Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have recruited Antti Wirman (pictured), the brother of the band's keyboardist Janne Wirman, to handle second-guitar duties for their upcoming shows.
Antti, who has been a member of Janne's band WARMEN since 2001, made his live debut with CHILDREN OF BODOM last night (Saturday, May 30) when the group played a surprise six-song set at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.
CHILDREN OF BODOM's first official concert with Antti will take place on Thursday, June 4 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
CHILDREN OF BODOM last week announced the departure of the band's guitarist of the past decade, Roope Latvala. The band explained in a statement: "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 twelve years of our lives with him. [We] hope [the fans] 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!"
CHILDREN OF BODOM's new CD is due later in the year via Nuclear Blast.