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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The fury surrounding Slayer's upcoming album and recently announced "The Unholy Alliance Tour - Preaching to the Perverted" has not died down and new information is still being revealed piece by piece.
The four original members of SLAYER Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and Dave Lombardo/drums - the pioneers and undisputed kings of extreme speed/thrash metal, have entered a Los Angeles-area studio to record what will be their first new studio album since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss." Rick Rubin, who helped solidify the much-emulated Slayer sound beginning with their genre-defining 1986 classic "Reign In Blood," has taken the helm as executive producer of the project.
Working closely with Rubin will be Josh Abraham (Korn, Velvet Revolver, Atreyu) who will produce the album. "We're real happy to have Josh on the team," said Slayer's Jeff Hanneman. "He's a very creative and intuitive guy, he knows music, and he really gets who Slayer is and what we're doing." The as yet untitled album will be released on Slayer's long-time label, Rubin's American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records, and is expected out this fall. As previously reported, The new album is expected to feature 11 songs, one of which will carry the title of "Cult".
"Dave's been back with us, playing live, for a couple of years now, and we're all looking forward to recording together again," said the band's Tom Araya. Kerry King added, "There really is no one like Dave he doesn't have to work at what he does, he just walks in, picks up his sticks and goes."
Said Lombardo, "It feels really good being back with the same guys I started out with. The chemistry is definitely there, that's the exciting part of it, to capture that chemistry again. And that's what is happening."
Jeff, Tom and Kerry have been writing songs for this new album since they wrapped their last North American tour in September 2004. "This is probably the most prepared we've been to record an album since the 80s," King added. "We've been writing and cutting demos for months." While these may change, working titles for some of the songs that will be recorded include "Catalyst," "Cult," "Supremist," and "Consfearacy." "I like to write songs that have different meanings for different people," said King, "where everyone can say, ŒI know what he means,' but still get their own sense of what the song is about."
Finally, on 6.6.06 (a date already snatched up by for numerous death metal releases, most notably Deicide's) in San Diego, CA, Slayer will kick off a seven-week summer trek, "The Unholy Alliance Tour Preaching to the Perverted," that boasts what has got to be the genre's coolest line-up of the summer Lamb of God, Mastodon and Children of Bodom (who will rotate the second and third slots), and Thine Eyes Bleed who will open the shows. Not only is the line-up terrific, but ticket prices will reportedly not exceed $39.00, giving fans a great value for their dollar.
According to Slayer's long-time manager Rick Sales, "We want to make 'The Unholy Alliance' tour an annual global event, so we decided to be smart about the design from the beginning. We chose to book most of the tour's shows at indoor venues, as that allows the bands and the fans amenities like air conditioning and indoor bathrooms, as well as the very best stage lighting, production, and sound and less expensive concession prices. The few shows that will be played outside will be played at night in permanent facilities with our lighting, production, and so on. Everyone wins."
With more dates and details to be added, the confirmed dates so far for "The Unholy Alliance Tour Preaching to the Perverted" are as follows:
June 6 - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
June 7 - The Orleans, Las Vegas, NV
June 12 - Pop's Outside, St. Louis, MO
June 13 - Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
June 15 - Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ
June 16 - Continental Airlines Arena, E. Rutherford, NJ
June 17 - Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
June 23 - Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX
June 25 - Reliant Arena, Houston, TX
June 29 - Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
July 6 - Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
July 7 - Eagles Auditorium, Milwaukee, WI
July 14 - Qwest Field Event Center, Seattle, WA
July 16 - Salem Armory, Salem, OR
July 19 - HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
July 21 - Mesa Amphitheatre, Mesa, AZ
July 22 - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
The following update has been posted at CHILDREN OF BODOM's official web site:
"Last night [March 4] in the annual Emma-Gaala (Finnish equivalent of the Grammys), CHILDREN OF BODOM were presented the Export Emma 2006 for their accomplishments in exporting Finnish music. The whole award ceremony was aired live on national TV.
"In other news, the band recently shot a new promo video for the title song of their newest album 'Are You Dead Yet?'. The quintet ended their European tour in Tavastia, Helsinki on February 11th and returned the same club two days later to shoot the playing parts for the aforementioned video. The story parts of the video were shot beforehand in America."
CHILDREN OF BODOM will be teaming up with SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON and THINE EYES BLEED for the Unholy Alliance Tour beginning in early June. So far, only one date has been announced: June 16 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for the Continental show will go on sale on Saturday, March 11. As previously reported, the trek will make stops in most major cities, although the actual routing of the run is still being fleshed out.
It was too good to be true. Contrary to previous speculation, SLAYER will be hitting the road with LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, CHILDREN OF BODOM, and THINE EYES BLEED for the Unholy Alliance Tour. The following is from an MTV.com article:
"Dubbed the Unholy Alliance Tour, the trek will make stops in most major cities, although the actual routing of the run is still being fleshed out. Either way King's anxious to hit the road again.
"It's been 18 months since we've toured in the States," he explained. "People are going to be chomping at the bit to see us again. Our initial thought [with Unholy Alliance] was to go up against Ozzfest, because I think that tour's getting a little bit tired and I think people are tired of going out and getting sunburned for hours every summer. Every place we play is going to be indoors, with a good-sized lineup. We're certainly not going to try to make Ozzfest go away. We're just trying to offer an alternative."
According to Rick Sales, SLAYER's manager of 18 years, the idea's to make the Unholy Alliance Tour an annual event "with the best bands out there." During the fall of 2004, SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, MASTODON and HATEBREED toured Europe under the Unholy Alliance tag. Sales also wants to take the tour global and said following its U.S. run, the Alliance will return to Europe, followed by stints in Japan and Australia — although, he noted the lineups would be different on each leg.
"I think we're in a different spot than Ozzfest," Sales continued. "This is more extreme and it's not involving any sort of 'radio bands.' It's a no-compromise lineup, the best of the breed. We think this is a great live event and that the tour will become bigger than the lineup. I think Ozzfest has proven that."
SLAYER, who Sales said declined an Ozzfest 2006 invite, will deliver an hour-plus set to close out each night of the Unholy Alliance; THINE EYES BLEED will open on all dates, followed by BODOM and MASTODON (who'll be rotating slots) and then LAMB OF GOD. King said SLAYER will debut some new material from the stage.
On Tuesday SLAYER entered a Los Angeles studio, where they started recording the 11 songs that'll comprise their yet-untitled album. Rick Rubin (JAY-Z, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) will executive-produce the disc, while Josh Abraham (VELVET REVOLVER, STAIND) will turn the knobs. One of the songs has an official title ("Cult"), but all of them, King promised, will be devastatingly grim.
"There are definitely things you can't write about in SLAYER, and there are definitely things people expect you to write about," he said. "Everybody expects war, Satanism or anti-religious stuff — and this record's chock-full of that."
The LP, which the band hopes to finish in time for a late June release, will be the first to feature original drummer Dave Lombardo in more than 15 years. Their last outing together was 1990's Seasons in the Abyss.
"[Drummer] Paul [Bostaph], who we did God Hates Us All with, kind of had an elbow problem, and now he's with EXODUS," King said. "When Paul left us ... it was brought to our attention that Dave was available. And we figured if anybody should be doing this, it should be him."
Most of the 11 songs SLAYER will record were written more than two years ago, the guitarist said. "We're hoping to do it old-school and record everything in like four weeks," he added. "We're ready. This is probably the most ready we've been since Seasons. We've been spinning our wheels in rehearsals, just waiting for the green light on this thing. Now that we've got it, we're ready to go.
"It's definitely going to be a riff-fest," King continued. "There's riffs all over the place. As much time as we've had to work on it, there better be riffs on it. I think anybody who likes SLAYER, musically, is going to love it."
While Sales said SLAYER's studio LP probably won't be in stores by June 6, he says the band will release a digital download, EP or something else to coincide with the tour launch.
On Saturday, MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" will feature an exclusive interview with bassist Tom Araya regarding the forthcoming album and the Unholy Alliance run."
Children Of Bodom will return to Japan for 3 dates in April:
Apr. 23 Kawasaki - Club Citta
Apr. 24 Osaka - Namba Hatch
Apr. 25 Tokyo - Liquid Room
Live photos from the Scandinavian leg of the European tour have been posted in the gallery of the official COB website. Check them out at this location.
Children of Bodom will be embarking on a three and a half week North American tour this spring with Chimaira, God Forbid and Through the Eyes of the Dead. Tour dates: More...
Swedish film company Revolver, led by the director Patric Ullaeus, will film Children of Bodom's upcoming gig in Stockholm, Sweden on February 5th for an upcoming DVD release. Further details on the DVD remain to be announced.
Children of Bodom will be embarking on a three and a half week North American tour this spring with Chimaira, God Forbid and Through the Eyes of the Dead. Tour dates announced so far are as follows: More...
South Carolina's death metal road warriors Through The Eyes of the Dead have been confirmed as support for Children of Bodom's upcoming North American tour. Also featuring Chimaira and God Forbid on select dates, Through The Eyes of The Dead will round out the tour's lineup on 18 of the 19 dates across the US, joining up on March 19.
This tour is the latest in a string of live dates and tours Through The Eyes of the Dead has been a part of since the release of the band's Prosthetic Records debut, Bloodlust. Having already trekked out on headlining and support tours alike since the album's October release, Through The Eyes of the Dead are a perfect example of hard work bringing success to a band. The band will be filming the debut video from Bloodlust in March, and in the meantime will continue its current tour with Ed Gein, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Animosity, and Despised Icon, including a stop at Los Angeles Murderfest on Feb. 19.
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD on tour More...
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.