Cox Arena – San Diego, CA
Children of Bodom, ah yes, the metal band from Helsinki, Finland. These guys have been around since 1993! Right off the bat I was perplexed as to why these guys were not playing second to last. Honestly, Bodom moved the crowd and was so energized that it would have been appropriate for Megadeth to follow up. This was my first Bodom concert I ‘ve seen live. I accidentally received a Children of Bodom concert while B&P trading many years back. It was a treat to see them finally.
Their show was heavy as were all the bands, but Bodom sticks out because they have a keyboardist. What really stood out the most was the melody they have in their music. They went from hardcore metal to the Keyboardist playing Van Halen’s “Jump” and the crowd loved it.
The greatest part was standing between the barricades and hearing their fans just chant their name over and over. The song everyone knew and was singing along to was “Bodom After Midnight.” These guys left the stage with the audience wanting more. Unfortunelty we didn’t get more.
Children of Bodom
The follow up to Children of Bodom was In Flames. In Flames are made up of 5 guys from Sweden. Think All That Remains but slightly heavier. They brought their own light show on stage. It was very interesting but had too many strobes. In Flames had no shortage of head banging, of course, on this tour head bangers are kings. This is why there are no shortage of chiropractors in the world, because who else is going to take care of the metal heads with whiplash? The song that stood out was near the end of their set. It’s called “Take This Life.” Their front man Anders Fridén dubbed it a song “about love.”