During an interview with Finland’s Kaaos TV, bassist Mitja Toivonen revealed the band had plans for this summer, which were canceled due to COVID-19. Instead, they’ve been using quarantine to rehearse and work on new music.
“We had plans for the summer, and then it backfired [due to the coronavirus pandemic, like we know. It came pretty fast, and we had to figure out something else to do,” he said. “But then again, I’m not sure if necessarily, in our case, the kind of, let’s say, break before even starting was a bad thing, since we got more time to get together and get to know each other.”
He continued: “To be honest, it was still a band that, pretty much, Daniel and Alexi were the only guys who knew each other that well. So we had, like, an extended honeymoon before maybe now [starting] to [play] gigs. And I think that was a good thing, in a way, rather than throwing the whole band into the deep end of the Tuska festival and, ‘All right, guys. Knock yourselves out.'”
Talking about new material, he said “We’ve been practicing, of course. First, we had some catching up [to do], just to get a feel [for] how the band is gonna sound like and stuff,” said Toivonen, “And now, the state of mind is in a way that things have to move forward. So one thing that we’ve been really cautious is we don’t wanna be labeled as a cover band at the end. Even though the songs, they’re all written by Alexi, and they’re gonna be performed in the future as well — the old CHILDREN OF BODOM catalog. But the thing is also to keep the train rolling all the time. And we’re working on new material. Release dates, honestly, I cannot say, but as soon as we can get something done, we’re trying to get something released as fast as we can.”
Check out the interview below.
Laiho debuted Bodom After Midnight earlier this year. Children of Bodom called it quits last year due to creative differences.
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