Although often overshadowed by lead guitarist and frontman Alexi Laiho in Children of Bodom, Roope Latvala remains a pioneer in Finnish thrash metal, actually cited by Laiho as one of his main influences.
Latvala was born on June 25, 1970 in Helsinki, Finland, and he began playing guitar at the age of 13. Within two years, in 1985, he and Janne Joutsenniemi founded the now legendary Finnish band "Stone." Over the next six years, Stone recorded four studio works, as well as releasing live and compilation recordings. After the group disbanded in 1991, Latvala recorded an instrumental album with his brother entitled "Latvala Bros." Afterwards, Latvala participated in numerous side projects, including Dementia, Nomicon, Pornonorsu, Jailbreakers, Gloomy Grim, Soulgrind, and others. Eventually, he settled down with the band Waltari, and stayed with the group for the next six years.
In 2001, Latvala joined Kimberly Goss's band "Sinergy," where he met the young Finnish guitarist Alexi Laiho (also of Children of Bodom fame). When Alexander Kuoppala, Bodom's rhythm guitarist, left the band in 2003, Laiho asked Latvala to fill in. Roope was the one musician that Bodom knew could step in with such short notice and learn the necessary material before the next show, less than a month away. After playing the show successfully, Latvala continued to play with COB, and Laiho soon asked him to become the new, permanent rhythm guitarist.
Latvala currently remains an active member of both Sinergy and Children of Bodom.
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