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Children of Bodom
Trashed, Lost, and Strung Out (Century Media)

By: Mike SOS

Rising up from the Finnish extreme metal scene to worldwide tours and accolades across the globe, Children of Bodom have become a phenomenon of sorts in the metal underground, and are on the cusp of breaking through. Acting as a holdover release until the new album is in the can, this four-track EP with bonus DVD footage is a way for fans to keep interest levels high and on some levels, it does a proper job. Marked with two original and two covers, Trashed, Lost, and Strung Out is uneven, yet the original compositions are worth the price of the EP alone, as the title cut and the chaotic anthem "Knuckleduster" sandwich prog metal wankery, epic fretwork, savage compostion, and melodic hooks all into one entity. As for the covers, well, if a latter day Alice Cooper track ("Bed of Nails"), and an Andrew W.K. song are up your alley, then go for yours, but don't be disappointed if they fail to impress. Overall, the latest release is a must for rabid fans, and the new material should be heard to catch a glimpse as for what's in store, but isn't really essential.
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