Usually when you get a band member ranking their own band's albums, the criticisms are pretty vague and non-scathing. Children Of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho, on the other hand, does not hold back.
Laiho ranks all 10 of the band's records in the following order to Kerrang!.
10. Relentless Reckless Forever
09. Something Wild
08. Halo Of Blood
06. Are You Dead Yet?
05. Follow The Reaper
03. I Worship Chaos
01. Hate Crew Deathroll
So why are Relentless Reckless Forever and Something Wild at the bottom? Well, to use a few of Laiho's terms, one doesn't "make any fucking sense" and the other is "fucking stupid."
On 2011's Relentless Reckless Forever
“This is pretty fucking brutal, I tell you, because it’s like I’ve got to pick my least favourite kid. But I’m sure everyone secretly has one so I’ll go with this. I actually listened to it recently and there’s a couple of cool tracks, but the rest of them don’t make any fucking sense. Just a whole lot of riffs at high speed that don’t make up a song. At the time it seemed like doing something different was the right thing to do, but maybe that change was too thought out.”
On 1997's Something Wild
“Even though in our minds it’s a classic, let’s face it, it’s fucking stupid. There’s Deadnight Warrior and Lake Bodom which were actually good songs, but other than that it’s a series of great riffs with me screaming obscenities on top of it. But that’s kind of cool because it’s real. We were only 17 and 18 at that point and we saved up money from our daytime jobs doing random shit to record the album. Nothing was planned. I love the anger and the energy, but if I have to pick from all my children then this one isn’t the best.”
Children Of Bodom's new record Hexed is out on March 8.