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.
U.K. metalcore act Bullet for My Valentine have cancelled their participation in the upcoming Children of Bodom North American tour in order to join the Rob Zombie/Lacuna Coil touring package, which is scheduled to kick off mid-March. A replacement for Bullet for My Valentine on the Children of Bodom trek has not yet been announced.
Bullet for My Valentine's full-length debut album, "The Poison", will be released in the U.S. on February 14 via Trustkill Records.
Metal Blade has stated that news of If Hope Dies opening in the rotating opening slot on the Children of Bodom tour is not accurate. The band are expected to open on one, currently unspecified, date of teh tour, however.
Here are If Hope Dies' confirmed tour dates:
Tour w/ The Burning Season and Stray From the Path
1/18 Birmingham, AL Dragon
1/19 Nashville, TN Muse
1/20 Clarksville, IN The Warehouse
1/21 Syracuse, NY Westcott Community Center
1/24 Baltimore, MD Skateland
2/04 Endicott, NY Rexers Music Hall
2/05 Bedford, NH Mark’s Place
2/18 Poughkeepsie, NY Club Crannel
2/19 New York, NY BB King’s Blues Club
Children of Bodom frontman, Alexi Laiho, has posted the following message on the band's official website:
"YO muthatruckas! Just wanted to let y'all know that I broke a fuckin' toe of my right foot during a show in Barcelona by slamming it into a monitor wedge, (yea, I was sober) so if and when you see me moving around like a retard, that I apparently am, that's why. But fuck it anyway, the tour will keep on rolling as planned so see you muthas soon and a big fuckin' thank you to all the crazy crowds we've had so far.. It's been a blast!"
If Hope Dies are currently on tour with A Love for Enemies and The Burning Season spreading the word about their debut effort Life in Ruin which is due out March 7th via Ironclad Recordings/Metal Blade Records.
The band was recently interviewed by Mtv.com and you can read the interview here.
If Hope Dies also just confirmed a rotating spot on Children of Bodom’s Spring US Tour. Main support will be split between God Forbid and Chimaira; also on the bill are Bullet for My Valentine.
Here are the tour dates so far: More...
Children Of Bodom will embark on a three and a half week North American tour on 18th March 2006 with Bullet for My Valentine, Chimaira on select dates and another special guest TBA.
Here are the tour dates:
Mar. 18 New Haven, CT - Toads *
Mar. 19 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom *
Mar. 20 Norfolk, VA - Norva *
Mar. 21 Towson, MD - Recher Theater *
Mar. 22 Providence, RI - Lupos *
Mar. 24 Toronto, ONT - Koolhaus *
Mar. 25 Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues +
Mar. 26 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall +
Mar. 27 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Zoo +
Mar. 29 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues +
Mar. 30 St. Louis, MO - Pops +
Mar. 31 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre +
Apr. 01 Tulsa, OK - Cains Ballroom +
Apr. 03 Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues +
Apr. 04 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre +
Apr. 05 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre +
Apr. 07 Sacramento, CA - Colonial Theatre +
Apr. 08 San Francisco, CA - Slims +
Apr. 10 Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues +
* with Chimaira
+ with another band TBA
CHILDREN OF BODOM will be hitting the road for another North American tour with CHIMAIRA and BULLET FOR MY VALETINE. The first two confirmed dates are:
March 20 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
March 29 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
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...