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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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Bands That You Never Gave a Chance

My personal confessions are less about what I enjoy that would shred my credibility through a wood chipper and more about which bands I used to despise that I'd never talk shit about today. Namely, I used to really hate System of a Down, Iron Maiden, Behemoth and Chimaira. After only hearing a handful of songs from each, I decided that all were overrated before actually giving their discography a real chance.

Holy shit did I regret that later on after listening to Chimaira's self-titled album, Iron Maiden's “Powerslave”, “Zos Kia Cultus,” and the entirety of “Toxicity” (although I still maintain that “Chop Suey” has always been overrated and overplayed and I'm not a fan of the title track on “Resurrection”).

It's hard to look at yourself after talking shit about music that you were completely ignorant about. Eventually, I moved on to "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,” “Resurrection,” and “Steal This Album” and realized that I was talking out my ass and sounded like one of those guys who calls eurodance “techno” but has never listened to speedcore or confuses hip-hop with R&B. More...

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Mayhem Festival Partners With "Metal Of Honor"

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is proud to announce the partnership of iHome and Metal of Honor, an awareness and fundraising effort focused on the needs and challenges of active duty military, veterans, and their families.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has supported Hope For The Warriors and the Pathway Home, both national not-for-profit organizations dedicated to the many challenges facing veterans, since their inception.

“Giving back and showing gratitude to those that have sacrificed for all of us and those who continue to sacrifice is the message we want to spread,” comment Mayhem producers John Reese and Kevin Lyman.

As a part of this effort, all ,ilitary personnel will be allowed early entry to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival shows with military I.D. All military veterans are encouraged to go to the Metal of Honor tent, located in the festival area, to obtain a wristband and information on the various charities supporting their needs. More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts New Track Breakdown

Finnish metal superstars Children of Bodom have just released the final part of the track-by-track video series for new album "Halo of Blood" (reviewed here). Check out this latest clip below.

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Alexi Laiho Talks Favorite "Halo Of Blood" Tracks

Henkka Seppälä and Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom talked with Thrash Hits about their favorite tracks from their forthcoming album, "Halo of Blood." Check out the clip below.

Children of Bodom's eighth studio album will be released on June 11th, 2013. The track listing is as follows:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. Your Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts Making-Of Footage

Finnish metal monsters Children of Bodom have just uploaded a making-of video for the “Transference” video, providing behind-the-scenes impressions of the video shooting in Poland. Check it out below, or watch the full music video at this location.

The track is taken from the upcoming album "Halo Of Blood" set for a June 11th North American release via Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for the album is:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. Your Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep

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Children Of Bodom Posts New Album's Title Track

Finnish heavy metal band Children of Bodom has set "Halo of Blood" as the title for an eighth studio album, set for a June 11th North American release via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, Pitchfork premieres the title track from "Halo of Blood," which can be heard right here.

In support of "Halo of Blood," Children of Bodom will tour alongside Rob Zombie, Mastodon, and more this summer as one of the featured acts at the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (see dates below).

To hear more from the album, you can also check out the previously posted music video for "Transference" at this location. The track listing for the album is:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. Your Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts "Transference" Video

Children of Bodom posted the new video "Transference," which can be seen below. The song appears on the band's new LP "Halo Of Blood," which is scheduled to drop on June 7, 2013 (EU), June 10, 2013 (UK) and June 11, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out the video here:

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Children Of Bodom Posts Music Video Teaser

Children of Bodom has posted a teaser clip online for the upcoming "Transference" music video, which will drop on Monday, May 13th. Check out the teaser below.

You can also hear the full song at this location. "Transference" comes off new album "Halo of Blood" available June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11, 2013 (North America and Rest of World) via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Golden Gods Black Carpet Report Posted Online

Metal Injection hit the Golden Gods 2013 black carpet for interviews with members of Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Suicide Silence, Queensryche, Anthrax, Sick Puppies, Testament, Miss May I, Zakk Wylde, Children Of Bodom, Dillinger Escape Plan, New Years Day, Broken Hope, Jose Mangin from SiriusXM Liquid Metal and more.

Check out the footage via Metal Injection or in the player below.

The site's correspondent asks metal luminaries if they could pick one member of Metallica to joint their band, who would it be? Also find out who does the best Rob Zombie "Yeah!" and who the youngest person to walk the black carpet is. More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts Track-By-Track Clip

Finnish metal superstars Children of Bodom have just released the second part of a track-by-track video series for new album "Halo of Blood." Check out the video below.

"Halo of Blood" will be released June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11th, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing for the new album is as follows:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference (watch the lyric video here)
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. Your Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep

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Children Of Bodom Posts New Lyric Video

Children of Bodom posted a new lyric video for the track "Transference." The song appears on the upcoming release "Halo of Blood," which will be released June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11th, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. Your Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep

Check out "Transference" here: More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts Track-By-Track Video

Children of Bodom offers up a foretaste of upcoming eighth studio record, “Halo Of Blood,” in the form of the first part of a series of track-by-track videos. Check out the first entry below.

"Halo of Blood" will be released June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11th, 2013 (North America) and the track listing is as follows:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. Your Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep

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Children Of Bodom Comments On New Single

Finland's Children of Bodom has just released the first song off upcoming album “Halo Of Blood” via iTunes. Pre-order the album now and get the single “Transference” now instantly.

Mastermind Alexi Laiho states: "Transference is a straight up Children of Bodom to the core type song and therefore was a good pick for a video and obviously is one of our favorite tracks. It always had an evil vibe to it which I wish I knew how to explain because it still gives me chills… Enjoy!”

To find out more about the album, check out the band's recent video interview answering fan questions at this location. The album's track listing is:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. Your Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep More...

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Children Of Bodom Answers More Fan Questions

Via the official Nuclear Blast Europe Facebook page, fans from all around the world had the chance to ask Children of Bodom their questions – and when Felix of Nuclear Blast met the band he forwarded them to Alexi and Henkka.

The second part of the video interview series is now available online and can be viewed below, or you can watch the first part right here.

The band's new album "Halo of Blood" will be released June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11th, 2013 (North America). The track listing is as follows:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. The Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep More...

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Children Of Bodom Answers Fan Questions

Via the official Nuclear Blast Europe Facebook page, fans from all around the world had the
chance to ask Children of Bodom their questions – and when Felix of Nuclear Blast met the band he forwarded them to Alexi and Henkka. This resulted in a video interview and Part I can now be watched here:

Children of Bodom recorded “Halo Of Blood” at Finland's Danger Johnny Studios with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked on the “Hatebreeder” (1999), “Follow the Reaper” (2000), and “Hate Crew Deathroll” (2003) albums. "Halo of Blood" will be released June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11th, 2013 (North America). The track listing is as follows:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. The Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep

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Children Of Bodom Announces New Tour Dates

Finland's Children of Bodom has just announced the first dates for an upcoming European tour. Details are available below.

This trek will be in support of new album "Halo of Blood," due out June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11th, 2013 (North America). A teaser for the album is also available at this location. More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts "Halo Of Blood" Teaser

Finnish metal superstars Children of Bodom have just released the second trailer for their upcoming album "Halo Of Blood."

In this video, Janne and Jaska talk about the cover artwork, songwriting, and recording process for the new album. Check it out here:

"Halo of Blood" will be released June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11th, 2013 (North America). The track listing is as follows:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. The Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep

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Children Of Bodom Posts New Album Teaser

Finland’s metal heroes Children of Bodom have just released the first trailer for their upcoming album "Halo Of Blood."

The video resulted from the listening session of the new album, which took place at the Nuclear Blast headquarters in Germany on March 16th, and shows the first impressions of the international press. Check it out below.

“Halo Of Blood” will be released June 7th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. Children of Bodom recorded the album at Finland's Danger Johnny Studios with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked on the "Hatebreeder" (1999), "Follow the Reaper" (2001), and "Hate Crew Deathroll" (2003) albums. The track listing is as follows:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. The Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep More...

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Mayhem Festival 2013 Lineup Announced

The lineup for the sixth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival was announced today. Artists performing on the 2013 fest include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer, ROB ZOMBIE, plus, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as BEHEMOTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY, EMMURE, BORN OF OSIRIS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, BUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSS, HUNTRESS, THROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA. Four stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June).

All tickets go on sale March 22nd at 12:00 Noon local venue time via www.rockstarmayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com. The tour will stop in 26 cities across the United States and Canada as it makes its way to the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas on August 4th, 2013. The latest Mayhem Festival 2013 tour dates and venues are listed below: More...

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Children Of Bodom Reveals New Album Details

Finnish heavy metal superstars Children of Bodom have set "Halo of Blood" as the title of their eighth studio album, set for a June 11th North American release via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, Children of Bodom unveils the cover art, created by artist Sam Saramäki, known for his work on the classic COB records "Follow the Reaper," "Are You Dead Yet?" and "Hate Crew Deathroll."

Children of Bodom recorded "Halo of Blood" in Finland's Danger Johnny Studios with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on earlier albums "Hatebreeder," "Follow the Reaper," and "Hate Crew Deathroll" and producer Peter Tägtgren (Marduk, Amon Amarth) who oversaw production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album will be mixed at Finnvox Studios.

Frontman Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho comments: "Halo Of Blood is the eighth studio album from Children of Bodom. Musically, we've kept it fresh and new while still maintaining the elements that make COB's sound so recognizable. This new album has both the fastest and the slowest songs we've ever made and lyrically, there are themes we've never touched on before. Prepare yourselves for ten tracks of pure Nordic metal!" More...

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