Mark Radulich and Jesse Starcher present our Children of Bodom Hexed Review! Hexed is the tenth and final studio album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom. It was released on 8 March 2019.
It is the only album to feature guitarist Daniel Freyberg. He who became a member of the band in 2016, the last album to feature longtime members Jaska Raatikainen, Henkka Seppälä, and Janne Wirman, who all quit the band in November 2019, and the last Children of Bodom album to be recorded and released by Alexi Laiho before his death in late 2020. It is also the last recording to use the Children of Bodom name, as the departing members (Raatikainen, Seppälä and Wirman) filed for the rights to the name, making it so Laiho must be granted permission from all three to continue using the name. Laiho and Freyberg would continue with a different lineup under the name Bodom After Midnight, until Laiho’s death.
Hexed is the second album (after Relentless Reckless Forever) not to have a song with “Bodom” in the title, and the band’s first album since Follow the Reaper to include neo-classical elements. Most of the songs are tuned in Drop B tuning, while the songs “This Road” and “Glass Houses” are tuned to D tuning.
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Mark Radulich and former superfan turned host Jesse Starcher review the latest metal, industrial and southern rock albums. Each show focuses on one new release each week. We listen to a portion of every track on the album and then give our ratings. Hilarity normally ensues.
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Radulich in Broadcasting’s Beginnings
Mark Radulich has been an internet personality since 2004 with his Progressive Conservatism blog. He then took that blog to the airwaves and created a podcast for it. It then changed to PC Live. After that, he brought out the 411mania Ground and Pound Radio as well.
Also, Mark would partner up with another 411mania alum, Sean Comer, to create the movie franchise review podcast Long Road to Ruin and then Robert Cooper to create the metal album review podcast, The Metal Hammer of Doom. Robert Winfree took over the MMA show and then added his own podcast, Everybody Loves a Bad Guy. That’s when the Radulich in Broadcasting Network was born. Joining Winfree in having their own podcasts were super fan Jesse Starcher (Source Material). Finally, Winfree and Radulich added a weekly movie review show to the ever-growing lists of podcasts on the Network.
Podcasts are one of the greatest mediums ever. 10 years ago Jesse found himself driving back and forth to work with over an hour of travel time. Talk radio became something that he enjoyed and helped kill time during the commute. The problem was NPR never stayed completely interesting and his only other options were the ESPN network and the local channel that hosted religious programming. Always the same show… at the same time. It was pretty limited. About three years ago he discovered Podcasts and it changed how he spent much of his time. It opened up options to great niche content that he never even knew was available. After that, he got his first podcast gig on the From the Cheap Seats sports podcast with Jayson Teasley and became a co-host shortly after that.
His real passion, however, was comics. He managed to talk Mark Radulich into letting him do the network’s premier comic book podcast Source Material. This would give him a platform to chat with friends about one of his favorite hobbies. A tremendous opportunity. Also, recently Jesse has worked his way into becoming the third co-host, alongside Mark Radulich and Robert Cooper, of the Metal Hammer of Doom podcast. He loves music and a podcast about heavy-metal right up his alley.