Finnish black-metal outfit Children of Bodom will launch a North American headlining trek on November 9 in Quebec, one that'll grind to a halt in New York on December 14. Bodom have recruited Trivium, fresh from this summer's Ozzfest, and Amon Amarth to open the tour's 27 dates. According to frontman and guitarist Alexi Laiho, Bodom had no involvement in setting things up. In fact he can't even recall what either band sounds like.
"To be honest I've heard [Trivium and Amon Amarth's] albums one time all the way through, and I was pretty drunk at the time," he confided, saying Bodom's management handled the tour's orchestration. "So I don't remember the music. I do remember it sounding cool. I'll wait to see what I think of them when I first see them live. Apparently Trivium's a lot bigger than we are in the States. So it feels a little weird that we're the headliners."
Bodom's fifth studio LP, Are You Dead Yet?, landed in stores this week; the album's been available in Europe and Japan for more than a month. It features 10 tracks, including a cover of the Ramones' "Somebody Put Something in My Drink."
"I've always been a big fan, and this track was recorded three years ago or something like that," Laiho said. "Back then it was like kind of shocking for people that we would cover something like the Ramones, because it's so different from Children of Bodom. But we thought the message of the song fits the band pretty well."
The record also features the first single, "In Your Face," a video for which debuted last week on MTV2's "Headbangers Ball." The video was shot in East Berlin "in some abandoned industrial settlement that looked like some f---ed up sh-- happened there 40 years ago," Laiho said. Bodom plan to release the video as a DVD single on November 23 with two bonus clips.
Laiho said Bodom will shoot a second clip at some point after the North American tour, but he's not quite sure for what track -- that's a decision the band still needs to make.
Once Bodom have been up, down and across North America, Laiho said they'll head to Europe, Japan and then back to the U.S. for a second headlining tour, which should take them through the spring. Then there's the summer, Laiho said, which he hopes the band will be spending as part of Ozzfest 2006.
"We've been talking about it, but I don't know if it's going to happen," he said. "It would be a really good thing to do, because it does a lot of good things to a lot of metal bands. I don't know if we'll get on it. It's really a question of money. The promotional value's really good. It seems like a lot of bands -- Lamb of God, Shadows Fall -- really broke through after the Ozzfest. I think it would be good for us."
The rest of the week's metal news:
The third album from speedy death metallers Bleeding Through, The Truth, will hit stores January 10. Look for the disc to include a dozen tracks, including "For Love and Failing," "Kill to Believe" and "Dearly Demented." The band's West Coast tour with Day of Contempt kicks off November 11 in Petaluma, California, with dates running through December 4 in Flagstaff, Arizona. ... NYHC legends Sick of It All will release Death to Tyrants, the band's ninth studio LP, early next year through new label home Abacus. Dean Baltulonis (Madball, Most Precious Blood) has signed on to produce the effort. ... Floridian hardcore band Remembering Never's next album, God Save Us, should surface in February. The band's holed up in Planet Z Studios in Hadley, Massachusetts, with producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed) working on the new material. ... New England hardcore act the Acacia Strain will start working on the follow-up to 2004's 3750 this December; the boys have reunited with producer -- and Killswitch Engage guitarist -- Adam Dutkiewicz (Cannae, All That Remains) for Victims, which will hit stores this spring. ... Unearthly Trance were added to the Relapse Records roster this week. The band's forthcoming disc, The Trident, will see the light of day this spring. ... Swedish metallers Khoma have signed with Roadrunner Records. Look for new stuff from them in April. ...
The dudes in Trivium dig director Dale Resteghini's work -- which is why they've asked him to direct the third video from the band's disc Ascendancy. The clip for "Dying in Your Arms" will feature frontman Matt Heafy in a perverse re-enactment of "Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera." ... Two ex-members of defunct industrial-techno/alternative-metal troupe Crossbreed -- bassist Bishop Dolarhyde and touring drummer Chris Morris -- have teamed up in a new project, Cry Havoc. The band's booked its first live gig at Boomerz Boiler Room in Seminole, Florida, November 19. ... My Son My Executioner, HeavyHeavyLowLow and Texas Is on Fire will hit the road together starting November 3 in Bakersfield, California. Nineteen days later, they'll wrap things up with a November 23 gig in Wheeling, Illinois. ... Ohio's Symphony in Peril are through. The band, which released two discs over its four-year existence, issued a statement calling the split "a completely mutual decision." No specific details on what provoked the disbanding were offered. ... Nevermore, Behemoth, Watch Them Die and Manntis will headline Century Media's second-annual Christmas BallS, scheduled for December 7 at Hollywood's Key Club. ...
Norwegian thrashers She Said Destroy are putting the finishing touches on their debut disc, Time Like Vines. The outing's slated for release in early 2006. ... Reunited Brit metal legends Cloven Hoof will release Eye of the Sun, their first LP in more than 15 years, next week. The disc will boast 10 tracks, including "Whore of Babylon," "Angels in Hell" and "Golgotha." ... Late-'80s thrash band Annihilator will release their 11th album, Schizo Deluxe, November 8. The disc, produced and engineered by frontman Jeff Waters, will include "Maximum Satan," "Like Father, Like Gun" and "Something Witchy." ... Swedish death-metal band Vomitory is looking for a new guitarist after the departure of Ulf Dalegren earlier this month. Ex-God Among Insects axeman Lord K. Philipson will fill in until a replacement can be found. Dalegren left the band after 15 years for "personal reasons." ... Ex-Dokken guitarist George Lynch will release the career-spanning double-disc retrospective The Lost Anthology November 29. In addition to tracks with Dokken, Xciter and Lynch Mob, the album will include covers with Mötley Crüe vocalists Vince Neil (Black Sabbath's "Paranoid") and John Corabi (Scorpions' "He's a Woman, She's a Man"), Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy (Ratt's "Round and Round") and Icarus Witch (Ozzy Osbourne's "S.A.T.O."). ...
Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen will release "Concerto Suite for Guitar and Orchestra in E Flat Minor With the New Japan Philharmonic" November 1. The DVD captures 17 songs performed in 2001 with the Tokyo orchestra. Tracks include "Trilogy Suite Op. 5," "Icarus Dream Fanfare" and "Prelude to April." ... English industrial-rock pioneers Killing Joke will release the DVD "XXV Gathering: The Band That Preys Together Stays Together" November 1. The video captures the band's February 24 25th anniversary show at London's Shepherds Bush Empire. The concert united original members (singer Jaz Coleman, guitarist Geordie Walker and bassist Paul Raven) with new recruits (drummer Ben Calvert and keyboardist Nick Walker). ... Geneva corrosive metal band Knut will release their third album, Terraformer, November 8. Tracks include "Kyoto," "Seattle" and "Bollingen." ... San Francisco grindcore band Vulgar Pigeons will release the three-inch clear EP Burning Episode November 8. The disc will feature seven untitled songs, all of which were recorded earlier this year at House of Faith Studios in Oakland, California. ... Zach Nelson, the original drummer of Richmond, Virginia, hardcore band Ten 33, has returned following the departure of James O'Neil. In addition, ex-the Success Story guitarist Joey Russo has replaced Billy Mutter, who also recently left the group. Ten 33 plan to return to the road after Christmas to continue supporting their album Nightmare on Grace Street.