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Children of Bodom - Something Wild (1997)

Children of Bodom - Something Wild (1997)

Tracklist front / back album covers

1. "Deadnight Warrior"   3:22
2. "In the Shadows"   6:01
3. "Red Light in My Eyes, Pt 1"   4:28
4. "Red Light in My Eyes, Pt 2"   3:50
5. "Lake Bodom"   4:02
6. "The Nail"   6:18
7. "Touch Like Angel of Death"   7:57

Total length:   35:57

8. "Silent Scream" (Slayer cover)   3:17
9. "Don't Stop at the Top" (Scorpions cover)   3:24
10. "Mass Hypnosis" (Sepultura cover)   7:18

Spinefarm digipak reissue bonus tracks
8. "Children of Bodom (Original Single Version)"   5:10
9. "Mass Hypnosis" (Sepultura cover)   7:18

The songs "Touch Like Angel of Death" and "Mass Hypnosis" both each end at 4:05. Whichever song is the final track, after 1 minute and 55 seconds of silence, a short keyboard passage is played by Alexi and Alexander in unison. This track is officially known as "Coda" and samples a melody from the theme to Miami Vice. "Touch Like Angel of Death" contains an additional 40 seconds of silence after the hidden track.
The original pressing of the album has the band's original logo before the one used in subsequent releases, and contains an eighth track titled "Bruno the Pig", consisting simply of 10 seconds of silence.

Children of Bodom Band Members / Musicians

Alexi Laiho – lead guitar, vocals, songwriting, keyboards (on Miami Vice Theme)

Alexander Kuoppala – rhythm guitar, solo on "Red Light In My Eyes Pt 1", keyboards (on Miami Vice Theme)

Henkka Seppälä – bass

Janne Wirman – keyboards (on everything except Miami Vice Theme)

Jaska Raatikainen – drums

Produced by Anssi Kippo, Alexi Laiho, Jaska Raatikainen, and Children of Bodom
Recorded and mixed by Anssi Kippo
Assistant engineer – Jokke Ryhanen
Assistant mixing engineer – Pasi Karppa
Cover photo by Graham French
Band photography by Toni Harkonen
Cover artwork by Flo V. Schwarz (aka Flea Black)

Something Wild is the debut full-length album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, released in 1997 in Finland, and in 1998 worldwide. Upon release, the album was met with universal acclaim by music critics. In 2020, it was named one of the 20 best metal albums of 1997 by Metal Hammer magazine.

Children of Bodom was a Finnish melodic death metal band from Espoo. Formed in 1993 as Inearthed, the final line-up of the group upon their split in 2019 consisted of Alexi Laiho (lead guitar, lead vocals), Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henkka Seppälä (bass), Janne Wirman (keyboard), and Daniel Freyberg (rhythm guitar). The band released ten studio albums, two live albums, two EPs, two compilation albums and one DVD.

The band's third studio album, Follow the Reaper, was their first album to receive a gold certification in Finland, and subsequent studio albums acquired the same status. Their next four albums debuted at number one on the Finnish album charts, and have also seen chart positions on the United States Billboard 200. They are one of Finland's best selling artists of all time with more than 250,000 records sold there alone.

In 2019, Children of Bodom held their last concert in Helsinki named A Chapter Called Children of Bodom, before disbanding the band. Laiho and Freyberg carried on as Bodom After Midnight in 2020. Laiho, who was one of the founding members of Children of Bodom as well as the only main songwriter, died on 29 December 2020.

Children of Bodom Band Members / Musicians

Alexi Laiho – lead guitar, lead vocals (1993–2019), bass (1993–1994, 1995–1996), keyboards (1993–1996, 2019), rhythm guitar (1993–1996, 2003, 2015) (died 2020)

Jaska Raatikainen – drums (1993–2019), keyboards (1993–1996)

Henkka Seppälä – bass, backing vocals (1995–2019)

Janne Wirman – keyboards, backing vocals (1997–2019)

Daniel Freyberg – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2016–2019)

Bodom After Midnight lineup (2020–2021)

Alexi Laiho – lead guitar, lead vocals (died 2020)

Daniel Freyberg – rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Mitja Toivonen – bass, backing vocals

Waltteri Väyrynen – drums

Lauri Salomaa – keyboards, backing vocals (live member)

Samuli Miettinen – bass, backing vocals (1994–1995)

Jani Pirisjoki – keyboards, backing vocals (1994–1997), rhythm guitar (1994–1995)

Alexander Kuoppala – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1995–2003)

Roope Latvala – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2004–2015; live member 2003–2004)

Erna Siikavirta – keyboards (1998)

Kimberly Goss – keyboards, backing vocals (1998)

Netta Skog – accordion (guest 2015, 2016)

Antti Wirman – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2015)

Children of Bodom Discography Full
1997 Something Wild
1999 Hatebreeder
2000 Follow the Reaper
2003 Hate Crew Deathroll
2005 Are You Dead Yet?
2008 Blooddrunk
2011 Relentless Reckless Forever
2013 Halo of Blood
2015 I Worship Chaos
2019 Hexed

Live albums
1999 Tokyo Warhearts
2006 Chaos Ridden Years – Stockholm Knockout Live

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