Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) Passes Away

Bodom After Midnight and former Children Of Bodom vocalist/guitarist Alexi Laiho has sadly passed away at the age of 41. The musician died at his home in Finland last week after previously battling long-term health issues.

Bodom After Midnight issued the following statement:

“We are crushed by the sudden passing of our dear friend and band member. Words cannot describe this shock and the profound sadness that we feel.”

Laiho’s sister continued:

“We are all absolutely shocked and devastated. We ask for privacy and understanding during these hard times. My little brother’s funeral will take place privately.”

His widow Kelli Wright-Laiho also added:

“Alexi was the most loving and magnificent husband and father. Our hearts are eternally broken.”

Children Of Bodom also commented:

“One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the front man of Children of Bodom, died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years.

More than 25 years of friendship. We lost a brother. The world lost a phenomenal song writer and one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Memories and Alexi’s music will live forever.

Our thoughts are with Alexi’s family during this difficult time.

-Henkka, Janne and Jaska”

Bodom After Midnight (Ex-Children Of Bodom, Etc.) Sign With Napalm Records

Bodom After Midnight, the band featuring Alexi Laiho (ex-Children Of Bodom), Daniel Freyberg (ex-Children Of Bodom), Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost) and Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz), have signed a new deal with Napalm Records for all territories excluding Japan. The group’s new album is expected to be released through the label in late 2021.

Bodom After Midnight commented:

“We are far beyond thrilled to start working with Napalm Records. We feel that they can provide the best possible temple for a boulder called Bodom After Midnight to roll over all the archeologists who claim that metal music is on the brink of extinction.

Since the world is more or less in a standstill state right now, we are spending all the time we’d normally spend on the road making new music. Our new family at Napalm is giving us the liberty to make music that you can bang your head to very soon.”

Thomas Caser, managing director of Napalm Records, added:

“Welcome Bodom After Midnight. I have been following the career of Alexi Laiho since the first Children Of Bodom albums and have always been a huge fan. It’s needless to say that we are delighted to finally work with such a talent and we cannot wait for the first bits of music to be unleashed to the metal world. This will be BIG!”

The band continued:

“As most of our gigs and touring plans for 2020 got canceled, meanwhile we’ve been working hard on our upcoming full-length album that’s supposed to see the light of the day in late 2021. To make the wait a little easier, we want to give a treat to our fans and announce that we’ve just finished the recordings for two brand new bone-crushing and neck-breaking Bodom After Midnight songs! Needless to say, we’re absolutely thrilled about this and we can guarantee there’s killer stuff coming up your way! Cheers and stay tuned for more info!”

Bodom After Midnight (Ex-Children Of Bodom, Etc.) Finish Recording Debut Release

Bodom After Midnight, the band featuring Alexi Laiho (ex-Children Of Bodom), Daniel Freyberg (ex-Children Of Bodom), Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost) and Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz), have finished the recording process for their debut release. The group said the following about that:

“Recordings finished now and the files are ready for mixing ✅ More info coming soon… #bodomaftermidnight”

[via Blabbermouth]

Bodom After Midnight (Ex-Children Of Bodom, Etc.) Are In The Studio

Bodom After Midnight, the band featuring Alexi Laiho (ex-Children Of Bodom), Daniel Freyberg (ex-Children Of Bodom), Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost) and Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz), have entered the studio to work on new material. The group confirmed the news on Instagram:

Bodom After Midnight (Ex-Children Of Bodom, Etc.) Play First Live Show

Bodom After Midnight, the band featuring Alexi Laiho (ex-Children Of Bodom), Daniel Freyberg (ex-Children Of Bodom), Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost) and Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz), played their first concert at the Rytmikorjaamo in Seinäjoki, Finland last night (October 23). You can find footage and the setlist from that show below:

Setlist:

01. “Needled 24/7”
02. “Silent Night, Bodom Night”
03. “Bodom After Midnight”
04. “Sixpounder”
05. “Platitudes And Barren Words”
06. “Living Dead Beat”
07. “Knuckleduster”
08. “Angels Don’t Kill”
09. “Hate Me!”
10. “Deadnight Warrior”
11. “Hatebreeder”
12. “Everytime I Die”
13. “Warheart”
14. “Downfall”
15. “Hate Crew Deathroll”
16. “Are You Dead Yet?”
17. “In Your Face”

[via The PRP]

Bodom After Midnight (Ex-Children Of Bodom, Etc.) To Make Live Debut Next Month

Bodom After Midnight, the band featuring Alexi Laiho (ex-Children Of Bodom), Daniel Freyberg (ex-Children Of Bodom), Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost) and Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz), will be performing live for the first time in Finland next month. According to Blabbermouth, the shows are able to move forward because the country has less than 400 deaths related to COVID-19 and their number of cases per 100,000 people is just over 10. Here’s the dates:

10/23 Seinäjoki, Finland – Rytmikorjaamo
10/24 Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
10/30 Joensuu, Finland – Unholy Winter Fest

Bodom After Midnight (Ex-Children Of Bodom) Share Rehearsal Footage

Bodom After Midnight, the band featuring Alexi Laiho (ex-Children Of Bodom), Daniel Freyberg (ex-Children Of Bodom), Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost) and Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz), have shared some footage from a recent rehearsal. You can check that out below:

Ex-Children Of Bodom Frontman Alexi Laiho’s “Chaos, Control & Guitar” Biography Is Now Available In English

An updated edition of Alexi Laiho’s “Chaos, Control & Guitar” biography has been released in English. A description of the book, which was written by Petri Silas, can be read below:

“Alexi Laiho is one of the most internationally successful metal musicians in Finland. When a punk rocker’s attitude to life is combined with dazzling technical know-how on the electric guitar, a larger-than-life story begins to unfold. Relentless practice, horror movies, and vintage cars. Hard rock and even harder partying. These are the elements that Alexi ‘Wildchild’ Laiho is known for. In his candid biography, the best metal guitarist in the world reveals for the first time what he loves, what he hates, and what he fears. A veritable Hitchhiker’s Guide to Alexi, ‘Chaos, Control & Guitar’ is the only authorized biography of the first four decades in the life of the former Children Of Bodom and current Bodom After Midnight frontman.”

Former Children Of Bodom Members Launch New Band Bodom After Midnight

Former Children Of Bodom members Alexi Laiho and Daniel Freyberg have launched a new band called Bodom After Midnight. The group, which also features Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost) and Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz), was put together after Children Of Bodom fell apart following the departure of Henkka T. Blacksmith, Jaska Raatikainen, and Janne Wirman.

The following statement was issued:

“The blood in most musicians’ veins would curdle if they all of a sudden learned that the perpetually globe-trotting team they have recorded ten albums with is about to implode. This was the fate staring Alexi Laiho straight in the face at a band meeting early last year.

As the assembly was completed, the attendees had reached a unanimous decision: The group known as Children Of Bodom would cease to exist after a concert at the Helsinki Ice Hall in December 2019. The shutdown process went as planned and the members parted as friends. End of a story that had begun in 1993.

The situation was a new kind of challenge. What went through the mind of the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who had been continually chosen as the best metal guitarist in the world by the readers’ and experts’ polls of various music magazines and websites? Laiho brushed the dust off his shoulders and revved up the engines. A new line- up or death! Luckily, he wasn’t alone.

Guitarist Daniel Freyberg crawled through the wreckage to join Laiho in his quest. Committing to a hard-working team was never a problem for him either. But two guitar players do not a group make. It was time to start thinking about who could handle the drums, bass and keyboards. There were many options to choose from. But as Laiho had already witnessed people exit less than elegantly, he wanted to get just the right cohorts.

High-level musicianship, a cool stage presence and a fitting personality were the factors put under the microscope. Finally, the pieces to complete the puzzle were found. And the name for the new line-up? It had been right under Alexi’s nose all along.

The drummer will be Waltteri Väyrynen who has been a member of Paradise Lost since 2015 whereas bass duties are handled by Mitja Toivonen of Santa Cruz fame. As a touring keyboardist, the quartet is joined by Lauri Salomaa.

Alexi Laiho will lead Bodom After Midnight to play selected festival appearances follow after which band will start working on new material.

At the moment, he also has another thing to be very excited about. Alexi Laiho’s autobiography, released a year ago, has shipped over 11 000 copies in Finland. Chaos, Control & Guitar will come out in English in May from Johnny Kniga, an imprint of Werner Söderström Ltd.”

Laiho himself added:

“So here it is, the new Bodom! Been waiting anxiously to this moment and im downright happy about everything that’s been going on lately. We’ve been working, practicing and just grinding like mad men but it’s been a ton of fun playing and hanging with these guys. We would be ready to hit the road right away but we have to wait until Tuska festival in Helsinki.

In the meantime we sure as hell won’t just bum around, we’ll keep working on as many songs as possible so the set list will be diverse, that i can promise. But im getting ahead of myself now. Thank you for your patience my friends, it means the world to me that you’re still around! I’ll see you soon. Horns up!!”

The band have shared a teaser on Facebook and they currently have the following dates booked:

06/27 Helsinki, Finland – Tuska Festival
07/18 Laukaa, Finland – John Smith Rock Festival
08/15 Dinkelsbühl, Germany – Summer Breeze