Blooddrunk

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This article is about the album. For the song of the same name, see Blooddrunk (song).
Blooddrunk
Studio album by Children of Bodom
Released April 7, 2008[1]
Recorded October - December 2007
Genre Melodic death metal, thrash metal, power metal
Length 36:49
Label Spinefarm
Producer Mikko Karmila
Children of Bodom chronology
Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout Live
(2006)
Blooddrunk
(2008)
Skeletons in the Closet
(2009)
Singles from Blooddrunk
  1. "Blooddrunk"
    Released: February 27, 2008
  2. "Hellhounds on My Trail"
    Released: June 9, 2008
  3. "Smile Pretty For The Devil"
    Released: November 14, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars [2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [3]
IGN (8.2/10) [4]
Revolver 5/5 stars[5]

Blooddrunk is the sixth album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, released on April 7, 2008, through Spinefarm Records. The album includes a re-recorded version single for "Tie My Rope". Various editions feature one or two cover songs as bonus tracks. The limited edition digipak version of the album includes a bonus DVD with 5.1 surround mixes of all songs and the video and making-of for "Blooddrunk". It sold 20,000 copies during its first week of release.[6]

The band recorded a cover of the Suicidal Tendencies song "War Inside My Head" during the recording sessions for this album, but the song was not released on Blooddrunk.[7] The song was released on the cover album Skeletons in the Closet together with two new covers plus some old ones as well. The song "Done With Everything, Die For Nothing" is a playable song in Guitar Hero 5, while some players consider it to be one of the game's harder songs. The album includes more thrash metal than its predecessors.

Production[edit]

While writing and recording the album, Alexi Laiho had stated he felt very aggressive, and as a consequence the songs would be faster and "thrashier" than the songs displayed on their previous release, Are You Dead Yet?. He notified fans, however, that certain parts of the album would also be more progressive, as heard on "LoBodomy". The lyrics cover similar territory as previous releases.

Release[edit]

The first single was the title track, which was released in Finland on February 27, 2008, and features the cover song "Lookin' Out My Back Door" as a B-side. The videos for "Blooddrunk" and "Hellhounds on My Trail" were shot in Berlin, Germany, in December 2007. Blooddrunk entered the Billboard 200 at number 22, making it the band's highest charted album thus far in their career, and the third highest death or black metal recording chart in the USA, just behind Dethklok's debut The Dethalbum and second album Dethalbum II.[8]

The band streamed "Blooddrunk" on their MySpace page a week before its release.

The album went gold in Finland on pre-orders alone, and topped the Finnish charts beating its nearest rival in sales by 7 to 1.[citation needed] But the album did have a reasonably negative reaction from their long-term fans, many of which disliked the band's new sound and style.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alexi Laiho except noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Hellhounds on My Trail"   4:00
2. "Blooddrunk"   4:05
3. "Lobodomy"   4:25
4. "One Day You Will Cry"   4:05
5. "Smile Pretty for the Devil"   3:54
6. "Tie My Rope"   4:14
7. "Done with Everything, Die for Nothing"   3:31
8. "Banned from Heaven"   5:05
9. "Roadkill Morning"   3:33
Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
1. "Ghost Riders in the Sky" (Stan Jones cover) 3:37
UK Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
1. "Ghost Riders in the Sky" (Stan Jones cover) 3:37
2. "Lookin' out My Back Door" (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover) 2:08
3. "Aces High" (Iron Maiden cover) 4:28
Japanese version Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
1. "Ghost Riders in the Sky" (Stan Jones cover) 3:37
2. "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" (Kenny Rogers cover) 2:38

Personnel[edit]

Children Of Bodom
Production
  • Cover art and photos by Jussi Hyttinen/Kerosin
  • Layout by Miikka Tikka and Jussi Hyttinen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spinefarm Records". Spinefarm.fi. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  2. ^ "Children Of Bodom - Blooddrunk Review". Heavymetal.about.com. 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  3. ^ Greg Prato. "Blooddrunk". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  4. ^ Jim Kaz. "Children Of Bodom – Blooddrunk Review - Music Review at IGN". Music.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  5. ^ Considine, J. D. (June 2008). "Party till you puke". Revolver (69): pp. 99–100. ISSN 1527-408X. 
  6. ^ "CHILDREN OF BODOM Members Launch Clothing Line". 
  7. ^ ""Blooddrunk" Tracklisting Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 
  8. ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Children of Bodom