Tales from the depths of lake Bodom pt 22 After we had met @chriscobracole , our publicist @themattlarsen made sure we would be able to hang with Chris as often as we would be around. After recording Relentless Reckless with the awesome Matt Hyde @northvineinc and Chris Rakestraw @yeoldraker we had to choose the single to shoot video for. We were balancing between Shovel Knockout and Was It Worth It? The first one being a song that has strong traditional Bodom melodies, fast complicated verse and a simple powerful chorus. Was It Worth It? on the other hand is far from the traditional Bodom sound, very simple structure and slow in tempo. We ended up choosing the latter. Our manager at the time @pauljosephconroy had the idea to have pro skaters do crazy stuff in the video. It was 2010 and were touring USA at the time and one of the off days we drove to @woodwardcamp in Pennsylvania to meet up with @tomasta@garretthill Hill, Chris Cole and @jamiethomas Thomas. The director @reelrage Resteghini welcomed us to the site with hugs and told that most of the skater parts had been shot the day before and today would be the band ‘s day. We would start working right away, and luckily we could witness some crazy skateboarding while shooting our parts. Who is the all time best skater in your opinion? Tag him/her in comments! Copy the link to the video here Tales from the depth of lake Bodom pt 23 After our sixth album “Blooddrunk” we had some pressure from management and label to try an American producer for our seventh album. It was organised so that on a US tour supporting Blooddrunk we had met with a bunch of amazing legendary producers and chose Matt Hyde to team up with on our next album. In 2010 Matt then came to Finland to hang with us and inspect our demo recording habits and also drove up to Petrax Studio in Hollola with Janne to inspect the studio. When it came time to start the session Matt arrived with his recording assistant engineer Chris Rakestraw. As far as we know Chris had never ventured outside his home country of the United States of America previous to this session and we were delighted to have him over in Hollolan Kirkonkylä, a beautiful little situation outside of the town of Hollola with a population of approximately 560. We were all amazed how well Chris and Matt adapted to the rural Finnish countryside studio. This has to be due to the hospitality of Tiina and Petri over at Petrax. They are absolutely world class hosts and soon Matt was fully embracing the Finnish culture warming up the wood burning sauna twice a day once in the morning and then after the sessions for the day had ended. We were all curious to how different working with the Americans would be but in reality apart from a few technical details like drum microphone choices working and recording was not all that different. The session was great fun and when Petri took us to their cabin by a lake nearby and took off and landed an RC plane on the lake Chris named him “Petri, man of the year”. We asked Matt Hyde what he remembers from this session: “This was one of my all time favorite records to make. Recording with Alexi and Bodom at Petrax was incredible and unforgettable.” What’s the best track of this record? Tales from the depths of lake Bodom pt 24. We have had the privilege to play with big bands, like our childhood heroes Slayer, Halford, Megadeth, Metallica just to name a few. We have also played on the main stage in one of the biggest festivals there is, Wacken Open Air. The main area where you see the main stages fit approximately 80 000 listeners. Correct us if we are wrong. But when we have been asked what is the biggest crowd we ever played for, the answer is somewhat surprising. In summer of 2005 we got an interesting offer, to play a support show for a German punk band’s farewell show. We had no idea who they were but our management convinced us to do it anyway. When we got to the site, we were blown away. They had literally built a festival somewhere between Leipzig and Cottbus. That weekend this Lausitzring became temporarily one of the 50 most populated cities in Germany. One stage. They were expecting 120 000 people. And then the next day the same amount of people. And both days sold out. It was the largest open-air show by a German band in history. Supporting bands included us, Motörhead, Machine Head, JBO, In Extremo, Psychopunch, Pro-Pain and the Onkelz cover bands Enkelz and Kneipenterroristen. When we got on stage, the place was not yet packed. But tens of thousands had already come to enjoy the sun and the beer. While we played more and more people got to the site. Luckily there was maybe thousand (practically just the first row) Bodom fans to make the job little easier for us. Thank you! Don’t know how many Onkelz fans got into Bodom that night but anyone of you guys saw that show?