Children of Bodom have dropped a searing new track, “This Road,” from their forthcoming record, Hexed.
The track, which frontman Alexi Laiho called in a statement “one of my faves,” was actually the last song he wrote for the album, but ended up the opening track. And what an opener it is—it kicks off with vicious rollercoaster riffs, and Laiho barges in all but ready to wreak havoc. The Finnish melodic death metallers keep up the momentum for almost five minutes straight, introducing different guitar lines and textures as they go.
Hexed, which will also include “Under Grass and Clover,” is out March 8 via Nuclear Blast. Hear “This Road” below: