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Children of Bodom promise the classics 

Finnish power-metal heroes play the Halifax Forum

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After touring across the globe as the bassist for Finnish power-metal heroes Children of Bodom, it's surprising that travelling to the east coast of Canada still gets Henkka Seppälä stoked, even though he's been touring North America for nearly a month now.

"Last time we played in Halifax with Black Label was the first time ever, so it was kind of exotic," he says. "I'm excited to see that part of Canada in the summertime."

Hopefully the rain holds out. Although the group played here less than a year ago, Bodom returns with a plethora of new songs off its most recent effort, Relentless Reckless Forever.

Recorded in six weeks early last fall, Reckless is a more melodic record than previous efforts, while retaining the same virtuosic instrumentation and aggressive playing the group is known for.

The recording sessions pushed the band to the brink of insanity during their strenuous studio work, as the group brought in a producer for the first time to shake things up.

So Seppälä and his band did the next logical step to take some pressure off in the studio: record a Rick James cover.

"I think I can speak on behalf of everybody that during the recording sessions, especially for me, it's quite stressful. So here and there to interrupt the recording session by doing a cover is really refreshing," he says of their cover of "Party All the Time," which shows up on the deluxe edition of Reckless.

But even with the funk styling of Mr. James under their belt, that doesn't mean they'll be playing it live.

"I don't think we've done a cover live in probably 10 years now. We have a hard enough time building up a set list of our own songs," he jokes.

But after nearly two decades as a band, that group has an extensive back catalogue to pull from, and although their July 21 concert at the Forum is in support of their new album, Seppälä promises to play the classics as well.

"We've all been metal fans from being very small kids, so we know what it's like to see your favourite band," he says. "You want to hear everything."

Just don't count on a Rick James cover.

Children of Bodom w/Obscura, Orchid’s Curse, A Sight for Sewn Eyes, Last Call Chernobyl, Thursday, July 21, 6:30pm, Halifax Forum Multi-Purpose Centre, 2901 Windsor Street, $32.50 adv/$37.50 door, 888-311-9090,


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