CHILDREN OF BODOM Drummer JASKA RAATIKAINEN On Touring Europe Following Paris Terrorist Attacks - "People Thought It Was Great That We Would Continue"

Music Interview Corner caught up with Children Of Bodom drummer Jaska Raatikainen prior to the band´s concert in Helsinki, Finland on December 3rd. Jaska discusses the importance of touring after the Paris terrorist attacks in November, the band’s new album I Worship Chaos, and parenthood.

Children Of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho and keyboardist Janne Wirman recently spoke with Metal Hammer, looking back on the band’s 2003 album Hate Crew Deathroll. An excerpt from the interview is available below.

Alexi: “It was definitely the first album where we established our own style. We had found our own thing, what we are all about. But there were other factors involved too. It was promoted differently, promoted more in certain countries, so that affects a lot too.”

Janne: “And for us, being a small punk band from Finland, that was the first album we got to tour North America with, so that’s huge. I would think that even affects you if you’re a fan in Europe. ‘Oh, they’re touring the US now?’ It becomes a huge thing. I think we really found our style on that album. Then things started happening. That was still at the time when albums were selling, and record companies were really pushing things. It just happened at the right time, that we found our style.”

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Megadeth have announced that the North American leg of the Dystopia World Tour kicks off February 20th. Supporting Megadeth on the trek are Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom and Havok.

Tickets went on sale on December 11th) at

Tour dates:

20 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
21 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
23 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
26 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl
27 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
28 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
29 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield

5 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
6 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Resort
8 – Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre
9 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
10 – Moose Jaw, SK – Mosaic Place
13 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
15 – Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre
16 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
17 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
19 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
20 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
21 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
23 – Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center
24 – Quebec, QC – Centre Videotron
26 – Sioux Falls, SD – Badlands Pawn