According to the CHILDREN OF BODOM fan site Scythes-Of-Bodom.com, CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Alexi Laiho revealed in a recent interview some information about the progress of the songwriting sessions for their upcoming album. Despite his broken arm (which is said to have occurred when he fell from top of a car while intoxicated), he was able to compose some material during the past few weeks. He didn't want to reveal what the new stuff will be like, but he said that it wouldn't be a "Hate Crew Deathroll Part II" and would rather represent something new and fresh without sacrificing the elements that made CHILDREN OF BODOM unique (including keyboards and guitar solos). For the first time ever, Alexi has written lyrics for two songs before even composing the music for the tracks.
As previously reported, the album will be recorded in April-May in a studio in Helsinki with Mikko Karmila recording and mixing the album. However, the producer for the album hasn't been decided yet. The plan is for the group to include the title track of their recent EP, "Trashed, Lost & Strungout", on the new album, albeit possibly in a re-recorded form, since the original version was recorded at Astia Studio, which won't be the case with the rest of the album. (It wouldn't be the first time the band have done this, since "Hate Me!" was also recorded during both the single session in Astia and the "Follow the Reaper" session at Abyss studios.)
CHILDREN OF BODOM have been nominated for an award at the Finnish annual music award ceremony Femmagaala for "Mättöfemma", an award given out to a successful metal band. The other nominees are AJATTARA, DIABLO, MOKOMA and ROTTEN SOUND. Last year, CHILDREN OF BODOM won the "Export Award" at the Femmagaala in recognition of their worldwide success.
The Femmagaala 2005 ceremony will be held on February 25 at Helsinki's Nosturi.
In other news, Laiho has once again won the award for the best Finnish musician of the year by the Finnish music magazine Soundi, ahead of such other renowned musicians as Tuomas Holopainen from NIGHTWISH.
A new Alexi Laiho ESP Signature Model guitar has been made available. Alexi Laiho "Sawtooth" RV-398AL (photo) is a bit more expensive than the previous model RV-350AL. The specifications are as follows:
Neck: Hard Maple 3P
Fingerboard: Ebony , 24frets
Inlay: Saw tooth Luminous
Scale: 25.5 inch (648mm)
Nut (width): Lock Nut (42mm/R2)
Bridge: Floyd Rose
Pickups: EMG HZ-H4
Control: Master Volume
Color: Black with Luminous Pin Stripe