Children of Bodom have announced that founding members Henkka Blacksmith (bass), Jaska Raatikainen (drums) and Jane Warman (keyboards) will be leaving the band by the end of the year, with the final show in the current lineup happening on December 15th. No explicit reason for the departure was given beyond changing direction in their lives, however with multiple members leaving at once, there is speculation at what is happening behind the scenes.
The full announcement reads:
“FINAL SHOW OF THE CURRENT CHILDREN OF BODOM LINE-UP AT THE BLACK BOX IN HELSINKI ON December 15th, 2019
Presales start on Monday November 4th 2019 at 09:00 Finnish time.
Finland’s perhaps best known metal act, Children Of Bodom, will be playing their final show with the current line-up this coming December. ”A Chapter Called Children Of Bodom” will take place at the Black Box in Helsinki Ice hall on December 15th. Below a statement from the band:
”It is with heavy hearts that we announce that 2019 will be the last for Children Of Bodom with this line-up.
After almost 25 years with Bodom, thousands of shows & 10 albums it is time for Henkka, Janne and Jaska to step back and change direction within their lives. All three will miss the fans and supporters in every city in every country the band ever played.
The last show of this line-up will be on the 15th of December at Helsinki Ice Hall. Tickets still remain for some of the Finnish shows in December.
Alexi And Daniel will have further announcements about their plans to keep creating new music in the future. Thanks again for everything – Children Of Bodom”
Children of Bodom’s most recent album, “Hexed”, was released earlier this year via Nuclear Blast Records.