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Since their formation in 1993, Finland's Children of Bodom have woven various strains of heavy and extreme metal, melodic hooks, a flashy presentation, a healthy -- some would say excessive -- sense of humor, and the guitar pyrotechnics of lead guitarist Alexi Laiho into an instantly recognizable sound at once expansive yet difficult to pigeonhole. Beginning with their independently issued debut Something Wild on Spinefarm in 1997 (re-released by Nuclear Blast a year later) and underscored by an electrifying, wildly energetic, entertaining stage presence showcased on regional tours opening for acts such as Dimmu Borgir, word of mouth won the band a cult-like fanbase that grew exponentially in the ensuing years make them a global attraction. Several of their albums have charted inside the Top 100 on the pop charts, while six more have landed in the Top 20 at Hard Rock Albums list and on various other charts. 2003's Hate Crew Deathroll, delivered one an excellent example of their slice 'n' dice songwriting style, where grotesque, theatrical lyrics were jutxaposed with Laiho's richly combinative, shred-and-roll approach metal riffs and themes, simultaneously offered ample evidence of their instrumental prowess and a firmly tongue-in-cheek, nearly satirical approach to HM themes. 2004's Are You Dead Yet? and 2006's audio/visual package Chaos Ridden Years: Stockholm Knockout Live, were paramount in winning Laiho Metal Hammer's World's Best Guitarist designation for the year. 2008's Blooddrunk reached the Top 25, making it their highest-charting and best-selling album; its cover version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" became a streaming hit. In 2013, Halo of Blood, was noteworthy for not only charting, but for reviews by several publications that claimed it might be the recording to take European death metal mainstream. Two years later, I Worship Chaos was released in a deluxe version that contained four covers including Bananarama's "Cruel Summer," the Plasmatics' "Mistress of Taboo," Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone," and Amorphis's "Black Winter Day." They helped take the album to number one at home and into the upper half of the Top 200 in the States, while charting inside the Top 40 across the remainder of Europe. Founded by lifelong friends Alexi Laiho (guitar/vocals) and Jaska Raatikainen (drums), the band originally formed under the name Inearthed. Along with bassist Samuli Miettinen, Laiho and Raatikainen mined their love of classic death metal for inspiration, channeling the aggression of bands like Entombed and Obituary into their sound. Though he was Inearthed's primary songwriter, Miettinen's time in the band was cut short when his family moved to the United States. The band soldiered on, recruiting Henkka Seppälä as a replacement, as well as expanding the group's lineup with a second guitarist, Alexander Kuoppala, and keyboardist Janne Wirman. In 1997, after years of unsuccessfully courting labels with demo recordings, the band gained the attention of Belgian label Shiver, which signed the group with the intent to release its debut album, Something Wild. Inearthed quickly found their cup running over with interest when, right after they signed on with one label, a bigger label, Spinefarm Records, also became interested in the band. They eventually decided to go with Spinefarm, and changed their name from Inearthed to Children of Bodom (based on the Lake Bodom murders in their hometown of Espoo) so they could sign a new contract with the label, which eventually released their debut later that year. Things took off quickly for Children of Bodom, who entered into a relentless European touring and recording schedule that resulted in the quick release of their second album, Hatebreeder, in 1999 and their third album, Follow the Reaper, the next year. The group had a big year in 2003 when, after releasing Hate Crew Deathroll, it was named Finnish Band of the Year at the Finnish Music Awards. This was also the year of their first world tour, though the tour would prove to be a double-edged sword when, despite gaining them exposure in North America, it resulted in the unexpected departure of Kuoppala, who found himself growing tired of a life spent on the road. The band recruited guitarist Roope Latvala, who was already well-known as a founding member of Stone, to replace him, and continued to tour. Their next album, Are You Dead Yet?, arrived in 2005, though the touring was cut short after Laiho injured his shoulder a couple of years later, forcing the band off the road while the guitarist recovered. This didn't stop them from working on new material, however, and their sixth album, Blooddrunk, appeared in 2008, followed by Relentless, Reckless Forever in 2011, and Halo of Blood in 2013. The band supported the release by appearing on that year's Mayhem Festival tour with Rob Zombie, Amon Amarth, and Mastodon. In April 2015, Children of Bodom announced a new album. A month later their Facebook page revealed that Latvala (a member since 2003) had left the band. Eschewing a proper studio to record in an empty warehouse, the quartet -- with Laiho handling all guitar parts -- attempted to capture the ambience of their live shows on a recording. A single, "Morrigan" was released on video and for digital download in September. The album, I Worship Chaos, followed in early October with the title track offered as a second single. Just in time to tour the album, they replaced Latvala with Daniel Freyberg (formerly of Norther). It would be three-and-a-half years before the band released another record, their longest gap between albums to that date. Hexed appeared in March 2019, preceded by the single "Under Grass and Clover." Both catchier and more technical than previous releases, it had progressive and even jazz hints. ~ Gregory Heaney
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Top Tracks

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  2.   Mask of Sanity
  3.   Blooddrunk
  4.   Bodom Beach Terror
  5.   Bodom After Midnight
  6.   Warheart
  7.   Hatebreeder
  8.   Bed of Razorz
  9.   Follow the Reaper
  10.   Deadnight Warrior
  11.   Relapse (The Nature of My Crime)
  12.   Knuckleduster
  13.   Are You Dead Yet?
  14.   Hate Me!
  15.   Tie My Rope
  16.   Hellhounds on My Trail
  17.   If You Want Peace...Prepare for War
  18.   This Road
  19.   Lobodomy
  20.   Next in Line
  21.   Kick in a Spleen
  22.   Everytime I Die
  23.   Was It Worth It?
  24.   Rebel Yell
  25.   Silent Night, Bodom Night
  26.   Downfall
  27.   Jessie's Girl
  28.   I'm Shipping Up to Boston
  29.   Lake Bodom
  30.   Latomeri
  31.   Black Winter Day
  32.   Shot in the Dark
  33.   Oops! I Did It Again
  34.   Children of Decadence
  35.   Say Never Look Back
  36.   Suicide Bomber
  37.   Relentless, Reckless Forever
  38.   Ghostriders in the Sky
  39.   Roadkill Morning
  40.   Banned from Heaven
  41.   Bodom After Midnight/Bodom Beach Terror
  42.   We're Not Gonna Fall
  43.   Punch Me I Bleed
  44.   Bed of Nails
  45.   Silent Scream
  46.   Chokehold (Cocked 'n' Loaded)
  47.   Sixpounder
  48.   Intro/Crockett's Theme
  49.   Northern Comfort
  50.   Transference
  51.   Black Widow
  52.   War Inside My Head
  53.   Cry of the Nihilist
  54.   Morrigan
  55.   No Commands
  56.   Danger Zone
  57.   Mistress of Taboo
  58.   The Nail
  59.   In the Shadows
  60.   Hexed
  61.   Glass Houses
  62.   Widdershins
  63.   All for Nothing
  64.   Hold Your Tongue
  65.   I Worship Chaos
  66.   Prayer for the Afflicted
  67.   Horns
  68.   My Bodom (I Am the Only One)
  69.   All Twisted
  70.   Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
  71.   Scream for Silence
  72.   Shovel Knockout
  73.   Roundtrip to Hell and Back
  74.   Pussyfoot Miss Suicide
  75.   Waiting
  76.   Hell Is for Children
  77.   One Day You Will Cry
  78.   Talk Dirty to Me
  79.   Latvala -- Guitar Solo
  80.   Clash of the Booze Brothers
  81.   Bastards of Bodom
  82.   Living Dead Beat
  83.   In Your Face
  84.   Trashed, Lost and Strungout
  85.   Somebody Put Something in My Drink
  86.   Hate Crew Deathroll
  87.   Angels Don't Kill
  88.   Needled 24/7
  89.   Aces High
  90.   War of Razorz
  91.   Hellion
  92.   Kissing the Shadows
  93.   Mass Hypnosis
  94.   Children of Bodom
  95.   Towards Dead End
  96.   Touch Like Angel of Death
  97.   Red Light in My Eyes, Pt. 2
  98.   Platitudes and Barren Words
  99.   Ugly
  100.   One Bottle and a Knee Deep
  101.   Triple Corpse Hammerblow
  102.   Your Days Are
  103.   Done with Everything, Die for Nothing
  104.   Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
  105.   Soon Departed
  106.   Red Light in My Eyes, Pt. 1
  107.   Taste of My Scythe
  108.   Party All The Time
  109.   Dead Man's Hand on You
  110.   Halo of Blood
  111.   Not My Funeral
  112.   Lookin' Out My Back Door
  113.   Smile Pretty for the Devil
  114.   You're Better Off Dead
  115.   Under Grass and Clover
  116.   Hecate's Nightmare
  117.   Damage Beyond Repair
  118.   I Hurt
  119.   Deadbeats I
  120.   NorthpoleThrowdown
  121.   Sleeping in My Car
  122.   Lil' Bloodred Ridin' Hood
  123.   She Is Beautiful
  124.   Waste of Skin
  125.   Wrath Within
  126.   Antisocial
  127.   Don't Stop at the Top
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