Janne Warman - Children Of Bodom

December 1, 2005

You guys just released Are You Dead Yet. Tell me a little bit about the record.

Yeah, we recorded it in April and May in six weeks. It was really smooth. The recording and mixing only took six weeks. That's all I have to say about it right now.

It was released on October 25th. Is it selling pretty good?

Yeah, it's been from what I just heard yesterday from our management. That it has reached some goal it was supposed to reach. I guess it's doing good.

Well, it must be then if that was the goal you were supposed to reach. It was mentioned that Finland has sort of become the music Mecca of the world. Is there a lot of stuff going on there?

Yeah, well you don't see it back home. When you are in Finland you don't notice anything about the music business but I don't know. There have been a lot of good bands coming out of Finland lately. I don't know why it's like that. Especially metal bands. I don't know.

Folks have been kind of wondering why your country reopened an investigation into a murder 60 years ago that has to do with your band name.

Yeah, they found some new DNA evidence and they reopened the case. There was a trial and everything but they couldn't convict him still even though it's pretty obvious that he's guilty.

Were they investigating this for all that time?

What I heard was that somebody in the U.K. developed some new DNA equipment. That's what I've heard and these kind of tests were not available until now and that's why. I don't know. It's weird.

Yeah, it seems to be. It happened 40 years ago and you think they would have given up on it by now. I guess in Finland they have detectives who are into cold cases like they do here. That's pretty intriguing. How has the tour been going?

The tour's been great. Most of the shows have been sold out. A lot of the kids are coming to the shows. The tour's been really good.

This is your first headlining show in the States. Are you guys pretty excited about that?

Yeah, when we came here we didn't know what to expect. It's our first headlining tour but everything has been just great. We've been really happy with the tour.

I've seen you guys open up for Iced Earth, Dimmu Borgir, and I think one other time as well.

Then we did a third tour opening up for Lamb Of God.

Yeah, there we go so I've seen you guys three times. I was always hoping you guys would come back and do a headlining tour because I thought you guys were so awesome and shouldn't be stuck just opening for bands.

Yeah, we just wanted to play it safe and like do enough of super tours first and then make sure people are ready for us to headline.

I think we're ready. I think the masses are ready.

Good.

How much longer are you guys going to be in the States?

It's a six week tour and we have two weeks left.

You guys are covering a lot of ground in six weeks. What do you guys have planned after that?

We have 10 days at home and then we have a seven week European tour. So just spend Christmas at home. Right after Christmas Eve, the next day we fly out to Europe for the European tour.

I read some interviews a while back and I noticed someone had talked about your color scheme on your records. Are you still doing that?

No.

You gave up on that.

Yeah.

On your new record, what songs kind of stand out to you?

I like the first one and then it would be the single thing which is I guess the fourth one, "In Your Face" or third or fifth. Then I really like the last track "We're Not Gonna Fall" which we play live as well.

How do you feel that this new record kind of differs from stuff you've done in the past?

Well, it differs because COB is the kind of a band that doesn't release the same album twice. Some bands find a nice formula they like and then they just keep releasing the same album all the time. We try to move on. And you know especially with the previous releases, we were fucking 17 years old when we recorded the first album so we didn't know shit about anything. Now that we have improved as musicians and human beings, things are a little bit different.

That's all part of the growing process.

Yeah, so that's what I mean. All the releases, it's part of the growing process. That's why they differ. That's why things change.

Well, you know with some bands, keeping to the same formula works for them but for other bands it doesn't quite work that way. I was reading some people's responses to your record and they were complaining that there was a little too much of this and not enough of that.

People are always complaining. We don't give a shit. We just do what we do and that's it.

You guys covered the Ramones "Somebody Put Something In My Drink". What led you guys to do that and add it as a bonus track?

It's actually been done already a while ago. I'm not quite sure why it was used as a bonus track now because I think it's been recorded four years ago. I don't remember anymore why we decided to do that.

It's a Ramones song, that's why.

Yeah. I don't remember at all why even in the first place we did that. Somehow it's now being used as a bonus track.

You guys are doing a video for "In Your Face".

Yeah, we did it in Germany with a really nice video crew. Same crew that has been doing Rammstein videos and it's the best video we have done so far. The whole shooting process was very different to all the other videos we have done. It was very professional. Very nice. We were really happy with the result.

Is that on rotation yet?

I think it's been on Headbanger's Ball on MTV and Fuse TV and stuff like that. I don't know about rotation but at least they have shown it a couple of times.

You guys have released four albums in eight years. Is there a reason why you wait so long between album releases?

Like the previous release, we toured three six week tours in the States within one year. Then plus all the European shows, festivals, and stuff. If you're out on tour nine months of the year there's no time to record and release the album. You know what I'm saying? Especially now, the release was just because we were on tour all the time and didn't have the time to go into the studio.

That keeps your name out there. Any other thoughts or comments?

Just the main thing is that we are really happy that the kids have been coming to the shows on this tour. It's been really great. We hope to see a lot of kids still.

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