Children Of Bodom
Skeletons In The Closet
11/7/2009 - Review by: Frank Hill
Pop and Metal covers with more that are appealing than not
I like hearing covers of familiar songs. In fact, I often seek them out on Youtube and other avenues just for the variety of what other artists can do.
'Skeletons In The Closet' is a collection of covers from Finland's Children of Bodom whose musical hybrid of melodic power/death/black/thrash elements have always rubbed genre purists the wrong way. 'Skeletons' is basically divided into Pop covers and Metal covers with more that are appealing for me than those that aren't. The former grew on me over a few listens and I found myself unconsciously smiling at the fun touches of banjo added to the mosh-worthy pace of CCR's "Looking Out My Back Door" and the de-punked, gang chants of Ramones' "Somebody Put Something In My Drink". "She Is Beautiful" retains it's Andrew WK bounce and Alice Cooper's catchy "Bed of Nails" gets a crazed breakdown ending.
I was unfamiliar with a few of the metal songs--"Silent Scream", "Hellion"--but was intrigued enough by the covers that I'll seek out the originals. Other good listens are the ramped up "Aces High" from Iron Maiden, Anthrax' "Antisocial" and the Suicidal Tendencies' classic "War Inside My Head".
If you don't like Alexi Laiho's screechy vocals then you may never get attached to any of these metallic interpretations. If some of the originals are in your musical rotation and you have some love for COB then you might get as much enjoyment out of "Skeletons" as I have.
Yea-yeah yeah yowwwww!!!!
1. Lookin' Out My Back Door [CCR cover]
2. Hell Is For Children [Pat Benatar cover]
3. Somebody Put Something In My Drink [RAMONES cover]
4. Mass Hypnosis [SEPULTURA cover]
5. Don't Stop At The Top [SCORPIONS cover]
6. Silent Scream [SLAYER cover]
7. She Is Beautiful [Andrew W.K. cover]
8. Just Dropped In [Kenny Rogers cover]
9. Bed Of Nails [Alice Cooper cover]
10. Hellion [W.A.S.P. cover]
11. Aces High [IRON MAIDEN cover]
12. Rebel Yell [Billy Idol cover]
13. No Commands [STONE cover]
14. Antisocial [TRUST cover]
15. Talk Dirty To Me [POISON cover]
16. War Inside My Head [SUICIDAL TENDENCIES cover]
17. Ooops! I Did It Again [Britney Spears cover]
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