Children Of Bodom

Children Of Bodom

Biography by Nuclear Blast Records

What started out as a youngsters’ combo in 1993 struck the worldwide music scene in 1997 with a debut that truly lived up to its name – “Something Wild”. From then on, the evolution of Finnish five-piece CHILDREN OF BODOM has grown into one huge success story, unmatched by any other up-and-coming Scandinavian metal export to date. Followed up by 1999’s “Hatebreeder” and the Millennium release “Follow The Reaper”, COB’s first three albums on Nuclear Blast Records set new standards in the field of brutal and fast but yet highly melodic heavy music, especially impressing with front man Alexi Laiho’s incredible versatility and jaw-dropping skills, who’s been elected “best metal guitarist” by the readers of renowned “Guitar World” magazin in the past, among countless other decorations. Four more smash records – namely “Hate Crew Deathroll” (2003), “Are You Dead Yet?” (2005), “Blooddrunk” (2008) and “Relentless Reckless Forever” (2011) – gradually let more modern influences flow into the Finn’s style, without ever neglecting their trademark mixture of rough vocals, shredding riff attacks and catchy keys. A formula for success that led to consecutive #1 chart entries in Finland for their last four records as well as to gold status for their entire discography. Moreover, CHILDREN OF BODOM have made the world’s biggest stages their second home over the years, playing the most important festivals such as the Wacken:Open:Air, Hellfest, Graspop, Loud Park Festival and Bloodstock on a regular basis and attaining a tremendous following all around the globe.

2013 sees the Hate Crew returning home to Nuclear Blast with the 8th studio album of their career. Recorded and produced by the band in their in-house studio in Helsinki as well as in Petrax Studio, Hollola, with support from Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN), “Halo Of Blood” distinctly seizes on the early works’ sense of melody and coarseness, while putting it all into a modern-day soundscape and venturing quite a few new steps, such as presenting both the band’s fastest and slowest song ever. Mastermind Alexi Laiho states: “Believe it or not, but we’ve managed to keep it fresh and new while still maintaining the elements that make COB’s sound recognizable. Lyric-wise, `Halo Of Blood´ comprises topics we’ve never dealt with before.” Rounded off by a classic COB cover artwork created by Sami Saramäki, “Halo Of Blood” bares the band’s roots and lets them sprout into 10 timeless anthems of sheer magnificence. As Laiho promises: “Whether you enjoy it with a beer or a glass of water, I’m sure you’ll have a blast!” Obey the reaper!

Children Of Bodom are:

Jaska Raatikainen (drums) - Alexi Laiho (guitar & vocals) - Roope Latvala (guitar) - Henkka Blacksmith (bass) - Janne Warman (keyboards)


The eighth Children Of Bodom studio album Halo of Blood is released in June. The band's most extensive world tour ever reaches out all over Europe, North America, Asia and beyond.


COB photobook Roadkill wraps up five years of memories from the road.
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The band is mentioned in the Finnish Donald Duck magazine (link), known for their quirky translations.

COB inks a worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast (excluding Japan).

15th anniversary North American tour. First shows ever in Cyprus and India. Big summer festivals and off dates in Europe with Cannibal Corpse. Alexi is hospitalized near the end of the summer run in Oslo and three shows are called off. The band returns on stage in top form already 2 weeks later in Ilosaarirock.

Holiday at Lake Bodom - 15 Years of Wasted Youth compilation puts together the band's best work to date.

Relentless Reckless Forever wins the Emma award (Finnish equivalent of the Grammys) for the best metal album of the year.


The Ugly World Tour kicks off from Finland with a massive European run with Ensiferum and Machinae Supremacy.
Summer Festivals, a North American tour with Devin Townsend and dates all over Australia and South America follow.
The year ends with Wild Xmas mini tour in Finland.

Relentless Reckless Forever hits the shelves and #1 on Finnish charts, selling more than 100,000 copies worldwide on the day of its release.


North American tour with Black Label Society. Mini tour in Finland.


Summer festivals in Europe and shows in South America and Mexico. Another US tour with The Black Dahlia Murder and Skeletonwitch.

Skeletons in the Closet cover compilation hits the stores.

“Blooddrunks crawling over your EU” European tour with Cannibal Corpse and Diablo. Tour in the US with Lamb Of God is cut short as Alexi breaks his shoulder.

Readers of Guitar World vote Alexi "best metal guitarist".

Blooddrunk wins the best metal album of the year Emma award (Finnish equivalent of the Grammys).


Spinefarm UK launch event at the sold out Astoria club. Gigantour in North America with Megadeth. Download festival, Golden Gods awards gig in London (Alexi wins "Best shredder" Dimebag award) and UK mini tour. Dates in Australia and New Zealand. European tour with Slipknot.

Blooddrunk is released, hitting #1 in Finland and #22 in the US.


Only 5 festival shows all year, as the band prepares work for the Blooddrunk album.


North American tour with Chimaira and God Forbid.
Unholy Alliance tours in North America and Europe with Slayer.
North American tour with Amon Amarth, Sanctity and Gojira.

The band receives an Emma Award (Finnish equivalent of the Grammys) for the best Finnish music export of the year.

European tour with Ektomorf and One Man Army And The Undead Quartet.
Stockholm show is recorded for the "Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout Live" DVD, which sells platinum.


Finnish band Eläkeläiset covers "Hate Me!".

Alexi is featured in the cover of Guitar World with Steve Vai and Zakk Wylde.

Summer festivals. First headlining tour in the US with Trivium and Amon Amarth. First time ever in Australia. Tour in Japan.

Are You Dead Yet? is out, topping Finnish charts.


Tour in Brazil. Another North American tour with Fear Factory and Lamb of God.

Trashed, Lost & Strungout EP is out, followed by a mini tour in Finland.

North American tour with Iced Earth. Festival dates in Europe.


Tour in Japan with Soilwork. First US tour with Dimmu Borgir.

Alexander calls it quits and is replaced by Roope.

Tour in Japan with Halford. Showcase set at SXSW in Austin, TX. Memorial show for Somnium from Finntroll. First headlining tour in Europe with Soilwork and Shadows Fall. Big nationally televised show headlining hometown festival Tuska Open Air.

Hate Crew Deathroll is released in January. It's the band's first #1 album in Finland.


The band takes a break from touring to record Hate Crew Deathroll. Big main stage shows in Wacken and Graspop.


“Led By The Reaper” Follow The Reaper European tour with Primal Fear. First shows in Mexico and South America. Televised show in Seoul is followed by dates in Japan.


"Follow The Reaper" is recorded at Abyss Studios with Peter Tägtgren. It hits #3 in the Finnish album chart.

"Hate Me!" single is released in Finland in the summer selling platinum.

First time on the other side of the Atlantic for one off shows in Montreal and the Milwaukee Metalfest. Festival shows in Finland. Greece with Impaled Nazarene.


Hatebreeder European Tour with Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity and In Flames.

First time in Japan with In Flames. "Tokyo Warhearts - Live in Japan 1999" live album is recorded at two shows in Club Citta.

Second album Hatebreeder peaks at #6 following its release in April.


"Children Of Bodom" single is released and it sells gold in Finland.

First European tour "Nuclear Blast Festivals tour" with Hypocrisy and other NB bands.
First time in Wacken Open Air and Finnish festivals like Nummirock.
Second European tour with Raise Hell and Agathodaimon.


Deadnight Warrior's shoestring budget video raises eyebrows on local cable TV, and the band quickly gains traction in the Finnish metal scene.

Spinefarm Records signs COB to its roster, and Something Wild sees the light of day hitting #20 in the official album chart in Finland.

The band self-finances recordings of the debut album Something Wild, and changes its name to Children Of Bodom, referring to the Lake Bodom Murders, the biggest mystery of Finnish crime history.

Janne joins the band completing the original lineup.


Alexi and Jaska form the band at age 14 under the alias "Inearthed".
Inearthed records three demo tapes as Henkka and Alexander (ex-guitar) join the band as permanent members.
The band plays numerous shows on small venues and youth clubs in Southern Finland.