CHILDREN OF BODOM was honored with the "Band of the Year" award at the Finnish Metal Awards, which were held Friday night (February 16) during the Finnish Metal Expo at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, Finland. Members of the Finnish metal media pre-selected the candidates and the people cast their votes to select the winners, which were as follows:
Album of the Year: MOKOMA - Kuoleman Laulukunnaat
Band of the Year: CHILDREN OF BODOM
Rookie of the Year: PROFANE OMEN
Cover art of the Year: MOKOMA - Kuoleman Laulukunnaat
Musician of the Year: Kai Hahto of WINTERSUN
Vocalist of the Year: Marco Hietala of TAROT / NIGHTWISH
Saturday (Feb. 17) tickets for the two-day Finnish Metal Expo were sold out in advance and the 2,500-capacity venue was filled to the brim. An almost equal number of people visited the world's premiere Metal Expo on Friday. Live performances were held by the likes of DRAGONFORCE, AMON AMARTH, BROTHER FIRETRIBE etc. In addition to the live shows, more than 50 exhibitors — including record labels, instrument brands, merchandisers, media etc. — displayed their latest offerings in the expo area. The International Metal Meeting — an industry event within the FME — gathered more than 80 international and local Finnish delegates from the metal music industry. This year's IMM featured presentations from Roadrunner Records' Mike Gitter and Natalie Dybaylo from Russia's Rosenfield Records.