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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 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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Five More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2019

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced a further five bands for next years edition of the event. Headlining the Sophie Lancaster Stage on the Friday night will be Swedish heavy metal outfit Grand Magus, while added to the Ronnie James Dio stage that day are thrash metal legends Death Angel and Seattle metallers, Metal Church. Also confirmed to grace the Ronnie James Dio stage are Evil Scarecrow on the Saturday and former Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss on Sunday.

The festival is set to take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire between Thursday 8 August and Sunday 11 August 2019. The initial lineup is as follows:

Sabaton (Headliner)
Scorpions (Headliner)
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Death Angel
Dee Snider
Eluveitie
Evil Scarecrow
Grand Magus
Hypocrisy
Metal Church
Queensryche
Ross The Boss
Rotting Christ
Skeletonwitch
Soilwork

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Four More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2019

The organisers of Britain's, Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced a further four bands for next year's lineup. Joining Sabaton and Children Of Bodom on the Ronnie James Dio stage on Friday will be ohio natives Skeletonwitch, while the next day will see progressive hardcore outfit Code Orange appear on the same setting. The first bands for the second stage, named the Sophie Lancaster stage, have also been announced, with Greek black metal legends Rotting Christ headlining the opening night, while on Sunday, Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie will be performing.

The festival is set to take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire between Thursday 8 August and Sunday 11 August 2019. The initial lineup is as follows:

Sabaton (Headliner)
Scorpions (Headliner)
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dee Snider
Eluveitie
Hypocrisy
Queensryche
Rotting Christ
Skeletonwitch
Soilwork

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Graspop Announces First Batch Of Bands

The organisers of Belgium's premier metal festival Graspop Metal Meeting have announced the first fifty names for next year's edition of the event. Headlining the Friday night will be Dutch symphonic metal outfit Within Temptation, while capping off Saturday will be Iowa nine piece, Slipknot. Also performing at the festival will be Def Leppard, Whitesnake, King Diamond, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Amon Amarth, Carcass, Testament and many more. You can see the initial lineup below. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 21 - 23.

The current lineup is as follows: More...

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Scorpions To Headline Bloodstock 2019

he organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has confirmed the second headliner for next year's edition of the event. Bringing the weekend to a close on Sunday night will be German hard rock/heavy metal pioneers, Scorpions. The festival is set to take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire between Thursday 8 August and Sunday 11 August 2019. The initial lineup is as follows:

Sabaton (Headliner)
Scorpions (Headliner)
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dee Snider
Hypocrisy
Queensryche
Soilwork More...

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Bloodstock Announces More Bands For Next Year

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced six more bands for next year's edition of the event, in addition to the previously announced headliners, Sabaton. Bands now added include Finnish metallers Children Of Bodom, who will be performing their only British show of 2019 at the festival, as well as Gothic stalwarts Cradle Of Filth, Swedish death metal veterans Hypocrisy and Soilwork, the former will also be performing their only UK show at Bloodstock, former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and progressive metal legends Queensryche.

The festival is set to take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire between Thursday 8 August and Sunday 11 August 2019. You can read reviews of this year's festival below, as well as checking some interviews with Power Trip, Exhorder, Orphaned Land and At The Gates which Metal Underground conducted.

Bloodstock Open Air Day 1

Bloodstock Open Air Day 2

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Children Of Bodom To Release New Album In Spring

Children Of Bodom‘s tenth studio album is scheduled for a March release date. The group’s bassist Henkka Seppälä confirmed this news recently in an interview with TNT Radio Rock. Seppälä also stated during the chat that the release will feature more ‘technical riffing’ with frontman/guitarist Alexi Laiho "pushing hits abilities to their limits." Recording sessions for the outing started in late March with producer Mikko Karmila (Amorphis, Nightwish) behind the boards.

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Children Of Bodom & Lost Society Tour Announced

Children Of Bodom and Lost Society will be out on the road together touring their native Finland this fall on the ‘No Place Like Home Tour‘. Below's where the trek will hit:

10/12 Laukaa, FIN – Peurunka
10/13 Lahti, FIN – Finlandia-klubi
10/18 Turku, FIN – Logomo
10/19 Seinajoki, FIN – Rytmikorjaamo
10/20 Tampere, FIN – Tulikamarin Pakkahuone
10/27 Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia
11/02 Hameenlinna, FIN – Aulanko Areena
11/03 Joensuu, FIN – Unholy Winterfest
11/09 Kempele, FIN – Zemppi Areena

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Children Of Bodom Enters The Studio

Finnish metal superstars Children Of Bodom are currently working on the follow up to their highly acclaimed 2015 record "I Worship Chaos." The guys have just entered Danger Johnny Studios with producer Mikko Karmila, kicking off the recording process for their brand new studio album.

The band states:

"Attention Hate Crew! We‘re excited to inform you that the recording of COB album no. 10 has started with Mikko Karmila at our very own Danger Johnny Studios. Frequent updates will be coming through Instagram and Facebook so make sure to follow both channels!"

Expect more info coming soon.

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MetalDays Announce Judas Priest As Main Headliner

MetalDays is excited to announce Judas Priest as main headliner for 2018. The Metal Gods are one of the most-requested bands by the festival’s loyal fan base and will make their MetalDays debut in Tolmin on July 26th 2018.

MetalDays 2018 full festival tickets and 1-day tickets for July 26th are on sale HERE

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Children Of Bodom Entering Studio March 2018

Children Of Bodom plan to enter the studio around the end of March to begin tracking their new album. The band will be recording at their own Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki, FIN and are currently in the middle of writing new material for the new release. Children Of Bodom are currently out on a North American tour. Check out all the remaining dates below:

11/14 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/15 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
11/17 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
11/18 Chicago, IL – The Forge
11/19 Detroit, MI – The Majestic
11/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
11/22 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theatre
11/24 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
11/25 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/26 Rochester, NY – Anthology
11/28 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/29 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
11/30 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
12/01 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre

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Carach Angren To Support Children Of Bodom

Horror metal group Carach Angren just announced a new North American tour supporting Children of Bodom. The trek will begin on Halloween night and run throughout the U.S. and Canada - a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Regarding the tour, the band comments: "We are very proud to be haunting North American once again during the fall. We will be direct-support for Children of Bodom and can't wait to present our latest Horror album live. Come and Live Amongst the Rotten!"

Carach Angren is touring in support of new album, "Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten," which ranked #17 in the Hard Rock Album Sales category, #18 on the Heatseekers category, and #48 on the Independent Albums category. More...

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Children Of Bodom Announces Anniversary Tour

Children Of Bodom's prodigious debut album "Something Wild" was released 20 years ago and thus the mighty Hatecrew were born. Finland's melodic death superstars will take to the road in 2017 to celebrate 20 years of life in the form of a mind blowing classic set-list. For an entire month, Children Of Bodom will bring their reaper sound over to the Central Europe and the UK, so make sure to catch the guys on one of these dates.

Fully 20+ years into the tough, heroic grind that represents the lifeblood of extreme musicians - Finish metal scientists Children of Bodom have certainly won over crowds globally through a crafted alloy that is the band's alone. But the building of an esteemed career has also been aided and abetted by the simple maths of all that hard work and the intense touring. CoB shows are widely acknowledged for being engaging, personable and energetic thrash parties – which inevitably end up indelibly stamped on the circuit boards of headbangers worldwide.

For dates and venues, check out the tour poster here: More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts Fan Photo Lyric Video

Due to kick off a tour with Abbath tomorrow, Children Of Bodom just released a lyric video featuring fan-submitted photos. Alexi Laiho comments:

"Back in October we asked you all to send in photos with the band...today we present to you the new lyric video for the song 'My Bodom (I Am the Only One)' with all your faces in it!

"This is the coolest and my favorite lyric video by far because we actually had a chance to include COB fans from all over the globe in it. It’s the least we can do to show our gratitude, love and appreciation of the madness they bless us with night after night. I can’t wait to play the song live on the upcoming tours!"

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Abbath Kicking Off Tour

Abbath, the new incarnation of former Immortal frontman Abbath Doom Occulta, is embarking on a previously announced fall North American tour.

The "I Worship Chaos Tour" kicks off on November 23rd and sees Abbath touring alongside Finland's Children Of Bodom. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Abbath is touring in support of their eponymous debut (check out our review) and rehearsals also recently began for a new album. Stay tuned for full details, and in the mean time catch these upcoming Abbath 2016 tour dates: More...

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Abbath Announces Tour With Children Of Bodom

Abbath, the new incarnation of former Immortal frontman Abbath Doom Occulta, has announced a fall North American tour.

The "I Worship Chaos Tour" kicks of on November 23rd and sees Abbath touring alongside Finland's Children Of Bodom, Exmortus, and Oni. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Abbatgh is touring in support of his eponymous debut (reviewed here). Catch the show on any of these upcoming November / December dates: More...

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Ozzfest And Knotfest Combining

Remember that new collaboration teased via Twitter between Ozzy and Slipknot back when it looked like Ozzy had gone missing? Turns out Ozzfest and Knotfest are going to combine together.

The news was announced today in an event at Los Angeles today where Sharon and Ozzy appeared together with the members of Slipknot (check out footage below).

This new combined festival is set for Saturday, September 24 (Ozzfest) and Sunday, September 25 (Knotfest) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Tickets will go on sale May 20th. Confirmed bands include: More...

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Suicidal Tendencies Tap Ex-Slayer Drummer Lombardo

Suicidal Tendencies has announced that former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo will be playing drums during the band's upcoming tour with Megadeth, Children Of Bodom and Havok.

States the band: "SxTx is beyond excited to announce the legendary Dave Lombardo will be playing drums for Suicidal on the upcoming Megadeth tour! You know what that means....it's gonna be CYCO and BRUTAL!!!"

Pictured...Dave Lombardo and Mike Muir. Photo by Pep WilliamsSxTx is beyond excited to announce the legendary Dave...

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