December 8, 2011

My piece on the Philippine leg of the Ugly World Tour of excellent Finnish metal band Children of Bodom is now up on

Despite my friend dressing up in a red t-shirt that had him sticking out like a menstrual stain in a sea of white we enjoyed ourselves immensely, sadly sans mosh pit in the Gen Add area. It is a thing of beauty to watch the Wild Child shred the shit out of his flying V.

You can check out the full article HERE Excerpts follow below.

A dose of extreme metal with Children of Bodom

KARL R. DE MESA December 8, 2011 2:10pm
Behold Alexi Laiho as his fingers set fire to his ESP Flying V Scythe.
Inheritor of the virtuoso spirit, arguably the Randy Rhoads of modern heavy music and the missing link between Eddie Van Halen and extreme metal, Laiho isn’t just a guitar wizard. To top it off he also sings, and screams, and mimics a pretty good Cookie Monster growl.
The frontman of Children of Bodom (COB) has been named “Best Metal Guitarist” by Guitar World and COB itself has been dubbed “technically dazzling” by the New York Times. Laiho’s nickname is “The Wild Child,” and tonight I get to see why, as he thrashes out scorching riffs within my spitting distance.
It’s a humid November 19 at the Amoranto Theater and I’m wearing the black shirt and torn shorts uniform like the other couple of hundred metalheads in attendance. Pulp Live and JBMusic Productions has brought the Finnish metal band to Manila for a one night only gig as part of the Asian leg of their Ugly World Tour, so here I am risking whiplash with the next generation of pimply headbangers.
Formed in 1993 in Espoo, Finland, COB has been variously dubbed as Tuonela metal (the Finnish press) and extreme metal (Laiho himself)–both vague terms that encompass their inclination for fusing elements of various heavy genres like progressive, black metal, thrash, melodic, and death metal. But wherever you pigeonhole them in, COB remains to be one of Finland’s best-selling artists of all time, at six full-length LPs recorded and released, and with more than 250,000 units sold in their native country alone.

The current line up of COB is Laiho on lead vocals and lead guitar, original drummer Jaska Raatikainen, Henkka Seppälä on bass, Janne Wirman on keyboards and synthesizers, and Roope Latvala as a fairly recent addition (2003) on rhythm guitar duties.

Continue reading HERE.

Photo from Spinefarm Records (Jussi Hyttinen)

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