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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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.
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.
New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.
German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.
Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish-singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.
The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.
Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticketcosts 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.
Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads as follows: More...
GOTTHARD have been added to the Bloodstock Open Air lineup. This will be the million selling Swiss Classic Rock acts first appearance in the UK since their debut tour with Magnum in the early 1990's and is sure to please their many UK fans. They will be promoting their latest release 'Lipservice' due out on June 6th on Nuclear Blast. This will be preceded by a single in April, details of which are at gotthard.com. More...
Dimmu Borgir has been confirmed for Gates of Metal. The Norwegian band will play the big stage at this years festival. Sweden's Evergrey is also confirmed. Gates of Metal is held in Hultsfred, Sweden between the fifth and sixth of August.
5000 tickets has been released, and foreign visitors can make their ticket reservation at the official festival website. The website is available in English.
For more information visit http://www.gatesofmetal.se.
Children of Bodom
God Among Insects
The release date for the forthcoming Children of Bodom album has been postponed for a few more weeks. Spinefarm has now announced the release date to be September 21, 2005.
All Children of Bodom albums (including "Tokyo Warhearts") are to be re-released as picture vinyls by Back on Black Records, who also recently re-released Nightwish albums as double picture vinyls. However, the CoB vinyls won't be double vinyls like originally planned. Except, they will be just plain picture vinyls with the album cover on them.
In other news, Kylähullut, Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho's anything-but-serious punk rock side project, has just released a video for their song "Kääpiöt" (=Midgets) via their label's website. It's a simple animation video done by the band's singer Vesku Jokinen, who has done similar videos before for his main band Klamydia.
Children of Bodom are currently composing material for their upcoming album and rehearsing in the studio. Their EP "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" is in stores now.
BLOODSTOCK 2005 will comprise 2 separate festivals. The brand new outdoor show BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR ( B-O-A ) will take place on June 24th-25th 2005 at Catton Hall, in the Midlands, with the annual BLOODSTOCK05 – UK Metalfest taking place indoors at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on 2nd-3rd September 2005.
With the indoor festival now having reached capacity within the current location, the next logical step was to find an additional location, and the decision to go outdoors was an easy choice to make as the UK does not have an outdoor Euro-style Metal festival along the lines of Wacken, Bang Your Head and Summer Breeze (DE), Gods of Metal (ITA), Sweden Rock (SWE), Graspop (B), Dynamo (N) and so many more. The current choice of venue, Catton Hall, offers a fantastic location within a rural setting, centrally located within the UK for all areas to reach easily, and yes, camping will be provided. Our initial capacity is for up to 8,000 with further growth at the site to accommodate 20,000 within a few more years. More...
Children Of Bodom are out with the video to their new single 'Trashed, Lost & Strungout'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
Another three artists are presented by the Gates of Metal festival which takes place in Hultsfred, Sweden between the 5 and 6 of August.
The new artists are Children of Bodom, Nocturnal Rites and Twilightning. The festival has now confirmed eight artists to the third edition of Gates of Metal.
This years festival will expand and opens on the Friday evening with performances. This will also mean that there is going to be more artists performing at Gates of Metal 2005 than other years.
5000 tickets have been released, and foreign visitors can make their reservation at the official festival website. The website is now available in English as well.
Previously confirmed artists include: Edguy, Grave Digger, Amon Amarth, Dream Evil, God Among Insects.
Sinergy, the acclaimed Finnish metal band featuring singer Kimberly Goss and Children of Bodom members Alexi Laiho (guitar) and Roope Latvala (guitar), have spent the past few months quietly recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in late 2005.
As Goss announced on the internet:
Sinergy does indeed still exist, though the absence of our website and having only played two gigs in the past six months may lead people to believe otherwise.
Our fourth album will be called "Sins of the Past". We started recording drums and bass in June of last year at Finnvox Studios, and have continued recording the rest of it at Beyond Abilities Studios (the studio of Janne Wirman from Children of Bodom). However, we've had to record the album in separate sections due to Children of Bodom's busy touring schedule last year. We've sometimes had to take several months off in between recording.
Alexi just got his cast off cast week [after suffering a broken arm in a fall in December], but still needs to wear a brace for another few weeks. He's able to play guitar now, but we're gonna wait until he's 100 percent recovered before he finishes his leads on the album. In the meantime, myself and Roope have been busy recording our parts. The album will then be mixed and mastered at Finnvox then the recording is finished.
All I can say is that we are hopeful that the album will be released sometime this year. We'll have a new website up once the artwork for the new album is finished.
CAGE has been confirmed to play at the Earthshaker Festival 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. MANOWAR will headline the festival and will also feature TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, RHAPSODY, GRAVE DIGGER, MASTERPLAN and many other bands.
Armageddon Music have announced a March 21 release date for the "Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" 3-CD set. The package will feature more than 220 minutes and 38 bands, along with liner notes, photos and information about the annual German metal festival. Here is the complete track listing:
01. ANTHRAX - "Indians"
02. ANTHRAX - "Only"
03. DESTRUCTION - "Nailed To The Cross"
04. CHILDREN OF BODOM - "Sixpounder"
05. CANNIBAL CORPSE - "Dormant Bodies Bursting"
06. MAYHEM - "Pargans Fears"
07. DEATH ANGEL - "Thicker Than Blood"
08. UNLEASHED - "To Asgaard We Fly"
09. ORPHANAGE - "Five Crystals"
10. EKTOMORF - "I Know Them"
11. EKTOMORF - "Destroy"
12. BAL-SAGOTH - "The Emperial Lexicon"
13. MNEMIC - "Ghost"
14. CATHEDRAL - "Stained Glass Horizon"
15. NEVERMORE - "Enemies Of Reality"
Disc 2: More...
Children of Bodom will release an EP entitled, "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" on February 22 nd. The EP features two new tracks (title cut and “Knuckleduster”), two covers (Alice Cooper and Andrew WK), a video for the title track and a CD-ROM enhanced video of the band taking the viewer on a tour around their hometown of Helsinki , Finland. Recorded once again by Anssi Kippo at Finnvox Studios, it is the first official recording to feature new guitarist Rope Latvala (ex-Stone). They are currently hard at work writing songs for their next full-length album.
Alexi Laiho (vocals, guitars) was also just named “Future Legend” in Guitar World's coveted Readers' Poll and will also appear on the cover alongside Steve Vai and Zakk Wylde on their March issue. Look for the video for the EP's title track to make its debut on Headbangers Ball and Uranium late next month.
The new Kylähullut album "Turpa Täynnä" (Hammered) hit Finnish stores last Wednesday. The album isn't much different from the Keisarinleikkaus EP; it can still be described as straight-forward punk.
Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) sings in a few songs with Vesku Jokinen (Klamydia) doing most of the vocals. Just like before, Tonmi Lillman (ex-To/Die/For, Sinergy) takes care of the drums and Alexi plays the super fast guitar solos. The lyrics of the album deal with topics like alcohol, groupies, spray painters and people who try to convert others into their own religion. Even Alexi's CoB bandmates don't get away without getting mocked by Alexi. Kimberly Goss does a guest appearance on the last track of the album by singing a few lines in Finnish.
The following update has been posted on Children of Bodom's official website:
Alexi is now better with his hand injury. Now he is able to play normally, and COB will now concentrate on putting the new stuff together. Studio, located in Helsinki is booked for several weeks in April and May, and recordings should be ready by the end of May!
Band is really excited that they are now able to play new stuff together, and that Alexi is recovered from his injury that occured in December!!!
Children of Bodom's "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" EP is set to be released on February 22.
The eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival which takes place at Kaisaniemi in Helsinki, Finland from July 15-17th. Reunited German metal legends ACCEPT will headline on the 17th.
Other confirmed acts include: TESTAMENT, CHILDREN OF BODOM, EVERGREY, NAGLFAR, SCARVE, FINNTROLL, ROTTEN SOUND, THUNDERSTONE, AJATTARA, TERASBETONI, TURMION KATILOT, DEATH CHAIN, PAIN CONFESSOR.
Testament, Overkill, Children of Bodom, Rhapsody, Grave Digger and Masterplan are among the latest bands confirmed for Earthshaker Fest 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
Children of Bodom
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
A poster for the festival can be viewed at this location.
As previously reported, festival headliners Manowar are currently in studio working on a new song to be performed at EarthShaker Fest 2005. The band warn the fans that this will be only one of the many great surprises they are preparing for this show and the Mega Fan Convention.
Norwegian metallers Griffin have uploaded video footage of the band in the studio working on their fourth full-length album, tentatively due this spring/summer via FaceFront Records. Check it out at this location.
The follow-up to last year's "No Holds Barred" is being recorded at Godt Selskap studios in Trondheim, Norway and will be mixed by Andy LaRoque (King Diamond) at his Los Angered Studio in Gothenborg, Sweden beginning on February 3. Demo samples of the new Griffin tracks "Building a Future", "Moment of Madness", "Premonition", "Recipe for Rage" and "Utopia" can be downloaded at this location.
"No Holds Barred" was recorded at Skansen Lydstudio in Trondheim, Norway under the co-production guidance of Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho. In addition to co-producing the effort, Laiho laid down guest guitar and vocals on the CD.
Children of Bodom have lined up the following festival appearances this spring/summer:
May 13-15 Gelsenkirchen, GER @ Rock Hard Festival
Jul. 8-10 Turku, FIN @ Ruisrock
Jul. 15 Vaasa, FIN @ Rockperry Festival
Jul. 16 Joensuu, FIN @ Ilosaarirock
Jul. 17 Helsinki, FIN @ Tuska Festival
CoB bassist Henkka Blacksmith recently revealed that the group's new album will be recorded in Helsinki, Finland with producer Mikko Karmila but not at the Finnvox studio, where Karmila had previously mixed some of the group's previous output. It is not presently clear if the recordings, which were scheduled for March, will be delayed due to guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho's recent accident which resulted in a broken arm.
CoB's as-yet-untitled new CD is tentatively scheduled for release in Finland on August 29 via Spinefarm Records (September 3 in the rest of the world through Universal). In addition, all of CoB's albums (including "Tokyo Warhearts") will be re-released as double LP versions in February and March. It is not presently clear what bonus tracks will be included on each of the accompanying discs.
In other Children of Bodom news, keyboardist Janne Warman has announced that CoB guitarist Alexi Laiho and Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto will be among the group of vocalists who perform on the upcoming Warmen album, scheduled for release in May.
In other Children of Bodom news, guitarists Roope Latvala and Alexi Laiho will appear at the Finnish Metal Expo in Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki on Saturday, January 29.
Children of Bodom bassist, Henkka T. Blacksmith, has revealed that the next CoB studio album will be recorded in Helsinki with Mikko Karmila but not in the Finnvox studios. It's not known yet if the recordings which were scheduled for March will be delayed due to Alexi's broken arm.
The release date of the album will be August 28, 2005 in Finland through Spinefarm records and September 3, 2005 to the rest of the world through Universal. But these dates can be postponed if the recordings are delayed.
All Children of Bodom albums (including "Tokyo Warhearts") will be re-released as double LP versions in February and March. It's not yet known what bonus tracks are on the second LP.
Recently, Alexi was voted as future legend in the American Guitar World magazine where he won the readers poll with 29%.
In other side projects news, keyboardist,Janne Warmen's third Warmen album will be released at the beginning of May 2005 in Finland and on May 16, 2005 to the rest of the world. Drummer Jaska's friends from Evemaster are writing material for their third album and although nothing is confirmed yet, it is known for sure that Jaska will handle drums for the recordings once again.
According to Scythes-of-Bodom.com, Children of Bodom keyboardist, Janne, has posted the following message regarding frontman Alexi's broken arm on the official CoB messageboard:
He "fell" down from about 150cm high on his wrist and the right side of his face. I didn't even notice his face I was so worried about his wrist cause I saw how he fell and knew that it had to hurt his arm. I picked him up and was asking about the wrist when others with us noticed that his face was bleeding pretty bad. We went to the hospital and now he has a cast on for 5 weeks I guess. I hope his wrist is ok when they remove the cast and he can start playing again.
In other news, Children of Bodom's "Trash, Lost & Strungout" is still going strong on the official Finnish single chart. It has been on the chart for a total of 17 weeks.