Children Of Bodom Biography
Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho (vocals, lead guitar), Janne Wirman (keyboards), Henkka Seppälä (bass), Jaska Raatikainen (drums) and Daniel Freyberg (rhythm guitar). In total they have released nine studio albums, two live albums, two EPs, two compilation albums and one DVD.
The band’s third studio album, Follow the Reaper, was their first album to receive a Gold certification in Finland, and since then, all seven of the band’s studio albums have acquired the same status. In Finland, Children Of Bodom has released three consecutive albums that debuted at number one on Finnish album charts, and has also seen chart positions on the United States Billboard 200.
In 2003, Children Of Bodom was awarded Finnish Band of the Year by the Finnish Metal Music Awards.
The band has incorporated many different musical styles, leading critics and fans to label them as melodic death metal, power metal, and thrash metal. They are one of Finland’s best selling artists of all time with more than 250,000 records sold there alone.
Although Laiho is very critical of all of the music he has written, he notes that he dislikes Something Wild the most of all of his albums. When recording this album, Laiho had tried to mimic the style of one of his idols, Yngwie Malmsteen, which is why Something Wild is considered one of the most technical albums Children Of Bodom have ever produced. Despite this, he still considers it to be their “most important” record, as it “put them on the map.”
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