Nuclear Blast is set to release the eighth album from Finland’s Children of Bodom on June 11 in North America. This morning COB premiered an official video for one of the new songs, “Transference”, which has already debuted and which is also being made available as an immediate download for fans who pre-order the CD. And these are a few things that guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho said about the song and the album:
‘Transference’ is a straight-up CHILDREN OF BODOM to-the-core-type song and therefore was a good pick for a video and obviously is one of our favorite tracks. It always had an evil vibe to it, which I wish I knew how to explain because it still gives me chills… Enjoy!
Halo Of Blood is the eighth studio album from CHILDREN OF BODOM, and believe it or not, but we still managed to keep it fresh and new while still maintaining the elements that make COB sound recognizable. It’s got the fastest and the slowest song we ever made and lyrics wise there are themes we had never had before. It’s 10 new songs of pure Nordic metal and whether you enjoy it with a beer or a glass of water, I’m sure you will have a good time.
I have to agree 100% with Mr. Laiho, to this extent: “Transference” is definitely recognizable as a COB song. This is not necessarily a good thing; the band’s steadfast dedication to their “brand” has become a limiting factor as much as a recipe for popular success. But “Transference” is a decent song, with a darker, heavier vibe than I was expecting. The video includes slit wrists, grim reapers, a snow-covered cemetery venue, and more curious images. Have a look and a listen:
I think Laiho’s face throughout this music video is the best representation of how I feel about the song. Bored. Every thing sounds like they’re just going through the motions. The “hook” keyboard/guitar lead seems like it was put in there by requirement. The solo is rehashed and uninspired. And the weird tonal screams that he throws in there are just unnecessary. But that’s their new sound…
It’s a shame too, Bodom was the band that got me into melodic death metal with Something Wild and this just is so far from the band that I used to listen to.
it’s a pretty good track. i’ve never been a huge COB fan, and i’m not certain if this will change that. but i’m still hearing it in my head after the video ended, so maybe they’ll win me over, this time.
I’ve never understood the praise Children of Bodom gets. Even their early “classic” albums are incredibly boring, and this more recent incarnation is even worse.