Relentless Reckless Forever

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Not to be confused with Reckless & Relentless.
Relentless Reckless Forever
Studio album by Children of Bodom
Released 8 March 2011
Recorded August 2010
Genre Melodic death metal, thrash metal
Length 36:19
Label Spinefarm, Fearless, Nuclear Blast
Producer Matt Hyde, Children of Bodom
Children of Bodom chronology
Skeletons in the Closet
Relentless, Reckless Forever
Holiday at Lake Bodom (15 Years of Wasted Youth)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Metal Hammer 8/10 stars[2]
Revolver 5/5 stars[3]
Rock Sound 7/10 stars[4]
BW&BK 8/10 stars[5]

Relentless Reckless Forever is the seventh album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, released on 8 March 2011 through Spinefarm Records / Universal Music/Fearless Records/Nuclear Blast Records.


Relentless Reckless Forever was recorded at Finland's Petrax Studios, during August and September 2010. "We worked super hard on this album, at least for me it was pretty much no sleep or rest for six weeks," stated lead vocalist/guitarist Alexi Laiho. "But we were determined to make the best COB album ever, so we were willing to do whatever it took. Of course, having our producer Matt Hyde kicking our asses 24/7 definitely made the results even better, so obviously we're more than anxious to get this album out there."[6]

The song "Ugly" starts with a quote from the television show House, taken from episode 12 of season 6 titled "Remorse".[7] The quote is, "You're feeling something, what is it, what do you feel? I don't know, it hurts. It will."

A music video has been shot for the single "Was It Worth It?" with skateboarder Chris Cole as well as noted pro skaters Jamie Thomas, Garrett Hill and Tom Asta.

"The single 'Was It Worth It?' is a total party song," said Laiho. "It's not your typical Bodom sound, but it's one of my favorites and heavy as hell." The video was shot in Pennsylvania's residential Action Sports compound Camp Woodward and it was directed by Dale Resteghini for Raging Nation Films.[8]

Regarding the subject matter covered in the "Pussyfoot Miss Suicide" lyrics, Laiho told Revolver, "I've been involved with stupid chicks who were trying to get attention by being, 'Oh, I'm so fucking depressed. I'm gonna slit my wrists with a cheese grater...' And it's so fucking boring, like, 'Just let it go. You're really not gonna do it, anyway.' It's kind of harsh, but it's fuckin' black humor." "Ugly", on the other hand, is "really just venting and screaming stupid stuff. Nobody should expect anything deep and poetic and sensitive and intelligent, y'know?"[9]

The single "Was It Worth It?" was made available for streaming on 13 January via Facebook, and "Ugly" was broadcast for the first time on 4 February 2011 on FullMetalJackie's radio show.

The album is available in several editions: CD, CD+DVD Limited Digipak, Vinyl LP and limited Super Deluxe Edition including a CD, DVD and a 64-page photobook. The Japanese editions are pressed in SHM-CD format, feature three bonus tracks, include lyrics translation in Japanese and a poster is offered with the first press edition.

Relentless Reckless Forever was certified gold (sold over 10,000 copies) in Finland on the first day of its release, 9 March.[10] As of 10 March, the album had sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alexi Laiho,[12] except "Party All the Time", written and composed by Rick James.

No. Title Length
1. "Not My Funeral" 4:55
2. "Shovel Knockout" 4:03
3. "Roundtrip to Hell and Back" 3:48
4. "Pussyfoot Miss Suicide" 4:10
5. "Relentless Reckless Forever" 4:42
6. "Ugly" 4:13
7. "Cry of the Nihilist" 3:31
8. "Was It Worth It?" 4:06
9. "Northpole Throwdown" 2:55

The DVD coming with some editions fulfils:

  • "Was It Worth It?" [Music Video]
  • Making of "Was It Worth It?"
  • "Angels Don't Kill" – Live at Bloodstock
  • "Everytime I Die" – Live at Bloodstock
  • The Rockhouse Method With Alexi Laiho – DVD Trailer
  • The Rockhouse Method With Alexi Laiho – Instructional DVD Excerpt

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
Austrian Albums Chart 29 [15]
Finnish Albums Chart 1 [16]
German Albums Chart 20 [17][18]
Japan Albums Chart 20 [19]
Swedish National Chart 47 [20]
Swiss Albums Chart 43 [21]
Official UK Charts 71 [22]
US Billboard 200 42 [23]


Children Of Bodom
Additional performers
  • James-Paul Luna (ex-White Wizzard) – clean vocals on "Party All the Time"
  • DJ Kreisipastori – additional keyboard programming on "Party All The Time"
  • Produced by Matt Hyde and Children of Bodom
  • Arranged by Children of Bodom
  • Recorded by Matt Hyde and Chris Rakestraw, except keyboards, recorded by Janne Wirman
  • Mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering, USA, October 2010

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Japan Japan 2 March 2011
Austria Austria Germany Germany Republic of Ireland Ireland Norway Norway Poland Poland Switzerland Switzerland 4 March 2011
Asia (excl Japan) France France Hungary Hungary New Zealand New Zealand Sweden Sweden United Kingdom United Kingdom 7 March 2011
Canada Canada Spain Spain United States USA 8 March 2011
Finland Finland 9 March 2011
Australia Australia 11 March 2011

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