It’s been 26 months since the metal community was shocked to learn of guitar master and Children Of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho’s untimely death. In the time that’s passed the surviving members of the band have worked to honor their fallen bandmate’s legacy, as well as the band’s legacy, through various actions in and around their hometown of Espoo, Finland.
Last October, the band opened a retrospective photo exhibition in collaboration with Alexi Laiho’s estate that focused on the band’s career, titled “Strikes And Gutters, Ups And Downs” at the Espoo Cultural Center. Included in the displayed pieces were photos that marked key moments in the band’s history, including playing Wacken Open Air in 2018, as well as numerous candid live photos.
Prints of the images that were shown in the exhibit are currently up for sale, with each one coming with a numbered certificate signed by the band’s surviving members drummer Jaska Raatikainen, bassist Henri “Henkka T. Blacksmith” Seppälä, keyboardist Janne Wirman, as well as Alexi’s sister Anna.
For those that couldn’t make it to Finland to visit the exhibition in person, the entire thing as it was set up last year is available for viewing in a virtual exhibition over on the official website.
As for the actual photos themselves, the band has since taken them and has them on display at the Bodom Bar & Sauna, a location that not only offers drinks and a place to relax, but also serves as a sort of museum to the band’s legacy.
Last month, the band also released their first official book that they said “tells the story of Children of Bodom in our own words and includes lots of photographs – many never published before – from our own collections.”
While it’s never not going to be sad to realize Alexi Laiho’s gone, it’s great to know the remaining band members are working to keep the dream alive for so many fans. You can check out the walk through of their photo gallery below.
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