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CHILDREN OF BODOM: Premier Guitar interviews Alexi Laiho


New Album Halo Of Blood streets June 11th

COB headlines Musicians Institute Stage on 2013’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour



Joe Charupakorn of Premier Guitar recently spoke to CHILDREN OF BODOM’s frontman/guitarist Alexi Laiho about the recording sessions for the band’s eighth studio album, Halo Of Blood (due out in North America on June 11th), the inspiration provided by his guitar heroes, and why he’s finally retired his Lee Jackson preamp.


Alexi shares the following about his guitar solos on the new album:
“I improvise them on the spot. I like to keep things fresh and spontaneous sounding when I do solos. I usually don’t like to write anything beforehand. What I do is take the solo part and loop it over and over again. Then I record every take—I’d do, like, 20 different takes or as many as it requires—and then listen to each one of them and if I hear something that I like then it’s like, ‘Okay, I’m gonna do that thing.’ Then I do it again and I listen to it again, and eventually I have the whole solo and I just play it.”

Read the entire interview at PremierGuitar.com:


CHILDREN OF BODOM will be headlining the Musicians Institute stage at this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which launches its 5-week trek on June 29th in San Bernardino, California.

Mayhem Fest tour dates + COB off-date shows are:


06/29/13   San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA

06/30/13   Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA

07/02/13   Idaho Center Amphitheater – Nampa, ID

07/03/13   White River Amphitheater – Auburn, WA

07/05/13   Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ

07/06/13   Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM

07/07/13   Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater – Englewood, CO

07/09/13  Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI**  *COB off-date with Behemoth, JFAC, Battlecross, and Huntress*

07/10/13   Molson Canadian Amphitheater – Toronto, ON – CANADA

07/12/13   First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA

07/13/13   Susquehana Bank Center – Camden, NJ

07/14/13   Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY

07/16/13   Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA

07/17/13   Bangor Waterfront – Bangor, ME

07/19/13   Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA

07/20/13   Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY

07/21/13   The Comcast Theatre – Hartford, CT

07/23/13   PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

07/24/13   Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA

07/26/13   Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN

07/27/13   First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Tinley Park, IL

07/28/13   DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkson, MI

07/29/13   Expo 5 – Louisville, KY**  *COB off-date with Amon Amarth, Behemoth, JFAC*

07/30/13   Lakewood Amphitheater – Atlanta, GA

07/31/13   1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheater – Tampa, FL

08/02/13   Tower Amphitheater – Austin, TX

08/03/13   Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Woodlands, TX

08/04/13   Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX

08/05/13  Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Bonner Sprint, KS  *COB off-date with Rob Zombie, Machine Head, and Amon Amarth*

08/07/13  Pop’s  – St. Louis, MO  *COB off-date with Amon Amarth, Battlecross, and Huntress*

08/08/13  Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN**   *COB off-date with Amon Amarth, Battlecross, and Huntress*

08/09/13  Peabody’s  – Cleveland, OH**   *COB off-date with Amon Amarth, Battlecross, and Huntress*

08/11/13  HEAVY MTL 2013 Festival @ Parc Jean Drapeau – Montreal, QC – CANADA
 ** headlining show


Pre-sale ticket links for COB tour dates are available on the band’s official Facebook page.


Listen to the track title track “Halo Of Blood” on Pitchfork: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/15452-children-of-bodom-halo-of-blood/.


Watch the official video for the track “Transference” on YouTube: http://youtu.be/jlIWHyb9sM4.


Purchase the “Transference” audio track now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/COBiT.


Halo Of Blood was recorded at Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki, Finland with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked on the Hatebreeder (1999), Follow the Reaper (2001), and Hate Crew Deathroll (2003) albums.  Producer Peter Tägtgren (Immortal, Marduk, Amon Amarth) oversaw production on both vocals and keyboards.  The album was mixed at Finland’s famed Finnvox Studios.  Cover artwork was created by artist Sam Saramäki, known for his work on classic COB records such as Follow the Reaper and 2005’s Are You Dead Yet?.

ABOUT COB: Over the last twenty years, Finland’s CHILDREN OF BODOM have incorporated many different musical styles into their celebrated sound, leading critics and fans to label them as melodic death metal, power metal, thrash metal, symphonic black metal, and neoclassical metal. Their enthralling mix of melodic hooks and instrumental acrobatics have solidified the band as one of the leading voices of music’s new generation.  Formed as Inearthed in 1993, the group is led by superstar frontman / guitarist Alexi ‘Wildchild’ Laiho, who was voted “Best Metal Guitarist” by readers of Guitar World magazine.  COB albums are no strangers to debut positions on the American Billboard Top 200 chart and with three consecutive albums debuting at number one on Finnish album charts, they are one of their home country’s bestselling artists of all time with more than 250,000 records sold there alone.  Their last studio album, Relentless Reckless Forever, was released in 2011.

CHILDREN OF BODOM are: Alexi Laiho (guitar, vocals); Roope Latvala (guitar); Jaska Raatikainen (drums); Henkka Seppälä (bass); and Janne Warman (keyboards).



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