started out in 1993 and released all of their demos as Inearthed. The band faked a split-up and changed their name to Children of Bodom just before the release of "Something Wild" to escape from a record deal with a smaller label (perceived by the band as a "rip-off" ) in order to sign for Spinefarm.
Children of Bodom acquired their name from a legendary murder that took place in Finland at Lake Bodom. When four teens went camping at Lake Bodom in 1960, three of them were stabbed to death in the middle of the night, and the man who survived, Nils Gustafsson, went insane and was committed to an asylum. He said he saw the Grim Reaper. In 2004 the Finnish Police arrested Nils Gustafsson, who was assumed to be the killer. However, there wasn't enough proof against him, so he was acquitted, and the case remains still unsolved. The Grim Reaper is Children of Bodom's mascot and has appeared on all of their album covers to date.
Alexander Kuoppala left the band in 2003 in an attempt to be free of the lifestyle he was living, saying by having no fun he was 'robbing the band of potential'. He was replaced by one of Alexi's idols (Roope Latvala of the legendary thrash group Stone), and the tours continue today.
Trivia: The Grim Reaper mascot Children of Bodom featured on the album covers is jokingly named Roy.
After the release of Something Wild, Alexi Laiho attempted to commit suicide with sleeping pills. He spent a week in coma before being revived.
Erna Siikavirta filled in on tour in 1998 because Janne Warman had not yet finished his schooling.
Despite what you may hear, Children of Bodom have never covered either Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" or Europe's "The Final Countdown." The former was done most famously by Sentenced and the latter by both Dispatched and Norther.
Children Of Bodom Live in Seoul (Audio Bootleg) (2001)