Children Of Bodom founding drummer Jaska Raatikainen, bassist Henri Seppälä, and keyboardist Janne Wirman have all announced they are leaving the band and their final show with the band will be on December 15th at the Black Box in Helsinki, Finland. According to a statement from the band, guitarists Alexi Laiho and Daniel Freyberg will continue on as Children Of Bodom.
The band said in a 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 and 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 lineup will be on the 15th of December at Helsinki Ice Hall. Tickets still remain for some of the Finnish shows in December.
“Alexi [Laiho, guitar/vocals] and Daniel [Freyberg, guitar] will have further announcements about their plans to keep creating new music in the future.
“Thanks again for everything.”
Keyboardist Janne Wirman, who is also the leader of his band WARMEN, said in a statement: “Dear all. It is time for me to end my career in COB. I want to thank all WARMEN fans for their support through the years. More news about new music coming soon!”
Upcoming CHILDREN OF BODOM shows in Finland:
Dec. 05 – Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjaamo
Dec. 06 – Oulu, Teatria
Dec. 07 – Tornio, Teatria
Dec. 10 – Helsinki, Tavastia (sold out)
Dec. 11 – Tampere, Pakkahuone
Dec. 12 – Turku, Logomo
Dec. 13 – Jyväskylä, Lutakko (sold out)
Dec. 14 – Jyväskylä, Lutakko (sold out)
Dec. 15 – Helsinki, Black Box
CHILDREN OF BODOM’s latest album, “Hexed”, came out in March via Nuclear Blast Records.