The death of legendary guitarist and Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho late last year shook the metal scene to its core. Tributes to the late guitarist are still pouring in, including this cover of “Every Time I Die” from Finnish/Greek/American melodic death metal project Meridian Dawn.
Led by vocalist and longtime friend of Laiho, Antony Hämäläinen (ex-Nightrage and ex-Armageddon), Meridian Dawn’s tune of the Follow the Reaper tune is a fitting and faithful cover, replicating Laiho’s trademark vocal and playing styles.
“There are no words to express how important this man was in my life,” Hämäläinen tells Decibel. “No matter how small of a role I may have played in his life, he played a large one in mine. I have never met anyone else that was so humble with all of the world’s talent rumbling inside his fingertips. Here my friend is the only way I know how to pay you tribute. Sing you one last song.”
Listen to the cover of “Every Time I Die” below. Meridian Dawn’s last album, The Fever Syndrome, is available on Bandcamp.