Finnish death metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have recently announced via Facebook that they have mutually parted ways with the guitarist Roope Latvala. The reason is not so clear but it’s great to know that there is no bad feelings between both sides! Here is the statement:

Dear COB Hatecrew, we need to share something with you at this point. Our friend, brother, and a guitar player for 12 years, Roope, is no longer with the band. As we parted ways with no bad blood, we wish him nothing but the best and thank him for allowing us to share the last 12 years of our lives with him. Hope you know that this will not affect the upcoming shows or the new album as we recorded it as a four piece and it is already mixed, mastered, heavy as shit and ready to go! Enough said, See you soon!

Furthermore, the band today has announced that ANTTI WIRMAN will play the summer shows as the guitarist as temporary replacement:

“We wanted to go with someone close to the band we can count on and who can nail these songs. Antti was the obvious choice”, says Antti’s older brother Janne Wirman. The band will continue with Antti at least until the Kuopiorock festival on August 1st. What happens after that remains still open.

(Photo credit: Timo Isoaho/Soundi)

All upcoming COBHC live dates:

June 4 – Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg (SWE)
June 6 – Laulurinne, Joensuu (FIN) w/ Nightwish
June 11 – Club A2, Saint Petersburg (RUS)
June 12 – Ray Just Arena, Moscow (RUS)
June 13 – Premio, Nizhniy Novogorod (RUS)
June 19 – Hellfest, Clisson (FRA)
June 20 – Den Atelier, Luxemburg (LUX)
June 21 – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel (BEL)
June 26 – Rock am Härtsfeldsee Festival, Dischingen (GER)
July 17 – Resurrection Fest, Viviero (SPA)
July 31 – Ratinan Stadion, Tampere (FIN) w/ Nightwish
August 01 – Kuopio Rockcock, Kuopio (FIN)
October 10 – Loud Park, Saitama (JAP)

Let’s wait and see!