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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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Children Of Bodom Checks In With Studio Update

Finnish metal superstars Children of Bodom are currently busy in their own studio in Helsinki, recording ten new tracks for the upcoming 8th album release. This new album will follow previous album "Relentless Reckless Forever" (reviewed here).

The band has now uploaded a short video from the recording to give an update on the sessions. Check it out at the band's Facebook profile here.

For the recording of the new release, Children of Bodom has teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on "Hatebreeder," "Follow the Reaper," and "Hate Crew Deathroll" as well as producer Peter Tägtgren (Marduk, Amon Amarth), who is overseeing production of both vocals and keyboards on the record.

The yet-untitled album is scheduled for a summer 2013 release via Nuclear Blast. Stay tuned for further information.

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Children Of Bodom Checks In From The Studio

Finnish heavy metal band Children of Bodom entered Danger Johnny Studios (located at a top secret, undisclosed location in Helsinki) to begin work on an as-yet-untitled eighth studio album.

For the recording of the LP, Children of Bodom has teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on "Hatebreeder," "Follow the Reaper," and "Hate Crew Deathroll" as well as producer Peter Tägtgren (Marduk, Amon Amarth), who is overseeing production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album will be mixed at Finnvox Studios and a summer release date via Nuclear Blast Records is expected.

"It's a nice change to the regular method where we lock ourselves up at a studio in the middle of the woods, usually also during the darkest time of the year," commented guitarist / vocalist Alexi Laiho who is currently finishing up lyrics for the songs. In early February, Tägtgren will travel to Finland to oversee the keyboard and vocal recordings for his longtime allies. More...

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Children Of Bodom Gearing Up To Record New Album

Children of Bodom drummer Jaska Raatikainen has checked in with the following update about gearing up to enter the recording studio tomorrow (December 28th):

"Yo! Today we had the last rehearsals before entering the studio tomorrow to record drums for the new album.

"Last two days have been quite intensive. Playing the songs over and over again, lots of fuck ups and broken drum sticks, sweating, frustration, coffee and what have you, a little bit of arranging and all that shit.

"I am convinced that the new songs are great. A little bit of black metal, heavy metal, metal, old school death metal, melodies, solos and anything you need to make a nice album. And the most important, new ideas à la COB!

"Stay tuned, studio reports will follow. Now I think I am ready for a beer! KIPPIS!"

This upcoming new album will be the follow-up to Children of Bodom's 2011 full-length release "Relentless Reckless Forever" (reviewed here).

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Children Of Bodom Finishes Writing New Album

Children of Bodom drummer Jaska Raatikainen has posted the following brief message online via Facebook about the band completing the writing process for an upcoming album:

"Hi all. Good news! All the songs for the new album are ready. Feels like a Christmas present for COB! Next step after holidays is that I'm gonna start sweating my ass off in the studio. Cheers!"

Additional details will be announced as they become available. This new material will be the follow-up to Children of Bodom's 2011 album "Relentless Reckless Forever" (reviewed here).

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Children Of Bodom Cancels Tuska Festival

Finland's Children of Bodom has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's scheduled appearance at next summer's Tuska festival:

"We've been waiting to play Tuska for some years now. It is our home festival after all. Unfortunately this year we have to sacrifice a couple of festivals in Europe in order to be able to be part of a big tour in USA. These are not easy nor nice decisions. We only can hope we can do Tuska in the near future again.

"Please stay tuned for our schedules for summer 2013. Fortunately we are able to play shows in Europe as well. Looking forward!"

In other Children of Bodom news, the band's front man Alexi Laiho was hospitalized in Oslo earlier this year, and the group also inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

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Children Of Bodom Issues Tour Recap

Children of Bodom's Jaska Raatikainen has checked in with the following tour recap, with features additional information about front man Alexi Laiho's hospital stay in Norway:

"I am writing this last blog of the summer tour little late but wanted to tell about what happened in the last days on it. It feels different now when everything happened a few weeks ago. Luckily we were so close to end and had a chance to play most of the shows. Unfortunately the shows in Oslo and Malmö were canceled, as well as one of the two festivals we were supposed to play in Finland. Canceling a show is always such an unpleasant thing to do and it is frustrating when it happens. COB is not a band that easily cancels a show.

"The half way of the tour is usually the worst and toughest one. You know how long you have already been on tour and you know what there is yet to come. This tour was quite easy and short for us and like I told before I enjoy touring in Europe especially in the summer, although I got a little sick at some point, which was not that nice. When the tour is coming to its end I start hoping that there would be little more nice countries and cities you could visit. You hope it wouldn´t have ended so soon.

"We played this one festival, Basinfirefest in Czech Rebublik. It was weird mix of folk and metal festivals. Very hot and nice athmosphere though. Good crowd. Finnish band called Apocalyptica also played there after us and it was nice to see friends playing.

"The next day I woke up to bright sunshine. It didn´t only look hot outside, it really was very hot. We were in Dischingen at the festival called Rock Am Härtsfeldsee. Nice little village festival again. That day we did a signing session which was something special to our normal daily routines. Only funny thing was that almost every fan spoke German to us. When we spoke English to them they were quiet or kept talking German. I learned the basics of German in school and we have had German crew guys so we all understand something.

"During the night heavy thunder storm covered the whole festival area. We heard that some people were injured by some flying items. Fortunately nothing serious happened. Also a good thing was that the show was in a tent and they collected all the people inside and closed it totally. We started at midnight. We were tired but happy that everybody was there and enjoying. That night there was supposed to be a shower at some gym hall but the local promoter turned that to a shelter for campers. Kindly thought, of course, but also it meant that me and Henkka had to take showers with the garden hose behind a bus. Cold, but did the job nicely. And yes, we were naked hoping the guys from Rage wouldn´t come out from their bus, because it was behind their bus where we were hiding. More...

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Alexi Laiho To Be Released From The Hospital

Finnish extreme melodic metal superstars, Children of Bodom, have released the following statement regarding their frontman Alexi Laiho's stay in an Oslo hospital for the past week and a half:

"We are happy to announce that Alexi will be leaving the hospital in Oslo tomorrow, Thursday, 12th of July, and are also glad to confirm that the band will be able to play Ilosaarirock Festival. The Hate Crew is rolling again! More info shortly…"

Alexi Laiho was rushed to the hospital on July 3rd with severe stomach pain, when the band was to play Oslo. Children of Bodom then canceled its previously scheduled appearance at the Ruisrock festival.

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Children Of Bodom Cancels Festival Appearance

After previously revealing that frontman Alexi Laiho had been hospitalized in Norway, Children Of Bodom has now announced the band is forced to cancel the previously scheduled appearance at the Ruisrock festival. Children of Bodom comments:

“This is not an easy letter for us to write. Alexi is suffering from a serious infection. He is still in hospital in Oslo under supervision of the doctors and we don’t know yet when they will release him.

"We have no choice other than canceling Ruisrock in Turku on Saturday as well. This is a very bitter pill for us to swallow. We had decided to do only two festivals in our homeland this summer to make it real special, and now this.

"We hope that we will be able to make up for this very soon. To all our fans who had been looking forward to rock with us at Ruisrock this weekend, take our apologies and enjoy the festival. In our spirits, we will be there, too.”

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Alexi Laiho Hospitalized

Finnish act Children of Bodom, which recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming shows due to frontman Alexi Laiho being hospitalized:

“It is with great regret that we are forced to cancel tonight’s show in Oslo as well as tomorrow night’s show in Malmö.

"Alexi was rushed to the Oslo hospital earlier this evening with extreme stomach pain. The doctors in the emergency unit checked him and while we are still waiting for a diagnosis, they made clear that he will not be able to perform within the next 48 hours.

"We apologize to all our fans who have bought tickets to these shows - we will try to reschedule both Oslo and Malmö at the earliest possibility. Keep your fingers crossed with us that Alexi will get well again soon!”

Further information will be announced as it is made available, and you can check out the band's Facebook profile for updates on upcoming live shows.

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Children Of Bodom Signs With Nuclear Blast

Finnish metal superstars Children of Bodom have inked a worldwide recording deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The celebrated metal label -- which worked with the band over the early stages of its career -- is proud to announce the renewed partnership. Children of Bodom kicked off a year long celebration of its 15th anniversary with a successful North American tour alongside label mates Eluveitie and now has a new studio album planned for release in 2013.

"We had a good, long, productive run with Spinefarm Records for fifteen years and now it's simply just time for a change," said Children of Bodom front man / guitarist Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho. "I'm absolutely stoked to start the new chapter of COB's career with Nuclear Blast and look forward to working with them."

"Personally, I am so excited to work with Nuclear Blast again," adds COB bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith. "We have such good memories from the beginning of our career with them. We know the people already and we know how committed they are in doing metal!"

Nuclear Blast Europe A&R rep Jaap Wagemaker shares: "15 years ago we were introduced to a very young band from Finland who blew us away with their track 'Deadnight Warrior' from their debut album Something Wild. And their music was indeed something wild! Fast-tapping guitar work combined with incredible keyboards and angry vocals...it was the start of the career of Children of Bodom. Nuclear Blast released their first three albums outside of Finland: Something Wild, Hatebreeder and Follow The Reaper; albums that became classics in the history of metal. Unfortunately, after the third album, we went separate ways but we have always been following them and stayed in contact. Children of Bodom became a very big band worldwide and now the time has come to welcome them back home! We at Nuclear Blast are very happy to see Children of Bodom rejoining the Nuclear family and are looking forward to working their next albums. You can be sure that 'something wild' will come your way!"

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Children Of Bodom Video Interview Available

Last Tour TV has posted a new video interview online with Finland's Children of Bodom, which was conducted on May 26th, 2012 at Sonisphere festival in Spain. Check out the video clip in the player below.

The band was performing in support of latest album "Relentless Reckless Forever" (reviewed here), and you can also check out Metalunderground.com's report from a Children of Bodom show earlier this year at this location.

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Limp Bizkit To Headline Graspop 2012

American nu metal veterans Limp Bizkit have been confirmed as the final headliner for this year's edition of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. Also newly confirmed for the festival are Behemoth, Black Label Society, Godsmack, Slash and All Shall Perish, while the organisers have also announced that Young Guns and Lagwagon have pulled out of the event. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Ozzy Osbourne and friends (Headliner)
Limp Bizkit (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
Alestorm
All Shall Perish
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Behemoth
Black Label Society
Black Spiders
Black Veil Brides
Cancer Bats
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
Europe
Exodus
Godsmack
Gojira
H20 More...

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Children of Bodom & Revocation Wreck Austin, TX

Last year, Children of Bodom earned a gold record in its native Finland for selling 10,000 copies of "Relentless Reckless Forever” on its release date. Add this to career sales in their country and the group has sold over 250,000 records, making them one of Finland’s best selling artists of all time. In America, 250,000 units will get them halfway to a gold record; that is if we were counting individual recordings. Still, the group has found its way to the ears of enough Americans to warrant a headlining tour in celebration of the group’s 15th birthday.

Children of Bodom has spent the better part of the new millennium on the road in America, supporting some of metal’s biggest acts. I saw Children of Bodom twice in 2004. Once, they supported Lamb of God and Fear Factory. Another time they went out with Ripper Owens and Iced Earth. Eluveitie, Revocation and Threat Signal have assumed the warm-up spots so familiar to the melodic death/power metal act. Several of Emo’s patrons wore BLS shirts as a reminder of Children of Bodom’s 2010 showing in Austin with Black Label Society. More...

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Revocation Checks In From The Road

Revocation is currently on tour with Eluveitie and Threat Signal as part of Children of Bodom’s 15th anniversary tour. Although the group has completed tours with artists such as Chimaira, Impending Doom, Forbidden, White Wizzard and Havok, the group states this is the biggest tour of its career.

Before taking the stage at Emo’s in Austin, Texas, drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne, guitarist David Davidson and bassist Anthony Buda gave Metal Underground the following exclusive tour report: More...

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Nine More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have confirmed a further nine names for this years edition of the event, including French death metal outfit Gojira, English doom metal veterans My Dying Bride and American hard rock legends Twisted Sister, as well as I Killed The Prom Queen, Cancer Bats, Lagwagon, While She Sleeps, Black Spiders and Kobra And The Lotus. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly: More...

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Footage From 70,000 Tons Of Metal Available

Metal Injection boarded the second edition of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise this past January and has just posted a recap of all the madness that happened on the high seas in a five minute video clip. Check out the footage below.

Additionally, over 500 photos from the cruise have been uploaded to the Metal Injection photo gallery, including copious amounts of photos of all the fans in attendance. View those at this location.

Finally, a video clip featuring artists who played the cruise is available. Members of Cannibal Corpse. Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Amorphis, Crowbar, Eluveitie, Athiest, Stratovarius, Pestilence and Kataklysm discuss what their favorite part of playing the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise was here.

Metalunderground.com was of course also on board the Majesty of the Seas cruise ship, and you can find our report of the first day of the nautical mayhem at this location. More...

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Hellfest 2012 Lineup Finalized

The finalized lineup for Hellfest 2012 has been announced. The festival will run from June 15-17, 2012 in Clisson France. Mainstage headliners are as follows:

June 15:

Megadeth
Lynyrd Skynrd
Gotthard

June 16:

Guns N Roses
Within Temptation

June 17:

Black Sabbath
Motley Crue
Blue Oyster Cult

Other headline acts for the various stages include:

June 15: King Diamond, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth
June 16: Machine Head, Entombed, Behemoth, Saint Vitus
June 17: Lamb of God, Trivium, Children of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, Biohazard More...

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Guns N Roses Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that American rock legends Guns N Roses will be wrapping the festival up this year, as they will be headlining the event on Sunday 24th. The organisers have also announced that As I Lay Dying has had to pull out of the festival after cancelling their European tour, but also confirmed that Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head, Gotthard, Adrenaline Mob, Sebastian Bach, Black Veil Brides and The Treatment will perform at the festival. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
Alestorm
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Black Veil Brides
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
Europe
Exodus
H20
Hatebreed
Ihsahn
Jon Oliva's Pain
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Leprous
Machine Head
Megadeth
Motorhead
Nasum
Obituary
Paradise Lost
Pennywise
Possessed
Sabaton
Sacred Reich
Sebastian Bach
Sick Of It All
Skeletonwitch
Slayer
Texas In July
The Spudmonsters
The Treatment
Trivium
Unearth
Whitechapel
Winds Of Plague
Winterfylleth
Young Guns

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Bands Discuss Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Metal Injection was on hand at the recent 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, and the site has now posted footage online of band members discussing the floating festival. Watch as members of Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Amorphis, Crowbar, Eluveitie, Athiest, Stratovarius, Pestilence, and Kataklysm discuss their favorite part of playing the cruise. The video is available below. More...

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Five More Names Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for this year's edition of the event. American thrash metal legends Megadeth will be performing, as will stoner rock kings Kyuss Lives!, death metal pioneers Possessed, English alternative rock outfit Young Guns and, making their fourth appearance at the festival, Jon Olivia's Pain. Graspop will take place in the town of Dessel from June 22nd-24th and now features the following lineup:

Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Alestorm
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
Europe
Exodus
H20
Hatebreed
Jon Olivia's Pain
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Megadeth
Motorhead
Nasum
Obituary
Paradise Lost
Possessed
Sacred Reich
Sick Of It All
Skeletonwitch
The Spudmonsters
Trivium
Whitechapel
Winds Of Plague
Winterfylleth
Young Guns

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