Children Of Bodom, Cannibal Corpse, Diablo - Blooddrunk European TourA strange combination, one would say. But there they were, Children Of Bodom, Cannibal Corpse and supporting act Diablo, playing the wonderful Paradiso in our capital city Amsterdam.
Diablo is a typical Scandinavian melodic death metal band who made already a fair amount of records, although they have gained none to little success. Their debut came out in 2000 and their fifth record Icaros came out in 2008. Some records of them belong to my favourites in the melodeath genre, but over the years they have made little progression and the band sounds nearly the same on every record. That’s why I lost my interest in this band and unfortunately live they couldn’t win me for them anymore, although it was the first time I saw them. For me this band and sound are outdated, but if you are a melodeath fan you should check them out some time. (Sledgehammer Messiah)
On this tour it will feel as if you are seeing a showcase of Cannibal Corpse, totally unworthy for a band with such a great reputation. But well, fuck it, Cannibal Corpse is on this tour to win some new young souls, not really for the diehard fans. Because come on, it isn’t satisfying to see them opening for Children Of Bodom with a far from excellent sound and a way too short set. Of course they played a “best of” set with all the obvious songs: ‘I Will Kill You’, ‘Hammer Smashed Face’, ‘Devoured By Vermin’, ‘Fucked With A Knife’ (aka, this one is for the ladies) and ‘Stripped, Raped And Strangled’. Not special here, just the expectable songs which were enjoyable, but totally missed the feeling of a headlining band. There were only two new songs played of which the title track ‘Evisceration Plague’ was fucking awesome. Let’s hope they’ll get back quick to do a real show for the fans and who knows some kids got interested after witnessing this showcase. (Sledgehammer Messiah)
After the break it was time for headliner Children Of Bodom, clearly the band to satisfy the young crowd this evening. Not surprising, since this band performs a very entertainable show with a high rockstar level. Alexi acts quite macho on stage, which works well with their young fans. Musically it was alright, we were treated on a headliner-worthy setlist with tracks spanning all their albums. Classics as 'Lake Bodom', 'Silent Night, Bodom Night', 'Downfall and 'Follow The Reaper' were all received with great enthusiasm and big moshpits as result. Songs from their latest effort Blooddrunk, being 'Hellhounds On My Trail', 'Smile Pretty For The Devil' and the titletrack sounded very powerful and sometimes even enchanting with their beautiful melodies by keyboard player Warman. Absurd to see him doing it all so easily, sometimes even blind or with a beer in his hand. At the end we were treated to an encore with yet two other classics, 'Bed Of Razors' and 'Hate Crew Deathroll'. A great show for the fans, although I also understand why people move on after a couple of years. An aforementioned typical rockstar performance and a whole lot of catchy melodies and songs can’t remain interesting for ever, and so I suppose that Children Of Bodom’s fanbase will remain young forever. (Mindsaver)
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