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:
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
Children Of Bodom recently played their final show with bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith, drummer Jaska Raatikainen, and keyboardist Janne Wirman and now the three former members have issued a new statement on their departure. According to them, the group “couldn’t find a shared viewpoint during these last few years.”
Blacksmith, Raatikainen, and Wirman said the following:
2019 is coming to an end, so it’s a good time to take a look back before turning our gaze toward a new year. For us, 2019 was eventful, and a big part of that was playing our last COB gig in December.
We have received a lot of questions about what we’re going to do next and why we quit. Since this decision has sparked up a conversation and false rumors, we want to talk about why we ended up making it, one more time.
There is no argument behind the band’s name trademark or its use. We have a joint agreement. Alexi Laiho sold his share of the company and this meant that the three of us became owners of the COB brand. Although plans for our future are open, what is certain is that we will never do anything to disrespect this brand and the long career we’ve built together.
Also, we definitely want to set the record straight with the misconception that we quit because we have families or wanted to retire. Music is our profession and our lives, and all our families know that. They are proud of what we do, and they completely have our back. It should also go without saying that we as individuals are not retiring.
Success brings with it the responsibility to take a stand on decisions unrelated to music as well. These decisions were very difficult for us. We were five band members, each with their own roles, but we couldn’t find a shared viewpoint during these last few years.
The reason for writing this is not to point fingers but to clear things up. We are and always will be proud of what COB achieved together.
Happy holidays and best wishes for 2020!
Henkka, Janne and Jaska“
Frontman Alexi Laiho and guitarist Daniel Freyberg are planning to continue with new members, but it is unknown what name they will perform under.
Last night (December 15), Children Of Bodom played their final show with bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith, drummer Jaska Raatikainen, and keyboardist Janne Wirman at the Jäähalli in Helsinki, Finland. You can find footage from the concert below. As previously reported, frontman Alexi Laiho and guitarist Daniel Freyberg plan to move forward with new members, but it is still unknown if they will be able to keep the Children Of Bodom name.
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