Exploring Children of Bodom

If you are a Children of Bodom fan you need to know these things

Q: What is ‘Bodom’?

A: Contrary to popular belief, Bodom isn’t actually a lake, but a region. The ‘real’ name for Lake Bodom (‘Bodominjärvi’ in Finnish) would actually be Lake of Bodom. The name of the band refers to victims of a brutal murder that took place at the lake in the sixties. You can read more about the murders here.

Q: What is the Hate Crew?

A: The Hate Crew is basically the 5 Children Of Bodom members + some of the members of their crew, like the producer Anssi Kippo, tour manager Fleisch, their friends.. The Children Of Bodom Hate Crew has always been the “gang” side of the whole band. The public get to know about the “Hate Crew” only when the Hate Crew Deathroll album came out, but the truth is that the term has been around for a longer while. You can read “COBHC” already in the Hatebreeder booklet and the text “Children Of Bodom Hate Crew” appeared in the Hate Crew T-Shirt which came out in 2001.

Q: Which cover songs Children Of Bodom have recorded / played live so far?

A: Mass Hypnosis (Sepultura cover / Beneath The Remains album) 1998
-Released on the Sepultural Feast – A Tribute to Sepultura album and also on the Japanese version of Something Wild.

Hellion (W.A.S.P. cover / W.A.S.P album) 1999 *
-The band played this one live already in 1998. It was originally recorded during the Hatebreeder session, but was re-recorded in 2000 during the Hate Me! session since the band wasn’t happy with the first recording. Released on the Hate Me! single and some editions of Follow The Reaper.

No Commands (Stone cover / Stone album) 1999
-Released on the Downfall single, the Japanese version of Hatebreeder and the Tokyo Warhearts 12″ LP’s. Stone was a popular Finnish metal band and it’s Roope Latvala’s ex-band.

Don’t Stop At The Top (Scorpions cover / Savage Amusement album) 2000
-Released on the Scorpions tribute album, the Deluxe Edition of Something Wild and the Finnish version of Follow The Reaper. Actually the song was going to appear on the Hate Me! single together with the King Diamond cover, but this idea was soon abandoned.

Shot In The Dark (Ozzy Osbourne cover / The Ultimate Sin album) 2000 *
-Released on the Japanese edition of Follow The Reaper and it was the only cover song which was recorded in the Abyss studio. Was played live in Europe 1999 and in Japan 2001.

Silent Scream (Slayer cover / South Of Heaven album) 2001
-Recorded already in 2001 with the Iron Maiden cover. It was planned for a Slayer tribute that never came out. Was released for the first time on the Deluxe Edition of Something Wild. Also appears on some editions of Hate Crew Deathroll.

Aces High (Iron Maiden cover / Powerslave album) 2001
-Recorded for the Iron Maiden tribute, wasn’t featured on any COB releases but only on some compilations.

Somebody Put Something In My Drink (Ramones cover / Animal Boy album) 2002 *
-Played live only on the Dynamo festival in 2002 and in Finland in 2003. Released with the You’re Better Off Dead! single.

Latomeri (Klamydia cover / Los Celibatos album) 2003
-Klamydia is a Finnish punk band. Vesku Jokinen (their singer) invited Alexander to play guitar on the Klamydia EP Seokset but Alexander insisted to get an opportunity to record a song with the whole band. Was recorded in a very short time, almost with one take only.

Rebel Yell (Billy Idol cover / Rebel Yell album) 2003
-Recorded in Janne’s own Beyond Abilities studio, released on “BESTBREEDER from 1997 to 2000” Japanese Best Of album and later on various releases. Clean vocals.

Bed Of Nails (Alice Cooper cover / Trash album) 2004
-After the first Alice Cooper cover song (The Man Behind The Mask) which the band recorded in 2002 during the Hate Crew Deathroll studio sessions wasn’t good enough for the band, they decided to cover another song by the shock rocker. The version of Bed Of Nails pleased the whole band. Was released on the Trashed, Lost & Strungout EP and the Hellhounds On My Trail EP.

She Is Beautiful (Andrew W.K. cover / I Get Wet album) 2004
-Recorded in spring 2004 for the Trashed, Lost & Strungout EP with the Alice Cooper song. Alexi first had to convince some of the other members to cover this song. Alexi already played that song live with Andrew W. K. on the USA tour in spring 2004. Andrew is a huge fan of COB’s music by the way.

Oops!… I Did It Again (Britney Spears cover / Oops I Did It Again album) 2005
-This cover song shocked many COB fans and this was exactly what the band wanted. Janne got the idea for it when Britney Spears was played in the tourbus and he suggested the others to record a song of her just for fun. Femals vocals performed by Jonna Kosonen. Released on the In Your Face single and on the Japanese edition of Are You Dead Yet?.

Talk Dirty To Me (Poison cover / Look What the Cat Dragged In album) 2005
-Unspectacular cover song which pays tribute to the Poser/Glam Rock bands of the 80s which made Alexi a Metal fan. The solo in this song was played by Roope. Released on the Japanese edition of Are You Dead Yet?.

Ghost Riders In The Sky (Stan Jones cover) 2008
-Pretty suprising choice for a cover song but it works very well. Was released on a lot of Blooddrunk versions.

Lookin’ Out My Back Door (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover / Cosmo’s Factory album) 2008
-Short but good cover with Banjo and a lot of fun. The original song can be heard in the movie The Big Lebowski and since it’s one of Alexi’s and Janne’s favourite movies, this choice doesn’t surprise. Was released on the Blooddrunk single.

Just Dropped In (Kenny Rogers cover / Ten Years Of Gold album) 2008
-Again a song from The Big Lebowski. Alexi recorded the vocals one morning when he had a really hardcore hangover but he did a good job nonetheless. Released on the Japanese version of Blooddrunk and the Hellhounds On My Trail EP.

War Inside My Head (Suicidal Tendencies cover / Join The Army album) 2008
-Unreleased.

Waiting (King Diamond cover / Graveyard album) **
-The band recorded the song but it was never released, since they weren’t happy with the results.

He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) (Alice Cooper cover / Constrictor album) 2002 **
-The band recorded the song but it was never released, since they weren’t happy with the results.

Sukset (Popeda cover / Harasoo album) 200? **
-The band recorded this cover of a Finnish Punk band somewhere between 2002 and 2003 but wasn’t sure if it was good enough to be released.

Vitutuksen Multihuipennus (Impaled Nazarene cover / Suomi Finland Perkele album) 1995 or 1996 ***
-As crazy as it sounds, the band played this weird song live in their old days.

Stratosphere (Stratovarius cover / Episode album) 1996 ***
-During their first gigs, the band also used to cover the instrumental Stratosphere.

My Sky Is Darker Than Thine (Sentenced cover / North From Here album) 1997 ***
-In the early days they played a cover from Sentenced on their gigs.

We’re Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister cover) 2001 ***
-Was played live in Finland, Spain and South-America 2001.

* Also performed live.
** Recorded, but never released.
*** Performed ONLY live, never recorded.

Please note that the band NEVER recorded Iron Maiden’s The Trooper or Europe’s Final Countdown.
The versions you might have seen on p2p programs are by Sentenced, Norther or Dispatched.

Q: How to pronounce Bodom?

A: The lake was originally named by the Swedish (“Bodom-träsk”) when they ruled over Finland years ago. The Swedish pronounce Bodom like “Boo-dom” (American pronunciation) and the Finnish way to pronounce it is “bottom” (American pronunciation again). BUT the thing is that since it was named by the Swedish, the somewhat official way to pronounce it here is indeed Boo-dom but some Finns tend to use “bottom” anyway. To hear a robotic pronunciation, go to http://www.mikropuhe.com/demo.asp, write “buudom” (=Boo-dom) or “Bodom” (=bottom) in the empty field and hit “Kuuntele puhe”.

Q: How come there are lyrics for only a few songs in the booklets?

A: Alexi never wanted to concentrate much on writing lyrics and he thinks that some of the lyrics aren’t good enough to be published. However, Alexi wants to print lyrics for a couple of songs to give the fans an idea what the lyrics on each album are about.

Q: Why the band released a Japan only compilation?

A: Keep in mind, that bands never release anything, record labels do. The record deal between Toy’s Factory and COB was about to expire and Toy’s Factory decided to get everything out of the deal they could by putting out a compilation. The band isn’t happy with the songs chosen for it as they didn’t get to decide them.

Q: Are there different booklets of the albums in different releases?

A: They’re mostly the same but there is a big difference in the Spinefarm version and Nuclear Blast version of Something Wild. The booklet of the Spinefarm version is white inside and has a map (more like a simple drawing) of lake Bodom and a different thanks list and member pictures. The Nuclear Blast booklet is red illustrated with the ground of the cover and the hand of the Reaper and a band picture. Both only contain lyrics for Touch Like Angel Of Death.

Q: Does the Reaper have a name?

After many years the band unofficially gave him the name “Roy”. It’s not known why and it’s more or less an inside joke which shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Q: Where can I find the original Inearthed demo tapes?

A: I’m afraid you need a time machine.

Q: When will Children Of Bodom come to play to [insert your home country here] ?

A: All confirmed dates will be announced on COBHC.com and Scythes Of Bodom.com as soon as they are confirmed.

Q: Why the band doesn’t play [insert your favourite Children Of Bodom track here] live?

A: The band thinks that the new material is generally better than the old material so that’s why they play mostly new songs. However, they do play some of the old classics because they know that that’s what the fans want. Also, they have played the old songs so many times that they’ve got bored with them and want to play the new tracks for a change. Alexi is aware of the fact that many fans want to hear much older stuff – that’s what he also experiences when he goes to see bands – and he tries to fit as much old songs to the setlists as possible.

Q: Why does Alexi wear eyeliner make-up and paint his fingernails?

A: Alexi grew up with glam rock, it’s just his thing! His sister was into bands like Poison, Skid Row and Mötley Crüe, back in 80s everyone wore make-up!

Q: I really need to get in contact with the band members. Can you give me their private e-mail/postal addresses?

A: No.

All information used from scythes of Bodom .Information is for children of bodom fans who would like to know more about the band and is not meant for commercial use.

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~ by da|v|ned on October 21, 2010.

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