Remember that one time Hypocrisy was on tour with Children of Bodom? Me neither. This was the tour that Hypocrisy teased everyone with… or some troll on the internet somehow hacked all their flyers. Needless to say, Hypocrisy was quickly taken off the flyer those many months ago and Death Angel was announced in their place. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed and unimpressed with the final line up.
Alas, Children of Bodom, Death Angel, and Tyr hit Dallas on a chilly Tuesday night. We all know metal fans and their habits of purchasing tickets day of show after standing in line for hours on end. This concert wasn’t any different. Though, the moment I got there, which was literally about 10 minutes after the show started, it looked like NO ONE was there. But as I soon came to find out, everyone was already inside watching Tyr.
Tyr was on tour promoting their new release, Valkyria. I had never listened nor heard of Tyr before this show with COB, and was pretty interested to see what they had in store. As a four-piece they fit the thrash image well. The band has a sort of Viking theme along with their visuals and their music. Right off the bat, their backdrop was bad ass. As for their energy on stage, they may have lacked in that department a bit. Though they were not the most exciting band to watch, they sang and played with vicious faces, giving off a fitting demeanor for their image.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/101599180″ params=”color=00aabb&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
If you haven’t heard of Death Angel, you surely need to check them out. These masters of thrash took the bull by the horns in the mid-80s and more likely than not before you were born (guilty!). Not one of their songs was less intense than the last, and everyone was eating it up the entire set. Not only was their passion seen through their playing, but heard through Mark’s remarks through the night. His message was clear, simple, and to the point: Be happy and follow your dreams. Despite their break up in 1991, they have been on a steady rise and aren’t going away any time soon. Death Angel has an unbeatable stage presence and brings life to any typical technical death metal show… which was honestly much needed before the headliners of the night![soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/114737882″ params=”color=00aabb&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Children of Bodom
After a ‘longer than everyone would have liked’ sound check, the grand masters were finally up. Children of Bodom made their grand entrance one by one entering the stage and opened with Sixpounder, a perfect choice for any true COB fan. This being the third time I had seen Children of Bodom live, I’ve been noticing a pattern. A good pattern as a matter of fact. They always, always, ALWAYS play a mix of songs from their albums over the years. The set of the night included Warheart, Follow the Reaper, Hate Me!, Halo of Blood (supporting their newest album), Are You Dead Yet?, Everytime I Die, and more. As a diehard Children of Bodom fan, I was more than pleased with their song choices of the night (for the whole tour for that matter).
Though many years have seemed to passed, COB has yet to die down on their stage presence and never cease to have a dull moment on stage. Alexi’s vocals are as dirty as ever, though I suppose you could say that he’s cleaned them up a bit over time! There were times in the night that Jaska (drums) seemed to be going at a faster pace than the rest of the guys, therefore receiving some questioning looks throughout the night. All in all, their set was energetic and didn’t disappoint.
I’m also convince that Jenna (keyboards) and Alexi (do I really have to clarify?) share the same TACO T-shirt. This was the shirt that Jenna was sporting that night, and as I rummage through my old COB photos, Alexi was wearing it exactly 2 years ago on tour. The infamous TACO AC/DC shirt and suits them both wonderfully. I am convinced it must be the attire of badassery.
Children of Bodom is a must see in this generation of metal, and we’re lucky that they continue to tour the states all the way from Finland! Many moments to take advantage of![soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/95255954″ params=”color=00aabb&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]