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Formed: 1993
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.

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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Finnish Metal "Idol's" Album Goes Platinum

"Fuel for the Fire", the debut solo album from the winner of the Finnish national TV talent competition "Idols", 22-year-old heavy metal singer Ari Koivunen, has been certified platinum in Finland for sales in excess of 30,000 copies. Ari was presented with his gold and platinum plaques by Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT) and Tommi "Tuple" Salmela during Koivunen's performance at Pielavesirock on Saturday, June 30.

Koivunen recently released the video for his first solo single, "Hear My Call". The song was written by Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE) and Pasi Heikkilä (45 DEGREE WOMAN), who also produced "Fuel for the Fire" (Sony BMG). You can watch the clip at YouTube.

Among the other metal luminaries who have contributed material to "Fuel for the Fire" are Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS), Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT), Janne Joutsenniemi (SUBURBAN TRIBE), Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA) and Jarkko Ahola (TERÄSBETONI).

The following musicians appear on the CD:

Tuomas Wäinölä (KOTIPELTO, NYLON BEAT) - Guitar
Mikko Kosonen (MAIJA VILKKUMAA) - Guitar
Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE) - Guitar
Mirka Rantanen (THUNDERSTONE) - Drums
Mikko Kaakkuriniemi (KOTIPELTO) - Drums
Pasi Heikkilä (45 DEGREE WOMAN) - Bass
Janne Wirman (CHILDREN OF BODOM) - Keyboards

Ari Koivunen's touring band — which also appears in the "Hear My Call" clip — consists of the following musicians: More...

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More Bands Announced on "Viva La Bands, Vol 2"

BAM MARGERA PRESENTS…VIVA LA BANDS, VOL 2 is the latest in the skating/antic superstar’s unique musical vision shared with his fans. In addition to previously announced unreleased tracks from CLUTCH, CKY, and VAINS OF JENNA, exclusive additions to the track listing from IN FLAMES, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PLACEBO and THE BLOODHOUND GANG have just come in!

Jimmy Pop explains how THE BLOODHOUND GANG’s ‘romantic’ contribution to the compilation, "Screwing You On The Beach At Night" fits in (or doesn’t, in this case)… "I love so many of the bands on Viva La Bands 2. It's unfortunate that our contribution sticks out like a sore thumb. A big, gay, sore thumb." Placebo is also glad, albeit less comically, to be on the compilation, "Placebo is pleased that 'Soulmates' was hand-selected by Bam Margera to be a part of this project. He has exceedingly good taste," the band adds.

The CD/DVD combo will hit stores on September 4, 2007 and feature these unreleased tracks and much more. The compilation also brings together many of Bam’s other favorite artists such as GWAR, DIMMU BORGIR and THE SOUNDS, as well as newly acquired tracks from KILL HANNAH, VIKING SKULL, AND GNARKILL. The DVD component to this rocking release contains 30 minutes of never-before-seen Bam footage – a must-have for the ‘Jackass generation.’

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Children of Bodom Complete New Song For Bams CD

According to a posting on the CHILDREN OF BODOM fan site Scythes Of Bodom, the Finnish band played its first gig since November 2006 last Sunday (June 17) at Austria's Nova Rock festival. During the group's 70-minute set, it played all the usual classics, as well as the medley of "Mask Of Sanity" and "Deadnight Warrior". In addition, the song "Children Of Bodom" made its way back into the set.

CHILDREN OF BODOM's setlist was as follows (not in correct order):

01. Hate Me!
02. Children Of Decadence
03. Living Dead Beat
04. Bodom Beach Terror
05. Mask Of Sanity/Deadnight Warrior
06. In Your Face
07. Angels Don't Kill
08. Children Of Bodom
09. Are You Dead Yet?
10. Needled 24/7
11. Sixpounder
12. Downfall

CHILDREN OF BODOM recorded a brand new song at the end of May for the upcoming "Bam Margera Presents…Viva La Bands, Vol. 2" compilation.

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Bam Margera Presents...Viva La Bands, Vol 2

Bam Margera, through his Filthy Note imprint, has collaborated with Ferret Music on the "ultimate rock compilation."

BAM MARGERA PRESENTS…VIVA LA BANDS, VOL 2 is the latest in Bam’s unique musical vision shared with his fans. The CD/DVD combo will hit stores on September 4, 2007 and feature unreleased tracks from CLUTCH, IN FLAMES, CKY, CHILDREN OF BODOM, VAINS OF JENNA, and more. The compilation will also bring together a slew of Bam’s other favorite artists such as GWAR, DIMMU BORGIR and THE SOUNDS. The DVD component to this rocking release contains 30 minutes of never-before-seen Bam footage.

As one of the world’s leading pop culture icons, Bam has achieved success in every aspect of modern media, including TV, Film, Internet, and Radio. As an established “tastemaker,” Bam is determined to deliver original high-energy music to an entire generation of his peers, while engaging and inspiring music fans and musicians alike. VIVA LA BANDS’ companion tour will be taking out some bands from the compilation and is estimated to visit over 20 cities in the USA beginning in October 2007. Fans can expect to see additional footage on a traveling screen and even Bam himself at select shows.

Bam is as excited for the release as fans around the world will be… "I’m so fucking psyched that some of my favorite bands recorded exclusive songs this time around! Clutch and In Flames fucking rock and my brother Jess did a sick CKY remix. Obviously The Sounds are one of my favorite bands - my wife even insisted that they play our wedding. I also sent the first band I signed, Vains of Jenna, into the studio to record a new track for the record.” Revealing what will make the DVD a must-have for Bam fans, he adds “I’m finding some of my best, unused footage for the DVD. Everyone keeps asking me for a CKY5 but I think this DVD might be the closest thing to that!"

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More Bands Added To Finland's Tuska Open Air

The 2007 Tuska Open Air Festival is scheduled for June 29th - July st at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. ISIS, MISERY INDEX, THUNDERSTONE, TURISAS, PROFANE OMEN are the latest acts confirmed.

Acts on the bill now include: More...

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Children Of Bodom Starting To Put Tunes Together

Bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith gave un update on Bodom's progress via the COBHC website:

Alexi is back in business. His shoulder should be ok, not perfect
never again, but so that it shouldn't affect his playing anyway. So
he is very very very relieved!

And we have have started to put some tunes together now...And we have something already done...

It's exciting to do something new again after a couple of years
touring! Recording will happen somewhere, after summer! So we will do those festivals in between songwriting sessions!

What else is new...

...we will put some footage somewhere later on from our rehearsals, so we will keep u updated!

That's all for now,



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Special Guests On Pain's New Album Revealed

Fronted by HYPOCRISY mastermind Peter Tägtgren, the fifth Pain album "Psalms of Extinction" will feature Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, Children Of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho, and Anders Iwers of In Flames who will be performing bass on a couple of tracks.

A video for the cut 'Zombie Slam' will be shot imminently.

Pain's Roadrunner debut, which is the artist's fifth album and the first signing to the Bonnier Amigo / Roadrunner A & R joint venture, will be released in April 2007.

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Children Of Bodom Ready To Record New Album

According to a posting on the CHILDREN OF BODOM fan site Scythes Of Bodom, frontman Alexi Laiho revealed at the Finnish Metal Expo this past weekend that the band will be going into the rehearsal room this week to begin working on material for its next album. If all goes well, the group will enter a Finnish studio following the summer festival season to begin recording the CD for a tentative early 2008 release.

CHILDREN OF BODOM was recently forced to cancel its appearance at the Desert Rock festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates after Laiho "tripped at a bowling alley" and hurt his shoulder, preventing him from playing guitar for six weeks.

CHILDREN OF BODOM's "Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout Live" DVD was recently certified gold in Canada. The disc, which debuted at No. 20 on the Canadian chart (the band's highest-ever chart position in Canada), 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 are 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.

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Children Of Bodom Featured In Bohse Onkelz DVD

Children of Bodom will appear on the new Böhse Onkelz 4-DVD box set, with a live version "Everytime I Die." The video was shot at Lausitzring, Germany in 2005 at the Farewell Festival of Böhse Onkez.

In other Bodom news, Inferno Magazine and Megamania will be releasing a DVD of guitarist Roope Latvala's former band, Stone. The DVD, entitled "Get Stoned, Stay Stoned" includes three concerts, an interview from 2007, four music videos, a discography and a picture gallery, in addition to old and rare material. The release date has been set for February 21st, 2007, but will be availble in advance at the Finnish Metal Expo (which takes place February 16-17 in Helsinki, Finland).

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Modern Guitars Interview With Alexi Laiho Posted

Brian D. Holland of Modern Guitars recently spoke with Children of Bodom frontman, Alexi Laiho, about almost everything Bodom-related.

Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

Talk about the band name, Children of Bodom. Is it descriptive of the band’s music and lyrics? In reference to the lake in Finland where the gruesome murders took place, does the title front the actual theme?

AL: Well, no, not really. We have one Bodom-related song on each album. It’s just a thing we do. Other than that, the music isn’t really related to that incident. Our music is reality-based. It’s based on real feelings and stuff. The name was related to the incident, but it’s only the one song on each album that’s about that subject. It’s the fictional part actually. I’m not really stating fact about what actually happened there; we’re just making up stories about what could’ve happened. As to what actually happened, it’s still just a mystery. You can go on and on about it, but nobody’s ever going to find out what really happened.

Do you take the music and lyrics seriously, or is it more of a theatrical thing?

AL: Well, it’s not like Spinal Tap or anything. Of course we take it seriously, but it’s kind of a thing where we know our limits and how serious it can get. We can laugh at ourselves, and we do, all the time. And we like to have fun, and we’re not afraid to show that to people. There’s humor in some of the songs, too. Like in the song ‘Bodom Beach Terror’; you can’t do that with a straight face, you know. But I don’t know, dude. Even though metal is metal, you have to be able to laugh at yourself. Otherwise you’re just a fuckin’ jerk off. That’s what I think.

I read somewhere that although you’ve been a huge fan of Yngwie Malmsteen, you’ve since gotten away from him and his style of playing.

AL: Yeah, well, Yngwie is Yngwie. I mean, what can you say? He’s fuckin’ bad ass, and that’s like stating the obvious. I was more into that neo-classical guitar thing when I was younger. Yeah, I was a huge Yngwie fan. You can hear that influence, especially on the first two albums. At that time, in Europe, there were so many guitar players, you know, Yngwie-copies running around everywhere. They all wanted to be like Yngwie and sound like Yngwie. It kind of pissed me off, you know. I didn’t want to be one of them. So I kind of turned off to that whole style of playing and decided it wasn’t going to be my thing. That’s Yngwie’ thing. He’s one of the greatest ever. End of story.

Read the full article at Modern Guitars.

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Johan Hegg: 'We Keep Going Forward'

Jeffrey Easton of metal-exiles.com recently conducted an interview with Amon Amarth frontman Johan Hegg.

Jeffrey: How is the tour with Children of Bodom going?

Johan: As the support act you never really expect the tremendous response but we have been getting a great reaction.

Jeff: How do you think you are going over with Bodom’s crowd?

Johan: It is kind of weird but I do believe some of their fans like us. I can see why some would not like us but seem to enjoy it and get into it.

Jeff: You have been over here a few times but your biggest fan base is in Europe. What is the difference between touring here in the States and touring in Europe?

Johan: In Europe we can headline, we are not in that position yet. Going on this tour is a big step in the right direction. The crowds are the same everywhere and the venues on this tour are standard to us. The similarities are pretty big.

Jeff: A metal fan is a metal fan everywhere.

Johan: That is true but sometimes American fans go to extreme lengths to talk to you.

Jeff: How is that?

Johan: At one of our stops some fan wanted to talk to me so he waited until I was done with the other fans and all he wanted to do was just hang out with me.

Read the full article at The Metal Exiles.

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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.

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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