Posted on: March 19, 2013 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Finnish heavy metal superstars CHILDREN OF BODOM (aka COB) have set Halo of Blood as the title of their eagerly anticipated eighth studio album, set for a June 11 North American release via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, CHILDREN OF BODOM unveils Halo of Blood‘s cover art, created by artist Sam Saramäki, known for his work on the classic COB records Follow the Reaper, Are You Dead Yet? and Hate Crew Deathroll.

CHILDREN OF BODOM recorded Halo of Blood in Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios (located at a top secret, undisclosed location in Helsinki) with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their earlier albums Hatebreeder, Follow the Reaper and Hate Crew Deathroll and producer Peter Tägtgren (Marduk, Amon Amarth) who oversaw production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album will be mixed at Finnvox Studios.

CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman and international guitar hero Alexi “Wildchild” Laiho comments, “Halo Of Blood is the eighth studio album from Children of Bodom. Musically, we’ve kept it fresh and new while still maintaining the elements that make COB’s sound so recognizable. This new album has both the fastest and the slowest songs we’ve ever made and lyrically, there are themes we’ve never touched on before. Prepare yourselves for ten tracks of pure Nordic metal!”

Halo Of Blood track listing:

1.) Waste of Skin
2.) Halo of Blood
3.) Scream for Silence
4.) Transference
5.) Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6.) The Days are Numbered
7.) Dead Man’s Hand on You
8.) Damage Beyond Repair
9.) All Twisted
10.) One Bottle and a Knee Deep

In support of Halo of Blood, CHILDREN OF BODOM will tour North America alongside Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Amon Amarth and more as one of the featured acts at the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Set to launch June 29 in San Bernardino, California, the five week trek will run through August 4 in Dallas, TX. The just-announced itinerary for the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is as follows:

2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival:
     June 29     San Bernardino, CA          San Manuel Amphitheater
     June 30     Mountain View, CA           Shoreline Amphitheater
     July 2        Nampa, ID                       Idaho Center Amphitheater
     July 3        Auburn, WA                     White River Amphitheater
     July 5        Phoenix, AZ                     Desert Sky Pavilion
     July 6        Albuquerque, NM              Isleta Amphitheater
     July 7        Englewood, CO                 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
     July 10      Toronto, ON                      Molson Canadian Amphitheater
     July 12      Burgettstown, PA              First Niagara Pavilion
     July 13      Camden, NJ                     Susquehana Bank Center
     July 14      Darien Center, NY             Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
     July 16      Mansfield, MA                   Comcast Center
     July 17      Bangor, ME                       Bangor Waterfront
     July 19      Scranton, PA                    Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
     July 20      Saratoga Springs, NY        Saratoga Performing Arts Center
     July 21      Hartford, CT                       The Comcast Theatre
     July 23      Holmdel, NJ                       PNC Bank Arts Center
     July 24      Bristow, VA                       Jiffy Lube Live
     July 26      Noblesville, IN                    Klipsch Music Center
     July 27      Tinley Park, IL                    First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
     July 28      Clarkson, MI                      DTE Energy Music Theatre
     July 30      Atlanta, GA                       Lakewood Amphitheater
     July 31      Tampa, FL                        1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheater
     August 2   Austin, TX                          Tower Amphitheater
     August 3   Woodlands, TX                   Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
     August 4   Dallas, TX                          Gexa Energy Pavilion


CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s enthralling mix of modern heavy metal, melodic hooks and the instrumental acrobatics have solidified the critically acclaimed Finnish band as one of the most revered hard rock acts in the world and one of the leading voices of metal’s new generation.  The group’s superstar frontman / guitarist Alexi “Wildchild” Laiho is known worldwide for his ambitious guitar playing and was named “Best Metal Guitarist” by the readers of Guitar WorldCHILDREN OF BODOM has been called “technically dazzling” by the New York Times and “One of the most talented metal bands of our time” by VICE. 15 years into its career, COB continues to grow its ever-expanding fan base via supercharged live shows that have also made fans of some of hard rock’s biggest names. The band’s name is derived from the infamous Lake Bodom murders, which took place in Finland in 1960.

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