Follow the Reaper

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
ReleasedOctober 30, 2000
RecordedAugust–September 2000
StudioThe Abyss, Pärlby, Sweden
LabelSpinefarm, Nuclear Blast
ProducerPeter Tägtgren, Children of Bodom
Children of Bodom chronology
Tokyo Warhearts
Follow the Reaper
Hate Crew Deathroll
Singles from Follow the Reaper
  1. "Hate Me!"
    Released: May 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic5/5 stars[1]

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.

The album features sampled quotes from the 1990 film The Exorcist III.[4]

A deluxe edition featuring two bonus tracks was released in 2006.

Track listingEdit

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
7."Hate Me!"4:44
8."Northern Comfort"3:47
9."Kissing the Shadows"4:32
Reissue bonus tracks
10."Don't Stop at the Top" (Scorpions cover)Scorpions3:24
Japan reissue bonus tracks
10."Shot in the Dark" (Ozzy Osbourne cover)Ozzy Osbourne, Phil Soussan3:38
11."Hellion" (W.A.S.P. cover)Blackie Lawless3:02
Nuclear Blast deluxe edition bonus tracks
10."Hellion" (W.A.S.P. cover) 3:02
11."Aces High" (Iron Maiden cover)Steve Harris4:30
Re-release bonus tracks
10."Hate Me!" (Original single version)4:47
11."Hellion" (W.A.S.P. cover)3:02



  1. ^ a b "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.
  2. ^ Marco Sebastianelli. "Children Of Bodom - Follow the Reaper" (in Italian). Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Follow the Reaper". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
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