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9/22/2009

Tokyo Warhearts: Live In Japan 1999
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4/29/2008

Follow The Reaper
4/29/2008
 
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Children Of Bodom Reveal Cover Art and Tracklist
December 10, 2010
CHILDREN OF BODOM (also COB), the hard partying Finnish Heavy Metal band that features frontman
and modern day guitar hero Alexi Laiho will release its new album Relentless Reckless Forever
on March 8, 2011 via Universal Music. Today, COB reveals the album's cover art, which can be
viewed now at this location.

Recorded in Finland's Petrax Studios with famed rock producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Monster Magnet),
Relentless Reckless Forever is the seventh studio album of CHILDREN OF BODOM's illustrious
career and the first new record from the band since 2008's Blooddrunk, which debuted at #22 on
Billboard's Top 200 Chart and scored the quintet its third consecutive #1 debut in Finland. On
Relentless Reckless Forever, COB's high-energy hooks and electric energy forge stadium-sized
heavy metal anthems that seethe with both marvelous musicianship and a phenomenal pop prowess.
The quintet's unique union of haunting melodies, rhythmic sensibility, guitar-and-keyboard interplay
and king-size solos is supercharged to the maximum, and the resulting record is poised to push the
band already on the brink of breakout success in the U.S. to an altogether new pinnacle.

"We worked super hard on this album, at least for me it was pretty much no sleep or rest for six
weeks," stated Laiho. "But we were determined to make the best COB album ever, so we were
willing to do whatever it took. Of course, having our producer Matt Hyde kicking our asses 24/7
definitely made the results even better, so obviously we're more than anxious to get this album out
there"

The first single and video from Relentless Reckless Forever is "Was it Worth It?". COB shot a high
energy music video for the track, joining forces with two-time X Games gold medalist and two-time
Thrasher Magazine "Skater of the Year" Chris Cole as well as noted pro skaters Jamie Thomas,
Garrett Hill and Tom Asta (the current #1 Amateur skateboarder in the world). Filmed on location
at central Pennsylvania's residential Action Sports compound Camp Woodward and directed by
Dale Resteghini for Raging Nation Films (Pink Floyd, Santana, Mtley Cre), the video was shot
guerrilla style, sans treatment; honing in directly on CHILDREN OF BODOM's high-spirited fire and
the skaters' eye-opening execution. A high resolution trailer for the clip can be viewed now
at www.relentlessrecklessforever.com.

The track listing for CHILDREN OF BODOM's Relentless Reckless Forever is as follows:

1.) Not My Funeral
2.) Shovel Knockout
3.) Roundtrip to Hell and Back
4.) Pussyfoot Miss Suicide
5.) Relentless Reckless Forever
6.) Ugly
7.) Cry of the Nihilist
8.) Was It Worth It?
9.) Northpole Throwdown
10.) Party All the Time (*Eddie Murphy) [Bonus Track]

"The single 'Was It Worth It?' is a total party song, said Laiho. "It's not your typical Bodom sound,
but it's one of my favorites and heavy as hell."
 
 
 
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Children Of Bodom Announce Fall North American Tour
June 22, 2010
Children Of Bodom, featuring frontman and modern day guitar hero Alexi Laiho will join Zakk Wylde on tour this fall for the "Black Label Berzerkus." Headlined by Black Label Society, the extensive North American trek will also feature Clutch and 2Cents. Hand-picked by Wylde himself, Children Of Bodom and Clutch will share the main support slot. Kicking off on September 21st at Roseland in Portland, OR, the tour will make stops across the U.S. and Canada.

North American "Black Label Berzerkus" Tour:
09/21 - Portland, OR - Roseland
09/22 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Forum
09/24 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton EXPO Centre Hall D Arena
09/25 - Regina, SK - Agribition Hall
09/26 - Calgary, AB - Big 4
09/28 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Convention Centre
09/30 - Omaha, NE - Anchor Inn
10/01 - Clive, IA - 7 Flags
10/02 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
10/03 - St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
10/05 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
10/08 - Asbury Park, NJ - Convention Hall
10/09 - Lewiston, ME - The Colisee
10/12 - Halifax, NS - Cunard Centre
10/14 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
10/15 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
10/16 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy}
10/20 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
10/22 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
10/23 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Music Park
10/24 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
10/26 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
10/28 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
10/29 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete St. Amphitheater
10/30 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie
10/31 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Pavilion
11/02 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
11/03 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Center
11/05 - Grand Rapids, MI - DeltaPlex
11/07 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
11/09 - Rochester, NY - Main Street Armory
11/10 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
11/12 - Wichita, KS - Cotilion
11/13 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
11/14 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium
11/16 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
11/18 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
11/20 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
 
 
 
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Hypocrisy Experiencing Trouble With U.S. Immigration
November 6, 2009
Legendary Swedish death metallers Hypocrisy have issued the following statement in regards to their upcoming tour with Ensiferum that starts on Friday, November 6th:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are forced to stay home until U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services process and authorize our working visas. This is the first time the band has faced a situation like this and it’s extremely frustrating, as well as depressing, since the last thing we want to do is disappoint our loyal fans who have waited years to see us live in the US. We filed for our visas with plenty of time, but as some probably don’t know, the US government has changed its rules when it comes to visas issued to artists so it’s become tougher. Even if we have already toured the US numerous times.

As it stands now, we are on stand-by mode and waiting to receive the green light. We hope it’s just a few days before that happens, in the meantime we want to apologize to all the fans that planned on going to see us tear shit up live. We will do our best to re-join the tour as soon as possible!”

Hypocrisy
have enlisted the help of Children Of Bodom guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho to temporarily fill the vacant 2nd guitarist spot on their tour alongside Ensiferum, Ex Deo, Blackguard and Swashbuckle.

Ensiferum
, Hypocrisy, Ex Deo+, Blackguard, Swashbuckle*:
11/06 - Jaxx – Springfield, VA*
11/07 - Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA*
11/08 - Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
11/09 - The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/10 - Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/11 - AKA Lounge – Orlando, FL (AntiPop Music Festival)
11/12 - DAY OFF
11/13 - Meridian – Houston, TX
11/14 - Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/15 - Ridglea Theatre – Fort Worth (Dallas), TX
11/16 - DAY OFF
11/17 - The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
11/18 - The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
11/19 - DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
11/20 - Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
11/21 - Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
11/22 - Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – Canada
11/23 - The Warehouse – Calgary, AB – Canada
11/24 - Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – Canada
11/27 - The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – Canada
11/28 - Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/29 - House of Blues – Chicago, IL+
11/30 - Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH+
12/01 - The Opera House – Toronto, ON – Canada+*
12/02 - Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – Canada+*
12/03 - Le Medley – Montreal, QC – Canada+*
12/04 - The Palladium – Worcester, MA+*
12/05 - Irving Plaza – New York, NY+*
 
 
 
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Children Of Bodom Guitarist To Tour With Hypocrisy
October 15, 2009
Legendary Swedish death metal horde Hypocrisy have enlisted the help of Children Of Bodom guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho for their upcoming North American tour. Alexi has agreed to temporarily fill the currently vacant guitarist spot on their tour alongside Ensiferum, Ex Deo, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle (on select dates).

Hypocrisy
mainman Peter Tägtgren commented:
“We’re very happy to bring Alexi along on this tour and that he’s helping us out with filling the 2nd guitarist position. Funny, the first Children Of Bodom show was a support gig for Hypocrisy on the Nuclear Blast festival in ‘98. Since then me and Alexi have become very good friends. I’ve helped him with producing and he´s helped me by contributing a guitar solo on one of my records with my other band Pain. There will be no shortage of alcohol on this tour that’s for sure.”

Ensiferum
, Hypocrisy, Ex Deo, Blackguard, Swashbuckle*:
11/06/09 - Jaxx – Springfield, VA*
11/07/09 - Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA*
11/08/09 - Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
11/09/09 - The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/10/09 - Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/11/09 - AKA Lounge – Orlando, FL (AntiPop Music Festival)
11/12/09 - DAY OFF
11/13/09 - Meridian – Houston, TX
11/14/09 - Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/15/09 - Ridglea Theatre – Fort Worth (Dallas), TX
11/16/09 - DAY OFF
11/17/09 - The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
11/18/09 - The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
11/19/09 - DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
11/20/09 - Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
11/21/09 - Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
11/22/09 - Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
11/23/09 - The Warehouse – Calgary, AB – CANADA
11/24/09 - Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
11/27/09 - The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
11/28/09 - Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/29/09 - House of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/30/09 - Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/01/09 - The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA*
12/02/09 - Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA*
12/03/09 - Le Medley – Montreal, QC – CANADA*
12/04/09 - The Palladium – Worcester, MA*
12/05/09 - Irving Plaza – New York, NY*

Hypocrisy
will release their long awaited follow up to 2005’s 'Virus' record on October 23rd (Europe) and November 3rd (N. America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The North American mail-order version of 'A Taste of Extreme Divinity' will feature 3 exclusive bonus tracks, which can now be pre-ordered now at this location in various formats and bundle packages.

'A Taste Of Extreme Divinity'
track listing:
01. Valley Of The Damned
02. Hang Him High
03. Solar Empire
04. Weed Out The Weak
05. No Tomorrow
06. Global Domination
07. Taste The Extreme Divinity
08. Alive
09. The Quest
10. Tamed (Filled With Fear)
11. Sky Is Falling Down

Bonus Tracks:
12. The Sinner
13. Taste the Extreme Divinity (2008 Demo)
14. Valley of the Damned (2008 Demo)

The new track “Hang Him High” can now be streamed on the bands Myspace page.

The second video trailer for Hypocrisy's 'A Taste of Extreme Divinity' release was recently posted and can be viewed below.

For more info visit: www.hypocrisy.tv & www.mypace.com/hypocrisy
 
 
 
 
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The Black Dahlia Murder Cracks Billboard's Top 50
September 25, 2009
Metal Blade Records is very proud to announce that death metal act The Black Dahlia Murder have cracked the top 50 in Billboard's Top 200 chart coming in at #43 with the release of 'Deflorate'. The album dropped on September 15th in North American and sold over 12,000 units in just its first week of release making it the band's strongest first week to date.

In addition to hitting the #43 position in Billboard's Top 200 charts, The Black Dahlia Murder came in at #5 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart, #4 on Billboard's Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #50 on HITS Top 50 Albums chart. The carnage doesn't stop here though as The Black Dahlia Murder's 'Deflorate' also landed on Canada's Billboard Charts coming in at #52 in the Top 200 chart, #3 in the Top Independent Albums chart, and #6 in the Top Hard Music Albums chart.

“I'd like to say we are stoked that so many actually bought our new CD in a day and age when thievery is law. Thanks a lot everyone!!! We'll be on the road in North America for the next 7 weeks. Check out http://www.myspace.com/blackdahliamurder for dates” comments Brian Eschbach, guitarist and founding member of The Black Dahlia Murder.

Here's what vocalist and founding member Trevor Strnad had to say; “We want to thank everyone for coming together and supporting us. We put a lot of elbow grease into making this whole package the best we possibly could; it's meant as a gift to our fans. It's an exciting time for us in the band and we're going to bust our asses to see all of you on the road and deliver the goods. Stay metal and keep supporting the scene. THANKS!”

The Black Dahlia Murder
is currently touring North America with Children of Bodom and Skeletonwitch and will then head out for the band's headline run, bringing Skeletonwitch, Toxic Holocaust, and Trap Them out as support.

Check out The Black Dahlia Murder's new music video for the track "Necropolis" shot by 'Majesty' DVD director Robbie Tassaro at Garden Bowl in Detroit, Michigan below.

The Black Dahlia Murder
Tour w/ Children Of Bodom, Skeletonwitch:
09/23 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
09/25 - Kitchener, ON - Elements Night Club
09/26 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
09/27 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
09/28 - Minneapolis, MN - Epic
09/29 - Fargo, ND - The Nestor Tavern (not part of tour)
09/30 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick Centre
10/01 - Saskatoon, SK - Odeon Events Centre
10/02 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Ballroom
10/03 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Centre
10/05 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
10/06 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
10/07 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
10/09 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Center (w/ Austrian Death Machine)
10/10 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
10/12 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre (w/ Austrian Death Machine)

Tour w/ Skeletonwitch, Toxic Holocaust, Trap Them:
10/13 - San Diego, CA Soma
10/14 - Victorville, CA - Karma
10/15 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brewing Co.
10/16 - Reno, NV - The Underground
10/17 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk (no Toxic Holocaust)
10/19 - Murray, UT - Murray Theater
10/20 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
10/22 - Iowa City, IA - Picador
10/24 - Madison, WI - The Annex
10/25 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
10/26 - Evansville, IN - Boney Junes
10/27 - Nashville, TN - Rocketown
10/29 - Metairie, LA - The High Ground
10/30 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
10/31 - Augusta, GA - Sector 7G
11/01 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox Laundrolounge
11/02 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
11/03 - Farmingdale, NY - The Crazy Donkey
11/04 - Hartford, CT - Webster Underground
11/06 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
11/07 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
11/08 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
11/10 - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
11/11 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
11/12 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
11/13 - Bucksport, ME - The Kave

For more info on The Black Dahlia Murder, visit http://www.myspace.com/blackdahliamurder
 
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1993
HOME TOWN: Espoo, Finland
MEMBERS:
Alexi Laiho (vocals/guitars)
Roope Latvala (guitars)
Henkka T. Blacksmith (bass)
Jaska Raatikainen (drums)
Janne Warman (keyboards)

In the last eight or so years, Children Of Bodom that darted to international fame with their debut, 1997s "Something Wild", has gone from being "this amazing band from Finland" to a household name in the metalscene. And that, of course, is obvious given the intensity, sheer quality of their material and the flawless execution.Formed in 1993 and hailing from the city of Espoo, Finland, this young Finnish group took their name from one of the biggest murder mysteries in the history of their home town and Finnish crime: the murders at the Lake Bodom. After starting out as a thrash-metal combo, the founding members Alexi Laiho (guitars and vocals), Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henkka Seppl (bass) and Alexander Kuoppala (guitars) soon found elements of classic heavy metal creeping into their music. After taking in keyboardist Janne Wirman to complete their line-up, they honed their combination of old schoold black metal, classic heavy, and death metal vocals into the sharpest instrument of its kind and headed out to a studio record a demo tape.After Spinefarm Records received Children Of Bodoms demo, it didnt take long for the company to figure out what they had in their hands back in late 1996. Soon the band was signed and ready to knock a few heads off.The self-titled debut single "Children Of Bodom" went straight to number 1 on the Finnish charts and sold platinum. The debut full-length album "Something Wild" was released in Finland in 1997. The Bodoms supported Dimmu Borgir at the band's Helsinki show in November and were hailed as the new kings of Finnish underground metal by the press. Licensing deal with Nuclear Blast for central Europe was inked quickly and soon after Middle Europe the album was also released in Japan and Thailand.Soon Children Of Bodom was flying all over Europe and writing new material that would become the "Hatebreeder" album, which was released in February 1999. On "Hatebreeder" their music had found its true shape: the album was faster, heavier and more versatile than "Something Wild". The single "Downfall" went gold and ruled the Finnish charts.During the summer 99 Children Of Bodom toured Finland and Europe. In June they did three sold out gigs in Japan with Dark Tranquillity and Sinergy and recorded the live CD: "Tokyo Warhearts-Live in Japan". "Tokyo Warhearts" came out as a limited digibook-edition in Europe in October and all the 20.000 copies of it were almost immediately sold out. The buzz around the band was reaching new heights.In 2000 the single "Hate Me!" went #1 at the Finnish charts and sold gold in Finland in just a couple of weeks. Platinum sales soon followed. While the single was topping the charts, Children Of Bodom finished their studio sessions at Peter Tgtgren's Abyss Studio, and the third album "Follow the Reaper" saw the light of day on the 30th of October 2000."Follow the Reaper" was a glorious mixture of their debut album's heavy riffing raw sound, combined with "Hatebreeder" monstrous technical metal acrobatics. The most noticable thing however was how much the band had improved as a unit and in bringing the personal levels of musicianship to a new high.On "Hate Crew Deathroll", which was released in January 2003, not only did the band take their songwriting into new levels of aggressivity and heaviness but the way the songs were carried out pummeled everything they -or anyone, for that matter- had done into dust.On "Hate Crew Deathroll" Alexi Laiho spits out his lyrics with vitriolic hate, the guitars (courtesy of Alexi and Alexander Kuoppala) shred everything in their wake with razorsharp precision while the rhythmsection (the demolition duo of Henkka T. Blacksmith & Jaska W. Raatikainen) pounds away like the world is about to end. As a final coup de grac come the keyboards of Janne Warman, making sure the path of destruction is complete with the fervour and precision of a seasoned executioner on a killing spree.In the Summer of 2003, Alexander Kuoppala left the band and was replaced by Roope Latvala, whose stellar playing had already graced countless of Finnish metal records. Being perhaps the most widely acclaimed metal guitarist in Finland ever, Roopes flexible playing style and strange sense of harmony was a strong influence on CoB by the way of his early nineties speed metal band Stone.In 2004 the band tested their new line-up on a four-track EP and a separate DVD-EP "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" that gave a little taster of the future alongside with two great cover songs. The EP was an introduction to a new-found drive, a rougher edge, still sounding definitely and unmistakeably very CoB.After the relase of the successful mini-album, Children of Bodom barricaded themselves into studio Hstholmen, Helsinki, to record their next full-length album together with producer / mixer / engineer guru Mikko Karmila. The result was "Are You Dead Yet?", title of which is merely rhetorical: the fourth studio album from the trailblazing Finnish metal hate crew is killer stuff throughout.Children of Bodom have come a long way since their humble beginnings, and today stand tall in the all time extreme metal hall of fame, commanding the respect and awe of both fans and colleagues alike. Children of Bodom have been hugely influential, but still, eight years down the road east and west alike, remain the leaders of the genre. "Are You Dead Yet?" is all the proof you need.