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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 To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Children of Bodom is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which takes place from January 23rd - 27th, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas.” So far 28 out of 40 bands have been confirmed, and the currently announced list is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Children Of Bodom Announces "Wild Xmas 2011" Dates

Finnish band Children of Bodom announced the following string of dates in Finland for the holidays in support of the band's latest LP "Relentless Reckless Forever," which is available via Spinefarm Records:

December 27 - The Circus, Helsinki
December 28 - Pakkahuone, Tampere
December 29 - Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki
December 31 - Teatria, Oulu

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Children Of Bodom Announce Live Dates For Mexico

Finland's Children of Bodom announced the following live dates in Mexico:

11/24/2011: Guadalajara, Mexico - Teatro Diana
11/26/2011: Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador

No support act has been announced. These are the first dates of a greater South and Central American tour. More dates are expected soon.

Previously, the band announced the dates for Australia with supporting act Voyager:

11/06/2011: Perth - Capitol
11/07/2011: Adelaide - HQ
11/10/2011: Melbourne - The Palace
11/12/2011: Sydney - The Big Top
11/13/2011: Brisband - The Arena

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Children Of Bodom's Wacken Set Available Online

Germany's ZDFkultur has posted footage of Children of Bodom performing a set at the 2011 edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival. You can check out Children of Bodom's performance in the clip below.

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Children of Bodom Announces Australian Tour Dates

Finnish heavy metal outfit Children of Bodom has announced that the group will be heading to Australia in November for a string of tour dates in support of the latest studio album, "Relentless Reckless Forever." Supporting Children of Bodom on the trek will be Australian band Voyager.

The tour dates are as follows:

November 6 - Capitol - Perth
November 7 - HQ - Adelaide
November 10 - The Palace - Melbourne
November 12 - The Big Top - Sydney
November 13 - The Arena - Brisbane

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Iced Earth's Wacken Show To Be Streamed Online

Iced Earth has checked in with the following announcement about the band's upcoming Wacken appearance this Saturday, August 6th being streamed online in its entirety:

"Looks like Iced Earth's Wacken show this Saturday will be streamed live on the Internet! The band takes the stage at 17:30 German time, which is 11:30am, Eastern Time. The show is scheduled to last one hour (17:30-18:30/11:30am-12:30pm, Eastern. Enjoy!"

Other band performances to be streamed include Helloween, Finntroll, Amon Amarth, Trivium, Rhapsody of Fire, Children of Bodom, and more.

The full lineup and times for the streaming Wacken performances can be found by heading over to this location.

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Children of Bodom At The House Of Blues

I hadn't seen Children of Bodom live since the band opened for Megadeth back in 2008, so of course I was anxious to see the group play again. The fact that Children of Bodom was playing with Devin Townsend and Septicflesh just made this show that much harder to overlook. Plus the fact that The House of Blues has a great location and is known for providing great sound quality sweetened the deal.

After meeting an interviewing Devin Townsend himself for an interview that will be posted shortly, as well as getting my Strapping Young Lad collection signed, I unfortunately had to deal with The House of Blues draconian security, which required me to leave the backstage area, get a ticket after being confirmed to be on the guest list, head to the back of the line and then reenter the venue. So I'd personally like the thank the management, box office, and security for helping the most impatient man you'll ever meet reenter a venue that he already had access to.

Thankfully this was only a mere hour-long inconvenience and I was able to enter the venue in time to see Septicflesh. While I actually enjoy Septicflesh's albums, their stage show needs a bit of work. It's too theatrical and artificial. The mic stand shaped like a Lovcraftian Eldrich Abomination as well as Spiros Antoniou's overly flamboyant stage presence crossed the line between enthralling and distracting for me. The band needs to tone things down a bit if it wants to be taken seriously, particularly in the North American market in which things are far less pretentious than the band's native Europe. More...

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Children of Bodom Video Interview Available

A new video interview has made its way online featuring Finnish melodic metallers Children of Bodom. The clip features a discussion with the band's longtime guitarist Roope Latvala. You can check out the interview in the player below.

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New Children of Bodom Video Available

Children of Bodom's video for "Roundtrip to Hell and Back" is now available online. You can check out the video clip below.

"Roundtrip to Hell and Back" is off the band's new album, "Relentless Reckless Forever," which is out now.

Children of Bodom will be on tour in North America with Septicflesh, Obscura, and Devin Townsend beginning on June 24 in Los Angeles. Go to this location for a list of tour dates.

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Full Lineup For 2011 Heavy MTL Festival Announced

Death metal veterans Morbid Angel have announced that they will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of the Heavy MTL festival. Heavy MTL 2011 is set to take place on July 23rd and 24th at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can view the entire festival lineup below.

Saturday, July 23:
DISTURBED
GODSMACK
BILLY TALENT
IN FLAMES
TRIVIUM
MACHINE HEAD
UNEARTH
SUICIDE SILENCE
KINDGOM OF SORROW
ALL SHALL PERISH
RED FANG
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH
BLACKGUARD
CRYPTOPSY
DEAD & DIVINE
NECRONOMICON
SLAVES ON DOPE
MASS MURDER MESSIAH
GRIMSKUNK

Sunday, July 24:
KISS
MOTÖRHEAD
MORBID ANGEL
ANNIHILATOR
OPETH
ANTHRAX
CHILDREN OF BODOM
AS I LAY DYING
THE SWORD
TIMES OF GRACE
DEVILDRIVER
DIAMOND HEAD
GIRLSCHOOL
ENDAST
GORGUTS
LAZURUS A.D.
LES GUENILLES
THE CATALYST
ANONYMUS

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Children Of Bodom Video Interview Posted Online

A video interview, posted by The Metalheadz, is currently available with Janne Wirman from Children of Bodom. The clip can be viewed below. Children of Bodom will also be embarking on an upcoming North American tour, with support from Septicflesh, Obscura, and Devin Towsend. Details are available here.

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Septicflesh Comments On Children Of Bodom Tour

As was previously announced, Septicflesh will be touring North America alongside Children of Bodom, Obscura, and Devin Townsend in support of the new album "The Great Mass."

Guitarist Christos Antoniou had this to say about their upcoming tour: "It is an honor to play on a tour with so many talented musicians. The bands included in the package are unique. Also, we are very anxious to return to USA and present to the American audience our new material live. Join us, in a Great Mass of Death."

The current tour schedule is as follows:

June 24 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
June 25 San Francisco, CA Slim's
June 26 Portland, OR Roseland
June 27 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
June 28 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
June 30 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom
July 2 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Center
July 3 Saskatoon, SK Odeon
July 4 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Center
July 5 St. Paul, MN Station Four
July 6 Chicago, IL House of Blues
July 8 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
July 9 Orlando, FL BeachamTheater
July 10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
July 12 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
July 13 Norfolk, VA The Norva
July 14 Springfield, VA Jaxx
July 15 Springfield, VA Jaxx
July 16 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
July 17 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
July 19 Worcester, PA Palladium
July 21 Halifax, NS Multipurpose Centre (No Devin Townsend, this date only)
July 23 Toronto, ONT Downsview Park (* as part of Heavy TO w/ Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Slayer, etc.)
July 24 Montreal, QC Parc Jean-Drapeau (* as part of Heavy MTL w/ KISS, Motörhead, etc.)

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Septicflesh To Tour With Children Of Bodom

Greek metal act Septicflesh has announced the band will be supporting Children of Bodom on an upcoming North American tour. Rounding out the bill are Obscura and Devin Towsend Project. The dates and venues for the tour can be found in the poster below.

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You can also check out Metalunderground.com's recent interviews with Septicflesh and Obscura regarding their new albums.

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Forty Three More Bands Confirmed For Download

The organisers of Britain's largest hard rock and heavy metal festival, Download, has confirmed a further forty three names for this year's event, including such big names as Children of Bodom and Biohazard. The festival will be held at the legendary Donington Castle in Leicestershire from June 10th-12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Alice Cooper
All That Remains
Alter Bridge
Anti-Flag
Asking Alexandria
Avenged Sevenfold
Baptized In Blood
Bellligerence
Biohazard
Black Stone Cherry
Black Veil Brides
Blitz Kids
Bosshoss
Bowling For Soup
Bring Me The Horizon
Buckcherry
Bullet For My Valentine
Cheap Trick
Children Of Bodom
Chthonic
CKY
Clutch
Dan Reed
Danzig
Deaf Havana
Def Leppard
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Devil Wears Prada
Dio Disciples
Disturbed
Down
Duff McKagan's Loaded
Envy Of The State
Escape The Fate
FM
Framing Hanley
Frank Turner
Funeral For A Friend
Gaslight Anthem
Ghost
Gwar
Heights
Hollywood Undead
Hyro Da Hero
Illuminatus
Jameson Raid
Karma To Burn
Kellermench
Korn
Kverlatak
Letlive
Linkin Park
Lower Than Atlantis
Madina Lake
Malefice
Mr. Big
My Darkest Days
Oaf
October File
Pendulum
Plain White T’S,
Puddle Of Mudd
Rise To Remain
Rob Zombie
Rock Sugar
Royal Republic
Sacred Mother Tongue
Sevendust
Silverstein
Skeletal Damage
Skunk Anansie
Starseed
Straight Line Stitch
Suicide Silence
System Of A Down
T-34
The Cult
The Damned Things
The Dangerous Summer
The Darkness
The Dead Lay Waiting
The King Blues
The Morning After
The Pretty Reckless
The Rods
Thin Lizzy
Times Of Grace
Trash Talk
Trc
Turisas
Twisted Sister
Versamerge
Wayne Static
Yashin
Young Guns
Your Demise

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2011 "Heavy T.O." Festival Lineup Revealed

The official lineup has been announced for the first ever "Heavy T.O" festival, which is set to take place at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario on July 23rd and 24th, 2011. The following acts have been announced thus far, with more expected to be announced shortly.

Megadeth
Rob Zombie
Billy Talent
Slayer
Anthrax
Opeth
Motorhead
Mastodon
Children Of Bodom
Testament
As I Lay Dying
Baptized In Blood
Anvil
The Sword
Times Of Grace
Melissa Auf der Maur
DevilDriver

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Children of Bodom Reveal New Album Chart Positions

Finnish melodic metal act Children of Bodom has revealed the chart positions for its 2011 studio album "Relentless Reckless Forever." The album sold just under 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, 2008's "Blooddrunk", sold 19,000 units in its first week to land at No. 22. "Relentless Reckless Forever" was certified gold in the band's home country for first-day sales of over 10,000 copies.

"Relentless Reckless Forever" first-week chart positions:
Finland: #1
Germany : #20
Canada: #21
U.S.: #42

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2011 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominees Revealed

The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.

Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
5. DOWN

Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
3. SKINDRED
4. ARCHITECTS
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
2. DEVILDRIVER
3. ROB ZOMBIE
4. SKINDRED
5. MACHINE HEAD

Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
2. KVELERTAK
3. TESSERACT
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
5. LETLIVE

Best Underground:
1. WATAIN
2. KYLESA
3. PRIMORDIAL
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
5. CLUTCH

Best Breakthrough:
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
3. SYLOSIS
4. SABATON
5. VOLBEAT

Shredder(s):
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Metal As Fuck:
1. SLAYER
2. BEHEMOTH
3. SLIPKNOT
4. Zakk Wylde
6. DEFTONES

Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection

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Children Of Bodom Goes Gold In Finland

Finnish heavy metal outfit Children Of Bodom has already earned a gold record in the band's native country for the recently released album, "Relentless Reckless Forever." The album sold over 10,000 copies on release day in Finland and is available everywhere now (except Australia where it will be released this Friday) through Spinefarm Records.

"Relentless Reckless Forever" was also recently named the most anticipated album of 2011 in Metalunderground.com's "Best of 2010" awards.

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Avenged Sevenfold To Headline Golden Gods Show

Orange County, California based hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold have been confirmed as the headliners for this year's edition of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place on April 20th at the Nokia Centre in Los Angeles, California and will be televised by VH1 on May 28th.

Also performing at the show will be the original lineup of the Alice Cooper band, as well as Duff McKagen's Loaded, Devildriver, Asking Alexandria, Volbeat and Fozzy, who's lead singer Chris Jericho will also be hosting the event. Alice Cooper is also set to receive the eponymous Golden God award, while Motley Crue will be picking up the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The list of other nominees for the awards are as follows: More...

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Children Of Bodom Announces International Releases

Finnish metal act Children of Bodom previously announced the band's new album "Relentless Reckless Forever" which is set for release in North American on March 8th, 2011. The band has now announced the following tour dates in other territories:

March 2nd - Japan
March 4th - Germany/Ireland/Austria/Switzerland/Poland/Norway
March 7th - UK/NZ/Sweden/Hungary/Asia (excl Japan)
March 8th - USA/Canada/Spain
March 9th - Finland
March 11th - Australia

With stiff competition from several other upcoming albums, "Relentless Reckless Forever" was also recently picked as the most anticipated album of 2011 in Metalunderground.com's yearly staff picks. You can also check out the music video for the new song "Was It Worth It?" at this location.

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