Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM will embark on a European headlining tour with support from ENSIFERUM and MACHINAE SUPREMACY.
The dates for "The Ugly World Tour 2011" are as follows:
Mar. 19 - Teatria - Oulu, Finland
Mar. 20 - Pakkahuone - Tampere, Finland
Mar. 22 - Ice Hall - Helsinki, Finland
Mar. 24 - Arenan - Stockholm, Sweden
Mar. 25 - Trädgårn - Gothenburg, Sweden
Mar. 26 - Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway
Mar. 27 - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
Mar. 29 - Grosse Freiheit 36 - Hamburg, Germany
Mar. 30 - O13 - Tilburg, Netherlands
Apr. 01 - UEA - Norwich, UK *
Apr. 02 - Academy 1 - Manchester, UK *
Apr. 03 - ABC - Glasgow, UK *
Apr. 05 - Vicar Street - Dublin, Ireland *
Apr. 07 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK *
Apr. 08 - Academy - Birmingham, UK *
Apr. 09 - Forum - London, UK *
Apr. 11 - Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen, Germany
Apr. 12 - Z7, Pratteln - Switzerland
Apr. 13 - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
Apr. 16 - Gagarin 205 - Athens, Greece
Apr. 18 - Kucukciftilik Park - Istanbul, Turkey
Apr. 19 - Universiada Hall - Sofia, Bulgaria
Apr. 20 - Arenele Romane - Bucharest, Romania
Apr. 22 - Petöfi Csarnok - Budapest, Hungary
Apr. 23 - Backstage - Munich, Germany
Apr. 24 - Stadthalle - Langen, Germany
Apr. 26 - Stodola - Warsaw, Poland
Apr. 27 - KD Vltavska - Prague, Czech Republic
Apr. 28 - Arena - Vienna, Austria
Apr. 29 - Posthof - Linz, Austria
Apr. 30 - Werk 2 - Leipzig, Germany
May 02 - Elysee Montmatre - Paris, France
May 03 - Krakatoa - Bordeauz, France
May 05 - Club Hard - Porto, Portugal
May 06 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
May 07 - Razzmatazz 1 - Barcelona, Spain
May 08 - Rock Star Live - Bilbao, Spain
May 09 - Le Bikini - Toulouse, FRance
May 11 - LKA Longhorn - Stuttgart, Germany
May 12 - Rockhal - Esch / Alzette, Luxembourg
May 13 - Atak - Enschede, Netherlands
May 14 - Halle Gartlage - Osnabruck, Germany
May 15 - Hof Ter Lo - Antwerp, Belgium
* With AMON AMARTH
On October 6, CHILDREN OF BODOM filmed a high-energy music video for the brand new song "Was It Worth It?" on location at central Pennsylvania's residential action sports compound Camp Woodward with director Dale Resteghini of Raging Nation Films (MUDVAYNE, HATEBREED, ANTHRAX, SHADOWS FALL). In the video, the band joined forces with two-time X Games gold medalist and two-time Thrasher magazine "Skater of the Year" Chris Cole as well as noted pro skaters Jamie Thomas and Tom Asta (the current #1 amateur skateboarder in the world). The clip was shot guerrilla style, sans treatment; honing in directly on CHILDREN OF BODOM's high-spirited fire and the skaters’ eye-opening execution.
CHILDREN OF BODOM's as-yet-untitled seventh studio album is being produced by Matt Hyde, who has previously worked with SLAYER and MONSTER MAGNET, among others. An early 2011 release through Spinefarm Records in Europe and Metal Blade Records in North America is expected.
In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, Laiho said that he was happy with the decision to work with Hyde. "Our management was pushing the idea," Laiho said, "so eventually it was, 'All right, fuck it. Just to shut them up, let's do it.' We liked the way [Hyde] talked about music and the way he was already so fucking committed. He wanted to do the best fucking CHILDREN OF BODOM album ever and was pretty serious and convincing about that. After five minutes of talking to the dude, we knew he was the guy."
Regarding the musical direction of the new CHILDREN OF BODOM material, Laiho told Revolver, "It's maybe a little more melodic than [2008's] 'Blooddrunk' was. It's maybe more guitar riff-oriented, really '80s guitar and stuff like that."
According to Laiho, the recording sessions for the new CHILDREN OF BODOM album produced nine originals and one cover song that he says is "gonna be fucking funny as shit. I don't think it's something anybody would necessarily want to cover — not a metal band, anyway."
Among the other tracks that are set to appear on the next CHILDREN OF BODOM CD are "Pussyfoot Miss Suicide" and "Ugly"
Regarding the subject matter covered in the "Pussyfoot Miss Suicide" lyrics, Laiho told Revolver, "I've been involved with stupid chicks who were trying to get attention by being, 'Oh, I'm so fucking depressed. I'm gonna slit my wrists with a cheese grater...' And it's so fucking boring, like, 'Just let it go. You're really not gonna do it, anyway.' It's kind of harsh, but it's fuckin' black humor." "Ugly", on the other hand, is "really just venting and screaming stupid stuff. Nobody should expect anything deep and poetic and sensitive and intelligent, y'know?"