Children of Bodom Conclude ‘Halo of Blood’ Tour in New York City With Stellar Finale
Children of Bodom wrapped up their headlining ‘Halo of Blood over North America Tour’ recently with two packed shows at Irving Plaza in New York City. Incredible support was offered up by the legendary Death Angel and the unique sounds of Tyr.
Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom had everyone in Irving Plaza bouncing, moshing and crowdsurfing. They unleashed their fury with ‘Needled 24/7’ off of their 2003 disc ‘Hate Crew Deathroll.’ They also played a number of older favorites, including ‘Deadnight Warrior,’ Silent Night, Bodom Night’ and ‘Downfall’ as well as ‘In Your Face,’ ‘Blooddrunk’ and ‘Shovel Knockout.’
The captivating quality of frontman and guitarist Alexi Laiho is that he does whatever he wants onstage, whether it be randomly addressing the crowd or knocking back a drink when the mood strikes. When it comes to his guitar parts during songs, fans seemed entranced by his hasty playing and shredding skills.
With a powerhouse main set, the band’s sweaty encore included a performance of ‘Everytime I Die,’ before finishing out the night with a repeat performance of the 2003 album title track ‘Hate Crew Deathroll.’
Earlier in the night, Death Angel showed off their live prowess. Despite Mark Osegueda not having his mesmerizing dreads anymore, the vocalist still summons Samson-like power. The band exploded onto the stage with ‘Left for Dead’ off of their latest record ‘The Dream Calls for Blood.’ The thrashers went on to play other new tunes such as the title track and ‘Son of the Morning.’
The veteran rockers are one of the most hardworking and talented thrash metal bands out there today. Their personable and engaging presence with the crowd is just one of the many reasons why the band has their share of die-hard fans. They ended their set with a memorable performance of ‘Thrown to the Wolves’ with an intro from ‘The Ultra Violence.’
If you’re not familiar with Tyr, they are a Faroese folk metal band and they’re a lot of fun live. Tyr’s very short set was mostly made up of the new tracks ‘Blood of Heroes,’ ‘Another Fallen Brother,’ ‘Lady of the Slain’ and ‘Mare of My Night’ off of their latest record ‘Valkyrja.’ Not to mention they have the happiest bassist ever Gunnar H. Thomsen, who smiled from ear to ear at the crowd throughout their set.
The New York City fans who caught one or both of the shows at Irving Plaza were treated to three different types of metal from three very unique and brilliant bands. See photos from the memorable final night of the ‘Halo of Blood over North America Tour’ below.
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