thrash metal. Looking over their history, the band has had plenty of genre tags laid upon them, from those I mentioned to power metal, speed metal, and neo-classical metal. Looking at the combination of genres, it begins to make the idea of taking labels this deep just a little bit ridiculous. Would it not be easier to just call them metal? Sure, it encompasses a lot, but so does the band. One listen to Blooddrunk and you will sneer, put your horns up, and hear nothing but metal, pure, simple, intoxicating metal.