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Discussion in 'Children Of Bodom' started by COBHC Webmaster, Oct 17, 2005.

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    Wait wait... Alexander left them in '96? So who was that fat guy that played with them till like 2003?
    And they switched to ESP because Alexi's guitars were stolen? I thought it was just 2 guitars stolen.
    Roope's the man, keep shredding away.
     
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    Oh c'mon, no nitpicking please, it's just a 100% exxageration and the wrong century :tickled:
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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?
     
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    Nope, it`s not just you- I thought that too. Thanks for posting that interview.
     
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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
    Hot Flashes
    Posted on Friday, July 08, 2011 at 13:53:36 EST

    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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    Thanks for sharing, it was interesting!
     
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    ...Yeah, except:

    1) Hatecrew Deathroll is new Bodom.
    and:
    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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    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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    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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    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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    It wasn't a dig directly at you, dawg.

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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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    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. :lol:
     
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