After the foundation of Children Of Bodom back in 1993 in Espoo, Finland, the band built a solid reputation as one of the best metal acts worldwide. The names refers back to the notorious Lake Bodom murders in 1960. The band, originally named “Inearthed” (and having released a couple of demos using this name) is surely capable of kicking straight in the face when needed, just as any other metal band. But what differs Children Of Bodom from the rest is the way in which they present melodic passages all of a sudden, or catchy coruses to an inaccessible degree of musicality. This is the reason for which singer / guitarist Alexi “Wildchild” Laiho and his combatants decorate the covers of so many music magazines around the world.
Since their foundation, Children Of Bodom have released seven full length albums: Something Wild (1997, info | shop), Hatebreeder (1999, info | shop), Follow the Reaper (2000, info | shop), Hate Crew Deathroll (2003, info | shop), Are You Dead Yet? (2005, info | shop), Blooddrunk (2008, info | shop), an album with the favourite cover versions made by the band (the 2009’s Skeletons in the Closet, info | shop), 2011 came Reckless Relentless Forever (info | shop) and the recent best of album Holiday At Lake Bodom - 15 Years Of Wasted Youth (shop).
With every subsequent album, the band managed to improve and perfection their unique sound. Thus, they build a pillar in the metal pantheon.
They are long known for their light hearted musical principle of operation and for their grave work ethos rather than a just-for-fun-attitude, which is why they could position within the front lines of the world’s finest metal bands.
Laiho was awarded “best metal guitarist” by the readers of Guitar World, even above such legends as Metallica’s Kirk Hammett. Who wonders why Children Of Bodom were not only described as “technically dazzling” by the New York Times, or as “one of the most talented metal bands of our times” by the contemporary media giant VICE.
Children Of Bodom songs like "Was It Worth It?", "Living Dead Beat", "Blooddrunk" and “If You Want Peace...Prepare for War” are featured on the popular Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock video game series.
It is, however, not the mere precision that makes Children Of Bodom stand out of all other bands, but also a mad passion for metal.
On 10 June 2013, the new album, "Halo Of Blood" (Info | Shop), was released via Nuclear Blast.
Along with Laiho, Roope Latvala (guitar), Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henkka Seppälä (bass) and Janne Warman (keys) form Children Of Bodom.