Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho (1979-2020) remembered

Nicknamed “Wildchild”, Markku Uula Aleksi Laiho died at his home in Helsinki, Finland, on December 29th, 2020, after battling “long-term health issues.” Best known as the lead guitarist and vocalist of melodic death metal band Children of Bodom (1993-2019), Laiho was also a member of Sinergy, The Local Band, Kylähullut, and Bodom After Midnight, formed just prior to his death. Laiho also performed with Impaled Nazarene, Warmen and Hypocrisy, among others.

Born in Espoo, Finland, on April 8th, 1979, Laiho started playing violin aged seven. Aged 11, he started playing guitar and in 1993 he formed IneartheD with drummer Jaska Raatikainen. Their influences supposedly included Dissection, Entombed, Cannibal Corpse, Autopsy, Obituary, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Dio, and Ozzy Osbourne.  IneartheD would later changed their name to Children of Bodom (a name derived from the Lake Bodom murders of three teenagers in 1960), with Laiho and Raatikainen the only constant members through the years.

InearthedD at the time of “Shining”

Prior to changing their name, IneartheD released three cassette tapes: “Implosion Of Heaven” (1994 w/ Samuli Miettinen on bass), “Ubiguitous Absence Of Remission” (1995, adding Alexander Kuoppala on rhythm guitar) and “Shining” (1996, adding Jani Pirisjoki on keyboards and replacing Miettinen with Henri “Henkka T. Blacksmith” Seppälä), each containing less than 20 minutes of music.



There was also a tape called “Entropia” (1996) by T.O.L.K., a band featuring Laiho that only released two songs: “Raspi” and “Simpance Homous”. The other members of this trio were bass player Nipa Ryti and Santeri Saksala on drums.






Something Wild? The original Children of Bodom.

Having replaced Pirisjoki with jazz pianist Janne Wirman, the remaining members of IneartheD (Laiho, Kuoppala, Seppälä, and Raatikainen) released their full-lenght album debut as Children of Bodom in 1997, “Something Wild” though Spinefarm Records. Laiho was credited for the lyrics and all of the music. The album track “Red Light In My Eyes, Part II” was included along with “Only Dust Moves…” by Thy Serpent on the debut single by countrymen Nightwish, “The Carpenter” off of another album released by Spinefarm in 1997, “Angels Fall First”. “Something Wild” was issued internationally by Nuclear Blast the following year, with later re-issues adding covers of Slayer’s “Silent Scream”, “Don’t Stop at the Top” by the Scorpions and Sepultura’s “Mass Hypnosis”.

In retrospect, Laiho considered the debut to be the band’s second worst album. “Even though in our minds it’s a classic, let’s face it, it’s fucking stupid. There’s Deadnight Warrior and Lake Bodom which were actually good songs, but other than that it’s a series of great riffs with me screaming obscenities on top of it. But that’s kind of cool because it’s real. We were only 17 and 18 at that point and we saved up money from our daytime jobs doing random shit to record the album. Nothing was planned. I love the anger and the energy, but if I have to pick from all my children then this one isn’t the best.”

Children of Bodom toured Europe in 1998, playing with bands such as Hypocrisy and The Kovenant. Wirman was busy with his studies and thus replaced by pianist Erna Siikavirta. Laiho’s then-girlfriend, Sinergy’s Kimberly Goss (ex-Ancient, Therion, Dimmu Borgir) took the position later that year. Having dated for four years, Laiho would marry Goss (born in Los Angeles in 1978) in 2002, around the time of the final Sinergy album. They seperated in 2004 and never managed to finish a fourth album. Laiho then dated Slayer’s manager Kristen Mulderig before becoming engaged to Kelli Wright in 2016. The two married in her home country of Australia about a year later.

As for music, Children of Bodom released their second album, “Hatebreeder”, in 1999 and promoted it with the single “Downfall”. Eventual bonus tracks were Iron Maiden’s “Aces High” and “No Commands” by Stone, a Finnish thrash metal band formed in the mid-1980s. Children of Bodom toured Japan with Sinergy and In Flames, also recording the live album “Tokyo Warhearts”.

Hatebreeder was a massive leap from Something Wild on so many levels”, Laiho said. “Between those albums we did two full European tours opening up for Hypocrisy, who were one of our favourite bands. There was no denying them. Doing these festivals and tours we got to see how bands acted on and offstage. We were clueless fucking kids from the North Pole who hadn’t seen anything from anywhere. But we were full-on and we were ready to kick everyone and anybody in the face. We wanted to fucking kill everybody.”

Speaking of In Flames, Sinergy was formed by Kimberly Goss and Jesper Strömblad, guitarist and founding member of the pioneering melodic death metal band. Strömblad formed In Flames (whom he played with in 1993–2010) after playing with Ceremonial Oath (1990–1993). For a few years (1993–1997) he also played drums in HammerFall, the band formed by former Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak. Either way, Strömblad had left by the time of HammerFall’s debut, instead forming Sinergy with Kimberly Goss after meeting while In Flames were on tour with Dimmu Borgir. Goss soon quit Dimmu Borgir and moved to Sweden, recording the album “Beware the Heavens” (1999) late 1998. Laiho played guitar and provided additional vocals on “The Fourth World” in addition to composing the music for “Venomous Vixens”, “Swarmed” (w/ Strömblad and Milianowicz) and the title track. Some melodies in the title track were sampled from “Translucent image” off the IneartheD demo “Ubiquitous Absence Of Remission”. The deluxe edition added covers of “Rock You Like a Hurricane” (Scorpions), “The Number of the Beast” (Iron Maiden) and ABBA’s “Gimme Gimme Gimme”. The other musicians in Sinergy at this point were bassist Sharlee D’Angelo (Mercyful Fate, Witchery, Arch Enemy) and drummer Ronny Milianowicz. Goss and Laiho would replace the other three with musicians from Finland for the following two albums, however.

Alexi Laiho provided a guitar solo on “In the Heat of the Night” off “All Eternity”, the first studio album by Finnish gothic metal band To/Die/For. Only included as a bonus track, “In the Heat of the Night” was a cover of a 1985 song released by German pop singer Sandra. Sinergy drummer Tonmi Lillman was a member of To/Die/For and Kimberly Goss also provided vocals on “All Eternity”.

After relocating to Finland, the new Sinergy line-up quickly recorded two further albums, “To Hell and Back” (2000) and “Suicide by My Side” (2002), before Marco Hietala of Tarot and Tonmi “Otus” Lillman (1973-2012) left the band, joining Nightwish and Lordi respectively. “To Hell and Back” featured a cover of “Hanging on the Telephone”, as made famous by Blondie. A cover of Pat Benatar’s “Invincible” was included as a Japanese bonus track but Laiho was co-credited for all of the original material except “Laid to Rest”, which Kimberly Goss wrote on her own. “Shadow Island” and the title track off “Suicide by My Side” featured additional vocals by Laiho.

Laiho, Goss and Roope Latvala (ex-Stone, later to join Children of Bodom in 2003-2015) were joined in 2002-2004 by drummer Janne Parviainen of Barathrum (later in Ensiferum) and Warmen bass player Lauri Porra, who’d later join Stratovarius. A fourth Sinergy album, “Sins of the Past”, began production in 2004, but the album was never completeted due to Children of Bodom’s busy schedule.

Yes, while working with Sinergy, Laiho continued making music with his main project, releasing Children of Bodom’s “Follow the Reaper” in the year 2000. Recorded at Peter Tägtgren’s Abyss studio in Sweden, “Follow the Reaper” incorporated more power metal-influences. “Everytime I Die”, “Hate Me!”, and the title track would become live favorites, and the song “Mask of Sanity” was a remake of the song “Talking of the Trees” from the IneartheD demo “Shining”. A later Japanese reissue added two covers as bonus tracks, Ozzy Osbourne’s “Shot in the Dark” and “Hellion” by W.A.S.P., the band from which Laiho took his nickname. The song “Wild Child” was released by W.A.S.P. as a single in 1986, with a cover of “Mississippi Queen” by Leslie West‘s Mountain as the B-side.

Laiho thought the band “grew a lot and just got better and better and more and more attention from everywhere. We got to play in Japan, which was unreal for us and then we started to hear rumours that people in America dug this shit. It was so fucking insane we couldn’t believe it, because this all happened between 1997 and 2000, so we’re talking about three years. But then we also made three albums, so we just wouldn’t stop. I was also doing Sinergy on the side but I just didn’t care, dude. I wanted to be something.”

Alexi Laiho also played guitar on “Nihil” (2000), the sixth full-length release by Finnish extreme metal band Impaled Nazarene. Laiho was a member in 1998-2000 and co-composed the songs “Cogito Ergo Sum” and “Zero Tolerance” with Impaled Nazarene vocalist Mika Luttinen.

“Hate Crew Deathroll” (January 2003) remained on the top of the Finnish charts for three weeks and subsequently became the band’s first gold album. Eventually, all of the band’s albums reached this status and “Follow the Reaper” reached platinum. “You’re Better Off Dead” was released as a single with a cover of The Ramones’ “Somebody Put Something in My Drink” as the B-side.

The best album that Children of Bodom ever made, at least according to Laiho himself. That’s the album that fucking broke everything for us: the shows got bigger, festivals got bigger, and we sold a lot of records. I could have never imagined being on MTV Headbanger’s Ball. Me and my sister grew up watching [presenter] Vanessa Warwick, so for us Headbanger’s Ball wasn’t just a TV show, it was a fucking event.”

Children of Bodom’s first world tour lasted from 2003 until late 2004. Kuoppala decided to quit in the middle of the tour, however, leading Laiho to invite Griffin guitarist Kai Nergaard. He did not accept the offer, though, so Roope Latvala (Laiho’s bandmate in Sinergy and co-founder of Stone) initially joined as a session player. Speaking of Griffin, they’re a heavy metal band from Trondheim, Norway, formed in 1998. Their third album, “No Holds Barred”, was released in 2003 and feature Alex Laiho guesting on “The Sentence” and “Bleed”. Laiho also co-produced the album with the band.

In 2004, Laiho formed the side-project Kylähullut with Tonmi Lillman (ex-Sinergy) and Vesa Jokinen 69er of Klamydia. Formed for their own entertainment, the band ended up releasing two full-length albums, “Turpa Täynnä” and “Peräaukko Sivistyksessä”. Kylähullut also released two EP’s, “Keisarinleikkaus” and “Lisää Persettä Rättipäille” between 2004 and 2007. Kylähullut folded in 2012, following the death of drummer Tonmi Lillman.

Laiho can also be heard playing guitar on “Rakas Hullu” off the 2013 album “XXV” by Klamydia, the band led by Kylähullut bandmate Vesa “Vesku” Jokinen.

Children of Bodom keyboard player Janne Wirman assembled the progressive power metal band Warmen as his main side-project in the year 2000. Alex Laiho played on three of their albums, starting with 2005’s “Accept the Fact”. Warmen’s third studio album featured Laiho on the Rockwell cover “Somebody’s Watching Me”. Laiho later also played on 2009’s “Japanese Hospitality” (on “High Heels on Cobblestone”, also co-writing “Don’t Bring Her Here”) and 2014’s “First of the Five Elements”, singing on “Suck My Attitude” and the Alice Cooper cover “Man Behind the Mask”.

Children of Bodom returned with “Are You Dead Yet?” (September 2005), their fifth studio album and the first to feature guitarist Roope Latvala. Music videos were made for “Trashed, Lost & Strungout”, “In Your Face”, and the title track. The latter featured a fourteen year old Ashley Matthews in the role of a prostitute. Matthews would later become more famous as porn actress “Riley Reid”. Laiho again wrote all music and lyrics for the album, except “Next in Line” and “Bastards of Bodom” which co-credited Kimberly Goss and Roope Latvala. Various editions of the album featured cover songs as bonus tracks, including Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell”, “Talk Dirty to Me” by Poison, and the Britney Spears pop hit “Oops!… I Did It Again”, the latter featuring Jonna Kosonen.

It was another step up and musically it was a little more diverse”, Laiho thought. “It was a good time on every level: we had so much fun in the band and we were touring non-stop. We were in our early twenties and we didn’t give a fuck; we would go anywhere. We started to make a little bit of money and that was the first album where I started to get all this hate, like ​you guys sold out,’ and all that shit.”

Children of Bodom released their second live album in 2006, “Chaos Ridden Years”. Recorded in February of 2006 at Arenan in Stockholm, Sweden, the concert was also released as their first DVD, “Chaos Ridden Years – Stockholm Knockout Live”.

In 2006, the band embarked on The Unholy Alliance tour with Slayer, Lamb of God, Mastodon, and In Flames. Laiho was then voted world’s best guitarist of 2006 by Metal Hammer magazine.

Alexi Laiho became frequently used as a session musician, appearing on several albums before making another Children of Bodom album. Laiho appeared on “Solutions” by Lauri Porra (on “Lauri Porra”, 2005), “Petteri Punakuono” (a guitar solo on a version of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” with former Amorphis vocalist Ville Tuomi, on the various artist album “Raskaampaa Joulua”, 2006), Rytmihäiriö’s “Pyörillä Kulkeva Kuoleman Enkeli” (on “Seitsemän Surman Siunausliitto”, 2006), “Mantric Madness” by Stoner Kings (“Fuck the World”, 2006), Godsplague’s “Don’t Come Back” (“H8”, 2007) and on the Pain album “Psalms of Extinction” (2007), playing a guitar solo on “Just Think Again”. Laiho also performed a guitar solo duel with Jeff Waters on Annihilator’s “Downright Dominate” off 2007’s “Metal” album, and all guitars and bass on “Sioux City Sarsaparilla”, and a guitar solo on “12 Donkeys” off the 2007 “Guitar Heroes” album.

In January of 2007, Laiho broke his left shoulder at a bowling alley. Unable to play guitar, Children of Bodom were forced to cancel a tour. Two months later, the band’s website stated that Laiho’s injury would never fully heal, but it no longer affected his ability to play guitar.

In 2008, Children of Bodom released their sixth studio album, “Blooddrunk”, a title referring to Laiho’s history of self-harm and self-destructive behaviour. The title track debuted at number one on the Finnish singles charts, remaining in the top twenty for six weeks. “Lookin’ out My Back Door” by Creedence Clearwater Revival was covered for the B-side. “Ghost Riders in the Sky” (written by Stan Jones in 1948 and famously recorded by The Outlaws in 1980) and Mickey Newbury’s “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” were covered and used as bonus tracks on the album. Kimberly Goss of Sinergy provided lyrics for “LoBodomy” but Laiho wrote everything else, including the singles “Hellhounds on My Trail” and “Smile Pretty for the Devil”.

How many fucking records do we have?”, Laiho said when asked to rank their discography. “This one isn’t bad, but it’s not the best. It was the first time Peter Tägtgren from Hypocrisy recorded and produced my vocals and he taught me a lot of tricks that I use today. I wanted to improve as a singer and Peter is the most fucking badass death metal singer ever, and he knows about recording, so I asked him and he was like, ​Hell yeah dude, let’s do it.’ That was a huge fucking moment for me.”

Children of Bodom went on to tour with Megadeth, In Flames, High on Fire, The Black Dahlia Murder, Between the Buried and Me, Slipknot, Machine Head, Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, and Municipal Waste. Sadly, the final tour had to be cut short following a serious injury that Alexi suffered after falling from the top bunk of his tour bus in April of 2009.

Children of Bodom continued to tour with Amorphis, The Black Dahlia Murder and Skeletonwitch before releasing the cover album “Skeletons in the Closet” in September of 2009. This compilation featured four new tracks (Pat Benatar’s “Hell Is for Children”, “War Inside My Head” by Suicidal Tendencies, King Diamond’s “Waiting” and “Antisocial” by Trust, as previously covered by Anthrax) in addition to previously released B-sides and bonus material. Covered artists included Britney Spears, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Andrew WK, Billy Idol and Scorpions.

Saattue released “Vuoroveri” in 2009, featuring a guitar solo by Laiho on the track “Vapahtaja”.

Following tours with Black Label Society, Ensiferum, Machinae Supremacy and Amon Amarth, “Relentless Reckless Forever” was released in March of 2011. A music video featuring professional skateboarders was produced for “Was It Worth It?”. The Japanese edition featured a cover of the Rick James composition “Party All the Time”, first released in 1985 by Eddie Murphy. James-Paul Luna (ex-White Wizzard) added clean vocals to the new “Party All the Time”.

In 2019, Laiho said he considered this the worst album by Children of Bodom, saying that he “actually listened to it recently and there’s a couple of cool tracks, but the rest of them don’t make any fucking sense. Just a whole lot of riffs at high speed that don’t make up a song. At the time it seemed like doing something different was the right thing to do, but maybe that change was too thought out.”

Praised by PopMatters as “the most accessible Children of Bodom release yet”, “Halo of Blood” (2013), the band’s 8th studio album, was followed by a tour with Rob Zombie, Mastodon and Amon Amarth. Roxette’s “Sleeping in My Car” and “Crazy Nights” by Loudness were covered as bonus tracks.

“That was the first time we noticed there was a problem with Roope”, Laiho later said. “I’m not going to say what the problem was, but he wouldn’t show up for practice and let’s just say he didn’t share the same work ethic. With ‘Halo Of Blood’, I wish we had maybe an extra six months. I think it was done in a rush because there are a lot of good guitar lines all over the place, but good songs? Not so much.”

Alexi Laiho appeared on former Megadeth guitarist (1990-2000) Marty Friedman’s 2014 album “Inferno”, playing guitar and singing along with Danko Jones on “Lycanthrope”.

The Local Band formed as a Finnish hard rock supergroup in 2013. Laiho (guitar) and Jussi 69 (drums) of The 69 Eyes expressed interest in playing some of their favorite cover songs together. Jussi 69 asked Reckless Love frontman Olli Herman to join on vocals and the initial line-up was rounded out by bassist Archie Cruz of Santa Cruz.

The group initially intended to play only once a year and in 2015, the group released an EP of seven cover songs, “Locals Only – Dark Edition”. Corey Hart’s 1983 hit “Sunglasses at Night” was released as a single. The others songs on the EP were originally recorded by The Veronicas (“Untouched”, 2007), Pat Benatar (“Promises In The Dark”, 1981), Little Steven (“Out Of The Darkness”, 1984), Simon & Garfunkel (“A Hazy Shade of Winter”, 1966), Stan Meissner’s Metropolis (“The Darkest Side Of The Night”, the theme song of 1989’s “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan”) and Ozzy Osbourne, whose “Waiting For Darkness” (off 1983’s “Bark at the Moon) concluded the album.

In March 2018, the band embarked on a three date Finnish tour, during which Samy Elbanna of Lost Society filled in for Archie Cruz. Elbanna eventually replaced Cruz in the band.

“Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute” was released in 2015, featuring songs originally recorded by the legendary guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. Laiho played guitar on a version of the Ozzy classic “Mr. Crowley”, with Testament singer Chuck Billy on vocals.

Produced by Bob Kulick, the album also featured Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice, Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, Frankie Banali, Ripper Owens, Doug Aldrich, Bruce Kulick, George Lynch, Dweezil Zappa, Gus G., Brad Gillis, Bernie Tormé, and others.

“I Worship Chaos” (October 2015), the ninth Children of Bodom studio album, was the band’s first album as a four-piece. Roope Latvala had been fired from the band in May 2015 and Alexi Laiho thus handled all guitar duties. As usual, the band included covers as bonus tracks on various editions of the album: Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer”, “Mistress of Taboo” (featuring Wednesday 13 and Kim Dylla on vocals) by Plasmatics, Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”, and “Black Winter Day” by Amorphis.

I know a lot of people supposedly didn’t like it, but it’s one of my favourites and I’m really fucking proud of that record”, Laiho said. “We had just lost our guitar player the day after recording started, and I was adamant and determined that we were going to get everything done on time. My work ethic is very important to me and I feel like the worst piece of shit in the world if I blow a deadline. I just got busy concentrating on remembering what his parts were, so I need to compliment myself on doing a great fucking job”.

Alexi Laiho added guitar and vocals to a cover of W.A.S.P.’s “Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)”, a bonus track on the “Necrophaze” (2019) album by Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13.

The 2019 album “Humanicide” by Death Angel featured a guitar solo by Laiho on “Ghost Of Me”.

Following the departure of Latvala, keyboardist Janne Wirman’s younger brother, Antti Wirman, was asked to fill in as second guitarist for Children of Bodom’s live commitments. A more permanent replacement was then announced in 2016, the Swedish guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-Norther) of the band Naildown. Recording of a new album started in March 2018, resulting in “Hexed” a year later.

Freyberg was a member of Norther in 2009–2012 but Laiho’s relationship with that band goes back to 2002-2003, when he provided guitars on a cover of Skid Row’s “Youth Gone Wild” and backing vocals on “Dead”, “Everything Is An End”, and the title track of “Mirror Of Madness”.

The final album by Children of Bodom was their second best according to Laiho, beaten only by “Hate Crew Deathroll”. I loved recording and writing this new record and I love the way it sounds. It was also when I realised that Children Of Bodom is definitely a five-piece. Daniel plays guitar with a different touch than I do and you can definitely tell when you put your headphones on that there’s two different dudes playing – it makes it more alive. As proud as I am of I Worship Chaos, having everything in sync and me playing all the guitars doesn’t necessarily serve our band.”

“Under Grass and Clover”, “This Road”, “Platitudes and Barren Words”, and “Hecate’s Nightmare” were launched as singles. As usual, these and all other album tracks were written by Laiho.

Laiho co-composed and played guitar on “Fuck the World” off “Mikko” (2020) by rapper Pyhimys.

Children of Bodom played their final show at the Helsinki Ice Hall on December 15, 2019. It was later reported that the main reason for their split was that Raatikainen, Seppälä and Wirman had become unable to find a shared viewpoint with Laiho.

Upcoming EP artwork by Travis Smith.

Laiho could not use the band’s name without permission from his former bandmates and thus decided to continue with Freyberg as “Bodom After Midnight”, taking their name from the second track off “Follow the Reaper”. Joining them were bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz), drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost) and touring keyboardist Lauri Salomaa. Bodom After Midnight performed live only three times, in Seinäjoki, Finland on October 23rd-25th, 2020.

At the time of Laiho’s death, Bodom After Midnight were working on a debut album. They had recorded three songs and shot a music video that will be released posthumously. The final recordings of Laiho will be released through Napalm Records on April 23, 2021, as a 14-minute EP titled “Paint the Sky with Blood”. The 3-song EP will consist of two original songs (“Payback’s a Bitch” and the title track) and a Dissection cover, 1995’s “Where Dead Angels Lie.”

“Like ourselves, Alexi was beyond stoked about these songs and anxious to get these out so we are happy that we can fulfill his wish. Needless to say that we are honored and proud to be a part of his very last creative work and unleash it the way he wanted it to. It’s time to let the beast out of the cage one more time as a celebration of Alexi’s music, legacy and the man himself. ” -Daniel, Waltteri & Mitja

“Paint The Sky With Blood” will be available in the following formats:
-10″ Spined Sleeve Oxblood
-10″ Spined Sleeve Inkspot Ox/Black
-Deluxe Box
-Digital Album

A private funeral service for Laiho was held on January 28th, 2021.


Alexi Laiho discography: 

1994: IneartheD – Implosion Of Heaven (cassette tape)
1995: IneartheD – Ubiguitous Absence Of Remission (cassette tape)
1996: IneartheD – Shining (cassette tape)
1996: T.O.L.K. – Entropia (tape w/ 2 tracks)
1997: Children of Bodom – Something Wild
1999: Sinergy – Beware the Heavens
1999: Children of Bodom – Hatebreeder
1999: Children of Bodom – Tokyo Warhearts (live)
2000: Children of Bodom – Follow the Reaper
2000: Impaled Nazarene – Nihil
2000: Sinergy – To Hell and Back
2002: Sinergy – Suicide by My Side
2003: Children of Bodom – Hate Crew Deathroll
2004: Kylähullut – Keisarinleikkaus (EP)
2005: Kylähullut – Turpa Täynnä
2005: Children of Bodom – Are You Dead Yet?
2006: Children of Bodom – Chaos Ridden Years: Stockholm Knockout Live (live album/DVD)
2007: Kylähullut – Lisää Persettä Rättipäille (EP)
2007: Kylähullut – Peräaukko Sivistyksessä
2008: Children of Bodom – Blooddrunk
2009: Children of Bodom – Skeletons in the Closet (compilation of cover songs)
2011: Children of Bodom – Relentless Reckless Forever
2013: Children of Bodom – Halo of Blood
2015: Children of Bodom – I Worship Chaos
2015: The Local Band – Locals Only: Dark Edition
2019: Children of Bodom – Hexed
2021: Bodom After Midnight – Paint the Sky with Blood (EP, not yet released)

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Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho (1979-2020) remembered

February 18, 2021

Nicknamed “Wildchild”, Markku Uula Aleksi Laiho died at his home in Helsinki, Finland, on December 29th, 2020, after battling “long-term health issues.” Best known as the lead guitarist and vocalist of melodic death metal band Children of Bodom (1993-2019), Laiho was also a member of Sinergy, The Local Band, Kylähullut, and Bodom After Midnight, formed just prior to his death. Laiho also performed with Impaled Nazarene, Warmen and Hypocrisy, among others. Born in Espoo, Finland, on April 8th, 1979, Laiho started playing violin aged seven. Aged 11, he started playing guitar and in 1993 he formed IneartheD with drummer Jaska Raatikainen. Their influences supposedly included Dissection, Entombed, Cannibal Corpse, Autopsy, Obituary, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Dio, and Ozzy Osbourne.  IneartheD would later changed their name to Children of Bodom (a name derived from the Lake Bodom murders of three teenagers in 1960), with Laiho and Raatikainen the only constant members through the years. Prior to changing their name, IneartheD released three cassette tapes: “Implosion Of Heaven” (1994 w/ Samuli Miettinen on bass), “Ubiguitous Absence Of Remission” (1995, adding Alexander Kuoppala on rhythm guitar) and “Shining” (1996, adding Jani Pirisjoki on keyboards and replacing Miettinen with Henri “Henkka…

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