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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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New Children Of Bodom Album Title Revealed

According to Scythes-of-Bodom.com, Children of Bodom's upcoming fifth album will be called "Are You Dead Yet" and is scheduled to be released September 21, 2005.

The band is currently in the studio recording the album. Drum tracks are already done and the guitars and bass are up next.

Frontman, Alexi Laiho, and keyboardist, Janne Wirman, appeared at the Finnish radio show Takahuone on YleX yesterday (Apr. 20) morning. They were interviewed about their experiences on the road.

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Children Of Bodom To Play German Hard Rock Fest

According to Children of Bodom fansite, Scythes-Of-Bodom.com, Children of Bodom will appear at the German Hard Rock festival on May 14th. Children of Bodom will appear at this year's Metal Expo in Sweden, which is held on August 26 and 27 in Stockholm.

In other news, Alexi paid a visit to the German music fair Musikmesse Frankfurt on April 9th to promote this ESP guitars like he did last year. Roope didn't show up but his guitar was also exhibited. Other musicians, including Gus G. from Firewind and Emppu from Nightwish, also appeared to sign autographs.

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Children of Bodom Complete Drum Tracks

Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have finished recording the drum tracks for their new album, tentatively due in September via Spinefarm Records. "Now the band will start working with guitar and bass tracks," reads a posting on the group's web site. "Recordings should be ready by the end of May!"

As previously reported, the follow-up to 2003's "Hate Crew Deathroll" is being recorded in Helsinki with Mikko Karmila at the helm. The plan is for the group to include the title track of their recent EP, "Trashed, Lost & Strungout", on the new album, albeit possibly in re-recorded form.

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Bloodstock Collaborate With Wacken

The mighty German heavy metal festival, Wacken, has leant its European marketing muscle to the U.K. in a global demonstration of support for the launch of Bloodstock Open Air (B-O-A) — the leading independent U.K. festival that is dedicated to heavy metal music.

With Wacken's support, B-O-A will be an international Mecca for heavy metal music fans, producing a metal fest to match any in Europe. Thousands of fans are expected to converge on Catton Hall in Derbyshire on June 24-25 to experience an incredible lineup of European legends alongside fresh U.K. talent; solid rhythm making, blood-pounding, adrenalin fuelled metal! More...

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Police Investigation Of Bodom Murders Complete

Children of Bodom fan site, Scythes-of-Bodom.com reports that the 1960 Lake Bodom murder case, from which the Finnish death metal band derived its name, is going to prosecution for consideration.

According to the crime investigators, the evening at the lake was all about jealousy, alcohol and sex. They claim that Nils Gustafsson, the sole survivor, had lost his temper because of an old relationship of his girlfriend Irmeli Björklund, the victim who got stabbed in an extremely brutal way unlike the other two who got killed rather quickly. The other two victims, Tuulikki Mäki and Seppo Boisman, were apparently a couple as well.

Ther material going to prosecution is 500-pages of questioning material and it comes with several DNA and blood samples, fingerprints and various items like the tent the children had supposedly never slept in. However, the police now claims that they never even had time to sleep in it, they just had sex in it.

Espoo's leading jurisdictional district attorney Tom Ifström believes that in two months, he will be able to decided whether Nils will be charged or not for the triple murder. First of all, he has to decide whether the crime has expired or not. It is a complicated situation since the laws from teh 60's have gone through major changes. According to the current Finnish law, a second degree murder gets old in 20 years, but a first degree murder never gest old. It is also a mystery how and if all the witnesses can be found and taken to court.

Nils Gustafsson will turn 64 this spring.

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More Tuska Open Air Details Revealed

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...

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Gotthard Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

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...

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Dimmu, Evergrey Confirmed For Gates Of Metal

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.

Confirmed artists:
Edguy
Children of Bodom
Masterplan
Grave Digger
Amon Amarth
Dream Evil
Nocturnal Rites
Sabaton
Twilightning
God Among Insects
Pantokrator

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Children Of Bodom Album Release Date Announced

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.

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COB, Hammerfall To Headline Bloodstock 2005 Fests

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...

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Watch Children Of Bodom's New Video Online

Children Of Bodom are out with the video to their new single 'Trashed, Lost & Strungout'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.

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More Bands Confirmed For Gates Of Metal

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.

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Sinergy Singer Issues Album Update

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.

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Cage Confirmed For Earthshaker Festival

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.

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"Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" Details

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:

Disc 1:

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...

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New Children of Bodom EP

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.

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Children Of Bodom Side Project Release New Album

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.

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Children Of Bodom Rehearsing Hard

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.

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First Acts For Tuska Open Air Confirmed

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.

33,000 are expected to attend the event. Tickets for Tuska 2005 will go on sale later this spring through Lippupalvelu. For more information, grab a Finnish dictionary and head to tuska-festival.fi.

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Testament, CoB Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

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:

Bludgeon
Cage
Children of Bodom
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Disbelief
Ektomorf
Evidence One
Feinstein
Grave Digger
Graveworm
J.B.O.
Manowar
Masterplan
Overkill
Rhapsody
Testament

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.

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