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