CHILDREN OF BODOM INTERVIEW
Children Of Bodom were Founded in 1997, they kicked off their carrer with their first Something Wild. In 1999 they released Tokyo Warhearts - Live in Japan and Hatebreeder. This was quickly followed by Follow The Reaper in 2000. In 2003 Hate Crew Deathroll was released to be followed by Trashed, Lost & Strungout EP in 2004, Are You Dead Yet? in 2005, Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout Live DVD in 2006, Blooddrunk in 2008 and Relentless Reckless Forever in 2011. In 2013 Halo Of Blood also debuted at #21 on the Canadian Top 200 Albums chart.
Children Of Bodom consists of members Alexi Laiho on guitars & vocals, Jaska Raatikainen on drums, Henkka Blacksmith on bass and Janne Wirman on keyboards.
We got to speak to Henkka Blacksmith about his up-coming album and more.
TM - What can fans expect from your new album Hexed?
HB - There's a lot of new stuff and a lot of familiar stuff it is quite diverse people say it's a lot like our older music.
TM - What was your writing and recording process for Hexed?
HB - Alexi laiho writes the riffs and then we all normally work on the song from there, but this time it was a little bit different because we actually went back on the road now writing songs. We would have a few songs ready and then go on the road and then come back to the song as we had written it was actually quite refreshing.
TM - Did you also write well you are on the road?
HB - Alexi is writing lyrics all the time so he might have written some on the road.
TM - Who designed your album cover and what was the idea behind it?
HB - I did some research on the internet and found this guy called Dennis and we asked him if he could design a cover for us. He said yes and we told him that had to be purple and had to be the Grim Reaper and he did that.
TM - Over the years you have brought out different albums in different colours eg red, green, blue ect what inspired you to bring out these over the years?
HB - Ever since the first album we did red and then we just wanted to keep the theme of doing a different colour every album.
TM - You played Hellfest last year what was your favourite thing about playing this Festival ?
HB - I think it's the best festival in the world at the moment, it is very pleasant for the artists there's a lot of people and we always play in this indoor tent which is really cool and the food is amazing.
TM - I agree, it is the best festival in the world and I can't wait to go back. The media are is amazing too.
TM - You sound bites from movies for a lot of your songs what inspired you to do this?
HB - A lot of people a movie and horror movie fans especially Alexi we just want it to sound scary.
TM - what's your favourite movie?
HB - The Departed.
TM - You did a cover of one of Britney Spears songs what was the inspiration behind it?
HB - We used to play it all the time and one time we just thought we might as well just do it. Some people get upset and some people get into it.
TM - If you could have any bands play one of your songs which band would it be which song would it be and would it be in your style or their Style?
HB - Britney Spears in her style.
TM - Your song Glasshouse has Neo classic elements what made you want it to take it back to the roots?
HB - Our songs come as they are we don't really think about what to do and what not to do.
TM - What's your favourite memory of watching a different band perform live can you tell us a story?
HB - I saw Pantera play in Helsinki it was one of my first real show experiences that was really cool.
TM - That is so awesome, what a cool show to be at.
TM - Is there any advice you would give to upcoming bands?
HB - Stick to your guns and do what you're doing and play alot.
TM - Can we expect you in Australia anytime soon?
HB - Hopefully next year.
TM - Anything else you want to say to your fans?
HB - Check out our new Album.
TM - Thank You for the interview and we look forward to seeing you in Australia.