Rehearsal footage of Bodom After Midnight, the new band formed by former Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho, has been released. The video, posted by Waltteri Väyrynen to his Facebook page, shows the band playing Children of Bodom’s “Downfall” from over the drummer’s kit with the caption “Friday night rehearsal with the boyz! Anyone recognize the song.”
This is the first time we’ve seen Bodom After Midnight performing together before Laiho officially launches the band later this year.
Laiho has said that when he officially launches the band that he won’t shy away from playing Children of Bodom songs with them. In an interview with Finnish site Kaaos, he said (as translated from Finnish to English by Blabbermouth):
“We will be playing Children Of Bodom songs as that is what most of the audience want to hear. Those songs are written by me anyway, so I don’t see any reason why not to play them. There will be so-called ‘basic’ songs, but there are also plans to play one or two songs live which Children Of Bodom has never played so far and some songs which we haven’t played live in ages, so the setlist will be a good mix. We try to play as diverse a setlist as possible on each show.”
“I am really looking forward to getting up on this stage with this band. For me playing live is [a] big part of my life. Even though there hasn’t been that many months from the last show, it still feels like ages, and I miss playing.”
Children of Bodom dissolved in 2019 following the departure of drummer Jaska Raatikainen, bassist Henri “Henkka T. Blacksmith” Seppälä and keyboardist Janne Wirman. The three announced that they were the rightful owners of the Children of Bodom name in October, which left primary songwriter Laiho unable to use the name without permission. Children of Bodom played their final show together on December 15, 2019.
Laiho announced the Bodom After Midnight project in March. Named after the Children of Bodom song, the band is made up of Laiho, Väyrynen, ex-Children Of Bodom guitarist Daniel Freyberg, ex-Santa Cruz bassist Mitja Toivonen and touring keyboardist Lauri Salomaa. They were supposed to play their first show at the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland in June, but the festival has since been cancelled.