Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning mixtape series. This week, we’re focusing on a deep dive through the music of Alexi Laiho. Children of Bodom are a band that many of us on staff recall as being our gateway towards heavier music in our formative years, myself included. In honor of Alexi’s life and legacy, here are our favorite cuts he’s been a part of.
We lost a great one today, with the news of Alexi Laiho’s passing. The former guitarist and vocalist of Children of Bodom was only 41, and the exact cause of his death is unknown at this time. It goes without saying, but our thoughts are with his family and friends. Not sure about anyone else, but the playlist is going to feature a lot of Bodom on my end this week.
Alright, let’s try and move on to other news from today. Pustilence have signed on with Memento Mori. The Australian death metal trio, who formed back in 2018, are preparing for their debut release some time in 2022. Something to keep our eyes on over the next year, I suppose.
Blackened melodic death metal crew Unflesh, featuring former members of Solium Fatalis, have announced an April 2nd release for their sophomore album, Inhumation. Check out an album teaser here, as we await a new single.
And we’ll close with something a little lighter. Here’s a new video from Burn Down Eden for “The Five Horseman”, which should hopefully help things end on a more amusing note. Enjoy.
Definitely not the news any of us wanted to hear: Children of Bodom front man and one of metal’s best guitarists, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. No doubt the reverberations of this will be felt for a long time and he will certainly be missed, 41 is way too early to go. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. RIP.
Tough to muster new metal speak but here we are. First up is the full length debut from Frozen Soul who were on Maggot Stomp (this is your “quality” hint) but are now on Century Media and as good as their demo was, this is not only better but more of it. Second, we’ve got a physical release from Exsul by way of Caligari (again, quality) and if you missed the digital, rectify that now. Beyond that, another short list of entries to follow.
What was once Children of Bodom, is now Bodom After Midnight. Yes, the new project from Alexi Laiho and Daniel Freyberg is a CoB spin-off in name. I get it, legally the name had to change and this allows them to maintain branding. I’ll be looking toward to hearing new material, out of curiosity as much as anything.
German black metal crew Krater have dropped a new music video for “Prayer for Demise”. That track was taken from 2019’s Venenare (Eisenwald). So if you want to close with something dark and grim, you sure got it.