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Children Of Bodom

Combining elements of melodic death metal, power metal, neo-classical, and thrash, Children of Bodom have been one of the world's most expansive and hard to define bands since their formation in 1993. Founded by lifelong friends Alexi Laiho (guitar/vocals) and Jaska Raatikainen (drums), the band originally formed under the name Inearthed. Along with bassist Samuli Miettinen, Laiho and Raatikainen mined their love of classic death metal for inspiration, channeling the aggression of bands like Entombed and Obituary into their sound. Though he was Inearthed's primary songwriter, Miettinen's time in the band was cut short when his family moved to the United States. The band continued on, recruiting Henkka Seppälä as a replacement, as well as expanding the group's lineup with a second guitarist, Alexander Kuoppala, and a keyboardist, Janne Wirman.

In 1997, after years of unsuccessfully courting labels with demo recordings, the band gained the attention of Belgian label Shiver, which signed the group with the intent to release its debut album, Something Wild. Inearthed quickly found their cup running over with interest when, right after they signed on with one label, a bigger label, Spinefarm Records, also became interested in the band. They eventually decided to go with Spinefarm, and changed their name from Inearthed to Children of Bodom (based on the Lake Bodom murders in their hometown of Espoo) so they could sign a new contract with the label, which eventually released their debut later that year.

Things took off quickly for Children of Bodom, who entered into a relentless European touring and recording schedule that resulted in the quick release of their second album, Hatebreeder, in 1999, and their third album, Follow the Reaper, the next year. The group had a big year in 2003 when, after releasing Hate Crew Deathroll, it was named Finnish Band of the Year at the Finnish Music Awards. This was also the year of their first world tour, though the tour would prove to be a double-edged sword when, despite gaining them exposure in North America, it resulted in the unexpected departure of Kuoppala, who found himself growing tired of a life spent on the road. The band recruited guitarist Roope Latvala, who was already well known as a founding member of Stone, to replace him, and continued to tour.

Their next album, Are You Dead Yet?, arrived in 2005, though the touring was cut short after Laiho injured his shoulder a couple of years later, forcing the band off the road while the guitarist recovered. This didn't stop them from working on new material, however, and their sixth album, Blooddrunk, appeared in 2008, followed by Relentless, Reckless Forever in 2011, as well as Halo of Blood in 2013. ~ Gregory Heaney, Rovi
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My favorite song is blooddrunk
At first I thought this band was going to be emo... But they turned out to be awesome! :)
Wow! !! Amazing
Can't believe a f**king makeup tutorial got me into this band. Still f**king brutal as hell. \m/
Love the lead work but rhythm is not that "crunchy" and feel very "light"(fell o w guitarists should know what I'm talking about)also what's up with all the high growls cmon alexi have some variety otherwise I have always love children of bodom
Its my Brothers fault I came out so metal -.- he inspires me to be like him & Children Of Bodom was just one of the bands he liked. I admit to following the foot steps of my big bro \m/ but im glad I dont like cRap music (:
Been a fan since 2008, and they're still brutal! Hope to see them live soon.
\m/ (-_-) \m/ Love this band
kristianrich a r d s o n 8 5
Pretty f**king brutal
The most kick a** band since I listen my hi school days and kick a** guitar solo
Amazing both in audio and live. Love what they do. Unlike the crap that classifies for metal now.
Suprised libary of metal music hasn't advertised here.lol what a d bag

Shoutout to my home country of Poland and stay metal everyone\m/
They put on one hell of a f**kin show f**kin love em!!!
socialhuman1 3
Kinda went downhill at Blooddrunk but they were my favorite band in highschool and this will always be my favorite shirt and album. Haha. Alexi is the man and they all can play their asses off.
I'm think this is the best album of c.o.b
Bodem is kiçkin alexi is a great guitarist
Started off with listening to Blooddrunk then exploring them on here. F**king amazing band. Saw them at Mayhem 2013 and these guys absolutely kill it both in the studio and on stage.
FUCKEN SICK 666! All day
An awesome group of musical genius' as well as very extraordinar y human beings ... Love you guys! Xoxoxo
Bad to the mutherfuckin g BONE
Damn I just happened to come across these guys while my Pandora was on shuffle and as soon as I heard them all I could think of was dethklok and then I realized that they are a similar band of theirs which doesn't surprise me at all
Seeing these guys tonight with Death Angel and TYR. I'm a fan of deathcore mostly but this was the third metal band I ever heard and they will always be one of my favorites
Badasssss tune
I love this band , I'm seeing them tomorrow !! Can't wait !!
Not a big fan of these guys but appreciate the fact they brought new things to the genre. PS follow me for the heaviest metal bands
Me too jobie
I m trashed and stung out !
@the_misfit_ a n a r c h i s t im seeing them in march c: got tickets ordered already!
the_misfit_a n a r c h i s t
Awesome show at 1st Ave awhile ago if u can make it to a show DO IT
Amazing. This song is like death metal with a techno orchestra going psyco in the back. Could work on his voice though. I liked it the way it was in are you dead yet album. Still theyre great.
LOVE THIS FUUCKING BAND!! \m/- -\m/
Awesome band. What genre is this tho????!!!
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Best band of all time in my opinion. What is this Metallica people speak of? LOL.
alisonnovara
I heard their playing in NY on march 28 to 29 and me and dad must see them!!!!!! WTF BOzojitccx y v. B bbv. Oh thAt cut that spot.
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Hell yeah
Lexi sounds like Anders of inflames in this song, maby just the accent they have....grea t song tho
These guys kick all kinds of major a**
Got to see these guys at Mayhem Fest :D They kicked a**
Love these guys, even though they have a little bit of a mix in with power metal, my least favorite type of metal. I can't take pure power metal, but these guys have a great sound.
what the hell is wrong with people cob is the s**t I heard of them when I was seven or eight
Never heard of 'em. I like what I hear so far. One song, but a good song.
F**k yeah!!!
The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
Ok here is how I see it I love everything but some of the singing does anyone agree
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@damonmoore6 6 6 Something Wild came out while they were still Inearthed, back in 1997, they didnt adopt the name Children of Bodom until 2003.
I used to be obsessed with pop. Then my friend Aaron showed me the way to metal, and I fell in love with it. Children of Bodom is one of the best bands out there.
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it says they formed in 03 haha thats funny cause something wild came out in 97
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