What were you doing when you were 11 years old? Maybe you had just started taking guitar lessons and played the riff to 'Smoke on the Water' for your family at the last holiday party. You're lucky this kid isn't your cousin because you'd never pick that guitar up again
Children of Bodom
The 2013 Mayhem Festival made a stop in Hartford, Conn., over the weekend where metal heads came together to celebrate all different sub-genres of heavy music. The Musicians Institute Stage had one of the most eclectic line-ups of the bill.
In the metal realm, few bands harness the ability to party like Finnish masters Children of Bodom. Although the group has admittedly taken it down a notch, we asked Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho to describe exactly how much alcohol the band could consume during their peak of partying and to compare it with Children of Bodom's current intoxicating regimen.
The Musicians Institute Stage at the 2013 Mayhem Festival kickoff in San Bernardino, Calif. was as scorching as the 100-plus degree heat all day long. Fans gathered around to catch a mixture of veteran bands and younger metal rockers, including Children of Bodom, Emmure, Born of Osiris, Motionless in White, Attika 7 and Thrown Into Exile.
Shortly before the release of Children of Bodom's newest album, 'Halo of Blood,' frontman Alexi Laiho stopped by the Loudwire studio for an exclusive interview. The monumental shredder went in-depth about the new record, which boasts some of Bodom's strongest songwriting in the last decade.
Children of Bodom's music has taken a dramatic shift since the Finnish metal act released 'Something Wild' in 1997. Part-way through those 16 years, Bodom drifted away from their heavily neoclassical sound to focus on big-picture melodic death anthems. Fans took a while to shift along with Bodom, especially during the 'Are You Dead Yet?' / 'Blooddrunk' years, but with Bodom's newest album, 'Halo of Blood,' the band succeeds in throwing every little nuance of their evolution into a single release.