Relentless Death Metal: Children of Bodom

Story by Jacob Romu, Photos by Scott Hobbs

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The Halo of Blood Over North America Tour arrived at Crocks on Tuesday, February 18 featuring Children of Bodom, the kings of Finnish melodic death metal, with touring support from viking metal band Tyr, and bay area thrash icons, Death Angel.

Children of Bodom played a relentless and lengthy set, ranging from their earliest death metal material, to their mid and late era power metal influenced songs. This band is known for ripping solos. Both singer/guitarist Alexi Laiho, and keyboardist Janne Wirman are at the forefront of metal virtuosity, and they melted many excited, sweaty faces.

Finnish metal seems to have a special connection to Thunder Bay, with plenty of flags and Sisu shirts in the crowd. I heard rumours that Bodom cruised around Bay Street and possibly even got some pancakes.

The highlight for me was Death Angel. These guys are veterans from the early 80s, and they not only play harder than almost any other early 80s band, but played harder than any band that night.