Finnish melodic death metal giants, Children of Bodom recently played their first show in India. Having released their latest album, Relentless Reckless Forever in 2011, they were the headlining act at The Great Indian October Fest held in Jayamahal Palace, Bangalore. WTS had the chance to meet and chat with them before their show at a press conference held at The Royal Orchid Hotel, a few hours before their show.
WTS: How does it feel to be playing in India for the first time?
Henkka: Its a nice feeling. This is our first time in Bangalore and its been a pleasant experience so far. We hope to take out some time and travel to places but lets see how far that works out!
WTS: How has your relationship with Spinefarm records been?
Janne: Its been good working with them. I mean we have been there for a while now and people know it as well. There have been no problems as such working with them.
WTS: Do you think your fans worldwide have received Relentless Reckless Forever well?
Alexi: Yeah I think they have! The fact that the album has done well says that our fans have liked it. We have sold over a 100,000 copies of that album worldwide and its nice to see our music do well globally.
WTS: After almost 20 years in the music business, would you say its more about the journey than the destination?
Henkka: (Laughs) Well there isnt really a destination; its all about the journey. We love making music and we will continue to do that. Everything that takes place while we do that is what makes the journey a lot more interesting.
WTS: What do you like to do when youre not performing with Children of Bodom?
Henkka: Back home? Well at the moment were writing new songs. Once we have something, well probably practice in the studio. When were not practicing or playing, we like to meet friends, go to the bar down the road, get a drink or just play some sport. We live a normal life back home.
WTS: Have you managed to listen to any metal act from India?
Alexi: To be honest, I dont know too many metal bands in India. I dont know where to start looking either but give me some CDs and Ill make sure I will.