photo by Tør
Decibel magazine and other media outlets have reported a statement released by Napalm Records, which we then found in our own in-box this morning, that the veteran Finnish musician and vocalist Alexi Laiho passed away at home in Heklsinki sometime last week. No cause of death has been reported. Laiho was 41 years old.
For me, as for many others, this is very sad news. In my case, Laiho and Children of Bodom were one of the important gateways that led me into extreme metal. I came to the genre much later in life than many of the people who visit our site, and have spent the last 15 years or so catching up and riding the tide forward. COB were one of a handful of bands that made the music finally click in my head.
As a reflection of that, I wrote about COB often in the early years of NCS. One of those posts (but still not the earliest) was a feature about COB in an impromptu series I named Finland Tribute Week, which went on day after day and lasted far longer than a week. At that point, in December 2010, NCS was barely one year old. That feature included reminiscences about the COB live shows that I and the other two original NCS writers had witnessed in Seattle. And it also included a selection of COB songs that even then were “older” tracks, beginning with one that still has tremendous nostalgic value for me.
I’ve decided to put that same collection of songs here, in the same order. R.I.P. Alexi Laiho.