Former Children of Bodom Members Explain Why They Left the Band


Longtime Children of Bodom members Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henkka T. Blacksmith (bass), and Janne Wirman (keyboardist) all the band this year following one final show. When the trio’s impending departure was announced, the reason for the split was left somewhat vague, with a statement from the band saying only that “it is time for Henkka, Janne and Jaska to step back and change direction within their lives.” Later, it was reported that these three musicians actually owned the Children of Bodom brand, meaning remaining members Alexi Laiho (guitar/vocals) and Daniel Freyberg (guitar) might not be able to soldier on under the CoB banner.

Raatikainen, Blacksmith, and Wirman have now released a statement providing more details as to why they chose to leave Children of Bodom. They also take time to clear up some misconceptions about the issue of who legally has the right to the Bodom brand, although whether or not Laiho and Freyberg will be able to use the moniker remains unclear.

You can read the statement in full below.

“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”

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