Hate Crew Deathroll, from 2003, is the fourth full-length studio album by the Finnish Melodic Death Metal band Children Of Bodom. It was something of a breakthrough album for the band, and is generally regarded by a large section of the fanbase as one of their best albums. If you already like the band, then it is a must-have album. If you are a new fan, it’s a good place to start.
The sound of the record is a highly melodic, but extremely aggressively played, and mostly high-speed mixture of Power Metal sounding and Thrash Metal sounding riffs, with Death and Black Metal influenced vocals, and unconventional keyboard sounds. There is an absolute ton of virtuosic guitar solos, often dual or trading off against keyboard solos.
Luckily, not only does this record have the style absolutely nailed, but the songwriting is of a high standard too. Highlights include the furious opener ‘Needled 24/7,’ the memorable ‘Sixpounder,’ as well as the slower ‘Angel’s Don’t Kill’ and the Title-Track ‘Hate Crew Deathroll.’
Overall; Hate Crew Deathroll is a brilliant, well written and musically impressive Metal album in general, and if you like speedy double-kicks, virtuosic lead guitar work, Power Metal, Thrash Metal or any other bands that get labeled Melodic Death Metal, then this may definitely be of interest to you.