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Studio album by Children of Bodom
Released 26 April 1999, Re-issue 2008
Recorded December 1998 - January 1999
Genre Melodic death metal, symphonic black metal, power metal[1]
Length 38:10
Label Spinefarm Records
Nuclear Blast
Producer Anssi Kippo
Children of Bodom chronology
Something Wild
Tokyo Warhearts
Singles from Hatebreeder
  1. "Children of Bodom"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Downfall"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Rock Hard (de) (8/10)[3]

Hatebreeder is the second studio album by Finnish metal band Children of Bodom. In it, the band explores a classically influenced sound. It also carries some influence from power metal, in the fast riffs and complex soloing style. This record contains concert favorites such as “Silent Night, Bodom Night” and “Downfall”. The keyboards show more presence on this album, with longer and more elaborate solos than in their previous work. The “Deluxe Edition” was released in 2005 with bonus material. Hatebreeder was also re-released in 2008. The band's self-titled song was re-recorded as the second-to-last track for this album.

This was the first album with guitars in D tuning (D, G, C, F, A, D) after Something Wild, which was in C♯ tuning (C♯, F♯, B, E, G♯, C♯).


In 2005, Hatebreeder was ranked number 492 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alexi Laiho, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Warheart"   4:07
2. "Silent Night, Bodom Night" (lyrics: Kimberly Goss) 3:12
3. "Hatebreeder"   4:20
4. "Bed of Razors" (music: Laiho, Alexander Kuoppala) 3:56
5. "Towards Dead End"   4:53
6. "Black Widow"   3:58
7. "Wrath Within"   3:53
8. "Children of Bodom"   5:13
9. "Downfall"   4:33
10. "No Commands" (Stone cover, can be found on various deluxe versions) 4:44
11. "Aces High" (Iron Maiden cover, only on Deluxe Edition) 4:28

Samples and references[edit]

  • The intro to “Warheart” is from the film Amadeus, Laiho’s favourite movie.
  • Black Widow is largely based on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's concerto 20 in D Minor.
  • The bridge in “Hatebreeder” (right before the final verse and chorus) that uses a series of arpeggios is from Mozart’s Queen of the Night Aria from The Magic Flute.
  • The song “Wrath Within” is composed almost entirely of riffs from various songs by the Finnish thrash band Stone.
  • The flute melody at the beginning of “Black Widow” is a clip from a Miami Vice background theme from the Season 2 Episode 1 episode “The Prodigal Son”, composed by Jan Hammer.
  • “No Commands” is originally from Stone’s self-titled debut album.
  • “Aces High” is originally from the Iron Maiden album, Powerslave.


Children of Bodom
  • Gang vocals on “Warheart”, “Black Widow”, and “Children of Bodom” by Children of Bodom
Additional performer
  • Artwork by Graham French
  • Design and layout by Apurator


  1. ^ a b "Children Of Bodom - Hatebreeder (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r415742
  3. ^ Kleine, Carsten. "Rock Hard". issue 144. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  4. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 11. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.