CHILDREN OF BODOM hail from Espoo, Finland, and were orignally formed under a different name during spring 1993. In Espoo one can find the infamous Lake Bodom, where the rawest murders in the history of Finnish crime were committed in the late 60's. In the early days there were lots of line-up changes in the band and the only two original members in the current line-up are the guitarist/lead vocalist Alexi Laiho and the drummer Jaska Raatikainen.
During the first few years the band made a couple of demos and played some gigs around Helsinki area. Also the musical style of the band has gone through a lot of changes during the first years. They started as a Death/Thrash band, but after a while they started to play their current Black/Death with lots of classic Heavy Metal influences.
In August 1997 the lead guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho joined the kings of Finnish Dark/Black Metal, THY SERPENT, as a new lead guitarist. This was whole new start for Alexi's own band too: The boss of THY SERPENT, Sami Tenetz, visited the Spinefarm offices one day with the raw mix of just recorded CHILDREN OF BODOM debut album, and the three-album deal was inked basically the next day!!!!
The band were also featured on Spinefarm's "METALLILITTO"-compilation (released in October 1997), and got a great response with their track "Deadnight Warrior". The compilation has already sold over 5500 copies in Finland. The new THY SERPENT album, with Alexi Laiho on lead guitar, will be released in late spring'98.
After their debut album "Something wild" was released in Finland (November 1997), things started to happen to the band pretty fast. They played a couple of really wild shows (they also supported DIMMU BORGIR in their Helsinki show in November'97) and were hailed as the new kings of finnish underground metal by both the radio and the press. Also, the licensing deal with NUCLEAR BLAST for central Europe was inked, and the debut album "Something wild" was also released in Japan and in Thailand during early 1998. More albums followed, namely "Hatebreeder" and "Follow The Reaper", and more are yet to come!