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Children of Bodom is a Finnish band from the town of Espoo (now coming at you from Helsinki) which plays a hybrid of melodic death metal, power/speed metal and black metal, combining various elements of the genres in different ways across their discography. The band incorporates distorted vocals and blast beats into their style, as well as keyboard arrangements and high-tempo instrumental solos.

Their name is very famous for the story which it holds behind it. One of the most famous Finnish murder cases of all time. The murdering of three teenagers one night at Lake Bodom back in the 60's. Four teenagers (2 girls, 2 boys) went camping one night and three out of the four ended up being murdered. Irmeli Björklund (15 yrs), Tuulikki Mäki (15 yrs), and Seppo Boisman (18 yrs) were the three murdered… Nils Gustafsson (who was also 18 at the time) was the only one who lived, and it has been questioned why only him. Up until 2004 he had lived a normal life, but then he was arrested by the Police as a suspect for being the murderer. In 2005 however, a court found him not guilty.

Early Children of Bodom albums are inspired by classical music and death metal, and late albums are more inspired by a commercial thrash and hair metal. A precise definition for their musical genre is discussed by fans and the specialized press alike, often discounting the influences of the band and the composition of songs. The lyrics of their songs are written in the English language and are often of a simplistic nature, dealing with the subjects of death and personal struggles. As the band grows in experience, so does their playing style. They seem to change one way or another with every album that gets released. Even the album cover arts seems to change as the band grows. They are now also hitting the mainstream part of metal, their name and style being more known now. COB continues to inspire many musicians alike and more join the COBHC everyday.

The bandmembers include Alexi Laiho (lead guitar and vocals), Janne Warman (keyboard), Roope Latvala (rhythm guitar), Jaska Raatikainen (drums) and Henkka T. Blacksmith (bass guitar).
Ex-members are Alexander Kuoppala (rhythm guitar 1995-2003).

This is a must have for any metal lovers. For example I am not into metal, yet this is one of my favorite bands, the melodic instuments in the background bring this band to life.

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