Children of Bodom Blooddrunk Tour

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cosmos Gaming’s resident photographer/writer Chip Tamplin had the chance to check out Children of Bodom’s Blooddrunk tour when it came to the Starland Ballroom. Joining Children of Bodom on the tour were Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder. Check below for Chip’s impressions and photographs from the performance.

Skeletonwitch:

I will admit that though I’d heard of Skeletonwitch, I had no idea what to expect of their show or what their sound would be. Once their equipment was assembled on stage I noticed that their logo had a strong resemblance to [death metal band] Death. So once they started playing I realized that was no coincidence. Coming out with a fury of double bass and eardrum bursting vocals, Skeletonwitch showed why they should become a household name. Hurrying through 9 songs, leaving little room for crowd mingling singer Chance Garnette only stopped to explain why his band was being compared to other Viking metal bands, namely Amon Amarth. Though Skeletonwitch was forced to play a small set, being the opener, it was filled with plenty of energy, especially from their loyal fans, the number of which dwarfed odd-band-out The Black Dahlia Murder and rivaled headliner Children of Bodom. Skeletonwitch ended on a perfect note when singer Garnette took a stage dive into the arms of their adoring fans.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 8
Overall Rating: 9.5

Setlist:

1. Unknown
2. Fire From the Sky
3. Crushed Beyond Dust
4. Upon Wings of Black
5. Beyond the Permafrost
6. Submit to the Suffering
7. Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery
8. Despoiler of Human Life
9. Within My Blood

The Black Dahlia Murder :

I’ve never been a fan of this band. I enjoy some of their musical breakdowns and instrumental parts, but when singer Trevor Strnad starts singing it’s all downhill for me. But my opinions aside, they were the odd-band-out of the tour but still managed to garner an obscene amount of both mosh pits and crowd surfing from the Skeletonwitch and Bodom faithful. While Dahlia failed to play one of their staple songs “Statutory Ape” (which usually brings with it a member donning a giant ape costume), it didn’t slip by one member of the crowd, coming to the show in a giant Planet of the Apes mask. While this writer thought Black Dahlia’s performance left a bit to be desired, the crowd was well entertained until the headliners took the stage.

Vocals: 7
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 8
Overall Rating: 9

Setlist:

1. Everything Went Black
2. Black Valor
3. Closed Casket Requiem
4. Necropolis
5. A Vulgar Picture
6. What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse
7. Christ Deformed
8. Miasma
9. Funeral Thirst

Children of Bodom:

Ah, the band [most of] the crowd came to see. Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Children of Bodom have garnered a massive following over the last few years touring with some of metal’s biggest bands, including a stint on 2008’s Gigantour with Megadeth. I had the opportunity to meet some of the members before the show and it was amazing to me how humble they were. It was nice to see in this day and age with the number of pre-Madonna musicians there are. Starting a little past 10pm, Bodom played a powerful set of 15 songs (2 beings included in the encore) and though there wasn’t a tremendous amount of performer to crowd interaction, Bodom still had an uncanny ability of making it seem like they were playing for you, and you only. Playing hits spanning their entire catalogue, Children of Bodom are a phenomenal band and even better performers pitting talent with a grace in a way all their own. I strongly recommend anyone who is into metal to give them a listen.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 10

Setlist:

1. Living Dead Beat
2. Are You Dead Yet?
3. Hellhounds On My Trail
4. Silent Night, Bodom Night
5. Hate Me!
6. Follow The Reaper
7. Lake Bodom
8. Bodom After Midnight
9. Blood drunk
10. Angels Don’t Kill
11. In Your Face
12. Children Of Decadence
13. Bodom Beach Terror
14. Downfall

Encore:

15. Every Time I Die
16. Hate Crew Death Roll

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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