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Children of Bodom


Genres: Metal / Metal / Metal

Location: Espoo, Finland

Stats: 4,783 fans / 275,101 plays / 44 plays today





4 tracks

Members: Jaska Raatikainen, Janne Warman, Alexi Laiho, Henkka T. Blacksmith, Roope Latvala


In the last eight years or so, Children Of Bodom has gone from being "this amazing band from Finland" to a household name in the metal community.

The band formed in 1993 in the city of Espoo, Finland. They took their name from one of the biggest murder mysteries in the history of their hometown and Finnish crime: the murders at Lake Bodom. After starting out as a thrash-metal combo, the founding members Alexi Laiho (guitars and vocals), Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henkka Seppl (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 school black metal, classic heavy, and death metal vocals into the sharpest instrument of its kind and headed out to a studio to record a demo.

After Spinefarm Records received the demo in 1996, it didnt take long for the company to figure out what they had in their hands and soon signed the band.

The self-titled platinum-selling debut single "Children Of Bodom" went straight to number 1 on the Finnish charts. The debut full-length album "Something Wild" was released in Finland in 1997. They supported Dimmu Borgir at the band's Helsinki show in November and were hailed as the new kings of Finnish underground metal.

Soon CoB was flying all over Europe and writing new material that would become the "Hatebreeder" album, released in 1999. On "Hatebreeder" their music had found its true shape: it was faster, heavier and more versatile than "Something Wild". The single "Downfall" went gold and ruled the Finnish charts. During the summer, CoB toured Finland and Europe. In 2000 the single "Hate Me!" went #1 at the Finnish charts and became Platinum in Finland. While the single was topping the charts, CoB finished their studio sessions at Peter Tgtgren's Abyss Studio, and the third album "Follow the Reaper" saw the light of day in October 2000. The record was a glorious mixture of their debut album's heavy riffing raw sound, combined with the monstrous technical metal acrobatics of "Hatebreeder." The most noticeable thing, however, was how much the band had improved as a unit, bringing the personal levels of musicianship to a new high.

On 2003s "Hate Crew Deathroll," Alexi spits out his lyrics with vitriolic hate, the guitars shred everything in their wake with razor sharp precision; the rhythm section pounds away like the world is about to end with the keyboards as the coup de grace. In the summer of 2003, Alexander left the band and was replaced by Roope Latvala, whose stellar playing had already graced countless Finnish metal records. In 2004 the band tested their new line-up on a four-track EP and a separate DVD-EP "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" that gave a little taste of the future alongside two great cover songs. The EP was an introduction to a new found drive, a rougher edge, still sounding definitely and unmistakably very CoB. After the release, the band barricaded themselves into studio Hstholmen, Helsinki, to record their next LP Are You Dead Yet? together with producer / mixer / engineer guru Mikko Karmila.

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. They have been hugely influential, but still, eight years down the road east and west alike, remain the leaders of the genre. "Are You Dead Yet?" is all the proof you need.


  • ricerubberroll said:
    Bodom rocks Apr 18
  • musicXclopedia said:
    wow... hey check my blog hope you like it http://mp3musicaudio.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/children-of-bodom/ Jun 21
  • Noval Muhammad said:
    if you have a time listening my band. im on promotion. thank's a lot http://www.purevolume.com/emptyroomempty thank's a lot Jan 08
  • Abigaile said:
    Bastards of Bodom (: loveee that song! Aug 26
  • superkrazy said:
    fuck yeah you guys define metal the way it shud be i have been a fan since the first album it just gets biggr and better yalll are THE GREATEST BAND EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Aug 17
  • chris said:
    cant wait too see you with megadeth in flames you fucken rock May 26
  • Tiffany said:
    Apr 15
  • heavymetalrocks666 said:
    i fuckin love this i could mosh headbang and shred all fuckin day long alexi laiho is the shit Mar 31
  • lil_black_lamb said:
    saw yall live....i must say yall were sick!! loved the show...wish i could have met alexi! Mar 06
  • martin dongdong said:
    cool.... Feb 27
  • The Unblack Vampire said:
    Hey people!!! Check this out: ISHI - death/black metal www.purevolume.com/ISHI27083 Jan 25
  • xGORECOREx said:
    FINLAND!!!!!!!!!!! Nov 06
  • more_than_a_conquer said:
    www.purevolume.com/seventhcaliber Oct 26
  • josh milligan said:
    really kickass band. although i wish there were more songs on here. like "bloodrunk", "are you dead yet?", "smile pretty for the devil", "hellhounds on my trail", etc. all my favs lol. but these are all right too Oct 23
  • ~AnnihilateTheWeak~ said:
    one of my favorite bands ever Oct 05


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