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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 Album Release Date

CHILDREN OF BODOM will see their forthcoming new album available In Europe on April 7th via Spinefarm. Prior to the album's release, a new single will be available as of March 3rd. More details to follow.

The as-yet-untitled new album is being recorded by Mikko Karmila and will feature a guest appearance from Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN).

As previously reported, Children Of Bodom are scheduled to play London, England's Astoria venue on March 8th. Fellow Finns MOONSORROW and KIUAS have been confirmed as the support acts.

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Children Of Bodom Begins Recording New Album

Finnish metallers Children Of Bodom have just entered Petrax Studio in Hollola, Finland to begin recording their as-yet-untitled sixth album. The follow-up to 2005's "Are You Dead Yet?" is being produced by Mikko Karmila and will feature a guest appearance by Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy and Pain fame. An April 2008 release is expected.

As previously reported, Finnish acts Moonsorrow and Kiuas have been confirmed as the support bands for Children Of Bodom at their one-off show on March 8, 2008 at London, England's Astoria. Advance tickets are currently available at this location and via a 24-hour credit card line on 0870 400 0688.

Children Of Bodom guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho made a guest appearance the new album from the Finnish band GODSPLAGUE. He played a solo in the song "Don't Come Back" and he sings backing vocals on the CD, entitled "H8", which came out on September 5.

Two songs from Children Of Bodom — "Angels Don't Kill" and "In Your Face" — are featured on the "Unholy Alliance Tour" DVD, due on October 30 via American Recordings. The set will feature the the "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted" lineup — Slayer, Lamb Of God, Mastodon, Children Of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed. The DVD will have an approximate running time of 90 minutes.

The "Unholy Alliance Tour" DVD was shot at Vancouver's General Motors Place on July 13, 2006, was directed by Adam Rothlein (Speedway Films), and boasts performance footage plus bonus material to include backstage, behind-the-scenes and one-on-one interviews, many of which were conducted by the Unholy Alliance artists themselves.

You can watch Children Of Bodom's "In Your Face" video (taken from "Are You Dead Yet?") on YouTube or below. More...

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Children Of Bodom Schedule London Date

C.O.B. fan-site Scythes Of Bodom recently following update from bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith:

"Up to now, the band has seven finished songs and they will enter a studio in the second week in October to record the album. The plan is to record nine songs for the album and maybe even a tenth if the guys are satisfied with another song that is currently in the works. Most likely 'Tie My Rope' will be re-recorded and the band is planning to record three or four cover songs which are already confirmed. This doesn't mean that all of them will be featured on one album, but these songs will be used as bonus tracks for different areas and markets such as Japan for example.

Henkka also revealed a few working titles of the songs. The band uses simple working titles like 'Eka', 'Bläkkis', 'Trioli', 'Trabant', 'Uusin' (in English: 1. 'First', 2. 'Blacky', 3. 'Triplet', 4. 'Trabant', 5. 'Newest') during the songwriting process. Of course they shouldn't be taken seriously. It wasn't easy for Henkka to say how the songs sound like but he kept saying that he is very excited about the new material.

In addition he said that nobody should expect the second part of COB TV anytime soon because footage of the recording sessions in October will also be featured in it (of course only the lesser serious part of it). In reply to my question if the four recorded demo tracks, that the band recorded in May at Sonic Pump Studios, could be used as bonus tracks, Henkka answered that there are no plans for that. However, after thinking about it, he said that it wouldn't be a bad idea to use them for that if they sound much different than the final album versions.

Again Alexi (Laiho) made a guest appearance on the album of a Finnish band. He played a solo in the song 'Don't Come Back' on the album H8 of the metal band GODSPLAGUE. He's also featured with a few backing vocals on the album. The release date was September 5th.

After the official release date of the long awaited Unholy Alliance DVD has been set to October 30th, the tracklist has been revealed in the meantime. Children Of Bodom are only featured with two live songs: 'In Your Face' and 'Angels Don't Kill', so there's gonna be something fast and something slow. The DVD was filmed on last year's Unholy Alliance tour in Vancouver, Canada on July 13th."

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Children Of Bodom Finished Seven Songs For New CD

CHILDREN OF BODOM fan-site Scythes Of Bodom has received the following update from bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith:

"Up to now, the band has seven finished songs and they will enter a studio in the second week in October to record the album. The plan is to record nine songs for the album and maybe even a tenth if the guys are satisfied with another song that is currently in the works. Most likely 'Tie My Rope' will be re-recorded and the band is planning to record three or four cover songs which are already confirmed. This doesn't mean that all of them will be featured on one album, but these songs will be used as bonus tracks for different areas and markets such as Japan for example.

Henkka also revealed a few working titles of the songs. The band uses simple working titles like 'Eka', 'Bläkkis', 'Trioli', 'Trabant', 'Uusin' (in English: 1. 'First', 2. 'Blacky', 3. 'Triplet', 4. 'Trabant', 5. 'Newest') during the songwriting process. Of course they shouldn't be taken seriously. It wasn't easy for Henkka to say how the songs sound like but he kept saying that he is very excited about the new material.

In addition he said that nobody should expect the second part of COB TV anytime soon because footage of the recording sessions in October will also be featured in it (of course only the lesser serious part of it). In reply to my question if the four recorded demo tracks, that the band recorded in May at Sonic Pump Studios, could be used as bonus tracks, Henkka answered that there are no plans for that. However, after thinking about it, he said that it wouldn't be a bad idea to use them for that if they sound much different than the final album versions.

Again Alexi (Laiho) made a guest appearance on the album of a Finnish band. He played a solo in the song 'Don't Come Back' on the album H8 of the metal band GODSPLAGUE. He's also featured with a few backing vocals on the album. The release date of it is September 5th.

After the official release date of the long awaited Unholy Alliance DVD has been set to October 30th, the tracklist has been revealed in the meantime. Children Of Bodom are only featured with two live songs: 'In Your Face' and 'Angels Don't Kill', so there's gonna be something fast and something slow. The DVD was filmed on last year's Unholy Alliance tour in Vancouver, Canada on July 13th."

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Unholy Alliance DVD Tracklisting Revealed

Hailed as "the heaviest, darkest metal tour of the summer, if not the year," the "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted" stomped and screamed around the globe last year. On October 30, just in time for Halloween, the Unholy Alliance Tour DVD package will be released (American Recordings) and will feature the tour's lineup - headliner SLAYER, the undisputed kings of speed metal/thrash, and the "future of heavy metal contenders" - LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, CHILDREN OF BODOM and THINE EYES BLEED. The DVD will have an approximate running time of 90 minutes.

The Unholy Alliance Tour DVD was shot at Vancouver's General Motors Place on July 13, 2006, was directed by Adam Rothlein (Speedway Films), and boasts performance footage plus bonus material to include backstage, behind-the-scenes and one-on-one interviews, many of which were conducted by the Unholy Alliance artists themselves.

Unholy Alliance Tour DVD track listing:
Slayer - 'South Of Heaven', 'Silent Scream', 'Blood Red', 'Cult'/'Chemical Warfare', 'Eyes Of The Insane', 'Dead Skin Mask',
'Hell Awaits', 'Antichrist'.
Mastodon -'Crystal Skull', 'Capillarian Crest', 'Blood And Thunder'.
Lamb Of God - 'Vigil'.
Children Of Bodom - 'Angels Don't Kill', 'In Your Face'.
Thine Eyes Bleed - 'Dark White'.

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Unholy Alliance DVD To Be Released

SLAYER has compiled footage from last year's Unholy Alliance Tour with LAMB OF GOD and MASTODON for a DVD that will be released on October 30 via American Recordings. Directed by Adam Rothlein (Speedway Films), "Unholy Alliance Tour" captures the July 13, 2006, stop in Vancouver, British Columbia, and also includes footage of the other two acts on the bill, CHILDREN OF BODOM and THINE EYES BLEED. Behind-the-scenes clips and interviews, many of which were conducted by the bandmembers, round out the set.

SLAYER's concert at the San Diego Sports Arena on Saturday, August 25, 2007 was streamed live on YeboTV, a next-generation web-based TV network.

The San Diego concert was a stop on SLAYER's current North American co-headline trek with MARILYN MANSON and is in support of the release of SLAYER's "Christ Illusion, Special Limited Edition" (American Recordings) CD/DVD which hit stores in U.S. and globally on July 24.

SLAYER's "Christ Illusion" reissue contains the previously unreleased cut "The Final Six", as well as an alternate version of "Black Serenade". It also boasts a bonus DVD called "Slayer on Tour '07" which includes the "Eyes of the Insane" video; a live rendition of the band's 1988 LP track "South of Heaven" that was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, on last year's "Unholy Alliance" run; and a behind-the-scenes, five-minute documentary-style montage of footage shot earlier this year when the band performed in Florida and Australia.

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Viva La Bands Vol 2 Previews Going Online

Ferret Music and Filthy Note Records have set up online debuts of the exclusive tracks from the VIVA LA BANDS, VOLUME 2 CD/DVD compilation due out September 4, 2007, and an online pre-order opportunity to tide you over.

Brand new tracks, written and recorded for VIVA LA BANDS, VOLUME 2, will be debuted simultaneously on www.vivalabands.com and the individual band’s Myspace pages (listed below) on the following dates:

JULY 27 - Children Of Bodom’s “Tie My Rope”
AUGUST 3 – Clutch’s “King Of Arizona”
AUGUST 10 - Bloodhound Gang’s “Screwing You On The Beach At Night”
AUGUST 17 – CKY’s “Rio Bravo” (Remix)
AUGUST 24 - In Flames’ “Abnegation”
AUGUST 30 - Vains Of Jenna’s “Enemy In Me”

To Pre-Order the Ultimate Rock Compilation and get a free 24x36 poster while supplies last, go here or here.

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Viva La Bands Vol 2 Complete Tracklisting Revealed

Bam Margera has made it his mission to expose an entire generation of his peers to some original high-energy music through his VIVA LA BANDS album and tour series. Brought to you by Ferret Music and Filthy Note Records, VIVA LA BANDS, VOL. 2 will hit stores on September 4, 2007.

The CD features exclusive tracks, written and recorded for the CD/DVD combo from some of Bam’s favorite acts like CLUTCH, IN FLAMES, CKY, CHILDREN OF BODOM, VIKING SKULL and VAINS OF JENNA. A US-exclusive track from SHINY TOY GUNS and music from other faves like GWAR, THE SOUNDS, DIMMU BORGIR and KILL HANNAH also appears on the killer compilation. The full track listing for the 20-song album is displayed below.

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.”

The DVD component to this release contains almost an hour of never-before-seen Bam footage – a must-have for the ‘Jackass generation!’ Revealing what makes the DVD special, Bam 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!"

Viva La Bands’ companion tour will be taking out some of Bam’s favorite acts and is estimated to visit over 20 cities in the USA beginning in October 2007. Fans can also expect to see Bam and his friends at select shows.

Here is the complete VIVA LA BANDS, VOLUME 2 TRACK LISTING: More...

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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,

Later

Henkka

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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.

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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