Today was meant to celebrate a vigorous manifestation of a brand new metal era and now pays tribute to an incomparable guitarist, artist and visionary of his time. Today, BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT releases their highly-anticipated three-track EP, Paint the Sky with Blood, via Napalm Records.
The EP that was recorded back in Finland, was intended to be followed by a full-length album later in the year – now embodies a whole new meaning and remains as the only work by BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT. Paint the Sky with Blood is undeniable evidence of the late Alexi Laiho’s artistic spirit and his extraordinary musical skills in synthesis with his absolutely talented bandmates Daniel Freyberg, Waltteri Väyrynen, Mitja Toivonen and live keyboardist Vili Itäpelto. Not only do the band’s final recordings see the light today, but the matching visualizer for “Payback’s A Bitch” is also out now via Napalm Records.
“Like ourselves, Alexi was beyond stoked about these songs and anxious to get these out, so we are happy that we can fulfill his wish. Needless to say, we are honored and proud to be a part of his very last creative work and to unleash it the way he wanted it. It’s time to let the beast out of the cage one more time as a celebration of Alexi’s music, legacy and the man himself.”
– BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT
Heavy title track “Paint the Sky with Blood” sets the stage for the 14 minute EP of the same name and is strikingly reminiscent of early-CHILDREN OF BODOM elements, while also adding exciting modern influences into the fold. Second stunner “Payback’s A Bitch” and its massive riffing are on a quest for retribution, delivering a hard-hitting, second to none offense. The interplay of Alexi Laiho, guitarist Daniel Freyberg, drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz) and live keyboardist Vili Itäpelto is not only a testament to the band’s extraordinary musical ability, but also showcases their skill in deftly incorporating a variety of genre influences.
Closing cover track “Where Dead Angels Lie” is an absolute triumph – originally performed by Swedish extreme metal formation Dissection, the track shines as a timeless classic with a new edge. Eerie riffs and vocals alternating between menacing murmurs and characteristic guttural, distorted vocals stay faithful to the original while branding this version with an undeniable BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT punch.
01. Paint the Sky with Blood
02. Payback’s A Bitch
03. Where Dead Angels Lie (Dissection Cover)
Paint the Sky with Blood will be available in the following formats:
– 10″ Spined Sleeve Oxblood – SOLD OUT
– 10″ Spined Sleeve Black
– 10″ Spined Sleeve Inkspot Ox/Black – SOLD OUT
– 10″ Spined Sleeve Glow in the Dark
– Deluxe Box – SOLD OUT
– 1 Digipak Mini CD
– Digital Album
“Paint The Sky With Blood shines with murderous riffing that dizzyingly oscillates between razor-sharp and perfectly melodic, super-tight thrash to blast beats and the COB-typical atmospheric keyboard carpet.”-ROCK HARD (GER)-“BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT was a simple continuation of the groundbreaking blend of extreme metal and melodic histrionics that made Alexi one of modern metal’s most enduring icons”– METAL HAMMER (UK) –“The guitar hero’s posthumous farewell salute to his fans – and how he’s hitting it off with it again!”– METAL HAMMER (GER) –“Paint The Sky With Blood is an amazing disc […] Buy this record when it comes out. It’s well worth the money to add to any worthwhile metal collection.”– NEW NOISE MAGAZINE (USA) –“… a beautiful swan song of a gifted guitarist and songwriter, who will be missed. Rest in peace!”– METAL.DE –“… it felt like the Finnish wildchild […] had woven himself so integrally into the fabric of modern metal that he could never truly go away.”– KERRANG (UK) –“BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT say hello and goodbye with three spectacular songs […] very special, sometimes controversial, always inspiring.”– RAFA BASA ES –“This three-track EP makes clear that BAM would have hardened into a new and devastating Multiple Independent Reentry Vehicle for Laiho’s songwriting.”– DECIBEL MAGAZINE (USA) –
BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT are:
Alexi Laiho – guitar & vocals
Daniel Freyberg – guitar
Mitja Toivonen – bass
Waltteri Väyrynen – drums
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