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Children of Bodom - Chaos Ridden Years Stockholm Knockout Live

Label: Universal Music
Format: DVD/CD
Released: 2006
Reviewed By: Rich Catino


After 10 years of making music these party hearty talented Fins decide to a put on tape a pro shot concert along with some entertaining bonus material plus all their promo videos.

 

The live concert portion, filmed in Stockholm Sweden, features 16 tracks with each album represented including five off their latest "Are You dead Yet?" with oldest track off "Something Wild" being 'Lake Bodom' and the video for 'Deadnight Warrior'. The concert is done very well with a clear picture and a sharp sound transfer with camera shots not too fast or slow allowing for enough band member screen time per shot. Alexi and crew are relaxed as usual fired up throughout drinking a few beers on stage with keyboardist Janne Warmen cooking up a sausage by way of the giant canisters of fuel (also allowing for pyro to emerge during the show). Some tracks I always enjoy hearing in their set…'Silent Night Bodom Night', glad they finally threw in 'Follow the Reaper', 'Hate Me', 'In Your Face', 'Every Time I Die', and 'Needled 24/7' are all here.

The bonus material included is good and makes an already worthy live show all the more worth purchasing. The documentary segment includes a history of the band's pre 1997 beginnings told by original members guitarist Alexi Laiho, drummer Jaska Raatikainen, bassist Hekka Blacksmith about early demos under a different band name, trying to land a record deal along with how they came to bring keyboardist Janne and his talents into Bodom's music for the debut. Alexi also talks about the departure of original second guitarist Alexander Kuoppala with a segment dedicated to replacement and current axe slinger Roope Latvala who gets to speak of his pre Bodom work.

The documentary, while is presented as, is not all that serious as one may think these guys approach the whole thing very casually. I mean they are barbequeing during some segments and even Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto makes a guest appearance in a rather unexpected place. These guys sure know how to have their fun on the road and at home and it comes through as we see all the drunken shenanigans on and off the tour bus including every band/crew member hammered on the tour bus, slapping bare asses, streaking, hotel damage, puking..its all in here. The deleted scenes are also entertaining including other moments not included in the documentary. Funny stuff. The behind the scenes is nothing more than footage on the band and crew going through the daily routine pre show time setting up the stage show and warming up with some back ground music.

 
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