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.
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.
According to Children of Bodom fan site Scythes-of-Bodom.com, guitarist Alexi Laiho has broken his arm and will most likely not perform at the Dimebag tribute.
More information on the tribute can be found here.
More details on the Dimebag tribute have been announced.
The tribute will take place at Rock 'n' roll Station, VR Makasiinit, Helsinki, Finland on January 15.
21.00 CR (ex-Condition Red)
22.30 The Scourger
23.30 Dimen Nimeen! (Dimebag tribute band)
Dimen Nimeen! tribute band will feature the following artists: More...
Finnish black-thrashers Walhalla, featuring guitarist Roope Latvala (Children of Bodom, Sinergy) and guitarist/vocalist Lord Heikkinen (Soulgrind), recently spent time writing new material and are currently seeking a record deal.
Commented Heikkinen: "We have some songs ready and it is now all about schedules. We are looking for a deal to do the album."
A Walhalla track entitled "The Laughing One", can be downloaded at this location.
Roope Latvala - Guitars (Children of Bodom)
Lord Heikkinen (Soulgrind) - Guitars, Vocals
The Beast - Drums, Vocals
Caesar Mc Launone - Bass, Vocals
Omnium Gatherum, Children of Bodom, Thunderstone, Amoral and others have been confirmed as participants at a Dimebag tribute concert in Helsinki, Finland, on January 15th 2005.
Children of Bodom fan site Scythes-of-Bodom.com is reporting that CoB drummer Jaska is set to appear on the new Evemaster album, entitled "MMIV Lacrimae Mundi." The album is a re-recording of Evemaster's debut album "Lacrimae Mundi."
At the beginning of 2004, Jaska recorded drums at POP studios in Loimaa, Finland with the idea to get it "as punk as possible" and adding great grinding/blast drumming. The album fetaures the 7 tracks of the original album with one bonus track.
"MMIV Lacrimae Mundi" tracklisting: More...
MTV.com is currently running a poll for the "Best Metal Videos of 2004." Go here to vote and then tune into MTV2 for the premiere of Headbangers Ball Best of 2004 on Saturday December 25th at 10 p.m. EST to catch the winning videos.
According to a posting at Scythes-Of-Bodom.com, Kylahullut, the Finnish project featuring Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Vesku Jokinen (Klamydia) and Tonmi Lillman (ex-To/Die/For, Sinergy), have completed work on their full-length album, "Turpa Täynnä" (Hammered), tentatively due in January 2005.
The band, whose name is roughly translated to "Village Fools", spent a week in the studio recording 12 songs of what is being described as "straight-forward punk."
"On the first studio day, our drummer Tonmi Lillman arrived completely hammered for the seventh day in a row," stated Jokinen. "He had lost his bass, had no drum sticks, not even to mention the drums. But what he did have was a shitload of booze. Laiho and I knew that this would be an excellent session."
Two years ago, Children of Bodom were an underground phenomenon, but with three major U.S. tours now under their belt, the group has become one of the genre's most acclaimed artists.
Straight off the heels of their highly successful tour alongside Fear Factory and Lamb of God, bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith checks in with the following report:
Unfortunately, our third U.S. tour has just ended. It was a long one, but it was very well worth it. When I first heard the lineup, I was very excited about the package. It sounded so strong with Fear Factory and Lamb of God, and it turned out to be a very successful tour. Not only that was great, but also each band musically was just my taste. I enjoyed Throwdown's hardcore aggression, Fear Factory's very tight playing, and Lamb of God's great show. I was watching those shows in the crowd almost every night.
What was the most important thing, of course, was that everybody -- from the bands to their crews -- were so nice, friendly and helpful. From the beginning, we felt very welcome on the tour. It was good partying and drinking with these people. So, we wanna thank everybody who made this great HC/Metal tour possible! We also wanna thank our fans who came to see us. See you again soon.
In other news, Children of Bodom "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" EP is to be released on February 22.
Sunday, November 14, I attended the Lamb of God and Fear Factory concert (with Children of Bodom and Throwdown) at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC. I attempted to take some photos of the show with little success, as they did not have photo passes which allowed me to get behind there barrier that night. The few decent photos I did get that night have been posted in the Photo Gallery. More...
Being one of my favourite bands, the minute I found out that Children of Bodom was coming to town again, I thought to myself that I definitely had to go see them this time. And not only did I get to see them live, I also got to interview their bass player, Henkka. I was supposed to interview Mark Morton from Lamb of God too. But unfortunately, due to some complications, I was unable to.
The doors to the Commodore Ballroom opened at 7. Throwdown went on stage at 7:45. They weren't bad for an opening band. I was impressed by how much energy they've got and how they got everyone jumping up and down in the circle pit they've created. Rumour has it that there are tires under the floor of the Commodore so that it adds bounce...or something like that. More...
Live pics from the CHILDREN OF BODOM, LAMB OF GOD and FEAR FACTORY show from Oct 15th in Worcester, MA have been posted at Return To The Pit- a website dedicated to the local (New Englang) metal scene. View them here.
From Cataracts official website:
Hey cataractians! Our video for "Nothings Left" is on air now! Please vote for it! Follow this link (you have to log in first before you vote). Thank you so much for your support! More news soon!
The list also includes videos from Nightwish, Fear Factory, Children of Bodom, Slipknot, Shadows Fall, Sepultura, Rammstein and more.
Long-running New Jersey-based metallers Overkill are the latest band confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include The Haunted, Children Of Bodom, Unleashed, Amon Amarth, Masterplan, Ensiferum and Heaven Shall Burn. More information (in German) is available at this location.
Overkill's last studio album, "Killbox 13", was released in 2003 via Spitfire Records.