Every metalhead in the scene knows of Children Of Bodom; the iconic Finnish band needs no introduction. The band is recognizable almost anywhere, with frontman Alexi Laiho’s unique growled vocals and Janne Wirman’s keyboard wizardry. This year, the band will release ‘I Worship Chaos’, its 9th studio album, and this record is highly anticipated by many. This is because the group’s previous release ‘Halo of Blood’ took us down memory lane to 2000’s ‘Follow the Reaper’ and 2003’s ‘Hate Crew Deathroll’, a couple of mediocre albums having spoilt the fun after that point.
While this didn’t hinder Janne Wirman from playing extensive solos on ‘Are You Dead Yet?’, he seems to have taken a backseat on the soloing business this time. The riffs, all played by Laiho (after rhythm guitarist Roope Latvala’s departure in May 2015), are backed up by Wirman’s keyboard lines. However, he does play some solos on songs like “Hold Your Tongue”, “Suicide Bomber”, “Horns” and a few others. The solos are definitely well thought-out, but they’re certainly not mad and ingenious like they used to be.