After the foundation of Children Of Bodom back in 1993 in Espoo, Finland, the band has built a solid reputation as one of the best metal acts worldwide. The band's name refers back to the notorious Lake Bodom murders in 1960. To date Children Of Bodom has released seven full length albums including: Something Wild (1997), Hatebreeder (1999), Follow the Reaper (2000), Hate Crew Deathroll (2003), Are You Dead Yet? (2005), Blooddrunk (2008), a covers album entitled Skeletons in the Closet (2009), Reckless Relentless Forever (2011) and the recent best of album Holiday At Lake Bodom - 15 Years Of Wasted Youth.
With every subsequent album, the band has managed to improve and perfect their unique sound. Thus, they have built a pillar in the metal pantheon. Halo Of Blood is the band's highly anticipated eighth studio album. The 10-song set was recorded at Finland's Danger Johnny Studios (in a top secret, undisclosed location in Helsinki) with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked on the Hatebreeder (1999), Follow the Reaper (2001), and Hate Crew Deathroll (2003) albums. Halo Of Blood was produced by the band and Mikko Karmila. Keyboards were recorded by Janne Wirman and vocal production was done by Peter Tägtgren. Halo Of Blood was mixed at Finland’s famed Finnvox Studios.
Halo Of Blood's cover art was created by artist Sami Saramäki, known for his work on the classic COB records Follow the Reaper, Are You Dead Yet? and Hate Crew Deathroll. Bassist Henkka Blacksmith comments, "We wanted to have a winter scene. Somehow it fits well with the atmosphere of the music and the composing session. It could be Lake Bodom actually, frozen, with people trapped under the ice. Very Finnish looking scene."
Frontman Alexi Laiho, "Halo Of Blood is the eighth studio album from Children of Bodom. Musically, we've kept it fresh and new while still maintaining the elements that make COB's sound so recognizable. This new album has both the fastest and the slowest songs we've ever made and lyrically, there are themes we've never touched on before. Prepare yourselves for ten tracks of pure Nordic metal!"