Children of Bodom

Sometimes a little bit of masturbatory metal revelry is just what the doctor ordered. In the case of Swedish power/melodic/technical metal maestros Children of Bodom, that prescription comes filled in the form of crunching riffs, chain-gun rhythms, climaxing guitar crescendos, and the occasional lovely keyboard flourish, providing a fix for just about every metal addiction there is. And just like any good addiction, these songs come in fast, embed themselves in your nervous system, and leave you lying naked on the floor of a bus terminal bathroom, shivering and begging for more. Most CoB tracks are tight and focused, allowing the band to hit again and again, like some wonderful sucker punch to the eardrums. CoB also likes to stretch out in epic metal ballads, playing well with Alexi Laiho's often flowery guitar work. Recently released covers album Skeletons in the Closet finds the band in a playful mood, adding a sinister edge to Kenny Rogers, an epic thrill to cowboy standard “Ghost Riders in the Sky”, and just plain fucking around with “Oops!. . .I Did it Again.” The collection finds the band reinterpreting a wide variety of styles, adding blast beats, snarling guitars and vocals, and a warped sensibility to pop classics of the past 40 years and more. With Black Dahlia Murder, Skeletonwitch. All ages. NICHOLAS HALL

Mon., Oct. 5, 7 p.m., 2009

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