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Follow the Reaper is the third album by Finnish heavy metal band Children of Bodom.

The music continues the musical tradition of the previous album, Hatebreeder, only with a more straight-forward direction. Much of the black metal and symphonic metal elements were present, mainly in the keyboards, vocals, and fast tempos, as well as a stronger emphasis on power metal. Many songs on the album end as live setlist favorites, such as "Everytime I Die", "Hate Me!" and the title track.

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 the D standard tuning (D,G,C,F,A,D), which was also used on their previous studio album, Hatebreeder.

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

Track listingEdit

  1. "Follow the Reaper" – 3:47
  2. "Bodom After Midnight" – 3:43
  3. "Children of Decadence" – 5:34
  4. "Everytime I Die" – 4:03
  5. "Mask of Sanity" – 3:58
  6. "Taste of My Scythe" – 3:58
  7. "Hate Me!" – 4:44
  8. "Northern Comfort" – 3:48
  9. "Kissing the Shadows" – 4:32


  1. "Don't Stop at the Top" (Scorpions cover) – 3:24

Japan Reissue

  1. "Shot in the Dark" (Ozzy Osbourne cover) – 3:38
  2. "Hellion" (W.A.S.P. cover) – 3:02


All songs written and arranged by Alexi Laiho except: Don't Stop at the Top (written by Rudolph Schenker/Klaus Meine/Herman Rarebell), Shot in the Dark (written by Ozzy Osbourne and Phil Soussan), Hellion (written by Blackie Lawless), and Aces High (written by Steve Harris).

  • Numerous versions of Follow the Reaper were released, each pressing with different bonus tracks.
  • The album booklet contains the lyrics of "Everytime I Die", "Hate Me!" and "Kissing The Shadows".

Nuclear Blast Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks

Re-release Bonus Tracks

  • "Hate Me!" (Original single version) – 4:47
  • "Hellion" (W.A.S.P. cover) – 3:02
  • "Everytime I Die" (Enhanced video)

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