Finnish metal band Children of Bodom have announced their tenth album, Hexed, is coming March 8, 2019, via Nuclear Blast Records.
So far the band hasn’t shared what to expect this time around or a lead single. But they encourage fans to “keep your eyes & ears open” teasing a single coming soon.
“People have said that the album is generally catchier,” says frontman Alexi Laiho in a press release. “So I started thinking about that, perhaps the song structures are easier to grasp on initial listen. But there’s some crazy shit in there, almost progressive or at least technical. There are certain melodies across the album that could have come from jazz songs, although they’re completely metal with us, of course (laughs).”
Adds bassist Henkka Blacksmith, “For me, it has always been very hard to describe our new music. In a way, it always feels familiar, but the new stuff also always surprises me. Here we have something that’s very Bodom, but somehow we haven’t done this kind of stuff maybe ever. Then again, someone said that there’s somehow similar vibe to what Follow the Reaper had. I don’t know. Anyway, we had a really hard time choosing the songs for the two videos, I guess that’s a positive problem.”
Pre-orders start Friday, December 7. Check out the tracklisting and album art below.
01. The Road
02. Under Grass and Clover
03. Glass Houses
04. Hecate’s Nightmare
05. Kick in the Spleen
06. Platitudes and Barren Words
08. Relapse (The Nature of My Crime)
09. Say Never Look Back
10. Soon Departed
12. I Worship Chaos (live)
13. Morrigan (live)
14. Knuckleduster (remix)