Sunday, April 4

Children of Bodom Shred the Regency Ballroom


Children of Bodom
Regency Ballroom
April 1, 2019

Photos by Raymond Ahner

Legendary Finnish metal band Children of Bodom (COB) came to the Regency on a Monday night to rip through an inspired set of material spanning their entire career. Much of the set was dedicated to songs from their recently-released record Hexed, but the band made sure to include some old favorites as well. The band opened the night with the grooving “Are You Dead Yet?,” a catchy anthem from their album of the same name. As usual, lead guitarist Alexi Laiho tore through the song’s technically challenging guitar parts with ease, including an especially tricky guitar solo. COB kept the groove going with another song from Are You Dead Yet?, the slamming “In Your Face.” Anchored by some flashy drum playing from Jaska Raatikainen, the song really got the mosh pit opened up for the first time all night.

Children of BodomNext up was the first new track from Hexed, the speedy “Platitudes and Barren Words.” Like many classic COB songs, the piece featured some fierce vocals from Laiho along with some neo-classically influenced guitar playing, including an interesting twin-guitar harmony between Laiho and Daniel Freyberg.

Children of BodomA few songs later COB pulled out an old favorite from the Follow the Reaper album, the sizzling “Everytime I Die.” Between Janne Wirman’s wild keyboard playing and Laiho’s leads, the song was truly something to behold. Few musicians can play a keyboard solo in such a dazzling and incredibly entertaining way as Wirman, whose fingers danced around the keys throughout the song.

Children of BodomLater in the set, COB played an inspired rendition of “If You Want Peace…Prepare for War,” a song they had never performed live until this current tour began. With plenty of slithering grooves from bassist Henkka Seppälä, the song was yet another demonstration of the band’s live prowess.

Children of BodomAs has been COB tradition for over 20 years, the band closed out their set with an encore that included two classic tracks: “Hate Me!” and “Downfall.” Both songs are from the group’s early period, with plenty of neo-classical flourishes to complement the fierce growls from Laiho.

Children of BodomChildren of Bodom remain one of the best live bands in metal, and for good reason, they simply deliver some of the most captivating and entertaining live music in the metal underground. Monday night was another affirmation that this band is still going strong, even after 22 years of constant touring/recording.

Here’s a slideshow with more photos of Children of Bodom by Raymond Ahner:

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Setlist: Are You Dead Yet? |In Your Face | Platitudes and Barren Words | Bodom Beach Terror | This Road | Everytime I Die | Under Grass and Clover | Hecate’s Nightmare | Angels Don’t Kill | If You Want Peace… Prepare for War || Encore || Hate Me! | Downfall

Find out more about Children of Bodom here.



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Andy grew up in the suburbs of the east bay and became fascinated with the local music scene from an early age, attending his first concert at the ripe age of 14. Since then he has stayed active in the local metal scene, going to countless shows and playing in his own thrash metal band, Invection. In addition to music, Andy has always had an interest in writing and public speaking, eventually graduating with a BA degree in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. Andy is also an avid runner and running coach, with a USA Track and Field master coach certification. When not attending concerts or track meets you can find Andy running on many of the picturesque trails around the east bay area.

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