Their skyrocketing start in the mid-90s was a takeoff that newcomer metal bands are still being measured against till this day, almost all of their albums earned gold or even platinum status in their home country and over the past two decades they‘ve become regulars on some of the world‘s biggest stages – Children of Bodom. Brought into existence in 1993 by childhoold pals Alexi Laiho and Jaska Raatikainen at the astoundingly young age of 13 and 14 years respectively, the Finnish formation was completed by keyboardist Janne Wirman and bassist Henkka Seppälä prior to the recordings of their trailblazing 1997-debut ‘Something Wild’ – two additional highly gifted musicians who were devoted to heavy metal wholeheartedly and were to form a congenial entity with Alexi and Jaska that would bring forth stunningly innovative creations time and again over the course of the following seven studio releases.
Subsequent to its (quoting Alexi) “blood-knuckled but incredibly fun“ birth, insanity‘s youngest child was auspiciously baptised ‘I Worship Chaos’ and will reveal its rugged, hate-filled face to the world on October 2nd. Recorded by the front man – who had to nail down all of the guitar parts on his own for the first time after the recent split with co-guitarist Roope Latvala – and his band mates together with long-time producer Mikko Karmila in COB‘s very own Danger Johnny Studios and mixed/mastered in Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, the follow-up to their previous celebrated output ‘Halo Of Blood’ is set to raise the game once more as far as gloominess and catchiness are concerned. Optically backed up in its hauntingly aggrieving atmosphere by Tuomas Korpi‘s post-apocalyptic-ish artwork and enhanced with three brilliant bonus cover songs in the deluxe album version (one of which features guest vocals by MURDERDOLLS‘ Wednesday13 and ex-GWAR songstress Kim Dylla a.k.a. Vulvatron, namely the cover version of PLASMATICS‘ ‘Mistress Of Taboo‘), ‘I Worship Chaos’ delights from end to end with the unmistakable Bodom sound in its purest form that back in the days fans and critics have eternally fallen in love with from the opening riff of ‘Deadnight Warrior‘ on. So mark Alexi Laiho‘s words: “Put your shades and helmets on, it will get very dark and it might hurt – in perfect COB fashion, of course!”