Children of Bodom Announce Departure of Three Founding Members

Children of Bodom, 2019
Finland’s melodic death/power-metal heroes Children Of Bodom have hit fans with some surprising news: The group will be playing their final show with the current lineup before the end of the year. The concert, dubbed “A Chapter Called Children of Bodom,” will go down at the Black Box in Helsinki Ice Hall on December 15th. After that, three original members — bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith, drummer Jaska W. Raatikainen and keyboardist Janne Warman — will “step back and chance direction within their lives.” The band, which will retain frontman Alexi Laiho and its newest member Daniel Freyberg, commented in a collective statement:
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that 2019 will be the last for Children of Bodom with this lineup.
After almost 25 years with Bodom, thousands of shows & 10 albums it is time for Henkka, Janne and Jaska to step back and change direction within their lives. All three will miss the fans and supporters in every city in every country the band ever played.
The last show of this line-up will be on the 15th of December at Helsinki Ice Hall. Tickets still remain for some of the Finnish shows in December.
Alexi And Daniel will have further announcements about their plans to keep creating new music in the future.
Thanks again for everything – Children Of Bodom
In the meantime, the group has a handful of Finnish tour dates ahead of them. See those and the details on the “A Chapter Called Children of Bodom” gig below. As for the band’s “Hate Crew Deathroll” special show at Tuska 2020, that has been cancelled.
Children of Bodom live dates:
5.12.2019 Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjaamo
6.12.2019 Oulu, Teatria
7.12.2019 Tornio, Teatria
10.12.2019 Helsinki, Tavastia (Sold Out)
11.12.2019 Tampere, Pakkahuone
12.12.2019 Turku, Logomo
13.12.2019 Jyväskylä, Lutakko (Sold Out)
14.12.2019 Jyväskylä, Lutakko (Sold Out)
15.12.2019 Helsinki, Black Box
A Chapter Called Children of Bodom concert:
15.12.2019 Helsinki – Black Box
Ticket ptice starting at 59,00
All ages | doors 18:00
Presales: Tiketti, Ticketmaster, Lippu.fi
Pre-sales start on Monday, November 4th, at 9:00 Finnish time.