Premier Guitar recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho of Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Premier Guitar: “Halo Of Blood” takes the CHILDREN OF BODOM sound to new places.
Alexi: I think it has more diversity, for sure, and I’ve heard other people say that, too. The title track, in my opinion, is the fastest song in the history of the band. It’s basically like blast beats throughout the song. Another song, called “Dead Man’s Hand on You”, is by far the slowest song in the history of the band. That was definitely something we’d never done before. It has clean guitars and a grand piano, and just the whole vibe of the song in general is so different from the other tracks.
Premier Guitar: Did you intentionally aim for these extremes?
Alexi: It just turned out that way, dude. None of this was thought out or planned — everything just happened naturally. It was definitely a challenge for us to do something like that but I think we did a pretty good job. Those two songs are my favorite tracks on the whole album, so we must have done something right.
Premier Guitar: Even so, “Halo” still distinctly has that CHILDREN OF BODOM stamp throughout.
Alexi: A lot of people have told me that there are a lot of elements from the early CHILDREN OF BODOM days, like elements from “Hatebreeder” or “Follow The Reaper”. That’s something I wouldn’t have even noticed until someone pointed it out to me. Then when I listened to the record, it kind of made sense.
Premier Guitar: Do you feel that over the years CHILDREN OF BODOM has strayed away from its original sound?
Alexi: Not exactly strayed away, but we’ve definitely developed it. When you listen to “Something Wild”, our first album, we were still searching for the sound of CHILDREN OF BODOM. I’d say we found it on the “Hate Crew Deathroll” record. And now with each album, we just try to make it better. But it’s still the same concept — super angry and aggressive death metal or whatever the fuck it is. It’s metal, anyway.
Read the entire interview from Premier Guitar.