As expected Finnish metal sensation Children Of Bodom brought the house down a couple of days ago at Club Red here in Tempe, AZ. The band is now touring North America promoting their new album, Halo Of Blood. Their tour package this time is quite diverse, as they are touring with Death Angel and TYR.
The show started with TYR, within minutes after the doors opened. The Faroese quartet played a short, but sustacious set. Follow them was Death Angel who raised up the heat and the mood of the crowd. Finally Children Of Bodom took the stage to a 98% full venue. Even though I was pretty sure this bill would sold out the show, it didn’t, I suppose because it was a Monday and people had to go to work next day. But regardless of that, the show was pretty packed for a Monday night. COB opened the show with Sixpounder and Bodom Beach Terror out of the Hate Crew Deathroll (2003) album, followed by Living Dead Beat out the Are You Dead Yet (2005) album, a real good combination of mid-career albums, that opened up the pit really quickly, and even though we are not in summer yet, sure it felt like we were on a 100 degree weather.
The band continued with the title track of their new album Halo Of Blood and Scream For Silence also from that album, followed by the title track of their 2003 album Hate Crew Deathroll, those two new songs proved once again how easily COB sounds impeccable clean in record as they sound live, and this is one of the qualities that the crowd appreciates the most from this band. The show went on with a couple of classics. Lake Bodom out of their first album Something Wild (1997), and Kissing The Shadows from their Follow The Reaper (2000) album, before bringing us back to the Halo Of Blood (2013) with Dead Man’s Hand On You, which was the end of their new material sample for the night, I thought Transparence or The Days Are Numbered were going to make an appearance, but I guess that would be for a future tour hopefully.
What happened after was just quite epic, as COB really delivered a flashback from the past by playing the title tracks from the Are You Dead Yet (2005), and Blooddrunk (2008) albums. We could say that the rest of the show was a melodic death metal history lesson, composed by Towards Death End and Downfall from the Hatebreed (1998) album, and Hate Me from the Follow The Reaper album.
Once again the Finns delivered a great show, that left the crowd dead beat tired, and some of them without voice for what I heard as I was leaving the venue. Before their show we had the chance to speak with Roope Latvala, guitar player of Children Of Bodom. We talked about the tour, Halo Of Blood, their experience touring with the Mayhem Festival last summer compared with the European festival circuit, and what is next for them after this North American tour.
Halo of Blood Over North America’ 2014 Tour Dates:
Children Of Bodom/Death Angel/TYR
March 6 Denver, CO Summit Theater
March 7 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
March 8 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
March 10 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
March 11 Dallas, TX House of Blues
March 12 Houston, TX House of Blues
March 14 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
March 15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
March 16 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
March 18 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
March 19 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
March 21 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
March 22 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
March 23 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
March 24 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
March 25 Chicago, IL House of Blues
March 27 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
March 28 New York, NY Irving Plaza
March 29 New York, NY Irving Plaza