Bodom After Midnight
After the chapter called Children Of Bodom was closed in December 2019 Alexi Laiho was facing a new kind of challenge. What went through the mind of the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who had been continually chosen as the best metal guitarist in the world by the readers’ and experts’ polls of various music magazines and websites? Laiho brushed the dust off his shoulders and revved up the engines. A new line-up or death!
Luckily, he wasn’t alone. Guitarist Daniel Freyberg crawled through the wreckage to join Laiho in his quest. Committing to a hard-working team was never a problem for him either. But two guitar players do not form a group. It was time to start thinking about who could handle the drums, bass and keyboards.
There were many high-level options to choose from but eventually the pieces to complete the puzzle were found. The drummer will be Waltteri Väyrynen who has been a member of Paradise Lost since 2015 whereas bass duties are handled by Mitja Toivonen of Santa Cruz fame. As a touring keyboardist, the quartet is joined by Lauri Salomaa.
And the name for the new line-up? It had been right under Alexi’s nose all along.
Let us introduce Bodom After Midnight who will play their first show at their hometurf, the Tuska Festival in Helsinki, on June 27th. Selected festival appearances will follow after which band starts to work on a new material .