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Formed: 1993
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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.

Latest Children of Bodom News

Below is our complete Children of Bodom news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Children Of Bodom To Change Their Name?

Finnish metal outfit Children Of Bodom, who recently announced the departure of Henkka (T. Blacksmith - bass), Janne (Wirman - keyboards) and Jaska (Raatikainen - drums,) may have to alter their moniker, frontman Alexi Laiho revealed in a new interview. Since this announcement, it has come to light that the Children Of Bodom name belongs to AA & Sewira Consulting Oy, the company owned by Raatikainen, Seppälä and Wirman. On June 28th, the trio filed an application with the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland, and their application was subsequently granted for a five-year period starting on October 1st. This means that although Laiho intends to continue to move forward, the new outfit can't use the Children Of Bodom moniker without the permission of Wirman, Raatikainen and Seppälä.

Speaking with Finland's Soundi and Helsingin Sanomat, Laiho revealed things within the band have been tense for quite some time, and that Wirman, Raatikainen and Seppälä made the decision to leave last year. Things were pushed towards the final decision to call it quits in December during the band's recent Russian tour.

Laiho: "We fought a lot within the band, and I can honestly admit that those fights were mainly my fault. They always started with some misunderstanding. I have no bad feelings towards any of them."

On moving forward, Laiho says the band name may need to be altered slightly: "Maybe it could be just Bodom or the name of one of our songs, but it must be a name that suggests that it's the same band."

Laiho and Freyberg have, according to Helsingin Sanomat, already found a new bassist and a new drummer. If all goes as planned they will start performing live next spring.

Laiho: "Of course, there's a bit of sadness since we've been a band for a really long time. We've had more good times than bad times. On the other hand, I also feel relieved. I'm pretty fucking excited that I get to play with the new guys. The thrill of playing with a new line-up seems to quell the sadness."

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Three Children Of Bodom Members To Leave The Band

Finland’s perhaps best-known metal act, Children Of Bodom, will be playing their final show with their current line-up this coming December. "A Chapter Called Children Of Bodom" will take place at the Black Box in Helsinki Ice Hall on December 15th. Below is a statement from the band:

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce that 2019 will be the last for Children Of Bodom with this line-up.

"After almost 25 years with Bodom, thousands of shows and 10 albums, it is time for Henkka, Janne and Jaska to step back and change direction within their lives. All three will miss the fans and supporters in every city in every country the band ever played.

"The last show of this line-up will be on the 15th of December at Helsinki Ice Hall. Tickets still remain for some of the Finnish shows in December.

"Alexi and Daniel will have further announcements about their plans to keep creating new music in the future.

"Thanks again for everything - Children Of Bodom"

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Children Of Bodom Posts New Music Video Online

Finland's melodic death superstars CHILDREN OF BODOM have released an official animated video for the title track of their latest album, Hexed. The RMIT University in Australia spent the last 15 weeks working on the video, with producers Aaron McLoughlin and Simon Norton spending around 3000 working hours with their team to create the video. Check it out below.

Aaron states: "As always, we like to come up with something that suits what the band is all about, so we drew inspiration from the song lyrics as well as the monochromatic imagery found in Children of Bodom’s videos and album art. We decided a black and white horror film would be cool - set on a lake, of course! And we had to include a Roy cameo appearance, obviously! Although Hexed is a fast track, it’s also particularly measured in the way it plays out over the 5-minute duration, so part of the fun was crafting a cinematic narrative that flows with the amazing technical precision of the music. The animation students at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia are some of the most talented rising stars in the world, and I think they’ve done a terrific job on this project. Animating metal videos is such a fun thing to do at university, and the team felt very honoured creating this film for Children of Bodom."

Bassist Henkka adds: "It’s such a cool thing to have a video of one my favourite tracks of the album. And the fact it’s made by Aaron and his 25 students in Australia is even cooler. The black and white calm mood suits perfectly to this not-so-calm song. The lake and it’s reflection makes a perfect ending for it." More...

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Hevisaurus Premiere New Song & Video "100"

A few years back the news of a Finnish kid-friendly dinosaur metal group named ‘Hevisaurus‘ made the rounds. Hevisaurus tirelessly recorded and toured since then and have recently released their 100th song. Check out ”100” the 3rd single from the band's upcoming new album ”Bändikouluun!”.

For that special occasion Hevisaurus enlisted the help of various well known metal musicians: More...

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Nova Rock: Timetable And Festival App Revealed

Austrias' biggest rock and metal summer festival Nova Rock is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. This year's edition will once again take place in the Pannonia Fields nearby the small village of Nickelsdorf, from June 13th through June 16th 2019.

The recently revealed timetable can be seen HERE

Also available now is the official Nova Rock festival app for iOS and Android.

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Slipknot, Slayer, Etc. Confirmed For Nova Rock

Austrias' biggest rock and metal summer festival Nova Rock is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. 2019's edition will once again take place in the Pannonia Fields nearby the small village of Nickelsdorf, from June 13th through June 16th 2019, including the following so far confirmed metal related bands:

Slipknot, Slayer (final show in Austria), Amon Amarth, In Flames, Behemoth, Testament, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, Rob Zombie, Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy, Sabaton, Godsmack, I Prevail, Amaranth, The Amity Affliction, Ministry, Within Temptation, Powerwolf, While She Sleeps, Bad Wolves, Dropkick Murphys, Trivium, Beartooth, Tesseract, Fever 333, Puddle Of Mudd, Papa Roach, All Faces Down, Infected Rain, Inglorious.

Tickets for the four days lasting festival can be ordered online HERE.

New this year for a safe and comfy stay at the camp ground: The "Grrrls Camping Area" which is only accessible for girls. Free registrations for this area are now open HERE.

Some festival trailers for the event can be streamed below:

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Children Of Bodom Posts New Lyric Video Online

Finland's melodic death superstars Children Of Bodom unleash their tenth album, "Hexed," today via Nuclear Blast Records. In celebration of the event, the band has released the official lyric video for "Hecate's Nightmare." Check it out below.

"So finally the day has arrived", states COB frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho. "The 10th COB record has finally been released!!! It took an insane amount of hard work to put all this together but at this point it feels like it’s been more waiting anxiously than anything else so I'm both excited and relieved that the damn thing is out. So thank you for your patience my friends, I hope the waiting has been worthwhile and that you’ll like the album. Either way I’ll see you on the road soon. Horns up!" More...

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Children Of Bodom Premiere New Song & Video

Children of Bodom premiere a music video for their new song “Platitudes And Barren Words“ taken from band’s new record “Hexed“, which is scheduled for a release next Friday, March 08th.

Says the group’s vocalist/guitarist Alexi Laiho of this latest song: More...

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Children Of Bodom Discusses Recording New Album

Finland's melodic death superstars Children Of Bodom are set to release their tenth album, Hexed, on March 8, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. In a new trailer posted today, Alexi discusses the recording and mixing process for the band's new offering, which you can check out below.

"Hexed" saw the return to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios where they were reunited with Mikko Karmila ("I Worship Chaos," "Halo Of Blood," "Hatebreeder," "Follow the Reaper" & "Hate Crew Deathroll") who recorded everything except keyboards and also produced the album with the band. Janne Wirman recorded keyboards at Beyond Abilities Studios. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts More Track By Track Videos

Finnish metal stars Children Of Bodom has posted the sixth, seventh and eighth videos online explaining the tracks "Platitudes and Barren Words," "Hexed" and "Relapse." You can check them out below. The songs appear on the band's forthcoming new album, "Hexed," which is set to be released on March 8th through Nuclear Blast Records.

"Hexed" will be available in the following formats:

- CD Digipak
- Pink w/ Black splatter vinyl – Limited to 300
- CD Digipak + T-Shirt + Poster

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Children Of Bodom Posts New Album Trailer

Children Of Bodom will release their tenth album, Hexed, on March 8th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today the band chats about how their surroundings can affect the writing process of Hexed. Watch the fourth trailer below.

Hexed will be available in the following formats:

- CD Digipak
- Pink w/ Black splatter vinyl – Limited to 300
- CD Digipak + T-Shirt + Poster More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts New Track By Track Videos

Finnish metal stars Children Of Bodom has posted the fourth and fifth videos online explaining the tracks "Hecate's Nightmare" and "Kick In The Spleen." You can check them out below. The songs appear on the band's forthcoming new album, "Hexed," which is set to be released on March 8th through Nuclear Blast Records.

"Hexed" will be available in the following formats:

- CD Digipak
- Pink w/ Black splatter vinyl – Limited to 300
- CD Digipak + T-Shirt + Poster More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts Third Track By Track Video

Finnish metal veterans Children Of Bodom has posted the third in a series of videos explaining the songs on their new album, "Hexed" online. You can check out the latest video below, where frontman Alexi Laiho discusses the song, "Glass Houses." "Hexed" is scheduled to be released through Nuclear Blast Records on March 8th.

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Children Of Bodom Posts Second Track Explanation

Finnish metal stars Children Of Bodom has posted the second part in a series of videos explaining the songs from their upcoming new album, "Hexed" online. You can check it out below. "Hexed" will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on March 8th and is their tenth studio album, the first since "I Worship Chaos" in 2015.

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Children Of Bodom Posts Track By Track Video

Finnish metal veterans Children Of Bodom has posted the first part in a series of videos explaining each track on their forthcoming new studio album, "Hexed." You can check it out below, in which the single, "The Road" is explained. "Hexed" is scheduled to be released through Nuclear Blast Records on March 8th and will be available in the following formats:

- CD Digipak
- Pink w/ Black splatter vinyl – Limited to 300
- CD Digipak + T-Shirt + Poster More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts New Lyric Video Online

Finland's melodic death superstars Children Of Bodom are set to release their tenth album, Hexed, on March 8, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has unleashed the official lyric video for their new single "The Road." You can check it out below.

COB frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho comments: "This Road was actually the last song I wrote but it ended up being the opening track and also one of the singles which makes me happy cos it’s one of my faves. It’s different from anything we’ve done since Follow the Reaper but it’s still new. Check it out and you’ll know what I mean."

"Hexed" saw the return to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios where they were reunited with Mikko Karmila ("I Worship Chaos," "Halo Of Blood," "Hatebreeder," "Follow the Reaper" & "Hate Crew Deathroll") who recorded everything except keyboards and also produced the album with the band. Janne Wirman recorded keyboards at Beyond Abilities Studios. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.

For this album, the band enlisted Deins Forkas to create the album artwork. Bassist Henkka Blacksmith commented on the cover, “For some years already I have wanted to try a different approach with our cover art. We are so used to digital art so that is really hard to do something else. Doing it all the way with a computer is somewhat safe and convenient. This time we all agreed to try it old school. We found this cool dude and gave him simple instructions. The cover has to be purple and the reaper has to be central. Half a year later we got his work, and with a little tweaking, we have the cover of Hexed. It is very different from what we are used to, even the Reaper looks different, but at the same time very spooky.“

Hexed track list:
1. This Road
2. Under Grass and Clover
3. Glass Houses
4. Hecate’s Nightmare
5. Kick in the Spleen
6. Platitudes and Barren Words
7. Hexed
8. Relapse (The Nature of My Crime)
9. Say Never Look Back
10. Soon Departed
11. Knuckleduster
12. I Worship Chaos (live)
13. Morrigan (live)
14. Knuckleduster (remix) More...

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Children Of Bodom Discusses New Album Direction

Finland's melodic death superstars Children Of Bodom are set to release their tenth album, Hexed, on March 8, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, guitar-wielding frontman Alexi chats about the musical direction of the band's new album. Watch the third trailer here below.

Alexi comments, "This time around, we had Daniel on guitar for the first time. It is a lot of fun for me to work with that dude 'cause he is very enthusiastic and has that hunger and drive to be involved. I love that drive and fire. He calls me up asking questions and throwing ideas around. Saying, 'Ya, let's get together and jam.' I haven't really had that in my life for a long time now that I think about it. And that is how we used to roll. We would just get together and play guitar just for the hell of it and really cool things would come out of it and this what we did with Daniel - it paid off and was fun." More...

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Children Of Bodom Announce North American Tour

Children Of Bodom announce the dates for a headlining North American tour that will find them supported by Swallow The Sun and Wolfheart. Summoner’s Circle, Hollow Cry and Fragmentum will join them as opening act on select stops. Children Of Bodom will out on the road to support their new release “Hexed“, which will be out March 08th.

See for all dates below:

w/ Summoner’s Circle:

03/13 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
03/14 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
03/15 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
03/16 Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theater

w/ Hollow Cry:

03/18 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
03/19 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
03/20 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
03/22 Denver, CO – The Summit
03/23 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
03/25 Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
03/26 Edmonton, AB – Union
03/27 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theater
03/29 Seattle, WA – El Corazon

w/ Fragmentum:

03/30 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
04/01 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
04/03 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
04/03 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
04/05 San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall
04/06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/07 Dallas, TX – Canton Hall

w/ Summoner’s Circle:

04/09 Tampa, FL – The Ritz
04/11 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
04/12 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
04/13 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
04/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls Theatre
04/16 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
04/17 Boston, MA – The Royale
04/18 Reading, PA – Reverb
04/19 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Speaking of the coming tour, Children Of Bodom frontman/guitarist Alexi Laiho offered: More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts New Music Video Online

Finland's melodic death superstars Children Of Bodom are proud to the announce the release of their tenth album, Hexed, on March 8, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band reveals the official music video for "Under Grass And Clover" which can be seen below.

COB frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho comments: "'Under Grass and Clover' is the sound of COB on fire and has been my favorite song since it was written. It’s fast, melodic, heavy and dark but also short and sweet. Someone told me that it’s kinda like old school Dimmu Borgir and AWKand that’s pretty damn cool in my books so we must’ve done something right."

Hexed saw the return to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios where they were reunited with Mikko Karmila (I Worship Chaos, Halo Of Blood, Hatebreeder, Follow the Reaper & Hate Crew Deathroll) who recorded everything except keyboards and also produced the album with the band. Janne Wirman recorded keyboards at Beyond Abilities Studios. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.

For this album, the band enlisted Deins Forkas to create the album artwork. Bassist Henkka Blacksmith commented on the cover, “For some years already I have wanted to try a different approach with our cover art. We are so used to digital art so that is really hard to do something else. Doing it all the way with computer is somewhat safe and convenient. This time we all agreed to try it old school. We found this cool dude and gave him simple instructions. The cover has to be purple and the reaper has to be central. Half a year later we got his work, and with little tweaking, we have the cover of Hexed. It is very different from what we are used to, even the Reaper looks different, but at the same time very spooky.“ More...

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Children Of Bodom Reveals New Album Details

Finland's melodic death superstars Children Of Bodom are proud to the announce the release of their tenth album, Hexed, on March 8th 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records.

COB frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho comments, "People have said that this album is generally catchier. So I started thinking about that, perhaps the song structures are easier to grasp on initial listen. But there’s some crazy shit in there, almost progressive or at least technical. There are certain melodies across the album that could have come from jazz songs, although they’re completely metal with us, of course (laughs)."

"For me, it has always been very hard to describe our new music," comments bassist Henkka Blacksmith. "In a way it always feels familiar, but the new stuff also always surprises me. Here we have something that’s very Bodom, but somehow we haven’t done this kind of stuff, possibly ever. Then again, someone said that there’s a somewhat similar vibe to what Follow the Reaper had. I don’t know. Anyway, we had a really hard time choosing the songs for the videos, I guess that’s a positive problem to have." More...

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