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Tokyo Warhearts - Children Of Bodom

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Children Of Bodom / Audio CD released 2005-08-15 at Spinney

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      10.06.2008 02:16
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      Children of Bodom's first live album (1999).

      Children of Bodom's first live album is a little pointless, coming so early in the Finnish band's discography as to essentially be a best-of from only two studio albums worth of material, but all the same it's one of the most impressive live performances I've heard in a long time, and far superior to their more recent efforts.

      With only a slightly muddy production that makes the drums sound a little wet, these songs recorded on two nights in Japan promoting the then-contemporary 'Hatebreeder' album really capture the band at its best, and many of the songs end up sounding superior to the studio versions, particularly those from the debut 'Something Wild.' The band works tightly as a unit, and while the solo sections are a little disappointing, most prominent in the face-off between keyboardist Janne Warman and guitarist Alexi Laiho in 'War of Razors' that never feels like it goes anywhere, the increased energy makes all of the other songs a pleasure to listen to.

      For the most part, these are identical to the studio versions and are thus slightly irrelevant for those who already own 'Something Wild' and 'Hatebreeder,' but there are still some subtle differences such as the inclusion of extra keyboard passages from Warman, usually quoting TV theme tunes, while 'Warheart' sounds oddly more aggressive than its melodic album counterpart. Most of the best songs are here, but the main nagging problem is how much better this would have been if the band had waited another couple of years to include material from the excellent 'Follow the Reaper.'

      1. Intro
      2. Silent Night, Bodom Night
      3. Lake Bodom
      4. Warheart
      5. Bed of Razors
      6. War of Razors (Solo Battles)
      7. Deadnight Warrior
      8. Hatebreeder
      9. Touch Like Angel of Death
      10. Downfall
      11. Towards Dead End

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Intro
    2 Silent Night
    3 Lake Bodom
    4 Warheart
    5 Bed Of Razors
    6 War Of Razors
    7 Deadnight Warrior
    8 Hatebreeder
    9 Touch Like Angel Of Death
    10 Downfall
    11 Towards Dead End