H. Seppälä - Children Of Bodom
A few hours before Children Of Bodom's gig in Stockholm, Sweden, Metal Covenant met up with bassplayer Henkka Seppälä. The band's flight had just arrived from Finland and the bassplayer himself looked like he just stepped out of bed.
Tobbe: We at Metal Covenant haven't talked to you for a while, so let's begin this with your latest album, Halo Of Blood. It's been a couple of months since its release; how do you see the fans' reaction and the response to the album thus far?
Tobbe: What do you think differs Halo Of Blood from your recent albums?
Tobbe: But still Children Of Bodom to 100 percent.
Tobbe: What do you do to not repeat yourselves from the recent albums?
Tobbe: This album perhaps have both your most brutal song ever, the title track, and also a mellow one, Dead Man's Hand On You. Was that intentional or did it just happen?
Tobbe: When you mentioned your first record, I was thinking about your keyboards. I mean, you have pretty loud keyboards in your music and still it's death metal. Was that intentional from the beginning or did you intend to have them in the background? Were you talking about that from early on?
Tobbe: Were you influenced by other Finnish bands?
Tobbe: Death metal is a kind of narrow space to play in. Maybe I should ask Alexi this, because he writes the songs. Don't you guys ever feel like doing something different, more mellow or even more brutal?
Tobbe: I mean, a lot of bands change, you know, and Children Of Bodom has pretty much been the same all throughout your career.
Tobbe: So in 10-15 years, you will pretty much be the same band?
Tobbe: You guys have been together for a long time, with very few lineup changes. It was 10 years since you had a lineup change. What's your secret?
Tobbe: Still, when you were young you were different persons. It was 16 years ago since you released your first album. You guys aren't old, but you were very young back then.
Tobbe: When you were 14-15 years old, did you have any goals for your music, or were you just playing?
Tobbe: When did you start playing?
Tobbe: You're obviously on tour right now and tonight is the first gig on this two month trek through Europe. So what are your plans for the remainder of this year and for 2014?
Tobbe: You've been playing live for a long time. How do you find your energy on stage and what drives you nowadays?
Tobbe: If your fanbase decreases and you will play in front of 100 people in the future; how will you respond to that?
Tobbe: When did you first realize that you could earn a buck by playing music?
Tobbe: When you're up on stage; which song is most fun to play?
Tobbe: So how much are you playing from the new album?
Tobbe: I wanna hear a lot of new stuff, because I've seen you many times before. I know many fans see this in a different way though.
Tobbe: Alexi (Laiho) was hospitalized last summer. Do you guys see things with a different perspective now?
Tobbe: Which is the best Children Of Bodom song? You can't name one from the new album.
Tobbe: Correct, because you would pick one off it.
Tobbe: Okay, the worst song then, or a song you don't like?
See also: review of the gig the same night