Follow the Reaper

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Follow the Reaper
Studio album by Children of Bodom
Released October 30, 2000 (2000-10-30)
Recorded August–September 2000 at The Abyss
Genre Melodic death metal, power metal
Length 38:14
Label Spinefarm, Nuclear Blast
Producer Peter Tägtgren, Children of Bodom
Children of Bodom chronology
Tokyo Warhearts
Follow the Reaper
Hate Crew Deathroll
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Sputnik Music 5/5 stars[2]

Follow the Reaper is the third studio album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom.

This album continues the musical tradition of the previous album, Hatebreeder, only with a more straightforward direction. Much of the black metal and symphonic metal elements are present—mainly in the keyboards, vocals, and fast tempos—as well as a stronger emphasis on power metal. 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 quite similar to 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.

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

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alexi Laiho

No. Title Length
1. "Follow the Reaper"   3:47
2. "Bodom After Midnight"   3:43
3. "Children of Decadence"   5:33
4. "Every Time 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


Children of Bodom[edit]


Additional personnel[edit]

  • King Sami Saramäki – graphic design
  • J. S. Karjalainen – assistant photographer
  • Toni Härkönen – band photographs


  1. ^ "Follow the Reaper". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Children Of Bodom - Follow the Reaper (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2012-02-16.