Children Of BodomMarek Sabogal

Alexi Laiho May Run Into Legal Issues Continuing On As Children Of Bodom


The forthcoming departure of bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith, drummer Jaska Raatikainen and keyboardist Janne Wirman from Children Of Bodom could have some serious consequences for the band’s vocalist/guitarist Alexi Laiho and guitarist/vocalist Daniel Freyberg, should they plan to continue on with the group.

Soundi report that the band’s rights are held by AA & Sewira Consulting Oy, who are said to be owned by the aforementioned departing trio. They are also said to have been granted a five-year term on the rights as of October 01st of this year. As such, a deal would likely have to be struck to continue to use the band’s rights and trademarks going forward, with Laiho essentially licensing the name.

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It is unclear of Laiho‘s & Freyberg‘s own stakes in the name, as it often common practice for founding members of a band to enter into a partnership to split the proceeds. As we’ve seen in the past with the likes of with Static-X and Fear Factory, these arrangements of paying out no longer active members have a tendency to turn sour.

Blacksmith, Raatikainen and Wirman announced their upcoming departure from the group earlier this month. That official statement mentioned that Laiho and Freyberg had planned to release music in the future with more details still pending. As for the exiting trio, their final shows with the band will run as follows:

12/05 Seinäjoki, FIN – Rytmikorjaamo
12/06 Oulu, FIN – Teatria
12/07 Tornio, FIN – Teatria
12/10 Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia
12/11 Tampere, FIN – Pakkahuone
12/12 Turku, FIN – Logomo
12/13 Jyväskylä, FIN – Lutakko
12/14 Jyväskylä, FIN – Lutakko
12/15 Helsinki, FIN – Black Box (final show with current lineup)

[via Blabbermouth]

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