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.
Children of Bodom
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.
Swedish melodic death merchants Dark Tranquillity pulled out a phenomenal win against the Black Dahlia Murder in our latest Death Match. Seemingly as underdogs, Dark Tranquillity managed to defeat TBDM by an impressive margin, but the Swedish metalers have their hands full in this latest battle, as they contend with one of Finland's biggest metal exports.
Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom have just released a lyric video for the new song 'Transference.' Bodom's next full-length, 'Halo of Blood,' is set for release on June 11, but one piece of the upcoming 10-track record is available right now for your head banging pleasure.