Jaska Raatikainen

Children Of Bodom

Jaska Raatikainen

Bandname Children Of Bodom
Country Finland
Genre Metal
Product Configuration
  • a 22" x 18" Bass Drum (MMP2218BX/B)
  • b 10" x 7" Tom (RF1007T/C)
  • c 10" x 8" Tom (RF1008T/C)
  • d 12" x 8" Tom (RF1208T/C)
  • e 14" x 14" Floor Tom (RF1414F/C)
  • f 16" x 16" Floor Tom (RF1616F/C)
  • g 14" x 5" Snare Drum (RF1405S/C)



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Jaska Raatikainen born in 1979 in Espoo, Finland starting playing musical instruments at an early age. His first instrument was the piano, and during most of his childhood also played the French horn in a big band. It was only at the age of 12 that he began playing drums; he had his first double bass pedals before he owned a drum kit.When Jaska met Alexi Laiho at school in 1993, they realized that they had similar ideas and musical taste. Thus, they began playing together and idealizing the band which would one day become Children Of Bodom. Jaska played a vital role in the formation of the band, since he was the one who brought both Alexander Kuoppala and Janne “Warman” Wirman to their line-up. He is a quiet and reserved person who spends a lot of time by himself. Interviews with him are rare, and despite being one of the founding members, he lets Alexi (guitars and vocals) and Henkka Seppälä (bass) do most of the talking.He has also helped out quite a few bands when they needed a competent drummer, like playing on some of the Virtuocity and Evemaster albums and during Sinergy's 2000 European tour, he replaced Tonmi Lillman, who had injured his leg. The problem however was that this happened only three days before the start of the tour. Despite the high degree of difficulty, he managed to perform extremely well, and fans of both bands enjoyed seeing both Jaska and Alexi on stage together with Sinergy. On the Suicide By My Side album's booklet, the band wrote a dedicatory to Jaska for, on to their own words: "saving our tour". Next to this he’s done some clinics as well. This shows that Jaska is an absolute fantastic drummer and musician and able to play a lot more than “just” COB songs. What is there to say about Children Of Bodom that hasn’t been said yet? In the last ten or so years, the band that darted to international fame with their debut, 1997’s “Something Wild”, has gone from being “this amazing band from Finland” to a household name in the metal scene. And that, of course, is obvious given the intensity, sheer quality of their material and the flawless execution. Formed in 1993 and hailing from the city of Espoo, Finland, this young Finnish group, all school bodies since early childhood, took their name from one of the biggest murder mysteries in the history of their home town and Finnish crime: the murders at the Lake Bodom. After starting out as a trash-metal combo, the founding members Alexi Laiho (guitars and vocals), Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henkka Seppälä (bass) and Alexander Kuoppala (guitars) -in 2003 to be replaced by Roope Latvala- soon found elements of classic heavy metal creeping into their music. After taking in keyboardist Janne “Warman” Wirman to complete their line-up, they polished their combination of old school black metal, classic heavy, and death metal vocals into the sharpest instrument of its kind… A glorious mixture of heavy riffing, raw sounds, combined with monstrous technical metal acrobatics... their songs are fast, heavy, aggressive, catchy and versatile. The guitars shred everything in their wake with razor-sharp precision while Jaska’s rhythm section pounds away like the world is about to end. As a final coup de gracé come the keyboards of Janne Wirman, making sure the path of destruction is complete with the precision of a seasoned executioner on a killing spree.Most of their singles and albums went straight to number 1 on the Finnish charts and sold platinum and the whole Finnish metal scene was on its knees.Soon after their debut album COB was flying all over Europe… and it would only be a matter of time before the rest of the world would notice the HateCrew as well… playing sold out shows in Japan… the buzz around the band was reaching new heights.Especially after their through Universal Music worldwide released “Are You Dead Yet?” album in 2005, phenomenal success brought the world finally onto its knees, and the COB HateCrew’s relentless live shows were extreme hits throughout the globe. Always on the road… from headlining shows in the States and Europe all the way to sold out gigs in Japan and Australia.All this successful touring was followed by the release of the Children’s first live DVD – “Chaos Ridden Years – Stockholm Knockout Live” in 2006. The massive show filmed in Sweden, at the Arenan in Stockholm, and proved to be one of the most successful DVD releases in Finland, and certainly the most wanted live release of the year amongst metal fans! Thanks to their uncompromising attitude, they have fought their way over the years from the youth clubs of their original hometown to numerous, basically sold out headlining tours, and from articles in underground zines to the cover stories of major metal magazines. With these weapons at hand, COB will head for world domination and continue to wield their deadly scythe all over Europe, the States, Japan and beyond. Children Of Bodom have come a long way since their humble beginnings, and today stand tall in the all time extreme metal hall of fame, commanding the respect and awe of both fans and colleagues alike. Children Of Bodom have been hugely influential, but still, after many years down the road east and west alike, remain the leaders of the genre. It is not mere precision, but the metal-mad passion that makes COB unique in their craft.Spending most of their youth in a tour bus has not extinguished the band's drive to give 110% for their fans night after night. The HateCrew is on the road, crossing the globe left and right! So, be sure to catch Children Of Bodom tear it up live or check out the stunning Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout Live DVD to see why they consider their discography to be only a mere preview of their thunderous live act of jaw-dropping musical acrobacy and intense interaction between both fans and each other

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