If you’ve read our “About” page (which of course you have because you’re a good follower) you’ll know that Children Of Bodom are my favourite band. It should then come as no surprise that I am inherently excited that COB are currently in line to release the follow up to 2011’s “Relentless Reckless Forever.” Recently they put out new single “Transference” and it’s already sounding a lot tighter and less hit-and-miss than the last record.
“Transference” is a bit of a departure but still keeps things Bodom, tapping into the bands earlier sounds, including a more symphonic use of keyboards than the previous album. Leaderman Alexi Laiho’s vocals have also returned to the forefront, and boy do they sound killer (or if you’re a cynic a man who’s inhaled a burning brillo pad).
The song structure is pretty simple yet effective, making it the perfect single to release, not giving away too much whilst still giving us enough of a taste to keep our ears satisfied. Although the song does end rather abruptly, that only adds to the effect, leaving all listeners almost pining for more. The chorus melody is so damn catchy that it might as well be freshers-flu.
Of course the highlights of any COB song are the solo sections, and I for one am glad to see them back with a vengeance. Janne Warman’s keyboard sound has reverted to its cleaner/neo-classical sound, whereas Laiho’s solos provide both great shred sections and an almost bluesy feel, something that I never thought could happen unless Robert Johnson and Chuck Schuldiner somehow had a lovechild that none of us knew about.
All things considered, this is the perfect “teaser trailer” for “Halo Of Blood.” It doesn’t give away too much whilst still displaying that Bodom are back to claim what’s rightfully theirs. I’m giving “Transference” a rating of:
Transference: – 4/5
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of this record!
“Halo Of Blood” is out June 6th in Europe and June 11th in the U.S via Nuclear Blast