Children Of BodomMarek Sabogal

Newly Exited Children Of Bodom Members: “We Couldn’t Find A Shared Viewpoint During These Last Few Years”


Children Of Bodom‘s bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith, their drummer Jaska Raatikainen and their keyboardist Janne Wirman all recently played their final show with the band earlier this month (see footage here.) The trio had announced ahead of time that they would be exiting the group.

Outside of the obvious reasons, their departure has left a question mark over the future of the outfit. While an initial statement confirmed that the band’s remaining members, vocalist/guitarist Alexi Laiho and guitarist/vocalist Daniel Freyberg, were planning to continue with a career in music, it was unclear as to if that would be under the Children Of Bodom moniker—or even together for that matter.

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Further confusion emerged soon after as rumors of the aforementioned departed trio owning the rights to the band’s trademarks surfaced. That situation would essentially leave Laiho and Freyberg having to license the rights from their former bandmates to continue on with the group.

In a new statement issued via the band’s social media earlier today, December 23rd, the three newly exited members set out to clear up the situation, here’s what they had to say:

“Dear fans,

2019 is coming to an end, so it’s a good time to take a look back before turning our gaze toward a new year. For us, 2019 was eventful, and a big part of that was playing our last COB gig in December.

We have received a lot of questions about what we’re going to do next and why we quit. Since this decision has sparked up a conversation and false rumors, we want to talk about why we ended up making it, one more time.

There is no argument behind the band’s name trademark or its use. We have a joint agreement. Alexi Laiho sold his share of the company and this meant that the three of us became owners of the COB brand. Although plans for our future are open, what is certain is that we will never do anything to disrespect this brand and the long career we’ve built together.

Also, we definitely want to set the record straight with the misconception that we quit because we have families or wanted to retire. Music is our profession and our lives, and all our families know that. They are proud of what we do, and they completely have our back. It should also go without saying that we as individuals are not retiring.

Success brings with it the responsibility to take a stand on decisions unrelated to music as well. These decisions were very difficult for us. We were five band members, each with their own roles, but we couldn’t find a shared viewpoint during these last few years.

The reason for writing this is not to point fingers but to clear things up. We are and always will be proud of what COB achieved together.

Happy holidays and best wishes for 2020!

Henkka, Janne and Jaska