Band Photo: Children of Bodom (?)
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.
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Children of Bodom bassist, Henkka T. Blacksmith, has checked in with the following update on their European tour with Ektomorf and One Man Army and the Undead Quartet:
"Wörgl, Austria 3rd of January 2006
"One week already behind. The tour we've been waiting for so much. And it's been great so far. Couldn't believe how many people has been checking the shows so far. It's been almost 3 years when we last toured here, and we missed this scene.
"Once again, both bands we are touring with here are great. We didn't know them before, but they are super cool. Again our beloved neighbours from Sweden, One Man Army, and our far far back in time , sort of relatives, Hungarian Ektomorf play good set every night. Good drinking buddies too.
"New year's eve in Switzerland was huge party with all the crew and all the bands. Good times, good times. Next day in Milan was luckily a dayoff, i think no one would have been able to play a single note after the amounts we drank in Z7.
"Today we are here in Austria, Wörgl. Lots of snow and mountains around. Looking forward to the show tonight, since Austrian people has always been wild on our shows in the past.
"Cheers for everybody who´s been part of this tour. Hate Crews Cologne, Tilburg, Antwerp, Leipzig, Pratteln and Milan.
The following live shot of Amon Amarth, Trivium and Children Of Bodom were taken on Dec 10th at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. Go to the Gallery section to view them.
To read my interview with Amon Amarth, go here.
Children of Bodom will be featured in a DVD of Germany's Rock Hard magazine, due out on Wednesday, December 21. The DVD features a mix of metal videos and also an interview with COB frontman Alexi Laiho.
According to Children of Bodom fansite Scythes-of-Bodom.com, frontman Alexi Laiho shot some new guitar exercises for the new album, "Are You Dead Yet?," for the January issue of Young Guitar magazine.
The 21-minute video features the following exercises:
Ex. 1: Living Dead Beat (riff)
Ex. 2: Living Dead Beat (riff)
Ex. 3: Downfall (riff)
Ex. 4: Are You Dead Yet (riff)
Ex. 5: In Your Face (riff)
Ex. 6: You're Better Off Dead (riff)
Ex. 7: If You Want Peace...Prepare for War (riff)
Ex. 8: Lake Bodom (riff)
Ex. 9: Towards Dead End (riff)
Ex. 10: Hate Me! (solo)
Ex. 11: Warheart (solo)
Ex. 12: Hate Crew Deathroll (solo)
Ex. 13: Living Dead Beat (solo)
Preview pictures of the exercises have been posted here. In the interview, Alexi has revealed that he and keyboardist Janne plan on releasing a lecture DVD for guitar and keyboard, which will be recorded next summer.
In other news, the three live songs which will appear as bonus tracks o the Japanese deluxe edition of "Are You Dead Yet?" will be "Living Dead Beat," "Follow the Reaper," and "Hate Crew Deathroll" from the last Japanese tour in October. The bonus DVD will contain the making of the recordings of the last album, shots from European festivals and material from the Japanese tour in 2003. Videos for "Trashed, Lost and Strungout" and "Sixpounder" are also featured on the DVD.
Children of Bodom bassist, Henkka T. Blacksmith, has posted the following tour update on the band's website:
"Only a couple more shows to play. Its been such an amazing tour. We would never have expected this kind of tour here when headlining.
Amon Amarth and Trivium are great to tour with, they ensure that we have packed venues every night. We get along with the Swedes very well, as so with Trivium dudes. Couple of them have ended up getting wasted and sleeping on our bus too!!!
"We have had some little problems too. Janne was very ill in the beginning of the tour, and because an serious infection he couldnt eat
for almost a week. He was very weak and in pain, but still he managed to pull off full shows, thanks to tons of Tylenol.
"Like always, everybody has been suffering more or less from flu or some other diseases, but so far the fans everywhere have been so great so that its has been always a pleasure to play, even if with a little fever!
"In Colorado the whole door of our trailer (where all the gear is transported in) fell off. Luckily we were already at the venue, and not on an expressway doing 65 miles per hour.
"It s been great so far and now we are looking forward to play for the east coast Hate Crew before going home for Christmas!!
"Thanks for everybody who has been there for the shows of Amon Amarth, Trivium and COB on this tour!!!!
"Henkka and COBHC"
Children of Bodom headlined a show at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, BC on November 22. I have been waiting for Children of Bodom to do a headlining tour here in North America for a long time now. I was excited for weeks after I found out they were finally headlining here. There was no way in hell I was going to miss this show, and neither were the several hundred people who packed into the oversold venue. More...
According to a posting on the CHILDREN OF BODOM fan site Scythes-Of-Bodom.com, the track listing of the upcoming CHILDREN OF BODOM "In Your Face" DVD-single is as follows:
01. In Your Face video 2.0
02. In Your Face video 5.1
03. All Night Long (Shit-faced Bastards Of Bodom)
04. Sixpounder (Live at Wacken Open Air festival 2004)
Track 3 is a special video shot by the Hate Crew which features "fool-around" material from all over the world with the song "Are You Dead Yet?" playing in the background. The DVD-single will be released on November 30 through Spinefarm.
CHILDREN OF BODOM have just launched a North American headlining trek with TRIVIUM and AMON AMARTH. The group's mainman Alexi Laiho also told MTV.com that the group hope to spend next summer as part of Ozzfest 2006.
Guitar World magazine is offering fans a chance to ask Children of Bodom frontman, Alexi Laiho, your own questions. For more details, visit www.guitarworld.com/dearguitarhero.
Children of Bodom fan site Scythes-of-Bodom.com reports that a limited Japanese deluxe CD/DVD edition of "Are You Dead Yet?" is scheduled to be released in Japan on January 25th. The content of the package is unclear but will contain at least two cover songs: Poison's "Talk Dirty to Me" and Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again." The DVD will have the making of "Are You Dead Yet?" and a general fool-around video called "COBHC - All Night Long," which was supposed to have already been released on the former Japanese special edition of "Are You Dead Yet?," which was cancelled. It is RUMORED that the CD will also contain 3 live songs of the last Japanese tour in October and the DVD will eventually feature videos for "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" and "Sixpounder."
According to Children of Bodom fansite Scythes-of-Bodom.com, the band has kicked off their North American tour with the following setlist:
Intro (Twist and Shout)
Living Dead Beat
Silent Night, Bodom Night
In Your Face
Angel's Don't Kill
Bodom After Midnight
Bodom Beach Terror mix
Follow the Reaper
guitar & key solo (Alexi Laiho & Janne Warmen)
We're Not Gonna Fall
Punch Me I Bleed
Hate Crew Deathroll
Are You Dead Yet?
Every Time I Die
Outro ("Fight for your Right (to Party)" by Beastie Boys)
Following Children of Bodom's US tour with Amon Amarth and Trivium, they will be heading overseas for a European tour. Hungarian hardcore/thrash metallers EKTOMORF and ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET, the new Swedish band featuring former THE CROWN vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have been confirmed as the support acts for CHILDREN OF BODOM on their upcoming European tour. The European tour dates are as follows: More...
Children of Bodom have announced some more in-store signings during their North American tour. Details are as follows:
Nov. 16 (5pm) Minneapolis, MN - Down in the Valley
Nov. 19 (5pm) Salt Lake City, UT - Grey Whale
Nov. 28 (5pm) Phoenix, AZ - Zia
Nov. 29 (5pm) Encinita's, CA - Lou's
Dec. 09 (5:30pm) Philadelphia, PA - Relapse Records
The following message was posted on the official Amon Amarth website:
"Alright, just a week left until we head out on tour again! Starting with two off shows half-way; on Iceland. It was hard to put a set together with the time limit we have (30 min) but it is a deadly intense set! It's going to be cool to come back to North American soil again after two years and we look forward touring with Children of bodum and Trivium. It's going to be an awesome ride with many of the shows already sold out!
Remember to be there early since we're first up to play!
See you in the pit!"
Finnish black-metal outfit Children of Bodom will launch a North American headlining trek on November 9 in Quebec, one that'll grind to a halt in New York on December 14. Bodom have recruited Trivium, fresh from this summer's Ozzfest, and Amon Amarth to open the tour's 27 dates. According to frontman and guitarist Alexi Laiho, Bodom had no involvement in setting things up. In fact he can't even recall what either band sounds like.
"To be honest I've heard [Trivium and Amon Amarth's] albums one time all the way through, and I was pretty drunk at the time," he confided, saying Bodom's management handled the tour's orchestration. "So I don't remember the music. I do remember it sounding cool. I'll wait to see what I think of them when I first see them live. Apparently Trivium's a lot bigger than we are in the States. So it feels a little weird that we're the headliners." More...
According to siN's Metal News, Children of Bodom will make an in-store appearance at the Relapse Retail store in Philadelphia, PA, on December 9th. The band will meet and great fans, and sign CDs and posters between their tour with Amon Amarth and Trivium. For more information, visit www.RelapseRetail.com.
Also, Scrape Records in Vancouver, BC has announced that Children of Bodom will be doing an in-store there on Tuesday, Nov. 22. For more information, visit Scrape Records.
Finland's CHIDLREN OF BODOM wil be embarking on a European headlining tour beginning in late December. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Dec. 27 - Köln, GER @ Live Music Hall
Dec. 28 - Tilburg, NETH @ 0 13
Dec. 29 - Antwerp, BEL @ Hof Ter Loo
Dec. 30 - Leipzig, GER @ Haus Auensee
Dec. 31 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z 7
Jan. 02 - Milan, ITA @ Rolling Stone
Jan. 03 - Wörgl, AUT @ Komma
Jan. 04 - Ljubljana, SLO @ VPK Mediapark
Jan. 05 - Zagreb, CRO @ TBA
Jan. 06 - Wien, AUT @ Planet Music
Jan. 07 - Linz, AUT @ Posthof
Jan. 08 - Graz, AUT @ Orpheum
Jan. 09 - Budapest, HUN @ Petöfi Hall
Jan. 11 - Nürnberg, GER @ Löwensaal
Jan. 12 - Berlin, GER @ Columbia Fritz
Jan. 13 - Erfurt, GER @ Centrum
Jan. 14 - Kaufbeuren, GER @ All-Karthalle
Jan. 15 - Strasbourg, FRA @ La Laiterie
Jan. 16 - Paris, FRA @ Elysee Montmatre
Jan. 17 - Lyon, FRA @ Transbordeur
Jan. 19 - Porto, POR @ Hard Club
Jan. 20 - Madrid, SPA @ Aqualung
Jan. 21 - Barcelona, SPA @ Razzmatazz I
Jan. 22 - Bergara, SPA @ Sala Jam
Jan. 24 - Lille, FRA @ Splendid
Jan. 25 - Dudley, UK @ JBS
Jan. 26 - London, UK @ Astoria
Jan. 27 - Amsterdam, NETH @ Melkweg
Jan. 28 - Hardenberg, NETH @ Podium
Jan. 29 - Stuttgart, GER @ LKA
Jan. 31 - Langen, GER @ Stadthalle
Feb. 01 - Bochum, GER @ Zeche
Feb. 02 - Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
Feb. 03 - Göteborg, SWE @ Trädgarn
Feb. 04 - Oslo, NOR @ Rockefeller
Feb. 05 - Stockholm, SWE @ Arenan
Feb. 07 - Umea, SWE @ Sky Com Arenan
CHILDREN OF BODOM's new album, "Are You Dead Yet?" is scheduled for release in the U.S. on October 25 via Spinefarm Records. The album has been declared to be one of the first priority UMG international releases through Universal's Fontana Distribution system. The U.S. version includes a previously unreleased bonus track that is exclusive to the U.S. release — a cover of the RAMONES classic "Somebody Put Something In My Drink".
CHILDREN OF BODOM's forthcoming fifth album is the follow-up to 2003's "Hate Crew Deathroll", which has sold in excess of 200,000 copies worldwide. The band recently filmed a video for the track "In Your Face" with Katapult Productions, who have previously worked with RAMMSTEIN, among others.
Touring in support of "Are You Dead Yet?" has CHILDREN OF BODOM tied up until the summer of 2006. On this North American trek, CHILDREN OF BODOM will headline over twenty dates spanning the continent and will be sharing the stage with TRIVIUM and AMON AMARTH.
Spinefarm Record has released "Spinefarm Metal DVD 2." The contents:
1. Children of Bodom - Trashed, Lost & Strungout
2. To/Die/For - Little Deaths
3. Finntroll - Trollhammaren
4. Norther - Mirror of Madness
5. Tarot - Pyre of Gods
6. Entwine - Bitter Sweet
7. Children of Bodom - Sixpounder
8. Turmoin Katilot - Verta Ja Lihaa
9. Nightwish - Bless the Child
10. Ajattara - Haureus
11. Norther - Death Unlimited
12. Ram-Zet - Queen
13. Lowe Motor Corporation - Soul of a Pagan
14. Rotten Sound - Burden
15. Reverend Bizarre - Doom Over the World
16. Amoral - Other Flesh
17. Sonata Arctica - The Cage (Tavistia live)
18. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - The Final Extinction (Tavastia live)
19. Rotten Sound - Targets (Tuska live)
20. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - Drowned in Semen (Tavastia live)
21. Sonata Arctica - Kingdom for a Heart (Tavastia live)
22. Ensiferum - Battle Song (Party San live)
23. Children of Bodom - Bodom Beach Terror (Tuska live)
For more information, visit the Spinefarm Records website at www.spinefarm.fi.
Sweden Rock Festival is asking fans to vote for 30 bands they want to see at the festival. To vote, visit www.swedenrock.com and click on "Vi frågar er." Click on up to 30 of the bands you want to see, then click the "Skicka" button.
Some of the bands you can vote for: More...
Children Of Bodom will release their new studio album, "Are You Dead Yet?" on October 25th on Spinefarm Records. "Are You Dead Yet?" is declared to be one of the first priority UMG international releases through Universal’s Fontana Distribution system. The US release includes a bonus track previously unreleased and is exclusive to only the US release. Children Of Bodom In true Hard Rock fashion cover The Ramones classic "Somebody Put Something In My Drink" along with the new nine studio tracks. Their forthcoming fifth album is the follow-up to 2003’s "Hate Crew Deathroll," which worldwide has sold in excess of 200,000 copies.
A very limited picture-vinyl version of Children of Bodom's new album, "Are You Dead Yet?" (2000 copies) will be exclusively released in Germany. You can order this version directly at Universal Germany. They will ship worldwide. Just click here.
"Are You Dead Yet" will be released on September 14th in Finland and September 19th worldwide.