Drum-cam footage of CHILDREN OF BODOM's Jaska Raatikainen performing with his bandmates on June 27 at the Tuska open-air festival in Helsinki, Finland can be seen below.
CHILDREN OF BODOM kicked off a six-week major-market North American headlining tour on February 14 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and hit 32 markets across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping with a two-night stand at New York City's Irving Plaza on March 28 and March 29. The tour featured support from folk metal heroes TÝR and represented CHILDREN OF BODOM's first Stateside headlining run since the release of the band's new LP, "Halo Of Blood".
CHILDREN OF BODOM was honored in the "Metal Album Of The Year" category at this year's Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammy equivalent), which was held on March 7 at Barona Areena in Espoo, Finland. Other "Metal Album" nominees were BATTLE BEAST ("Battle Beast"), AMORPHIS ("Circle"), LOST SOCIETY ("Fast Loud Death") and RYTMIHÄIRIÖ ("Todellisuuden Mestari").
CHILDREN OF BODOM's eighth album, "Halo Of Blood", sold 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available on June 11 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover art was created by Sami Saramäki, who was responsible for the artwork on previous CHILDREN OF BODOM albums "Follow The Reaper", "Are You Dead Yet?" and "Hate Crew Deathroll".
CHILDREN OF BODOM's new album was recorded at Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki. For the recording of the LP, CHILDREN OF BODOM has teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their fan-favorite albums "Hatebreeder", "Follow The Reaper" and "Hate Crew Deathroll", as well as Swedish producer Peter Tägtgren (MARDUK, AMON AMARTH), who oversaw production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album was mixed at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki.