Follow the Reaper

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Follow the Reaper
Studio album by Children of Bodom
Released October 30, 2000, February 20, 2001[1]
Recorded August–September 2000 at The Abyss
Genre Blackened death metal,[1] power metal[2]
Length 38:14
Label Spinefarm, Nuclear Blast
Producer Peter Tägtgren, Children of Bodom
Children of Bodom chronology
Tokyo Warhearts
(1999)Tokyo Warhearts1999
Follow the Reaper
Hate Crew Deathroll
(2003)Hate Crew Deathroll2003
Singles from Follow the Reaper
  1. "Hate Me!"
    Released: May 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Sputnik Music 5/5 stars[4]

Follow the Reaper is the third studio album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, released in Finland in October 2000 by Spinefarm Records and in February 2001 internationally by Nuclear Blast Records.

The album is the first to use a power metal-influenced sound in addition to the black metal and symphonic metal elements from previous albums—present mainly in the keyboards, vocals, and fast tempos. 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 a remake of 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 tracks written 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. "Everytime 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. ^ a b "Follow the Reaper by Children of Bodom on Apple Music". Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Children Of Bodom - Follow the Reaper (album review 5)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2016-10-16. So what you will about the albums of DragonForce (though their take on the genre is slightly difference, yeah, just a little on the slight side), Kalmah, or Norther, but in my humblest of opinions, Children of Bodom's Follow the Reaper represents the height of the extreme power metal genre, and a definite classic. 
  3. ^ "Follow the Reaper". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  4. ^ "Children Of Bodom - Follow the Reaper (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2012-02-16.