torstai 10. syyskuuta 2009

On the road again ... and COB hit the ground running

In the run-up to the band's departure from Helsinki to Buenos Aires, there had been an exhausting round of preparations that included numerous trips to various embassies to get the necessary visas; innoculations (and their after-effects) to be suffered; shipping documents for the backline to be obtained. It all got done, of course, and on departure day itself, after a very early morning start to the airport to get all their gear checked in, there was just the monotony of a 13-hour flight to be got through. But, as sound tech K-Man describes in his latest blog entry, things livened up maybe just a bit too much towards the end of the journey, with some hardcore tubulence that sent food, drinks and even the stewardess flying.

September 8th, and 7806 Av Rivadavia was the place to be when the final countdown of Children Of Bodom's tour for their best-selling latest album, Blooddrunk, kicked off at Teatro Flores. A rather chilly evening in Buenos Aires but the heat was turned up to eleven inside the venue as the assembled crowd left no-one in any doubt about how much they welcomed the band's return to South America after five long years.

The headlining show included songs from all of the band's six studio albums (see pic of setlist, with thanks to K-Man), with Bed Of Razors and Hate Crew Deathroll enthusiastically-received encores.

This was the first date of the tour that will keep the band on the road until October 24, with shows in South America, North America, the Far East and Russia, and it seems they have set the bar pretty high from the get-go: K-Man: "the crowd in Buenos Aires was off the hook - great fucking show".

tiistai 1. syyskuuta 2009


For whatever reason, on August 27th, the Children Of Bodom fan site, Scythes Of Bodom, was taken down.

In the absence of any other explanation, this appears to have been a Random Act of Petulant Extirpation that took COB fans completely by surprise, and even the SOB 'slaves'/volunteers who contributed to the site were totally unaware of its impending demise (although the fact that no news or updates had been added to the site for several months ought to have aroused concerns).

The site, which was originally conceived back in 2002, was held in high esteem, and rightly so, by COB fans, for the veracity, depth and breadth of its content. The various sections of the main site included latest news and news archives, band members' biographies, discography, tour archives, interviews, guitar specifications, photographs, messageboard, and more, while the regularly updated Murder Archives catalogued, in an easily accessible A-Z format, all kinds of essential information for the hardcore COB follower, including a diary-style synopsis of each year's important events.

Quite simply, if it wasn't on SOB, it didn't happen, wasn't true or wasn't worth knowing.

But now, it's gone. We can only hope that all of the effort that went into building, developing and maintaining this much-loved resource and its content over the years has been preserved somewhere, and that maybe one day it will be resurrected, to return as enigmatically as it disappeared.