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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 Plan European Tour

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...

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Children Of Bodom Announce More In-stores

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 band has posted photos of their gig at Nosturi, Helsinki on their official website. More...

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Amon Amarth Looking Forward To Tour With COB

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!"

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Children Of Bodom Hope To Play Ozzfest

MTV.com reports:

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...

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Children Of Bodom Schedule In-Store Appearances

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.

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Children of Bodom Headlining Tour Dates

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.

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Spinefarm Metal DVD 2 Out Now

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.

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Vote For Bands To Perform At Sweden Rock Fest

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...

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Children Of Bodom Set US Release Date

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.

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COB Announce Special German Version Of New Album

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.

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Children Of Bodom Announce Two Helsinki Shows

Children of Bodom has announced that the band will be performing two shows in their hometown of Helsinki, Finland at Nosturi on October 28 and 29. Tickets are available in Tiketti and Lippupalvelu)

Children of Bodom will be embarking on a headlining North American tour with Trivium and Amon Amarth starting in November. Confirmed dates: More...

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Children Of Bodom's "In Your Face" Video Available

Children Of Bodom's "In Your Face" video is now streaming online at Universal Music's German website here. The video is based on the song's radio edit which is shorter than the actual album song. The track is from the band's forthcoming album, "Are You Dead Yet?", due out through Spinefarm this month.

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Amon Amarth To Play Bloodstock, More Dates w/ COB

Amon Amarth have announced on their website that they will be playing Bloodstock at Assembly Rooms in Derby, UK on September 3rd.

More dates for Amon Amarth's upcoming North American tour supporting Children of Bodom, along with Trivium, have also been confirmed:

Nov 09 Quebec, QU - Capitol
Nov 10 Montreal, QU - Medley
Nov 11 Toronto, ON - Opera House
Nov 12 Detroit, MI - Harpos
Nov 13 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Nov 14 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
Nov 16 Minneapolis, MN - Quest
Nov 18 Denver, CO - Gotic Theatre
Nov 19 Salt Lake City, UT - Lo-Fi Cafe
Nov 21 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Nov 22 Vancouver, BC - Croation Cultural
Nov 23 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Nov 25 San Francisco, CA - Slims
Nov 26 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Concert Theatre
Nov 27 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
Nov 28 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Nov 29 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Dec 01 TBA
Dec 02 Dallas, TX - The Curtain Club
Dec 03 Houston, TX - Meridian
Dec 05 Tampa, FL - Masquerade
Dec 06 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Dec 08 Washington, DC - 9.30 Club
Dec 09 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Dec 10 Worchester, MA - Palladium
Dec 11 TBA
Dec 12 TBA
Dec 14 New York, NY - Irwing Plaza

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Children Of Bodom Finish "In Your Face" Video

According to Children of Bodom fansite, Scythes-of-Bodom.com, the new Children of Bodom video for their latest single, "In Your Face," was shot a few days ago in Berlin, Germany and was aired on Finnish TV in the last days. There is no storyline to the video and you just see the band playing, like in their last video, "Trashed, Lost & Strungout." There are some parts with optical and graphical effects. The video is the edited version of under 4 minutes of the song (duration of the album version is 4:16), which is also featured on the single as the third track. However, no swear words were censored in the video.

Some photos of the band have been posted online: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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Vote For Your Fave COB Songs For Next World Tour

Children of Bodom have started a poll where you can vote for your favourite live songs. The band will take the results of this poll into consideration while deciding the setlist for their upcoming gigs. Go to cobhc.com to vote.

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More COB, Amon Amarth, Trivium Tour Dates Revealed

Children of Bodom, Trivium and Amon Amarth will be teaming up for a North American tour beginning in early November. The following dates have been confirmed so far:

Nov. 09 Quebec City, QC - Théâtre Capitole
Nov. 10 Montreal, QC - Le Medley
Nov. 11 Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Nov. 12 Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Nov. 13 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Nov. 16 Minneapolis, MN - Quest Club
Nov. 18 Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
Nov. 21 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Nov. 23 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Nov. 27 West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
Dec. 09 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero

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Children Of Bodom Resigns To Spinefarm Records

Children of Bodom have signed a three album extension to their deal with Spinefarm Records. CoB's next album "Are You Dead Yet?" will be an international priority release for Universal Music, who will release the album worldwide before the end of October 2005. In Finland "Are You Dead Yet?", which is the band's fifth full-length album, will be released on the 14th of September.

This Fall Children of Bodom will first tour in Australia and Japan, in November-December they will continue their tour in the States, and head to Europe after Christmas.

As Theo Roos, the head of Universal Music Scandinavia and Benelux, said after hearing about the extended deal: "We are very excited and happy that Children of Bodom have decided to (re)sign for a longer time with our Spinefarm label for the world!"

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COB, Soilwork Confirmed For Wacken 2006

Wacken Open Air Festival organizers have just confirmed acts for next year's W:O:A, set to take place August 3rd to 5th in Wacken Germany. Bands confirmed so far are Children of Bodom, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, In Extremo, Soilwork and Subway to Sally.

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Children Of Bodom Cover Poison?

According to Germany's Rock Hard magazine, Children of Bodom laid down a cover version of the Poison hit single "Talk Dirty to Me" during the recording sessions for their new album, "Are You Dead Yet?". The song is expected to surface on the Japanese version of the new CD, which will also contain a special bonus DVD featuring exclusive footage from the making of the album, live videos and rare recordings. The other audio bonus track on the CD is said to be a cover of the Britney Spears hit "Oops I Did It Again" (which also appears on Children of Bodom's "In Your Face" single).

"Are You Dead Yet?" is scheduled for release on September 14 in Finland and September 19 in the rest of the world.

Children of Bodom mastered "Are You Dead Yet?" on June 6 at Finnvox studios in Helsinki following a six-week recording/mixing session with producer Mikko Karmila.

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Bonus DVD Included In Japanese COB Album

The Japanese version of Children of Bodom's upcoming release "Are You Dead Yet?" will contain a special bonus DVD which will feature exclusive footage from the making of the album, live videos and rare recordings. The CD will include two audio bonus tracks, one of which is the Britney Spears cover of "Oops I Did It Again" and the other is unknown.

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