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Reviewed by JuuKun
Special guest: The Black Dahlia Murder, Skeletonwitch
City: Providence, Rhode Island
Venue: Lupo's
Date: 18 September 2009
Children Of Bodom setlength: 75 minutes
The Black Dahlia Murder setlength: 45 minutes
Skeletonwitch setlength: 30 minutes

Children Of Bodom

I am no stranger to Children of Bodom live. As the band that helped me get into metal (my first metal show was seeing them headline back in December 2005), they're a band I try to catch as often as possible. This was to be my fifth time seeing them, and despite complaints I've heard from others I've never really experienced any dissatisfaction with their live set. I've never seen Alexi so drunk that he missed every other note (he misses notes, and his vocals aren't what they used to be, to be sure, but if I wanted a note-for-note perfectly clean execution I would stay at home and listen to the CD). Though their recent output (2005's Are You Dead Yet?, and the most recent Blooddrunk) has left some things to be desired, I can still say that I thoroughly enjoy every album they've released.

The first North American stop on their "End of the World Tour 2009", Providence found themselves first witnessing sets from US-born bands Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder before everyone's favorite Finns took the stage, opening with "Living Dead Beat". What followed was 16 songs worth of in-your-face metal, with some obvious leaning towards the newer albums but some very pleasing older cuts ("Children of Decadence", "Follow the Reaper", and "Lake Bodom" in particular).

The band choosing to end the main set (and not the encore) with "Downfall" was a surprise, and I suppose "Hate Crew Deathroll" did a satisfactory job at closing the set but it just wasn't the same to this Bodom vet. They deliver every time live, of course with a few hiccups but no band is perfect. I have yet to witness Alexi stumbling over himself and messing up every single song as I've heard some people claim, and will continue to see them every chance I get. Hopefully sometime in the future they finally return "Touch like Angel of Death" to the set.

8 chalices of 10


Living Dead Beat
Are You Dead Yet?
Hellhounds On My Trail
Silent Night, Bodom Night
Hate Me!
Follow The Reaper
Lake Bodom
Bodom After Midnight
Angels Don't Kill
In Your Face
Children Of Decadence
Bodom Beach Terror
Everytime I Die
Hate Crew Deathroll

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