Children Of Bodom – Glasgow O2 ABC – 3/4/11

Children of Bodom have returned to Scotland, and they’ve brought with them Viking metal warriors Amon Amarth.

Amon Amarth are main support on this tour and, personally, they deserve to be headlining.

Their set is mostly made up of tracks from their new album Surtur Rising and previous release Twilight of The Thunder God, with a few older tracks thrown in for good measure. The band is flawless, storming through each track with precision and heaviness. the new tracks sound much better live than on record and the crowd go crazy for every song the band play.

The highlight of their set was a fantastic rendition of  Twilight of the Thunder God, with hundreds of drunken Scots shouting every word at the top of their lungs.

For a short while, the Vikings had invaded Scotland once again.

In complete comparison to this, Children of Bodom appear on stage and half heartedly play through some tracks from their new album. Instantly I was worried that this was going to be one of those Bodom gigs I had read about: A band putting in no effort and being totally uninterested in what they are doing.

But when they played Needled 24/7 I realised I was wrong. the band played like their lives depended on it, the crowd went insane and I realised this was going to be a fun night after all.

If I have one complaint about CoB’s set, it would be the choice of songs. They seemed to focus too much on their latter (and, less awesome) material, but when they played a classic track, the place erupted.

In all, I think Amon Amarth won the night. Their material is just more enjoyable live, but if Bodom had played a few more oldies, then it would have been an entirely different story.

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