Children of Bodom: The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, Ca. 12/5/16
Children of Bodom are on tour supporting their latest record, ‘I Worship Chaos’ in San Francisco at The Regency Ballroom. This would be my first time seeing the band live and I wish I knew then what I know now. I would’ve definitely seen Children of Bodom years ago. The Regency Ballroom is one of my favorite venues in the Bay Area and like the Opeth gig weeks prior, I was blessed with a photo pass.
Children of Bodom have been doing what they do for over 20 plus years. I believe you must be doing something right to still be an important band in the metal world. This was proven by the reaction as the house lights dimmed and frontman Alexi Laiho walked onstage. Not many bands in extreme metal have a fan base like Children of Bodom.
The band opened up with ‘Needled 24/7’. One of the few I was familiar with. I tried to focus on taking pictures and multi task since I am reviewing the show at the same time. It’s such an endorphin rush as the band in my opinion are knocking it out of the park.
Singer/lead guitarist Laiho is of course the main man. He doesn’t shy away from that fact as his voice soars over the PA. Same with his guitar playing. Drummer Jaska Raatikainen. bassist, Henkka Seppälä, and keyboardist Janne Wirman have been in the band since the early days. Guitarist, Daniel Freyberg joined in 2004.The band as a whole play with confidence, emotion and power.
Not to get technical, because I don’t play at all, I’m a fan first, and always will be. After finishing taking photos, I found my spot in the crowd. At times I miss being in my 20’s, early 30’s. Being in the pit was something you had to try once and I did years ago. That would be a disaster today.
My final thoughts after the show are that Children of Bodom are an incredible band. I’m sure so called metal elitists would talk down to them but I was impressed. It’s the power of this great thing called heavy metal. When a band plays this style of music like Children of Bodom did on this night. There’s nothing, musically that can touch it.
Tony “Fanboy” Alves
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