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.
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This year's Bang Your Head Festival is set to take place on June 25th and 26th at the Messegelande in Balingen, Germany.
The latest act to be confirmed for the festival is ICED EARTH (second headlining act).
The current lineup of bands scheduled to perform at Bang Your Head 2004 includes: ICED EARTH, TESTAMENT, ALICE COOPER, ANTHRAX, QUEENSRYCHE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PRIMAL FEAR, U.F.O., WHITE LION, MAGNUM, BLAZE, ANGEL, CAGE, MAJESTY, GOTTHARD, LILLIAN AXE, OMEN, DEATH ANGEL, KINGDOM COME, SHOK PARIS, RUFFIANS and BALLISTIC.
A warmup gig is to be held at Rockdisco WOM with Ruffians, Ballistic, Shok Paris and Death Angel.
ICED EARTH have confirmed that their headlining tour of the U.S. and Canada will proceed as originally planned. The tour begins on April 18 and runs for over a month. CHILDREN OF BODOM and EVERGREY will provide support. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
The New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 2004 will take place April 30th and May 1st at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Friday individual day tickets are $30. Saturday individual day tickets are $35. Two-day passes are $60. A special internet-only pre-sale is going on now at tickets.com . Regular sale starts today, February 27 at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.
The show will once again take place on the two stages in the Palladium. This year there will once again be a film crew recording every second of action on the stage and behind the scenes for a live DVD. Record labels, vendors, and record distributors will set up shop in the balcony of the upstairs room.
The following acts have been confirmed to headline on Friday night: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ARCH ENEMY, MACHINE HEAD, GOD FORBID, EVERYTIME I DIE.
The Saturday night headliners include: ICED EARTH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, ZAO, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH.
Other acts confirmed to appear include: More...
As previously reported, the 2004 Dynamo Open Air festival will take place on Saturday, June 5th at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland.The latest act confirmed for the festival is NIGHTWISH.
The confirmed line-up for the festival now includes: SLAYER (headlining), NIGHTWISH, LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR, CHILDREN OF BODOM.
More bands will be announced soon.
ICED EARTH's latest album, "The Glorious Burden", has shifted 8,626 copies in its first week of release in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to land at position No. 145 on The Billboard 200 chart. In additon the album have debuted at No. 15 on the German charts, No. 24 in Austria, No. 30 in Finland, No. 80 in France and No. 77 in Switzerland.
The band, who were recently joined by former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim Owens, are gearing up for a full-scale North American tour beginning April 18, with support coming from CHILDREN OF BODOM. A European trek with PRIMAL FEAR and THUNDERSTONE will kick off on March 18 in Tilburg, Holland.
The following areas shall be ravaged by ICED EARTH and CHILDREN OF BODOM: More...
Finnish metalers CHILDREN OF BODOM are set to headline the Bloodstock festival on Saturday 4th September 2004. They will be joined on the Saturday by fellow countrymen SONATA ARCTICA for their first ever UK show, and from the UK, THRESHOLD, will be promoting their new CD and Live CD/DVD, in the special guest slot on Friday 3rd September.
The Lineup so far is: More...
The 2003 installment of the Finnish Metal Music Awards (Sirkkelirock 2003) was held this past Saturday (January 3) at Tavastia Club in Helsinki. Voting was open to all the metal fans in Finland and was presented through the various media outlets that were working with the event's organizers.
The winners are as follows: More...