As previously reported, Henkka T. Blacksmith, Jaska Raatikainen, and Janne Wirman will be exiting Children Of Bodom after their December 15 show at Black Box in Helsinki, Finland. However, Soundi are now reporting that Alexi Laiho may have to change the band’s name due to AA & Sewira Consulting Oy, the company owned by the aforementioned trio, holding the rights to the moniker.
Raatikainen, Blacksmith, and Wirman reportedly filed an application with the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland on June 28 and it was granted for a five-year period starting on October 1. This means Laiho can’t use the name without their permission.
Laiho told Soundi that “it might not be a good idea” legally to use the Children Of Bodom name. He continued:
“It may be that the name of our new lineup needs to be tweaked a bit in some direction. Or maybe it could be just Bodom or the name of one of our songs. But it must be a name that suggests that it is the same [group].”
Laiho and guitarist Daniel Freyberg have already started putting together a new lineup. A drummer and bassist have already been chosen and Laiho says they are “incredibly talented young guys who look very good on stage.” He went on to say the group may start playing shows next spring.
Laiho also commented on the current lineup’s final shows in Finland:
“You have to be a professional. You can’t show negative personal feelings on stage. As before, we will do our best to have fun and enjoy playing some good music.”
He also admitted that he has “mixed feelings” about the whole situation:
“Of course, there is a bit of sadness, since we’ve been a band for a really long time. We have had more good times than bad times. On the other hand, I also feel relieved. I’m pretty fucking excited that I get to play with the new guys. The thrill of playing with a new lineup seems to quell the sadness.”
It’s worth noting that Soundi also reached out to Wirman, but he said he “will not comment further on this subject at this time” and that “more information will come once the gigs in Finland have been played.”