Scott McMahon of Steel Nation just lately carried out an interview with frontman Alexi Laiho of Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM. You’ll be able to hearken to your entire chat beneath. Just a few excerpts observe (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s newest album, “Hexed”:
Alexi: “The factor is that, to start with, the file was already blended and mastered at first of June. It was supposed to return out final fall, however, I do not know — one thing occurred. I actually do not know what occurred, however the launch day received pushed again to March 8. Truly, it has been pushed again twice now, so fingers crossed, as a result of I am beginning to go loopy with the discharge date as a result of I wish to get the rattling factor out. That is one factor. It is truly fairly cool, as a result of I used to be listening to it quite a bit after the mastering, then I took a break for a few months. Earlier than I began doing promo, I began listening to it once more. It was fairly attention-grabbing to take that break after which form of begin listening to it once more. I seen various things and it simply sounded completely different. Nevertheless, there weren’t elements or any, properly, just about something that I’d have wished to vary, which is just about the primary time ever. I assume that is a superb signal.”
On what separates “Hexed” from different CHILDREN OF BODOM albums:
Alexi: “Since I write every little thing, like I all the time say, I am simply approach too near it so far as telling you what is completely different and what’s not, however what I’ve heard from lots of people, both associates or journalists or no matter, that lots of people have stated it form of appears like old-school CHILDREN OF BODOM, however not in the way in which we had been making an attempt to do some form of retro COB album. It is simply received lots of components and influences from ‘Comply with The Reaper’ and even ‘Hatebreeder’. Sure issues that we’ve not executed in a very long time. For instance, in a few songs, we’ve got this form of neo-classical factor happening which we did lots again then, however then we fully stopped doing it. Now it is sort of again. That is one little element.”
On whether or not he finds the songwriting course of to be a “cathartic expertise”:
Alexi: “Sure. I assume it is all the time been that approach. After I write, I simply form of block every little thing out of my thoughts. I simply block the entire world out of my thoughts, mainly. It is all as a result of I do not wish to take into consideration something, particularly issues like ‘What if [the fans] are usually not going to love this half?’ Or ‘What if this group are usually not going to dig this half?’ It may very well be very harmful when writing music. When you concentrate on stuff like that, it is a bit a distraction and you find yourself writing stuff that is not for actual. It is higher simply to form of simply do what comes naturally and simply hope for the perfect.”
On what his targets had been when he began CHILDREN OF BODOM in 1997 and whether or not the band has achieved any of them:
Alexi: “I can inform you that we have reached issues that had been far past our desires. It is positively an unimaginable trip. I bear in mind when the primary album was popping out and even earlier than that, we simply figured that it would be super-awesome to promote possibly a few thousand information and possibly simply play outdoors of Finland someday. That was the final word dream. So, yeah, we have definitely executed that. However, I assume on the finish of the day, although, it is all the time been about taking part in stay. That is what we all the time wish to do. We had been dreaming of taking part in greater phases and once I say ‘greater,’ I say your common membership. We positively executed greater than that, like headline-wise and festivals, too, like festivals with 50,000 folks on the market. It has been fairly rad, that is for certain. Then once more, we have all the time labored arduous and we all the time will. It does not simply occur like that. You bought to earn it and also you started working arduous for it.”
“Hexed” was launched March Eight through Nuclear Blast Data. The disc noticed the return to Finland’s Hazard Johnny Studios the place COB was reunited with Mikko Karmila (“I Worship Chaos”, “Halo Of Blood”, “Hatebreeder”, “Comply with The Reaper” and “Hate Crew Deathroll”) who recorded every little thing besides keyboards and likewise produced the album with the band. Janne Wirman recorded keyboards at Past Skills Studios. The album was blended and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.
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