Children of Bodom entered the new millennium with their third effort, Follow The Reaper, which saw the band expand on what was already a hyper-melodic attack with freakish abilities of a band experienced well beyond their years; Alexi Laiho and Janne "Warman" Wirman were just 21 at the time.
The disc, which arrived on Oct. 30, 2000, is what many fans consider to be the band's best album. A perfect fusion of melody, riffs, and unforgettable hook after hook, Bodom brought something new to the table taking the best elements of traditional heavy metal and extreme metal to concoct a sonic brew that still unhinges jaws to this day.
Today, we know them as one of extreme metal's most revered acts, headlining tours around the globe, but this wasn't the case a decade and a half ago. Though steadily gaining popularity, Children of Bodom were still a relatively unknown group, though with a cult following, trying to break through and find their niche.
Follow the Reaper was by far their most melodic yet, seeing a ceaseless flurry of notes emanating from band leader Laiho's lightning-fast fingers with surgical precision. Matching him on the keyboard was Warman, who's right hand takes over nearly all of the work in the neo-classical shredfest. Delving a bit more into their collective affinity for '80s metal, Children of Bodom recorded what would become one of the most legendary albums in extreme metal.
Children of Bodom, "Kissing the Shadows"