Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM will enter the studio at the end of March to begin recording their new album for a late 2018 release. The follow-up to 2015's "I Worship Chaos" will once again be recorded at the band's own Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki where the group's last two efforts were laid down.
"We're in the middle of writing, so it's very exciting times for us because we have almost half of the record already written," CHILDREN OF BODOM bassist Henkka Seppälä (a.k.a. Henkka T. Blacksmith) told Metal Wani (see video below). "After this [U.S. tour], we go back to finish the writing and then hit the studio in the spring."
As for the inspiration for CHILDREN OF BODOM's new material, Henkka said: "Alexi [Laiho, guitar/vocals] is still writing most of the stuff, so I don't know what he's inspired by. For some reason, he always gets these good [ideas for] melodies from somewhere."
Laiho previously described Danger Johnny as "kind of like the COB headquarters where everything is. We have a rehearsal space, studio and warehouse where we can keep our backline, our cars, there's a lounge area, so it's pretty awesome. Everything for 'I Worship Chaos' was recorded there, including the drums. It's awesome, because it beats having to book studio time and spend a ton of money on recordings. It's a different vibe compared to recording at home, and that's why I actually moved in there a couple of weeks before we started recording. We were missing two songs and I figured I'd get more done if I'm there all the time. I usually get so much done when I'm in there."
CHILDREN OF BODOM's current U.S. tour sees the band celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of its debut album, "Something Wild". The 24-date trek kicked off on October 31 in Dallas, Texas and included an appearance at this year's Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. The tour will conclude in Montreal on December 1. Joining the band are Dutch masters of horror CARACH ANGREN, Finnish thrashers LOST SOCIETY and New Jersey progressive, technical death metallers UNCURED.