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Finnish Headbangers Surprised By New Album's Popularity

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Children of Bodom decided to take advantage of its homeland in making its sixth studio album, "Blooddrunk."

According to keyboardist Janne Wirman, the Finnish dark metal band "went to a studio which was in, like the middle of nowhere in the woods" during the summer to record, which he feels worked to the benefit of the project.

"There was nothing around there, so you just get to concentrate on your music and recording," explains Wirman, 29. We lived in that place (for), like, six weeks. It was really good for us; there were no bars or anything around to get you distracted from your recording process,

"That's something really different for us, and I think it really worked well with this."

It seems that fans noticed, too. "Blooddrunk" debuted at No. 1 in Finland but also bowed at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S. -- more than 150 places higher than its best showing before this.

"Yeah, we were surprised," Wirman notes. "We didn't expect anything like that. We've always had a pretty good live thing going on, but not much to speak of on the charts. So we're really happy with the way things are going."

Children of Bodom, Between the Buried and Me and Black Dahlia Murder perform Saturday (Oct. 4) at Clutch Cargo's, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

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