- It's been a very difficult day.

The musical careers of Tuomas Holopainen, Alexi Laiho, who died at the age of 44 and 41, went side by side in the same acceleration band in the late 1990s.

Nightwish and Laihon Children of Bodom recorded for the same record label, Spinefarm.

- Our debut albums were released about every month, Holopainen reminds IS.

Nightwish’s Angels Fall First and Children of Bodom’s Something Wild both hit stores in November 1997.

- It was maybe a half years, the kind of healthy competition.

It was considered that aha, now they have about a lot of gigs - and aha, now they are on the list about high.

And these were compared to their own gigs and chart rankings.

But it was nothing serious.

Already for the second record, we encouraged each other and were friends.

And no matter how good friends the bosses of their bands became: at the turn of the millennium, they spent a lot of time together.

- We also went on a holiday trip to Orlando together, Holopainen, known as a Disney fan, says.

Disneyworld is located in Orlando, Florida, USA.

- We were very close.

We were united by a passion for music, even a childlike passion.

Holopainen says that Laiho also visited him in Kitee.

It was easy for like-minded people to be together.

- We read Aku Ducks for hours and played board games.

It came up well.

But as sometimes happens in life, even good friends drifted into their own careers.

Both Nightwish and Children of Bodom grew into world-renowned bands.

There was more than enough rush.

Contact between Laiho and Holopainen decreased.

- There was no reason for that, but unfortunately not so much contact has been maintained in recent years, Holopainen says.

- A little cliché can be said that now in retrospect it is annoying.

Messages were last exchanged last spring when Alexi talked about his plans for Bodom After Midnight.

I wished for the tongs.

Memories remained.

- They are extremely warm.

He was a talented and nice guy.

-The last time messages were exchanged was last spring, when Alexi told about the plans of his band Bodom After Midnight, Holopainen says. Photo: Tuomas Selanne

Holopainen says he became friends with Laiho in the late 90's. Photo: Pete Aarre-Ahtio / IS

Alexi Laiho died at the age of 41. Photo: Seppo Kärki