Children Of Bodom‘s final concert, which happened on December 15, 2019 at the Black Box in Helsinki Ice Hall in Finland, will be released as “A Chapter Called… Children Of Bodom (Final Show In Helsinki Ice Hall 2019)”, on December 15, 2023 via Spinefarm.
Late Children Of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho’s estate have given their blessing for the release. The band’s lineup at the time of their split in 2019 featured Alexi Laiho (lead guitar, lead vocals), Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henkka Seppälä (bass), Janne Wirman (keyboard) and Daniel Freyberg (rhythm guitar).
It’s great to have that final show transformed into a live album. For those who attended, it’s a time travel back to that moment. And for those who didn’t, it’s an opportunity to experience how the chapter called Children Of Bodom was closed.
Needless to say that this night was very special. When ‘In Your Face‘ started, the reality hit me and I had to turn away from the audience ’cause I actually started crying. But the beauty is that the memories and Alexi’s music will live forever!
It felt surreal to be on that stage in Helsinki Ice Hall as I knew that I was probably not gonna play with the guys ever again nor get to perform for the amazing fans anymore. It felt sad but also somewhat relieving. It is great that the last show and its emotional rollercoaster can now be enjoyed by everyone who couldn’t make it to the show.
Raatikainen also spoke:
When I got on the stage, I felt calm, probably because I no longer felt the need to prove anything but to enjoy the music and the presence of all the fans. I was just so grateful to have been a part of all this, knowing that our music wouldn’t disappear even if we never ever played together again.
“A Chapter Called… Children Of Bodom (Final Show In Helsinki Ice Hall 2019)” track listing:
01. Under The Grass And Clover
02. Platitudes And Barren Words
03. In Your Face
04. Shovel Knockout
05. Bodom Beach Terror
06. Everytime I Die
07. Halo Of Blood
08. Are You Dead Yet?
10. I Worship Chaos
11. Angels Don’t Kill
12. Follow The Reaper
13. Deadnight Warrior
14. Needled 24/7
15. Hate Me
16. Hate Crew Deathroll
17. Lake Bodom