CHILDREN OF BODOM have spent their career defending the controversy caused by their name. The group's moniker refers to the gruesome triple homicide that occurred at Lake Bodom in Espoo, Finland in 1960. Just this month the case was closed when sole survivor the massacre and suspect in the horrific murders, Nils Gustafsson, was found not guilty. Henkka Blacksmith, CHILDREN OF BODOM bassist, commented, "The further the trial went on, the more it seemed that it’s not possible to judge him. The prosecution side's evidence was too weak. The biggest surprise was the fact that he was even prosecuted in the first place. Most of the people wouldn't have guessed that kind of thing to happen in this matter. Now he is free, and innocent as he has always been (my trust towards our law institution is strong) and nothing has changed in the mystery of Lake Bodom. So we can go on and we don't have to change our name, like many people suggested to do if the case would have been solved!!!"
CHILDREN OF BODOM's video for the track "In Your Face" will be premiering on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" on Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 p.m. The clip was shot this past summer with Katapult Productions, who have previously worked with RAMMSTEIN, among others.
For more fan interaction with CHILDREN OF BODOM, the band has teamed up with MySpace, the extremely popular interactive online community. MySpace is highlighting Finish metal powerhouse CHILDREN OF BODOM as a featured artist of the week. CHILDREN OF BODOM have launched their own individual MySpace page at www.myspace.com/officialchildrenofbodom. This online hub allows COB to actively communicate with fans, and make new ones, as there are 31 million+ current users on MySpace. CHILDREN OF BODOM now has a new way of interacting with the metal masses via blogs, message boards and bulletins where they can alert "friends" about their upcoming events and breaking news, as well as post concert dates and downloadable music. Along with the new page, CHILDREN OF BODOM will also be featured as MySpace’s artist of the week on the music page from October 24 to October 30.
CHILDREN OF BODOM's new album, "Are You Dead Yet?" is scheduled for release in the U.S. on October 25 via Spinefarm Records. The album has been declared to be one of the first priority UMG international releases through Universal's Fontana Distribution system. The U.S. version includes a previously unreleased bonus track that is exclusive to the U.S. release — a cover of the RAMONES classic "Somebody Put Something In My Drink".
CHILDREN OF BODOM's forthcoming fifth album is the follow-up to 2003's "Hate Crew Deathroll", which has sold in excess of 200,000 copies worldwide.