Follow the Reaper
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Follow the Reaper is the third studio album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, released in Finland in October 2000 by Spinefarm Records and in 2001 internationally by Nuclear Blast Records.
|Follow the Reaper|
|Studio album by|
|Released||October 30, 2000|
|Studio||The Abyss, Pärlby, Sweden|
|Label||Spinefarm, Nuclear Blast|
|Producer||Peter Tägtgren, Children of Bodom|
|Children of Bodom chronology|
|Singles from Follow the Reaper|
The album is the first to use a power metal-influenced sound in addition to the symphonic metal elements from previous albums—present mainly in the keyboards, vocals, and fast tempos. Many songs on the album became live setlist favorites, such as "Everytime I Die", "Hate Me!", and the title track. The song "Mask of Sanity" is a remake of the song "Talking of the Trees" from their early demo Shining (released as IneartheD).
Follow the Reaper was recorded and mixed at Peter Tägtgren's Abyss studio in Sweden, instead of the Finnish Astia-studio from Anssi Kippo, in which they had recorded all of their previous releases, including the demos from IneartheD. On this album, Children of Bodom used D standard tuning (D,G,C,F,A,D), which was also used on Hatebreeder.
A deluxe edition featuring two bonus tracks was released in 2006.
All tracks are written by Alexi Laiho.
|1.||"Follow the Reaper"||3:47|
|2.||"Bodom After Midnight"||3:43|
|3.||"Children of Decadence"||5:33|
|4.||"Everytime I Die"||4:02|
|5.||"Mask of Sanity"||3:58|
|6.||"Taste of My Scythe"||3:58|
|9.||"Kissing the Shadows"||4:32|
|10.||"Don't Stop at the Top" (Scorpions cover)||Scorpions||3:24|
|10.||"Shot in the Dark" (Ozzy Osbourne cover)||Ozzy Osbourne, Phil Soussan||3:38|
|11.||"Hellion" (W.A.S.P. cover)||Blackie Lawless||3:02|
|10.||"Hellion" (W.A.S.P. cover)||3:02|
|11.||"Aces High" (Iron Maiden cover)||Steve Harris||4:30|
|10.||"Hate Me!" (Original single version)||4:47|
|11.||"Hellion" (W.A.S.P. cover)||3:02|
- "Children Of Bodom - Follow the Reaper (album review 5)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
So what you will about the albums of DragonForce (though their take on the genre is slightly difference, yeah, just a little on the slight side), Kalmah, or Norther, but in my humblest of opinions, Children of Bodom's Follow the Reaper represents the height of the extreme power metal genre, and a definite classic.
- Marco Sebastianelli. "Children Of Bodom - Follow the Reaper" (in Italian). Retrieved May 1, 2019.
- "Follow the Reaper". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
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