Band Photo: Children of Bodom (?)
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active
Children of Bodom was bred in spring 1993 when guitarist Alexi Laiho (Sinergy, Kylähullut, ex-Impaled Nazarene, Thy Serpent) and drummer Jaska Raatikainen (Virtuocity) decided to form a death metal band under the moniker "Inearthed." They recruited bassist Samuli Miettinen and recorded their first demo "Implosion of Heaven" in 1994. Soon after, the band added guitarist Alexander Kuoppala and keyboardist Jani Pera Pirisjoki. Later on, Miettinen and Pirisjoki left the band and Henkka Seppäla (bass) and Janne Warman (keyboards; Warmen) joined in.
With their own money, the band recorded their debut album "Something Wild" in 1997, blending elements of speed, death and power metal. The album impressed Spinefarm Records so much that they decided to sign the band. Inearthed changed its name to Children of Bodom (named after a notorious mass murdering that occured at Lake Bodom just outside of Helsinki in 1960) in order to get out of their previous contract with a Belgian label. Children of Bodom got a licensing deal with Nuclear Blast to handle releases to the rest of Europe.
Alexander left the band in July 2003, leaving fans in shock as the band had said that they would quit if one of its members left. But Alexi said "Children of Bodom ain't ready to fucking die yet!" as they recruited Alexi's fellow Sinergy guitarist, Roope Latvala (Walhalla, ex-Stone, To/Die/For, Waltari). After ruling Europe, Children of Bodom began to take over North America with their first ever North American tour with Dimmu Borgir in late 2003.
Children of Bodom Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Children of Bodom.
Finnish melodic death metal superstars Children of Bodom are on the verge of releasing an eighth full-length album via Nuclear Blast. "Halo of Blood" is due out June 11th, and in anticipation of the release front man Alexi Laiho was recently in the U.S. to talk up the album and the band's pending appearance on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival.
"Halo of Blood" is being touted as a return to form, echoing the atmosphere of early albums such as "Follow the Reaper" and "Hatebreeder," which are widely regarded as some of the band's best material.
I got the chance to ask Alexi himself about how the album stacks up to previous releases and how the band will continue its infamous trend of covering non-metal tracks. See what he had to say in the interview below. More...
Meet Janne Wirman, virtuoso metal keyboardist; leader of Warmen, former collaborator with Masterplan and Kotipelto, and full-time melody man for Finnish heavyweights Children Of Bodom. As 2012 dawned, so too did the band's 15th anniversary, which - despite last year's acclaimed "Relentless Reckless Forever" - prompted a retrospective live setlist on a sweeping tour across North America, leaving no stone in the catalogue unturned. Thus it seemed only appropriate for Janne, near the tour's end in Montreal, Quebec, to reflect a bit on the past with me prior to the performance. Here's how it went down: More...
On November 22nd, I had the honour of interviewing one of my favourite Finnish bands, Children of Bodom, when they rolled through Vancouver for a headlining show. I did not know which member I would be interviewing until I got to the venue at 4:40pm. It was then that I found out I had lucked out and scored an interview with frontman Alexi Laiho. The band was in a rush to get to the autograph signing at Scrape Records and was supposed to leave the venue at 5. However, it was a few minutes until 5 when a very tired Alexi walked in. I used whatever time they gave me to ask as many questions as I could. And this is how it went: More...
On October 26th, I had the pleasure of interviewing the bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith from one of my favourite bands, Finland's Children of Bodom. I brought my friend Jen along to sort of help out. And I gotta say Henkka was really nice and was cool enough to put up with our strange sense of humour, though he may have been weirded out a bit. My apologies if some of my questions may seem rather stupid and redundant but I've been suffering from major sleep deprivation due to the late-night cramming sessions. More...