COB frontman guitarist and mastermind Alexi Laiho comments “This time around, we had Daniel on guitar for the first time. It is a lot of fun for me to work with that dude ’cause he is very enthusiastic and has that hunger and drive to be involved. I love that drive and fire. He calls me up asking questions and throwing ideas around. Saying, ‘Ya, let’s get together and jam.’ I haven’t really had that in my life for a long time now that I think about it. And that is how we used to roll. We would just get together and play guitar just for the hell of it and really cool things would come out of it and this what we did with Daniel – it paid off and was fun.”
For this album, the band enlisted Deins Forkas to create the album artwork. Bassist Henkka Blacksmith commented on the cover,“For some years already I have wanted to try a different approach with our cover art. We are so used to digital art so that is really hard to do something else. Doing it all the way with computer is somewhat safe and convenient. This time we all agreed to try it old school. We found this cool dude and gave him simple instructions. The cover has to be purple and the reaper has to be central. Half a year later we got his work, and with little tweaking, we have the cover of Hexed. It is very different from what we are used to, even the Reaper looks different, but at the same time very spooky. “
Below is the track listing for Hexed 1. This Road 2. Under Grass and Clover 3. Glass Houses 4. Hecate’s Nightmare 5. Kick in the Spleen 6. Platitudes and Barren Words 7. Hexed 8. Relapse (The Nature of My Crime) 9. Say Never Look Back 10. Soon Departed 11. Knuckleduster 12. I Worship Chaos (live) 13. Morrigan (live) 14. Knuckleduster (remix)
Stay tuned for more information about the album as well as announcements about their upcoming US tour in the spring and European trek in the summer!
Last week, the band is proud to announce their Hexed 2019 North American Tour. The trek will kick off in Quebec City on March 13 and conclude in New York City on April 19th. Supporting the band are Finnish death-doom melody-makers SWALLOW THE SUN and Finnish epic melodic Death Metal quartetWOLFHEART as well as SUMMONER’S CIRCLE (March 13-16 & April 9-19), HOLLOW CRY (March 18-29) and FRAGMENTUM (March 30 April 7) who are opening select shows.
COB frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho comments, “Hello North America! Just wanna say and empathize the word “finally” … fuckin’ finally we’ll be back on the road – like old school style and over the pond too!! We’ll be in your town just as you’re getting your hands on the new record. Even if you do not have it, don’t worry cause we’re gonna rotate the setlist to include old tracks that will blow your mind back to hell so it’s gonna be a good fuckin’ party ladies and gentlemen. Hoping to see you there!!“
CHILDREN OF BODOM will be touring in support of their upcoming album, Hexed, which will be released on March 8th! For the record, the band returned to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios where they were reunited with Mikko Karmila (I Worship Chaos, Halo Of Blood,Hatebreeder,Follow the Reaper & Hate Crew Deathroll) who recorded everything except keyboards and also produced the album with the band. Janne Wirman recorded keyboards at Beyond Abilities Studios. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.
Ticket are now available for purchase.
The Hexed 2019 North American Tour offers fans the opportunity to purchase 2 unique VIP packages. Details for the 2 tVIP packages can be seen below:
Confirmed dates for theHexed 2019 North American tour withSWALLOW THE SUN, WOLFHEART, SUMMONER’S CIRCLE, HOLLOW CRY, and FRAGMENTUMare: 3/13/2019 Imperial – Quebec City, QC* 3/14/2019 Corona Theater – Montreal, QC* 3/15/2019 Bronson Centre – Ottawa, ON * 3/16/2019 The Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON* 3/18/2019 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI** 3/19/2019 House of Blues – Chicago, IL** 3/20//2019 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN** 3/22//2019 The Summit – Denver, CO ** 3/23//2019 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT** 3/25//2019 The Palace Theatre – Calgary, AB** 3/26//2019 Union – Edmonton, AB** 3/27//2019 The Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC** 3/29//2019 El Corazon – Seattle, WA** 3/30//2019 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR *** 4/01//2019 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA*** 4/02//2019 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA *** 4/03//2019 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ*** 4/05//2019 Alamo Music Hall – San Antonio, TX *** 4/06//2019 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX *** 4/07//2019 Canton Hall – Dallas, TX *** 4/09//2019 The Ritz – Tampa, FL * 4/11//2019 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA * 4/12//2019 The Underground – Charlotte, NC * 4/13//2019 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD* 4/14//2019 Mr Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA* 4/16//2019 Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY* 4/17//2019 The Royale – Boston, MA* 4/18//2019 Reverb – Reading, PA * 4/19//2019 Irving Plaza – New York, NY ** SUMMONER’S CIRCLE, opening(March 13-16 & April 9-19) ** HOLLOW CRY opening (March 18-29) *** FRAGMENTUM opening (March 30 April 7)
ABOUT CHILDREN OF BODOM Fully 20+ years into the tough, heroic grind that represents the lifeblood of extreme musicians – Finnish metal scientists CHILDREN OF BODOM have certainly won over crowds globally through a crafted alloy that is theirs alone. But the building of their esteemed career has also been aided and abetted by the simple maths of all that hard work and the intense touring. Their shows are widely acknowledged for being engaging, personable and energetic thrash parties – which inevitably end up indelibly stamped on the circuit boards of headbangers worldwide.CHILDREN OF BODOM have incorporated many different musical styles into their celebrated sound, leading critics and fans to label them as melodic death metal, thrash metal, symphonic black metal, and neoclassical metal. Their enthralling mix of melodic hooks and instrumental acrobatics have solidified the band as one of the leading voices of music’s new generation.
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