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.
Wacken Open Air Festival organizers have just confirmed acts for next year's W:O:A, set to take place August 3rd to 5th in Wacken Germany. Bands confirmed so far are Children of Bodom, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, In Extremo, Soilwork and Subway to Sally.
According to Germany's Rock Hard magazine, Children of Bodom laid down a cover version of the Poison hit single "Talk Dirty to Me" during the recording sessions for their new album, "Are You Dead Yet?". The song is expected to surface on the Japanese version of the new CD, which will also contain a special bonus DVD featuring exclusive footage from the making of the album, live videos and rare recordings. The other audio bonus track on the CD is said to be a cover of the Britney Spears hit "Oops I Did It Again" (which also appears on Children of Bodom's "In Your Face" single).
"Are You Dead Yet?" is scheduled for release on September 14 in Finland and September 19 in the rest of the world.
Children of Bodom mastered "Are You Dead Yet?" on June 6 at Finnvox studios in Helsinki following a six-week recording/mixing session with producer Mikko Karmila.
The Japanese version of Children of Bodom's upcoming release "Are You Dead Yet?" will contain a special bonus DVD which will feature exclusive footage from the making of the album, live videos and rare recordings. The CD will include two audio bonus tracks, one of which is the Britney Spears cover of "Oops I Did It Again" and the other is unknown.
Children of Bodom shot a new video for their upcoming single "In Your Face" a few days ago. The single will be released on August 17 and will include a Britney Spears cover of "Oops I Did It Again, which features singer Jonna Kosonen (ex-Nylon Beat).
Six years after her lyrics for "Silent Night, Bodom Night," Kimberly Goss (Sinergy) wrote lyrics for another song called "Bastards of Bodom," which deals with the Lake Bodom murders.
Ten official release parties for Children of Bodom's upcoming album "Are You Dead Yet?" have been scheduled in Germany in September. "Are You Dead Yet?" will be released in Finland on September 14 and internationally on September 19
Finnish metallers Children of Bodom will be embarking on a Japanese headlining tour in October. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Oct. 07 Nagoya, JPN @ Zepp Nagoya
Oct. 08 Osaka, JPN @ Zepp Osaka
Oct. 09 Fukuoka, JPN @ Zepp Fukuoka
Oct. 11 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya Ax
Oct. 12 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya Ax
Oct. 16 Hiroshima, JPN @ Club Quattro
Oct. 17 Sendai, JPN @ Zepp Sendai
Oct. 18 Sapporo, JPN @ Zepp Sapporo
A Montreal date on November 10th has been revealed for Children of Bodom, Trivium and Amon Amarth, presumably the start of a North American tour later this year. Confirmed dates are as follows:
November 9 - Quebec City, CAN @ Theatre Capitole
November 10 - Montreal, CAN @ Medley
According to Children of Bodom fansite Scythes-of-Bodom.com, the surprise track on the band's upcoming single, "In Your Face" (to be released August 17), will be a cover of Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again." Tracklisting for the single:
01. In Your Face
02. Oops I Did It Again
03. In Your Face (censored version)
Two cover songs were recorded during the "Are You Dead Yet?" session. The second cover song will be used as a bonus track for the Japanese version of the album.
Children of Bodom's upcoming album, "Are You Dead Yet?" will be released September 14 in Finland and September 19 in the rest of the world. Tracklisting for the album is as follows: More...
The cover artwork for Children of Bodom's upcoming single, "In Your Face," has been posted on Scythes-of-Bodom.com.
"In Your Face" tracklisting:
1. In Your Face
2. Surprise Track
3. In Your Face (censored version)
"In Your Face" is due out August 17. Children of Bodom's next album, "Are You Dead Yet?", will be released in Finland on September 14 and internationally on September 19
In other news, all previous Children of Bodom singles have achieved gold in Finland:
Children of Bodom - 5300 copies (1998)
Downfall - 6000 copies (1999)
Hate Me! - 10,400 copies (2000)
You're Better Off Dead! - 6700 copies (2002)
Trashed, Lost & Strungout - 6831 copies (2004)
The cover art and promo pictures for Children of Bodom's upcoming album "Are You Dead Yet?" have been posted at Scythes of Bodom.
"Are You Dead Yet?" will be released in Finland on September 14 and internationally on September 19. The first single, "In Your Face," will be released on August 17th.
According to Children of Bodom fansite Scythes-of-Bodom.com, the first single off Children of Bodom's upcoming album will be "In Your Face," which will be released on August 17th via Spinefarm Records. The new album, "Are You Dead Yet?", will be released in Finland on September 14 and internationally on September 19.
The bonus track for the upcoming "Hatebreeder" deluxe edition will be the cover song "No Commands" by Finnish band Stone (guitarist Roope Latvala's former band). The song was recorded at the "Hatebreeder" sessions and the album will be released on July 18th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Children of Bodom keyboardist Janne has left the following message on the band's messageboard:
Just a quick update.
Album is now done. Mastering was yesterday and we had a small party too.
The new album, "Are You Dead Yet?", will be released in Finland on September 14 and
internationally on September 19.
Children of Bodom fansite, Scythes-of-Bodom.com, reveals that in a recent interview with Finnish music magazine Soundi, frontman, Alexi Laiho, revealed that some completely new influences can be heard on the band's upcoming album, "Are You Dead Yet?" He said that the album will be even more straight-forward than their last album, "Hate Crew Deathroll" and that it will have some industrial elements on it in addition to the trademark CoB sound.
In related news, further details regarding keyboardist, Janne Warmen's side project, have been revealed. The third full-length album by Warmen will be called "Accept the Fact" and will hit stores July 6th. On June 8th, a single called "Somebody's Watching Me" will provide us a little preview of the album. It comes with a bonus track called "Faithful Eyes," which can't be found on the album itself. The album will feature guest appearances by Alexi Laiho and Stratovarius' Timo Kotipelto, among others.
Nuclear Blast Records will release a deluxe edition of Children of Bodom's "Hatebreeder" on July 18th. In addition to the 9 tracks, the album will have an audio bonus track, the "Downfall" video and a screensaver.
Children of Bodom will again be featured on the next "Monsters of Metal" DVD compilation with one video (probably "Trashed, Lost & Strungout), which is supposed to be released in September.
In other Children of Bodom news, keyboardist Janne Wirman's side project, Warmen, will release a single, entitled "Somebody's Watching Me" on June 8th. The full-length yet-to-be-titled album is scheduled to be released in June as well.
According to Children of Bodom fansite Scythes-of-Bodom.com, their new album, "Are You Dead Yet?" will have 9 songs on it, including "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" (with the vocals and leads re-done), "Are You Dead Yet?," "Punch Me I Bleed," "In Your Face" and a Bodom-related track which its name remains a secret. The album was recorded and produced by Mikko Karmila in Helsinki. It was be mixed and mastered in Finnvox Studios later on. For more information and an interview with Alexi about the new album, visit Scythes-of-Bodom.com.
"Are You Dead Yet?" will be released in Finland on September 14 and internationally on September 19.
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