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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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Alexi Laiho's Side Project Announce EP Title

According to Children of Bodom fan site, Scythes-of-Bodom.com, COB frontman Alexi Laiho's punk rock side project, Kylähullut, will release a new EP, entitled "Lisää persettä" (More ass to ragheads) this year. No release date has been announced yet.

Tracklisting:
1. Intro (Klamydia - E.V.V.K.)
2. Lisää persettä rättipäille (More ass to ragheads)
3. Hip-Hop!
4. Majavannaama (Beavers face)
5. Käkimassaa (Cuckoo mass)

Guests featured on the EP include Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) and Tapio WIlska (ex-Finntroll). A sample of the title track has been posted on the band's Myspace page. For more information, visit the official Kylähullut website.

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Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth Live Report

Nights like this one only confirm that Euro-metal is steadily on the rise in New England. Judging by the number of excited fans attending the Palladium on Dec 16th, you would think that we were graced with not one but two headliners. It was a year ago, almost to the day that the two cohorts of Scandinavian merry men strolled through town and now they brought along France's beloved Gojira. Keeping chronological order, Sanctity took the stage first. They were greeted surprisingly well for an opening act. I haven't seen these guys before but kudos for their fervor on stage. Some of the fans were familiar with their stuff and even managed to form the beginnings of a mosh pit.

Highly acclaimed but alas, largely unknown in US, Gojira were up next. The quality of their music and the level of passion they played with were enchanting. This is a band that effortlessly fuses serene imagery with formidable riffs in an exceedingly refined manner. Grimacing vocalist Joe Deplaned was remarkably dynamic in his performance, interacting on stage and proving that Death metal bands can actually be eye-pleasing to watch. Mario's drum solo was an unexpected but gratifying treat. The set list revolved around their latest album: Ocean Planet, Heaviest Matter, Flying Whales and Backbone. The crowd looked a bit perplexed but displayed support with spontaneous cheers. More...

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Unreleased Bodom Artwork Posted Online

Children of Bodom fan site Scythes-of-Bodom.com has posted a cover artwork for an yet-to-be released publication. The artwork was done by Sami Saramäki, who has also designed the cover of "Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout Live" and other Bodom albums. Check it out at this location.

In other news, the release date for the upcoming Unholy Alliance CD/DVD, which was recorded in Vancouver, BC, has been set for February 27, 2007, and features Slayer, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon and Thine Eyes Bleed. Bonus material includes band interviews and backstage footage.

Children of Bodom have been nominated for a Finnish Metal Award under the category Best Band. The awards are presented at the Finnish Metal Expo on February 16, 2007. Cast your votes at this location. Other nominated bands include HIM, Rytmihäiriö, Amorphis and Enochian Cresent. Drummer Jaska and Kai Hahto (Wintersun, ex-Rotten Sound) will make an appearance on February 17 to do drum clinics together and answer fan question.

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Children of Bodom To Work On New Album In 2007

CHILDREN OF BODOM fan site Scythes of Bodom has posted the second part of its recent interview with COB guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Scythes of Bodom: Can you give us a preview of what's happening next in the CHILDREN OF BODOM camp? I heard your plans for the next year include the writing of new songs in the first months of 2007 and release the album in fall.

Alexi: Yeah, if everything goes as planned, that's what's gonna happen. We're gonna continue touring until Christmas, so we go home right before Christmas and the boys wanna take a month off, which I need as well, you know? Everybody needs a fucking rest because it's been a long fucking tour. But during that vacation, I'm gonna start working at new riffs and stuff like that. So I think at the end of January, we start rehearsing and jamming with the new riffs, working on the new material and stuff like that. The plan is that we're supposed to hit the studio either in June or July, so that the album will come out some time in fall 2007 which would be exactly a two-year gap between "Are You Dead Yet?" and the next one.

Scythes of Bodom: Do you already have some song ideas ready, maybe a whole song or just a few riffs?

Alexi: Well, I have riffs and stuff like that, riffs and melodies but I try to keep them in my head because I can, you know? I know that it works for a lot of people but writing and touring at the same time just doesn't work for me, like right now. It's not my thing. I wanna concentrate on the whole touring thing because the enviroment is so... it just doesn't work for me as far as writing a new song, it's so hectic. I love playing live, I love touring, I love when everything is messed up, people are fucking crazy and drunk all the time. I mean, that's what we do and that's what it is supposed to be and I like it. You do your fucking job every single night which we do and always did. After that, it's time to go home and pick up your goddamn axe and hook it up with the 4-tracker and start writing, you know? That's pretty much it. But I got a lot of shit in my head, though and I even wrote something down when I was on vacation. I went up to Lapland, in the northern part of Finland and rented a cabin. I just needed to get away from everything and everybody. So I shut down my phone and went to the cabin. I went up there which was really good.

Scythes of Bodom: You said that you can write the best songs when you're angry, pissed off and in a bad mood. If we take a look at the happenings of CHILDREN OF BODOM in the year 2006, it doesn't look like there is much to be angry about...

Alexi: Oh, not the public... (laughs) I don't know, there's always... I mean I am a totally fucking different person from when I was 18, you know? I was angry at the world, I hated everybody, I didn't care about anything, I was suicidal, I was fucking depressed... I was a fucking bad human being. So obviously compared to that time, I'm a totally different person but still I... (pause) I just go through a lot of bad shit in my head all the time, though, I just do it and I can't help it. That's the way it is. In a way it's funny. Somebody very close to me told me this and I started thinking about it. I was like "Yeah, this is true..." So when it's time writing new songs, it's like you're always looking for trouble. Somehow I always get myself into some fucking shit that makes me either angry or depressed and I think that on some level, subconsciously I look for trouble to get a subject to write about or something like that. Just to get that feeling that everything is fucked up. I know it sounds kinda weird.

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Win 2 tickets to Unholy Alliance

The online radio station, 4QRadio.com, has announced a competition to win 2 tickets to the Unholy Alliance at Birmingham's NEC Arena. The winners will get to meet Lamb Of God. Head over to 4QRadio.com and for more details on how to win listen to the latest show.

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Amon Amarth Break Onto Billboard Charts

Amon Amarth's seventh release (sixth for Metal Blade), "With Oden on Our Side", hit the Billboard charts for first week’s sales reaching #15 of the Heatseakers/New Artist Chart, #26 on the Top Independent Albums Chart, and #42 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart. Overseas, "With Oden on Our Side" entered the German charts at #21, Swedish Charts at #21 and the Austria charts at #27!

Amon Amarth, as previously reported, will be embarking on a month-long European tour in support of "With Oden on Our Side" and will follow-up with a U.S. tour as direct support to Children of Bodom starting on the 1st of December in Detroit, MI.

Tune into MTV2’s Headbangers Ball tonight to catch the premier of Amon Amarth's first video off of "With Oden on Our Side" for the track "Runes to My Memory". Amon Amarth's video for "Runes to My Memory" was directed by Bill Schacht.

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Watch Children Of Bodom's 'Living Dead Beat' Video

Children Of Bodom are out with the live video to their new single 'Living Dead Beat', from the DVD/CD 'Chaos Ridden - Years Stockholm Knockout Live', due out October 24th. You can watch it at Yahoo! Music.

"Chaos Ridden Years – Stockholm Knockout Live" is estimated to contain over three hours of non-stop COB action, including a live concert, videos, and a rare documentary on the band from past to present.

Directed by Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company, the DVD mainly focuses on the February 5, 2006 live concert in Stockholm, Sweden, featuring over 90 minutes of live excitement. Finalizing the material on this super-packed DVD will be two interviews/documentary-type films about the band's past, present and future directed by Yka Jarvinen (Indie Films OY), a "making of the DVD," and photo gallery.

As previously reported, Children Of Bodom will be touring the US in November and December with Amon Amarth, Gojira, and Sanctity.

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Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Gojira Tour Dates

Tour dates have been announced for Children Of Bodom's upcoming tour with Amon Amarth, Gojira, and Sanctity. Here are the confirmed tour dates:

11/29 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero (no Amon Amarth)
11/30 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall (no Amon Amarth)
12/1 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's Concert Theatre
12/2 Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
12/4 Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom
12/6 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
12/8 San Diego, CA @ Soma
12/9 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
12/11 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
12/12 Lawrence, KS @ Granada
12/13 Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
12/15 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/16 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
12/17 New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
12/18 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

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Children of Bodom Post Song From Live CD Online

The track "Living Dead Beat" from from the companion double live CD to CHILDREN OF BODOM's upcoming DVD, "Chaos Ridden Years – Stockholm Knockout Live", has been posted online at the band's official MySpace page.

Due on October 10, "Chaos Ridden Years – Stockholm Knockout Live" is estimated to contain over three hours of non-stop COB action, including a live concert, videos, and a rare documentary on the band from past to present.

Directed by Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company, the DVD mainly focuses on the February 5, 2006 live concert in Stockholm, Sweden, featuring over 90 minutes of live excitement. Finalizing the material on this super-packed DVD will be two interviews/documentary-type films about the band's past, present and future directed by Yka Jarvinen (Indie Films OY), a "making of the DVD," and photo gallery.

For more information, click here.

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Children of Bodom To Tour North America

Children Of Bodom are expected to embark on a short North American tour in late November through to mid-December. The tour will be in support of the groups forthcoming DVD effort "Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout Live", which is due out on October 10th. More details will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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Wacken Open Air Photos Posted Online

A number of high-quality photos of reunited ATHEIST and CARNIVORE, along with ABORTED, ARCH ENEMY, CELTIC FROST, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DANKO JONES, FEAR FACTORY, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MOTÖRHEAD, NEVERMORE, SIX FEET UNDER, SOILWORK, SOULFLY, WHITESNAKE and WINTERSUN, taken at this year's Wacken Open Air festival — which took place on August 3-5 in Wacken, Germany — have been posted online at www.metal-experience.com.

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Interview With Children of Bodom Bassist

Shehzaad Jiwani of ChartAttack.com recently conducted an interview with CHILDREN OF BODOM bassist Henkka Seppälä. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On opening for SLAYER on this summer's Unholy Alliance tour:

"When we heard we were able to go open for SLAYER, it was like a dream come true. When we saw the billing, with LAMB OF GOD and MASTODON, we were like, 'What the fuck?' This is the best tour this year, probably. It's been even better than we thought, with a lot of people, and everybody in the crew in the touring party is really cool."

On having to work to win over new fans:

"I think it's very interesting. It helps get things more interesting, and it would be boring if you're always headlining, headlining, headlining. It's fun to go and get back in a good way to play in front of people who have never heard of you. It's a challenge. On this tour, since most of the people haven't really heard about us in most areas, when we get on stage it's kind of like we have to show the people what we are. Instead of just playing the hit songs, it's more showing them what CHILDREN OF BODOM are all about."

On the group's current setlist:

"We basically just tried to make the set that would present CHILDREN OF BODOM as all the different styles and things that we have. We have a fast track, we have a slow track, we have everything. We tried to play songs off each album, but we only have eight songs to play. Most nights, there's so many people that have never heard of us, so we tried to present them something so that they could get an idea of how CHILDREN OF BODOM really is."

On the prospects of his group's genre

"It's great to see how big metal can be nowadays and still be true to itself. Take a look at LAMB OF GOD, who sell 250,000 albums or whatever. That's a lot of records. But when you go to see them live, they're fucking metal and they're fucking brutal. That's one of the things that makes me really happy about modern metal. It makes me happy that you can be really big even though you're still doing real metal, and with no compromises."

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Children of Bodom Explain Saskatoon No-Show

Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Many fans complained that CHILDREN OF BODOM didn't show up on a promoted gig in Saskatoon, Canada on July 10th which was never officially confirmed by the band or their booking agency. This gig wasn't listed in the official tour dates and the band wasn't even aware that the promoter used their name for this gig. The band is very sorry about this mess but it wasn't their fault at all."

Commented CHILDREN OF BODOM bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith: "CHILDREN OF BODOM was not supposed to play in Saskatoon on 10th July. We were already in Edmonton that night. Saskatoon show was only for THINE EYES BLEED, MASTODON and LAMB OF GOD. We heard today that the promoter had put our name on the posters, which is totally wrong. That way he got there more BODOM fans, to get better ticket sales maybe. It is just very very wrong that now some people drove over two hours to see BODOM, even though the band was never meant to be on the bill.

"We are so sorry about this! It was a mistake, or 'mistake,' from Saskatoon venue's promoter. We did not cancel the show. I understand it pisses people off to come to the show and then realize the band is not playing. But as I said, we were never supposed to be there in the first place."

CHILDREN OF BODOM have set "Chaos Ridden Years – Stockholm Knockout Live" as the title of their upcoming DVD, due on October 10, 2006. The disc is estimated to contain over three hours of non-stop COB action, including a live concert, videos, and a rare documentary on the band from past to present.

Directed by Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company, the DVD will mainly focus on the February 5, 2006 live concert at Arenan in Stockholm, Sweden, featuring over 90 minutes of live excitement.

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Children Of Bodom To Release DVD In October

The details of the upcoming Children of Bodom DVD have been revealed. The DVD, entitled "Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout Live," has been set for an October release and features the band's live performance at Arenan in Stockholm Sweden on February 5th, directed by Patric Ullaeus for Revolver AB.

Tracklisting:

  • Intro

  • Living Dead Beat

  • Sixpounder

  • Silent Night, Bodom Night

  • Hate Me!

  • We're Not Gonna Fall

  • Angels Don't Kill

  • Bodom After Midnight / Bodom Beach Terror medley

  • Follow the Reaper

  • Needled 24/7

  • In Your Face

  • Hate Crew Deathroll

  • Are You Dead Yet?

  • Lake Bodom

  • Everytime I Die

  • Downfall

  • Outro

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Rumored Line-up for Euro Unholy Alliance Tour

The rumored lineup for the European edition of the Unholy Alliance Tour, set to take place this fall, is as follows:

SLAYER
IN FLAMES
CHILDREN OF BODOM
LAMB OF GOD
THINE EYES BLEED

At this time, there has been no confirmation on the billing from any of the acts that are rumored to be involved in the tour.

Nuclear Blast Records had previously announced that their recent signing, the up-and-coming U.K. band MENDEED, will take part in the European version of the Unholy Alliance Tour. However, this has not been officially confirmed by the SLAYER camp.

In related Slayer news, a 10 sec snippet of a new SLAYER track, entitled "Cult", is available at the band's official web site. It also says that you can hear "Cult" on slayer.net and itunes on 06/06/06 @ 6:06AM.

You can already pre-order the Cult CD-single on Amazon.com.

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Unholy Alliance Tour Pushed Back To June 15

The Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," has confirmed that the tour will kick off on June 15 in Camden, NJ and not in Peoria, IL on June 10 as had been previously announced.

The rescheduling is due to Slayer's bassist/vocalist Tom Araya's minor gall bladder surgery which successfully took place earlier this month.

"We wanted to give Tom an extra few days to make sure that he's at 100% before he puts one foot on the road," said Slayer's manager Rick Sales. We apologise for any confusion that this has caused, but Tom and the band want the fans to get the best Slayer shows possible."

The St. Louis date, originally scheduled for June 12, has been moved to June 21; Chicago, originally set for June 13, is now scheduled for June 20. The entire itinerary for Slayer's ""Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," featuring Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine
Eyes Bleed, is as follows: More...

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Unholy Alliance Tour Delayed, More Slayer News

The Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," featuring Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine Eyes Bleed, and originally slated to launch on 6.6.06 in San Diego, CA will now kick off on June 10 at the East Peoria Convention Center in Peoria, IL.

Postponed and rescheduled shows are:

San Diego, CA - originally June 6 at the Sports Arena, now rescheduled for July 20 at the Sports Arena
Las Vegas, NV - originally June 7 at The Orleans, now rescheduled for July 24 at The Orleans
Denver, CO - originally June 9 at the Fillmore Auditorium, now rescheduled for July 26 at the Fillmore Auditorium

In addition, two sold-out "warm up" dates - June 2 at New Oasis in Reno, NV, and June 3 at Senator Theatre in Chico, CA - will be rescheduled to take place following the Denver date at the end of July.

Tickets purchased for all postponed dates will be honored at the rescheduled concerts.

The postponement of the tour's start date is due to Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya's minor gallbladder surgery which successfully took place late last week. Araya is doing fine, recuperating at home.

With the tour's kick off now June 10, Six-Six-O-Six will still be a special day for Slayer fans. On that day, Slayer will release "Eternal Pyre," a limited edition EP that will preview "Cult," a brand-new song from the band's as yet untitled new album (due out July 25), a live version of "Dead Skin Mask" recorded at last year's Full Force Festival, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the new album, and, originally available only on 1995's now out-of-print "Live Intrusion" video, a 5-minute clip of the Slayer fan who carved the band's name into his forearm. "Eternal Pyre" will be available exclusively at all Hot Topic stores.

The members of Slayer - Araya, Kerry King/guitars, Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and drummer Dave Lombardo - are in the final stages of completing their new album, Slayer's first new studio album since Lombardo rejoined the band in 2003. The new album is being produced by Josh Abraham and executive produced by Rick Rubin and will be released on Slayer's long-time label, Rubin's American Recordings.

Titles for some of the album's new songs include "Cult," "Consfearcy," "Eyes of the Insane," and "Jihad." In a recent interview with MTV, Araya said about the new album, "It's fast - maybe faster than anything we've done before. No one's going to be disappointed. It's going to be brutal."

Confirmed tour dates for the "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted" are as follows: More...

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Enter To Win Alexi Laiho ESP Guitar

You can win an exclusive ESP/LTD Signature Series Alexi Laiho guitar. This guitar is custom-designed by Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom. You've heard it all over COB's latest album, "Are You Dead Yet?" For more information and how to enter the competition, visit KNAC.COM.

Children of Bodom will be joining Slayer, Lamb of God, Mastodon and Thine Eyes Bleed on the upcoming Unholy Alliance Tour.Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Thine Eyes Bleed Re-Release Debut

Thine Eyes Bleed will be re-releasing their debut album, "In the Wake of Separtaion" on The End Records. The re-release will contain the song entitled, "Better Off Dead", which was previously only available in Japan and contain the video for the song "Cold Victim".

Thine Eyes Bleed will continue to push their name out to the metal masses as their tour supporting Soulfly starts April 21 in Anaheim, California. Following that month long tour, they will then embark on The Unholy Alliance tour which includes Slayer, Mastodon, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom) starting June 6.

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COB, Chimaira and TTEOTD Rock The Recher Theater

On Tuesday, March 21 I decided to end my several month drought on seeing live shows and go out to see Through The Eyes of the Dead, Chimaira and Children of Bodom play at my new favorite venue, The Recher Theater, in Baltimore, MD. This single movie theater converted to a club/concert hall with a capacity of 700 was sold out and quite packed. The lineup looked good and I didn’t want to miss a chance to catch Through the Eyes of the Dead, who have breathed some much needed life into the largely stale genre of death metal. And ever since “The Impossibility of Reason” and their latest self-titled album, I will gladly see Chimaira any time they come to town. More...

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