Children Of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho may be forced to change the band’s name following the departure of founding drummer Jaska Raatikainen, bassist Henri Seppälä, and keyboardist Janne Wirman which was announced earlier this month. Their final show with the band will be on December 15th at the Black Box in Helsinki, Finland.
Following the departure news according to Finnish music magazine Soundi, it appears that the rights to the CHILDREN OF BODOM name are held by AA & Sewira Consulting Oy, the company owned by Raatikainen, Seppälä and Wirman. On June 28, they filed an application with the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland, and their application was subsequently granted for a five-year period starting on October 1. As a result, frontman Alex Laiho, isn’t authorized to use the band’s name without permission from Wirman, Raatikainen and Seppälä.
Laiho revealed that there had been tensions in the band:
“The original decision [to end the band in its current form] came when the other guys said they just couldn’t do it anymore,” he said. “There were family reasons for it. I respect their decision. I myself have a wife and stepdaughter in Australia, and my wife understands my lifestyle. I’m pretty much gone [most of the time], but always I come back and I give them my all. Nothing is more important to me.”
According to Laiho, things became worse after they performed in Russia last month.
“We fought a lot within the band, and I can honestly admit that those fights were mainly my fault,” he said. “They always started with some misunderstanding.”
Following the issues, Laiho admitted to Soundi that “it might not be a good idea” legally to continue with the CHILDREN OF BODOM name. “It may be that the name of our new lineup needs to be tweaked a bit in some direction. Or maybe it could be just BODOM or the name of one of our songs. But it must be a name that suggests that it is the same [group].”
Laiho is already working on the new line-up for the band, he and guitarist Daniel Freyberg have already chosen a new drummer and bassist, whom Laiho described to Soundi as “incredibly talented young guys who look very good on stage.” He also said that the new band will likely start gigging next spring. “The new lineup will be a fresher version of the current one,” he told Helsingin Sanomat.
Wirman told Soundi that he would not have anything further to say about BODOM‘s current status beyond what he and his bandmates already said in their joint statement.
“We will not comment further on this subject at this time,” he said. “More information will come once the gigs in Finland have been played.”
CHILDREN OF BODOM’s latest album, “Hexed”, came out in March via Nuclear Blast Records.