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Topic: Alexi Laiho dead
Posted By: adg211288
Subject: Alexi Laiho dead
Date Posted: 04 Jan 2021 at 3:10am
Press release from Napalm Records was just put out:

One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the front man of Children of Bodom, died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years.

Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded Children of Bodom in 1993, and the band was one of the most internationally acclaimed metal acts in Finland up until their very last farewell concert in December of 2019. Last year Alexi Laiho put together Bodom After Midnight, who recorded three songs and shot one music video, which will be released later on posthumously.

Besides Children of Bodom, Laiho was known for acts such as Warmen, Sinergy, Kylähullut and The Local Band. Awarded with a Metal Hammer Golden Gods and several other international prizes, the guitarist was also the main star, leading a group of one hundred guitar players at Helsinki Festival in 2015 in "100 Guitars From Hel" – a massive concert piece he composed.

"We are crushed by the sudden passing of our dear friend and band member. Words cannot describe this shock and the profound sadness that we feel", Daniel Freyberg, Mitja Toivonen and Waltteri Väyrynen from Bodom After Midnight state.

The talented guitarist and musician relished his roles as stepdad in his patchwork family, and as uncle and godfather. Especially during the last years, the important family ties brought a welcomed balance to his life and the active touring. Laiho was particularly close with his big sister, parents and his sister's daughter. Laiho's sister says:

"We are all absolutely shocked and devastated. We ask for privacy and understanding during these hard times. My little brother's funeral will take place privately."

Alexi Laiho will also be deeply missed by his family in Australia.

"Alexi was the most loving and magnificent husband and father. Our hearts are eternally broken", Kelli Wright-Laiho says.

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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 04 Jan 2021 at 7:24am
Very sad news.

Posted By: Pekka
Date Posted: 04 Jan 2021 at 7:54am
Very unexpected and sad, he seemed to be in a good place in many ways after a lot of trying times.

I heard Deadnight Warrior somewhere around 1997/98 and it was the first extreme metal song I liked, so he's had a big impact on my musical development.

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Posted By: LittleBig
Date Posted: 04 Jan 2021 at 7:55am
musicians dying so young is always shocking (to me)

Posted By: Pekka
Date Posted: 04 Jan 2021 at 11:50am
Bodom After Midnight gave a cover story interview in December for the Finnish rock mag Soundi, and when the session was ending Alexi had this to say:

"May I say one more thing? I'm insanely happy about Bodom After Midnight. These guys are just lethal on their instruments and nowadays they're also my very best friends. And we just recorded a total fucking killer of an EP and... Well, now I feel like going forward nothing's gonna stop us!" 

The title of the article is very loosely translated "Full speed ahead until we're dead and buried". It just came sooner than expected I guess.

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Posted By: Psydye
Date Posted: 05 Jan 2021 at 9:41pm
Just found about this myself! Such a shame..was a magnificent guitarist.

Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2021 at 9:37am
I used to listen to Children of Bodom around the time when Hate Crew Deathroll was their latest album, but I haven´t listened to every album since. There are some real gems in the early part of their dicography though. Especially Follow the Reaper. Very sad news indeed.

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Posted By: Tupan
Date Posted: 08 Jan 2021 at 12:35pm
Originally posted by LittleBig LittleBig wrote:

musicians dying so young is always shocking (to me)

Indeed. Cry

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