BioGraphy CHILDREN OF BODOM
Children Of Bodom are from Espoo, Finland, about 10 km from their capital Helsinki. Children Of Bodom was found at the end of 1997 when their debute ablum 'Something Wild' was released. Before that the bandname was 'Inearthed'.
Inearthed was orginally found by Alexi and Jaska in 1993. Then Ale, Henkka and their former keyborder J.Pirisjoki joined the band. They released two demos, the first one was called 'Ubiquitos Absence Of Remission' and contained four songs. It was recorded in 1994 at Astia Studios. The second one was called 'Shining' and had also four songs on it. It was recorded 2 years later. The sound on both demos is (for a demo) quite good, but Inearthed is clearly different to what Children Of Bodom play nowadays. Inearthed is melodic death metal.
When Inearthed fired their keyboarder (or he left, I don't know yet...) Janne joined the band. First only as session keyboarder for the 'Something Wild' recordings, but later as permanent member. Inearthed's 'Somehting Wild' was originally planned to be published through a small belgian record company, but Sami Tenetz (Thy Serpent) gave the 'Somehting Wild' demo to Spinefarm's boss Ewo Rytkönen who liked it so much that he did a contract with them. The contract contains three records. When Inearthed knew that they had contract with Spinefarm they broke up to the belgian company and changed their name to 'Children of Bodom'.
The story which hides behind this name is a finish murder case. Bodom is a small lake in Finland, about 20 km north from Helsinki. In the year 1960 on the 5th of June this lake was the place where a very scarry murder case happened.
Four teenagers, two 15 year old girls and two 18 year old guys, camped at this lake when an insane one came and killed all teenagers but one with a knife. The one who survived went crazy afterwards and is (still) in psychiatric treatment. A few years later (I guess it must have been about 1970) one old man said that he had been the lake Bodom murderer, but the police proofed that he could not have been it. So the murder was never solved.
The victims names are Tuulikki Anna. She was female and 15 year old. Björklund Maili, also female and 15, Boisman Seppo, male and 18 years, and finally the one who has survived the lake Bodom: Gustafsson Nils, male and also 18.
Shortly after 'Somehting Wild' was released in Finland by Spinefarm in November 1997 Children Of Bodom got a contract with Nuclear Blast Germany for europe-wide distribution.
Children Of Bodom recorded one new song called 'Children Of Bodom' and released a limited single which stayed number 1 in finish charts for eight (!) weeks without promoting the single!
Then things started to happen quite fast. The first Nuclear Blast Tour (February 1998, together with Hypochrisy, Benediction and Covenant) was successful, however Janne could not tour with them because of his final exams at school. A friend of the band, Erna, replaced him. The second NB tour followed in September (this time with Gorgoroth, who cancelled and Night In Gales played instead, Dismember, Agathodaimon and Raise Hell), again without Janne. This time Kimberly Goss (ex-Dimmu Borgir/Therion, Alexi's girlfriend) helped out on keyboards.
In the meantime some new songs had been written and their second album 'Hatebreeder' was recorded. Right before the release of this album the released the single 'Downfall', which also contained a cover version of Stone's 'No Commands'. Then 'Hatebreeder' was released early 1999 followed by even more success and in June (7th-14th) Children Of Bodom went to Japan and played three shows there, one in Osaka and two in Tokyo, all sold out. The two in Tokyo were recorded and released as limited edition CD-Box with 10 photocards. Then next NB tour followed in September, with In Flames, Dark Tranquility and Arch Enemy (This time with Janne!:).
At the beginning of May 2000 CoB released their new single 'Hate Me'. The single went to number 1 in finish charts again! :-)
At the 28.-29. of July 2000 CoB went to the USA to play at the Milwaukee Metal Fest XIV.
On the 30th of October the new album Follow The Reaper was released in Finland. The worldwide release through Nuclear Blast had been in January for Europe and February for the USA.
In the first week Children Of Bodom's Follow The Reaper has sold over 50 000 copies in Middle-Europe. In Germany the album reached position 46, in France it went to number 88, and in Austria it even went to place 38! In Finland the album reached its highest chart position at number three.
Children Of Bodom toured europe with Primal Fear and Sacred Steel in the beginning of 2001. Alas the US tour was cancelled.
That's the story so far...
to be continued...