Follow the Reaper
Follow the Reaper
Album info
ReleaseOctober 30, 2000
RecordedAugust–September 2000 at The Abyss
GenreMelodic death metal, power metal
LabelSpinefarm, Nuclear Blast
ProducerPeter Tägtgren, Children of Bodom

Follow the Reaper is the third studio album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom.

This album continues the musical tradition of the previous album, Hatebreeder, only with a more straightforward direction. Much of the black metal and symphonic metal elements are present—mainly in the keyboards, vocals, and fast tempos—as well as a stronger emphasis on power metal. Many songs on the album became live setlist favorites, such as "Everytime I Die", "Hate Me!", and the title track. The song "Mask of Sanity" is quite similar to the song "Talking of the Trees" from their early demo Shining (released as IneartheD).

Follow the Reaper was recorded and mixed at Peter Tägtgren's Abyss studio in Sweden, instead of the Finnish Astia-studio from Anssi Kippo, in which they had recorded all of their previous releases, including the demos from IneartheD. On this album, Children of Bodom used D standard tuning (D,G,C,F,A,D), which was also used on Hatebreeder.

The album features sampled quotes from the 1990 film The Exorcist III.

A deluxe edition featuring two bonus tracks was released in 2006.

Track listingEdit

All songs written and composed by Alexi Laiho.

# Track title Length
1. "Follow the Reaper" 3:47
2. "Bodom After Midnight" 3:43
3. "Children of Decadence" 5:33
4. "Everytime I Die" 4:02
5. "Mask of Sanity" 3:58
6. "Taste of My Scythe" 3:58
7. "Hate Me!" 4:44
8. "Northern Comfort" 3:47
9. "Kissing the Shadows" 4:32
Reissue bonus tracks
# Track title Writer(s) Length
10. "Don't Stop at the Top" (Scorpions cover) Scorpions 3:24
Japan reissue bonus tracks
# Track title Writer(s) Length
10. "Shot in the Dark" (Ozzy Osbourne cover) Ozzy Osbourne, Phil Soussan 3:38
11. "Hellion" (W.A.S.P. cover) Blackie Lawless 3:02
Nuclear Blast deluxe edition bonus tracks
# Track title Writer(s) Length
10. "Hellion" (W.A.S.P. cover) Blackie Lawless 3:02
11. "Aces High" (Iron Maiden cover) Steve Harris 4:30
Re-release bonus tracks
# Track title Length
10. "Hate Me!" (Original single version) 4:47
11. "Hellion" (W.A.S.P. cover) 3:02


Children of BodomEdit


  • Peter Tägtgren – production, engineering
  • Children of Bodom – production
  • Lars Szöke – assistant engineering
  • Mikko Karmila – additional treatment
  • Mike "Count" Jussila – mastering

Additional personnelEdit

  • King Sami Saramäki – graphic design
  • J. S. Karjalainen – assistant photographer
  • Toni Härkönen – band photographs


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