CHILDREN OF BODOM bassist Henkka Seppälä (a.k.a. Henkka T. Blacksmith) has confirmed to Metal Mad TV that the band has completed work on its 10th studio album. "It's done. It's mixed. It's mastered," he said (see video below). "And now we are just getting the artwork done. And then we'll just wait for it to be ready for the release. And it looks like it's gonna be next year, so we have to wait a little bit."
According to Seppälä, the new CHILDREN OF BODOM disc will contain 10 songs. As for the musical direction of the new material, he said: "It's always something new. It's really, really hard for me to say, but it is different."
The follow-up to 2015's "I Worship Chaos" was once again recorded at CHILDREN OF BODOM's own Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki where the group's last two efforts were laid down. Helming the sessions for the new disc was producer Mikko Karmila, who worked on "I Worship Chaos" and 2013's "Halo Of Blood".
CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho told Metal Hammer back in May that the band's new album would be "a lot more straightforward as far as song structures go. 'I Worship Chaos' was also pretty straightforward, but it's got more of a rock 'n' roll vibe to it. It's still metal and dark and shit like that, but I'd say it's more rock 'n' roll."
CHILDREN OF BODOM's last U.S. tour saw the band celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of its debut album, "Something Wild". The 24-date trek included an appearance at last year's Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.