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.
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.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"Yesterday [May 17] was the first official roundtable interview and photoshoot for Gigantour and it consisted of myself, John Petrucci from DREAM THEATER, and Jeff Loomis from NEVERMORE.
"It was great to see, meet, or re-introduce myself to these two guitar monsters. I feel that the interview went great and I got a chance to break the ice with the two guys, ask how their other bandmates were doing, give them a first-hand account of what I hope to achieve this summer, and ask them to help me learn some more guitar licks.
"I think they were surprised that I asked, but these are two great guitarists, and I have never felt comfortable asking anyone for pointers; pretty lame if you think about the players that I have been graced with.
"I also was listening to more bands to take a look at for Gigantour and the second stage. I will have an update on hopefully one more band that I am confirming soon, and I have withdrawn the offer to CHILDREN OF BODOM, due to their having conflicts with schedules evidently. They said they have some dates that interfere with doing this, and cannot join Gigantour. I understand and wish them the very best.
"While at Guitar World headquarters I also did a video guitar lesson for the song 'Symphony of Destruction'. I was a lil nervous because this was only the second time that I have done this, but I am getting over it. J
"After that I went over to VH1 to do an interview for VH1 radio. That was a fun interview because there were a lot of other questions outside of Gigantour and MEGADETH.
"We have also made some additions of concert dates for the West Coast and South West, some of which are in the beginning of the tour, and some at the end. We will announce these as soon as possible.
"Lastly, we are adding to the preliminary music loop on the home page of Gigantour.com tomorrow to include the first stage bands and should be able to make this very kewl, as well as continuing to gather pictures from the other artists.
"Feel free to notify the Gigantour.com webmaster if you may have any photos to help us out of your favorite band(s). Please let him know BEFORE you send him anything."
Kylähullut, the side project formed by Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho, will be playing their first ever gig at Kuopio Rockcock festival on July 30th in Väinölänniemi, Kuopio along with bands like Apulanta, CMX and Kilpi.
Gashouse Garden, the side project formed by Kristian Ranta (Norther) and Jaska Raatikainen (Children of Bodom), has posted the following message on the official Gashouse Garden website:
Finally here... welcome to the official webpage of Gashouse Garden. GG is a project band from Finland and you can check out the members from the Band section. There are three demo songs available for download. If you feel that you have something to offer us or just want to ask questions contact us at email@example.com.
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:
OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.
I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.
My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.
After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.
This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.
We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.
Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.
Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
The word is that Children of Bodom's huge world tour for "Are You Head Yet?" will start next Autumn in Japan. From Japan, the Hate Crew will proceed for the first time ever to Australia. After that, they'll apparently return to Europe. There are plans for a North American tour in 2006.
The band is currently in the studio working on their upcoming album entitled "Are You Dead Yet?" which will be released worldwide via Universal/Spinefarm on September 19th.
In other news, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is interested in having Children of Bodom on his Gigantour, which will take place in the USA at the end of August.
Spinefarm Records has announced that Children of Bodom's upcoming album, "Are You Dead Yet?" will be released on the following dates:
Finland: Sept. 14, 2005
International: Sept. 19, 2005
Swedish thrash metal outfit Carnal Forge have confirmed a couple of shows for May and July 2005. The band is currently writing new material for their upcoming album.
Upcoming Carnal Forge tour dates:
May 01 UK - London @ The Underworld
May 02 UK – Edinburgh @ The Subway
May 03 UK - Nottingham @ Rock City
May 05 DE - Luckau @ Fuck the Commerce
May 13 SE – Stockholm @ Club Aggression
May 28 SE – Sandviken @ Rockklubben
Jul. 09 NL - @ Thrash To The Core
Jul. 15 A - @ Kaltenbach Open Air
In other news, the band has posted the following message on their official website regarding the title for Children of Bodom's next album:
Children of bodom has ckosen to use almost the same title for their up coming album as our latest album... don't they have google in Finland?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.