Children Of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho launches Bodom After Midnight

Following the disbandment of Children Of Bodom last year, former frontman Alexi Laiho has launched Bodom After Midnight.

Former COB guitarist Daniel Freyburg has come along for the ride and they have enlisted Paradise Lost drummer Waltteri Väyrynen and bassist Mitja Toivonen of Santa Cruz fame.

As a touring keyboardist, the quartet is joined by Lauri Salomaa.

Laiho will lead Bodom After Midnight to play selected festival appearances after which the band will start working on new material.

Children Of Bodom ceased to exist after a concert at the Helsinki Ice Hall in December 2019.

The shutdown process went as planned and the members parted as friends.

It was the end of a story that had begun in 1993.

What went through the mind of the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader?

Laiho brushed the dust off his shoulders and revved up the engines.

Freyberg crawled through the wreckage to join Laiho in his quest, but two guitar players do not a group make.

It was time to start thinking about who could handle the drums, bass and keyboards.

There were many options to choose from but Laiho wanted to get the cohort just right.

High-level musicianship, a cool stage presence and a fitting personality were the factors put under the microscope.

Finally, the pieces to complete the puzzle were found.

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