Finland’s melodic death superstars CHILDREN OF BODOM are set to release their tenth album,Hexed, on March 8, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Today, guitar-wielding frontman Alexi chats about the musical direction of the band’s new album. Watch the third trailer here:
Alexi comments, “This time around, we had Daniel on guitar for the first time. It is a lot of fun for me to work with that dude ’cause he is very enthusiastic and has that hunger and drive to be involved. I love that drive and fire. He calls me up asking questions and throwing ideas around. Saying, ‘Ya, let’s get together and jam.’ I haven’t really had that in my life for a long time now that I think about it. And that is how we used to roll. We would just get together and play guitar just for the hell of it and really cool things would come out of it and this what we did with Daniel – it paid off and was fun.”
Hexed track list: 1. This Road 2. Under Grass and Clover 3. Glass Houses 4. Hecate’s Nightmare 5. Kick in the Spleen 6. Platitudes and Barren Words 7. Hexed 8. Relapse (The Nature of My Crime) 9. Say Never Look Back 10. Soon Departed 11. Knuckleduster 12. I Worship Chaos (live) 13. Morrigan (live) 14. Knuckleduster (remix)
Watch the official music video for ‘Under Grass And Clover’:
Hexed saw the return to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios where they were reunited with Mikko Karmila (I Worship Chaos, Halo Of Blood, Hatebreeder, Follow the Reaper & Hate Crew Deathroll) who recorded everything except keyboards and also produced the album with the band. Janne Wirman recorded keyboards at Beyond Abilities Studios. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.
For this album, the band enlisted Deins Forkas to create the album artwork. Bassist Henkka Blacksmith commented on the cover, “For some years already I have wanted to try a different approach with our cover art. We are so used to digital art so that is really hard to do something else. Doing it all the way with a computer is somewhat safe and convenient. This time we all agreed to try it old school. We found this cool dude and gave him simple instructions. The cover has to be purple and the reaper has to be central. Half a year later we got his work, and with a little tweaking, we have the cover of Hexed. It is very different from what we are used to, even the Reaper looks different, but at the same time very spooky.“
COB Tourdates: 2019: 13. – 16.06. A Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock 21.06. B Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting 03. – 06.07. D Ballenstedt – Rockharz Open Air 04. – 07.07. E Barcelona – Rock Fest 11. – 13.07. A Leoben – Area 53 Festival 09.08. UK Derby – Bloodstock Open Air
ABOUT CHILDREN OF BODOM Fully 20+ years into the tough, heroic grind that represents the lifeblood of extreme musicians – Finnish metal scientists CHILDREN OF BODOM have certainly won over crowds globally through a crafted alloy that is theirs alone. But the building of their esteemed career has also been aided and abetted by the simple maths of all that hard work and the intense touring. Their shows are widely acknowledged for being engaging, personable and energetic thrash parties – which inevitably end up indelibly stamped on the circuit boards of headbangers worldwide.
CHILDREN OF BODOM have incorporated many different musical styles into their celebrated sound, leading critics and fans to label them as melodic death metal, thrash metal, symphonic black metal, and neoclassical metal. Their enthralling mix of melodic hooks and instrumental acrobatics have solidified the band as one of the leading voices of music’s new generation.