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'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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!"
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.
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.
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.
Children of Bodom shot a new video for their upcoming single "In Your Face" a few days ago. The single will be released on August 17 and will include a Britney Spears cover of "Oops I Did It Again, which features singer Jonna Kosonen (ex-Nylon Beat).
Six years after her lyrics for "Silent Night, Bodom Night," Kimberly Goss (Sinergy) wrote lyrics for another song called "Bastards of Bodom," which deals with the Lake Bodom murders.
Ten official release parties for Children of Bodom's upcoming album "Are You Dead Yet?" have been scheduled in Germany in September. "Are You Dead Yet?" will be released in Finland on September 14 and internationally on September 19
Finnish metallers Children of Bodom will be embarking on a Japanese headlining tour in October. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Oct. 07 Nagoya, JPN @ Zepp Nagoya
Oct. 08 Osaka, JPN @ Zepp Osaka
Oct. 09 Fukuoka, JPN @ Zepp Fukuoka
Oct. 11 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya Ax
Oct. 12 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya Ax
Oct. 16 Hiroshima, JPN @ Club Quattro
Oct. 17 Sendai, JPN @ Zepp Sendai
Oct. 18 Sapporo, JPN @ Zepp Sapporo
A Montreal date on November 10th has been revealed for Children of Bodom, Trivium and Amon Amarth, presumably the start of a North American tour later this year. Confirmed dates are as follows:
November 9 - Quebec City, CAN @ Theatre Capitole
November 10 - Montreal, CAN @ Medley
According to Children of Bodom fansite Scythes-of-Bodom.com, the surprise track on the band's upcoming single, "In Your Face" (to be released August 17), will be a cover of Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again." Tracklisting for the single:
01. In Your Face
02. Oops I Did It Again
03. In Your Face (censored version)
Two cover songs were recorded during the "Are You Dead Yet?" session. The second cover song will be used as a bonus track for the Japanese version of the album.
Children of Bodom's upcoming album, "Are You Dead Yet?" will be released September 14 in Finland and September 19 in the rest of the world. Tracklisting for the album is as follows: More...
The cover artwork for Children of Bodom's upcoming single, "In Your Face," has been posted on Scythes-of-Bodom.com.
"In Your Face" tracklisting:
1. In Your Face
2. Surprise Track
3. In Your Face (censored version)
"In Your Face" is due out August 17. Children of Bodom's next album, "Are You Dead Yet?", will be released in Finland on September 14 and internationally on September 19
In other news, all previous Children of Bodom singles have achieved gold in Finland:
Children of Bodom - 5300 copies (1998)
Downfall - 6000 copies (1999)
Hate Me! - 10,400 copies (2000)
You're Better Off Dead! - 6700 copies (2002)
Trashed, Lost & Strungout - 6831 copies (2004)
The cover art and promo pictures for Children of Bodom's upcoming album "Are You Dead Yet?" have been posted at Scythes of Bodom.
"Are You Dead Yet?" will be released in Finland on September 14 and internationally on September 19. The first single, "In Your Face," will be released on August 17th.
According to Children of Bodom fansite Scythes-of-Bodom.com, the first single off Children of Bodom's upcoming album will be "In Your Face," which will be released on August 17th via Spinefarm Records. The new album, "Are You Dead Yet?", will be released in Finland on September 14 and internationally on September 19.
The bonus track for the upcoming "Hatebreeder" deluxe edition will be the cover song "No Commands" by Finnish band Stone (guitarist Roope Latvala's former band). The song was recorded at the "Hatebreeder" sessions and the album will be released on July 18th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Children of Bodom keyboardist Janne has left the following message on the band's messageboard:
Just a quick update.
Album is now done. Mastering was yesterday and we had a small party too.
The new album, "Are You Dead Yet?", will be released in Finland on September 14 and
internationally on September 19.
Children of Bodom fansite, Scythes-of-Bodom.com, reveals that in a recent interview with Finnish music magazine Soundi, frontman, Alexi Laiho, revealed that some completely new influences can be heard on the band's upcoming album, "Are You Dead Yet?" He said that the album will be even more straight-forward than their last album, "Hate Crew Deathroll" and that it will have some industrial elements on it in addition to the trademark CoB sound.
In related news, further details regarding keyboardist, Janne Warmen's side project, have been revealed. The third full-length album by Warmen will be called "Accept the Fact" and will hit stores July 6th. On June 8th, a single called "Somebody's Watching Me" will provide us a little preview of the album. It comes with a bonus track called "Faithful Eyes," which can't be found on the album itself. The album will feature guest appearances by Alexi Laiho and Stratovarius' Timo Kotipelto, among others.
Nuclear Blast Records will release a deluxe edition of Children of Bodom's "Hatebreeder" on July 18th. In addition to the 9 tracks, the album will have an audio bonus track, the "Downfall" video and a screensaver.
Children of Bodom will again be featured on the next "Monsters of Metal" DVD compilation with one video (probably "Trashed, Lost & Strungout), which is supposed to be released in September.
In other Children of Bodom news, keyboardist Janne Wirman's side project, Warmen, will release a single, entitled "Somebody's Watching Me" on June 8th. The full-length yet-to-be-titled album is scheduled to be released in June as well.
According to Children of Bodom fansite Scythes-of-Bodom.com, their new album, "Are You Dead Yet?" will have 9 songs on it, including "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" (with the vocals and leads re-done), "Are You Dead Yet?," "Punch Me I Bleed," "In Your Face" and a Bodom-related track which its name remains a secret. The album was recorded and produced by Mikko Karmila in Helsinki. It was be mixed and mastered in Finnvox Studios later on. For more information and an interview with Alexi about the new album, visit Scythes-of-Bodom.com.
"Are You Dead Yet?" will be released in Finland on September 14 and internationally on September 19.