By Dan Potter
March 28, 2019
Bathed in an ominous blue light the first four band members took to the stage with a roaring crowd chanting “Bodom.” Then out of the shadows crept the skeletal figure of guitarist-vocalist Alexi Laiho, saluting metalheads with horn-fisted respect. Together and armed with a set list that spanned much of their 20-year career, the band proved to be a lean, mean shredding machine.
Using minimal stage effects, the band members literally took centre stage where the shear musical intensity resulted in a 75 minute long continuous mosh pit. Complex shards of heavy guitar riffs, punctured by dramatic keyboard bursts were laid end to end without mercy during the band’s pummeling set.
Well-known songs were used to warm up the newer material, dazzling the audience into spontaneous fits of head banging.
Laiho was posing with macabre intensity, using his bony fingers to massage terrified squeals out of his blade shaped guitar.
The crystal clarity of the band’s live performance was a thing of amazement and as “Vancouver Hate Crew” would find out later, Children Of Bodom skipped the traditional encore for a set of pure unadulterated aggression.Children of Bodom, The Vogue Theatre