The tone of the guitars were very thrash metal oriented along with melodic, but the music or compilations weren't striking. They couldn't hold a good tune and make it sound catchy. It was like having another attitude like "let's just make a record, throw out some riffs and lump all into one because Bodom fans will like it." To me, that seemed like Alexi's attitude. It should be making good music because "we like it", not our fans. That's kind of why I stopped listening to Opeth. Another good band gone to hell because Mikael plays what he thinks his fans like to hear, not them.
Sad to say, with these new albums from COB, I'd conclude that the last 2-3 have me depressed over them. It just seems like talent wasted away. I would no longer say Alexi is an iconic guitarist and as for cover songs, forget it!