Children of Bodom to release ‘Hexed’ in March

Posted by on November 28, 2018

Children of Bodom have announced their tenth studio album Hexed will be released on March 8th, 2019 via Nuclear Blast. The group returned to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios with Mikko Karmila (I Worship Chaos, Halo of Blood, Hatebreeder etc..) to record and produce the album. However, Janne Wirman recorded the keyboards at Beyond Abilities Studios while the follow-up to 2015’s I Worship Chaos was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki.

The group’s mastermind Alexi Laiho expressed his excitement:

“People have said that the album is generally catchier. So I started thinking about that, perhaps the song structures are easier to grasp on initial listen. But there’s some crazy shit in there, almost progressive or at least technical. There are certain melodies across the album that could have come from jazz songs, although they’re completely metal with us, of course (laughs). “

Bassist Henkka Blacksmith added:

“For me, it has always been very hard to describe our new music. In a way it always feels familiar, but the new stuff also always surprises me. Here we have something that’s very Bodom, but somehow we haven’t done this kind of stuff maybe ever.  Then again, someone said that there’s somehow similar vibe to what Follow the Reaper had. I don’t know. Anyway, we had a really hard time choosing the songs for the two videos, I guess that’s a positive problem. “

Artwork was created by Deins Forkas as Blacksmith commented on the cover:

“For some years already I have wanted to try a different approach with our cover art.  We are so used to digital art so that is really hard to do something else. Doing it all the way with computer is somewhat safe and convenient. This time we all agreed to try it old school.  We found this cool dude and gave him simple instructions. The cover has to be purple and the reaper has to be central. Half a year later we got his work, and with little tweaking, we have the cover of Hexed.  It is very different from what we are used to, even the Reaper looks different, but at the same time very spooky. “

Pre-orders for Hexed will be available on December 7th. The group are also planning to return to the US sometime next spring.

Track List:

  1. The Road
  2. Under Grass and Clover
  3. Glass Houses
  4. Hecate’s Nightmare
  5. Kick in the Spleen
  6. Platitudes and Barren Words
  7. Hexed
  8. Relapse (The Nature of My Crime)
  9. Say Never Look Back
  10. Soon Departed
  11. Knuckleduster
  12. I Worship Chaos (live)
  13. Morrigan (live)
  14. Knuckleduster (remix)



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