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Old July 6th, 2011, 12:41 PM   #3351 (permalink)
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Nice to see a longer one with him. Seems to me that this year we get some more non-Alexi/Janne-interviews as usual, or is it just me?
Nope, it`s not just you- I thought that too. Thanks for posting that interview.
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Old July 6th, 2011, 02:25 PM   #3352 (permalink)
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Yeah, I noticed it, too. I really like it that Jaska is doing more interviews atm.
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BW&BK interview with Henkka

http://www.bravewords.com/news/165204

CHILDREN OF BODOM – Relentless, Reckless And Snowless in Canada
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By David Perri

At least they’re not touring Canada during the winter.

Any cross-Canadian trek is a challenge for bands, as Canada’s vast landscape and long distances between cities make even the die-hard tour dog wonder when the drive will be done. But, despite those challenges, CHILDREN OF BODOM has once again embraced Canada, and why not? The Finnish flash from Espoo has undeniably had a banner year in 2011. The group’s return to form record, Relentless Reckless Forever, was unanimously praised, and the band’s tours have been successful by any standard of measurement. After getting blooddrunk in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg, Children Of Bodom takes its hatebreeding to Montreal, Toronto and Halifax later this month, the collective finishing its pan-Canadian trek with some of North America’s most fastidious fans. Children Of Bodom even has a French-speaker in its midst in bass player Henkka Seppala, adding a further Canadian dimension to the band’s latest sojourn in the great white north (more on that French point in a minute).

“This Canadian tour is going well,” says Seppala. “There have been lots of Canadian dates, and they’ve gone well. Tonight we’re in Saskatoon. We’ve had a couple of smaller shows in Edmonton and Winnipeg, but it’s been fun. Things are going well, and the impression of this tour has been very nice. The weather has also been very nice, because it’s summer. We’ve never been here in summer before. No snow this time (laughs).”

Another area that hasn’t received snowfall, metaphorically at least, is the reception to Relentless Reckless Forever. For the first time in a long while, Children Of Bodom finds itself surrounded by seemingly unending praise for a new record.

“These good reviews are amazing to us actually, because usually you don’t get good reviews for a new album,” Seppala explains. “Usually when you have a new album out, you hear mostly the negative reviews. But with this one, we’re hearing mostly positive ones. Which feels really strange for us (laughs). We’re used to getting the bad ones. And I think that’s very normal for bands that have several albums out. You’re always compared to your old stuff and no one is happy. We’ve been surprised how this album has been getting positive reviews.”



The fact Relentless Reckless Forever marks a departure from the BLACK LABEL SOCIETY-isms of Are You Dead Yet? and Blooddrunk and sees a return to the old-school leanings of Hatebreeder and Hatecrew Deathroll surely has pleased fans and critics clamouring for a return to the classic era. It’s a sentiment Seppala agrees with.

“I agree there are old-style melodic elements on this album. It must be why there’s been positive feedback. There are elements that are similar to the old albums, so maybe that’s one of the reasons. But it was very natural. We never choose or plan when we write the songs, they just come out. And we realise, ‘Woah, this sound like the melodic Bodom.’ It’s very natural.”

Not that Relentless Reckless Forever’s nod to the classics represents Children Of Bodom’s swansong. Not in the least.

“To me, the goal in this band is to just keep on doing music as we are doing now and to enjoy it quite thoroughly,” says Seppala. “We never really set up any formal goals, but we want to keeping enjoying writing our music. We also want to enjoy the touring life that we do now. Every night it’s fun to get on stage to play these songs for the fans. Keeping this up for a long time would be our biggest goal and biggest achievement. The whole point is just being able to put our aggressive energy in the music. If at some point we would lose that, we wouldn’t be able to feel satisfaction with the records. It’s pretty much the different side of us, and it’s the only key to keep on doing this. We are quite happy guys and normal fellows, so it’s a way to put the bad feelings out. Metal music kicks your ass. It gives you a very aggressive feeling, but in a good way. That’s what it’s about. If our songs don’t have that, then they’re not our songs. We have to start to do another song, because it has to have that feeling. We’re lucky we’ve always had it.”

Big achievements have been plenty in the Bodom camp, starting with the aforementioned fan-loved classics Hatebreeder and Hatecrew Deathroll. Both records are Children Of Bodom at its song-writing apex, and the albums have assumed their place in metal lore as a result of their longevity and longitude.

“Hatecrew Deathroll is a pretty solid record,” Seppala relays. “It’s a consistent record. We play a lot of songs live from that record and that tells a lot. But also, that was the first big record we did in the American market. It was a ground-breaking thing for us. I think the first three albums are more like the older sound because they are still quite like the neo-classical influence. Hatecrew started the modern song-writing. It’s the borderline between the ancient Bodom and the newer stuff. With Hatebreeder, it’s mainly nostalgia when I look back on that. It was the second album and there was a lot of pressure for us. We were surprised with the reaction to the first album, so Hatebreeder wasn’t so easy to do. Hatebreeder was a long time ago. It was hard work, but we were just young guys. I don’t like the sound, it’s a little too clinical. A little bit too sharp. It’s not very natural or groovy. But that was part of our development and it was really important to make those choices for recording because we were really developing as players. The guy who was recording it was really strict, he wouldn’t let anything that wasn’t perfect on the album. It was like a growing up experience as musicians.”

So, yes, back to French-speakers in Children Of Bodom. How is it that a Finn from just outside Helsinki speaks French - Canada’s official language along with English - fluently?

“I went to the École Française in Helsinki and then I just kept on studying French in high school and then a little bit in university. I have French friends back home, and I also lived in Tunisia, in Tunis, for a couple of months. French is my first language, and I picked it up again in Tunisia.”

As for the group’s native Suomi (Finland), Seppala is quick to acknowledge his country’s role in Children Of Bodom’s sound.

“We’ve been living in Finland for 30 years and we wrote all the songs there, too. So, of course, it’s a big deal. It’s our whole identity, and our view of the world is very Finnish. It’s a Finnish point of view. People always ask why Finland has so many metal bands, is it because we have such long, dark winters and people are depressed? I don’t know if that’s the case. It’s hard to tell how much being from Finland affects us, but of course it’s a big part of us. But what would the difference be if we were from France of Portugal? I don’t know the answer to that (laughs).”
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Old July 9th, 2011, 05:50 AM   #3354 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing, it was interesting!
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Old July 9th, 2011, 08:15 AM   #3355 (permalink)
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The fact Relentless Reckless Forever sees a return to the old-school leanings of Hatebreeder and Hatecrew Deathroll surely has pleased fans and critics clamouring for a return to the classic era.
...Yeah, except:

1) Hatecrew Deathroll is new Bodom.
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2) Relentless Reckless Forever is new Bodom.

They think fans consider it a return to the old days and are very satisfied, but that's acutally not the case. It's a bit more fresh than the chunky last two albums but it sounds so riff-oriented.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 09:16 AM   #3356 (permalink)
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Like I said before this is for sure a return to a PART of their roots. This is not a return to anything neoclassical but it IS a return to a certain vibe maintained from hatebreeder through hate crew with catchy melodies and a slightly fun feel.
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Old July 10th, 2011, 01:36 PM   #3357 (permalink)
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Jeez, nothing changes on here!

OMG COB WAS BETR OMG DEY SHIT NOW.
OMG NEW COB IS KLR.

Fuck off, man!

The new album is good as fuck and I can totally hear that old school feel in the music, even if they use drop tunings for xtra br4tal1ty
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OMG NEW COB IS KLR.

Fuck off, man!
Restless spirit you are. I was correcting the interviewer who was a bit off. If you can't dig it, I'm sorry.
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Restless spirit you are. I was correcting the interviewer who was a bit off. If you can't dig it, I'm sorry.
It wasn't a dig directly at you, dawg.

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Old July 11th, 2011, 07:12 AM   #3360 (permalink)
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I'll put the tab in the Tab thread, in case it's useful to anyone



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Well I hope there are plenty of lovers for WIWI and this new exciting direction since it seems to deserve a whole magazine for itself.
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What upsets me is that if CoB would have made SKO or NMF the first single/video, all the mags would have articles about that with tab instead of the easiest and most boring song(IMO) on the album.

Also....I don't think the whole mags is for it...just and article.
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You'd suppose it's some very dark and cool song but it's actually quite clowny, and clearly made single because of the atmospheric chorus.

They chose Roundtrip for the other single. That one would've given such a distorted vision of the album though as it's quite different with all the feel. Then you have an opening track and SKO as other songs worth a single. I personally think only SKO and Roundtrip are good enough for single. I understand WIWI tho cos it "feels" single, it just isn't good enough for COB imo. And if they chose SKO it would've been a big sacrifice since it's clearly the nr.1 gun on the album, but I guess it's natural to make the best song on the album the single as long as it's not the opening track like on AYDY.
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Old July 15th, 2011, 12:19 PM   #3364 (permalink)
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Full Metal Jackie on fb today:

"Alexi of Children of Bodom guests on Full Metal Jackie Radio this weekend!"


Also, from BW&BK, Janne interview:

http://www.bravewords.com/news/165558
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About all this "change is good and COB has changed and not in a bad way"... Well every COB album is different but the big change happened only once (SW discluded). So if this change thing is so fucking good, I guess we can finally expect another change come the next album? Someone could say they've been doing the same now for the past 4 albums. A fresh change would indeed be welcome.

"Keyboards does not belong in metal, what do you say to this motherfucker?" lol

Well he (still) didn't reply to that question, but well, keyboards are really what makes the new style COB different from the rest. Take them away and you'll be left with regular thrash with solos.

I'd like them to focus on the atmosphere with keys and focus on more lead melody with guitars.
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I know it's MEGA EARLY DAYS, but I'm really interested in where CoB will go with their next album.

No point talking about it yet, though.
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Unless they state they will be doing something very very different I won't be following the next project as intensively as the last ones. I put in a million hours of speculation about atmosphere and shit and they came up with more thrashy Bodom.
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new little interview with Janne and Alexi

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Anyone else noticed the consistent hatred towards the UK from Janne? Mentioned in several interviews.
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Stay tuned, so where's the rest?

Interesting how the album sales and tour sales are not going so well in US this time. Maybe focus more on Europe and Asia and return to more atmospheric music? Feels like their management has been screaming US, US since the HCDR-America breakthru.
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new little interview with Janne and Alexi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQyAerQyvbk

Thanks for posting. I was trying to do that but my connection sucked today. :P
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I dont know if it has been posted before

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Interview with keyboardist Janne Wirman,

Interviewed on June 30th, 2011 by Monika Deviat http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/content/view/2267/1/


Janne Wirman from Finland began playing piano at the age of five. After graduating from the Helsinki Pop & Jazz conservatory he was invited to join Children of Bodom on keyboard. Children of Bodom has recently released their seventh studio album Relentless Reckless Forever [Spinefarm Records,2011] and are touring in support of the album. They are currently on the North American leg of “The Ugly World Tour 2011”. Metal-Rules caught up with Wirman for an interview after Children of Bodom’s set in Calgary, Alta. at MacEwan Hall on June 30th, 2011.

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How was the show tonight?
It was good. I heard there were some technical problems from the crew’s side. Some of the PA’s were flaking, not working well and the lights were weird. Last time we played here we played in another room.

You guys played in the room downstairs the last time you were at MacEwan Hall.
Yeah, in the bigger room. I thought that was a nice space but when I arrived here I heard all about the technical problems and I was like “shit”. But you know it went well.

You did get a good response from the crowd.
Yeah we did.

Children of Bodom has been coming back to western Canada approximately once a year for the last few years. How do you like playing here?
I love it. We really like Canada. And talking about statistics, Canada has become our second biggest market after Finland. It used to be Japan, but now it’s Canada.

And Japanese fans are known to be pretty fanatic when they’re into a band.
Yeah that says something right there.

How are the North American fans’ reactions to hearing the new material live?
So far so good. We’ve had four shows…no five shows before this. The tour is still fresh but so far so good.

What is your favorite song to play live off the new album?
I have been saying that it is the number one track [“Not My Funeral”] on the album. It’s weird because it’s the longest one, but somehow it works as an opener for the album and it works as an opener for the gig. When we are putting the track list together I was like “how you can put the longest one first? That is not going to work”, yet somehow it works.

Which song has your favorite keyboard part?
I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on the keyboard solo on “Shovel Knockout”. I’m pretty proud of it.

What do you do to warm up before a show?
I don’t do anything. I change into my stage clothes or whatever and that’s it.

Did you guys have much input on the other band included on this tour?
To be totally honest, no. But we kind of never do. Sometimes they give us a list. Right now it’s the summer festival season so touring here right now doesn’t make any sense but we wanted to tour the release so that it’s not too long after the release.

I know you guys toured Europe first in support of the album.
Yeah, this time around.

Are you enjoying touring with Canada’s Devin Townsend Project?
Yeah totally. I watched their show in Vancouver which they almost missed. I heard they got stuck at the border and then their bus broke down. If they were going to miss their home town gig that would really suck. I watched the show, I’ve been getting lots of interview questions asking “isn’t that a weird package” but I don’t know, it’s cool.

Well the bands on this tour seem to be comprised of great musicians in general, so everyone has that in common.
Yeah I don’t think it’s that odd. I think it works well.

You’ve listed your primary influence as Jens Johnnsson from Stratovarious. Have any new keyboardists caught your attention?
Unfortunately no. I check out new bands sometimes but at the same time I’m lazy and may have missed hundreds of bands that may have keyboards in them. But to be honest I have not heard anyone that I would give any credit to.

As your musical style evolves is it ever hard to find a new fit?
No because we don’t really think about it. We just do what feels natural at the time. I’m not saying that we have had lots of misses. Not that we go through albums and say, “What the fuck were we thinking?”, nothing that drastic, but it would be so fucked up to sit down and analyze the songs. We just do what feels natural and I will still stand behind each album and everything we have done as times change.

You seem to keep a very good rapport with your fans and you get out to meet the fans. Do you have an interesting or crazy story about an encounter with a fan you could share?
There would be so many. Whenever I get put on the spot I can’t think of one. There’s a lot of weird stuff that goes on. I really don’t like the situation where a fan asks you sign their arm or something and then tell you they are going to tattoo it. One time I was drunk out of my mind in Germany and was like, “Fuck no, you’re not going to tattoo that” and just put an ‘x’ through the signature and he tattooed it anyway. So that’s not good.

Did he send you a picture?
No, I just saw him on the European tour just two months ago. I was like “Fuck, why the fuck did you do that?”

The band has a reputation as being big on partying. Do you guys limit yourselves on how much you party before a show?
Totally. We do not drink before the show. Maybe a maximum of two beers before the show. I mean I drink a lot during as you may have noticed, but we do not drink before the show.

I noticed you sometimes get a bit of a break in between keyboard parts. What do you think about?
Its’ funny you know, sometimes I think about changing the brakes on my race car but yeah I have a couple breaks. I usually go down to meet my crew guys, my technicians, say hi, have a drink then wander back to the stage.

Is anything going on with your racing now that you’re on tour?
No! Because we are on fucking tour all the time. I would love to be at home, because you know it’s the season in Finland. Half the year it’s snowing and icy and you can’t do shit. I love being on tour right, but I would also like to one time spend a whole season in Finland for racing.

How often do you practice and what does a practice entail?
It really varies now days. When I am home - I have a little recording studio there now - I go there to jam and play along with the randomest pop music or whatever. I don’t call it practicing but in a way it is. We used to practice like hell when we were younger. We had band rehearsals five or six times a week even though there was nothing coming up, like a tour or an album. Now days, luckily, the band is more relaxed and doesn’t practice as much. I just grab a glass of nice whiskey and go to my home studio and just play a little something. It’s not really practicing, but at least its playing.

I know playing a piano and keyboard are very different for many people. How often do you go back to a piano?
Dude this is a really good question because I don’t. I don’t own a piano and have not gone back a piano for years and I hate myself for it. I’m really picky with pianos but I really should have bought a Steinway Grand or a Yamaha Grand instead of a sports car. But I didn’t. I really need to buy a piano to get back on it.

If you could have any non musical skill, what would it be? And it can’t be race car related.
Not musical? Shit. And not race car? You just ruined it. I’m pretty skilled I don’t need anything.

I suppose that’s a pretty good answer.
I wish I could swim better actually. He [Henkka Seppälä] swims a lot and it keeps him in good shape. Sometimes I wish I could have the skill to go do something sporty. But I don’t.

What is your favorite thing to eat while on tour?
Taco Bell. It’s so bad that it’s good.

What do usually get?
The quesadilla.

What do you like to do on your days off while on tour?
I love days off. What I do is I get a hotel room and what I don’t do is hang out with the guys. I just like to hang out by myself.

Is there anything you wish an interviewer had asked you but didn’t?
Oh shit that’s a really good question. Probably there used to be. So far you’ve had really smart questions.

Anything else you’d like your fans to know?
I would like our fans to know that we love Canada and we love coming back here. As I said, it’s our second biggest market after Finland and it’s awesome. We love the shows here, love the fans here and really hope to keep coming back.
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