The band that darted to international fame with their debut, 1997s
Something Wild, has gone from being this amazing band from Finland to a
household name in the metalscene. And that, of course, is obvious given the
intensity, sheer quality of their material and the flawless execution.
Formed in 1993 and hailing from the city of Espoo, Finland, this young
Finnish group took their name from one of the biggest murder mysteries in the
history of their home town and Finnish crime: the murders at the Lake Bodom.
After starting out as a trash-metal combo, the founding members Alexi Laiho
(guitars and vocals), Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henkka Seppälä (bass) and
Alexander Kuoppala (guitars) soon found elements of classic heavy metal
creeping into their music. After taking in keyboardist Janne Wirman to
complete their line-up, they honed their combination of old schoold black
metal, classic heavy, and death metal vocals into the sharpest instrument of
After Spinefarm Records received Children of Bodoms Deadnight Warrior
demo, it didnt take long for the company to figure out what they had in
their hands back in late 1996. Three demo spins later, the band was signed
and ready to knock a few heads off with their debut album Something Wild.
In their following albums Children of Bodom perfected their sound. Their
music became a glorious mixture of their debut album's heavy riffing raw
sound and 2nd album "Hatebreeders" monstrous technical metal acrobatics. By
their 2002 album Hate Crew Deathroll the band had also taken their
songwriting into new levels of aggressivity and heaviness.
In the Summer of 2003, Alexander Kuoppala left the band and was replaced by
Roope Latvala, whose stellar playing had already graced countless of Finnish
metal records. In early 2005 Children of Bodom barricaded themselves into
studio to record their next full-length album. Released through Universal
Music worldwide in September 2005, Are You Dead Yet? s phenomenal success
brought the world onto its knees. The successful AYDY-touring run was
followed by the release of the Childrens first live DVD Chaos Ridden
Years Stockholm Knockout Live in Autumn 2006. The massive show filmed in
Sweden, at the Arenan in Stockholm, was directed by Patric Ullaeus of In
Flames-fame, and proved to be one of the most successful DVD releases in
Finland, and certainly the most wanted live release of the year amongst metal
The live release gave the band a breather, and Alexi Laiho finally found some
time to start writing material for their next full-length release. As a
teaser CoB released Tie My Rope, a special single song sample of the
forthcoming material which was only released commercially in the States.
Finally in August 2007 the band entered the Petrax-studios in the middle of
the woods of Hollola, Finland. Stranded in the middle of nowhere, the band
and their producer Mikko Karmila recorded mopre material for the album which
was later dubbed Blooddrunk, a nine track killer of an album which shows
Bodom at their heaviest and hardest yet.
Even more technical and more unforgiving than any of Children of Bodoms
earlier albums, Blooddrunk shows the raw side of Alexi Laiho. No mercy given,
no easy routes chosen, the whole album is pure death, terror and murder from
the beginning until its end. The title track of the album was shot into a
video by German director Sandra Marschner, and the video displays the
terrifying themes perfectly with a shot into the life of a dead, cold ghost
town and its inhabitants.
With these Blooddrunk weapons at hand, CoB will head for tours next, starting
their world domination from the States with the Gigantour, and continuing to
wield their deadly scythe all over Europe, Japan and beyond.
Children of Bodom have come a long way since their humble beginnings, and
today stand tall in the all time extreme metal hall of fame, commanding the
respect and awe of both fans and colleagues alike. Children of Bodom have
been hugely influential, but still, eight years down the road east and west
alike, remain the leaders of the genre.
It is not mere precision, but the metal-mad passion that makes COB unique in
- Track List ---------------------------------------------------------------- -
01. Hellbounds On My Trail ( 4:00)
02. Blooddrunk ( 4:05)
03. Lobodomy ( 4:25)
04. One Day You Will Cry ( 4:05)
05. Smile Pretty For The Devil ( 3:54)
06. Tie My Rope ( 4:14)
07. Done With Everything, Die For Nothing ( 3:30)
08. Banned From Heaven ( 5:04)
09. Roadkill Morning ( 3:32)