A taped live performance of Steve Vai's song "For the Love of God" (from the Passion and Warfare album) was especially influential in Alexi's decision to become a guitarist. He then began taking lessons at the Finnish Pop & Jazz Conservatory in order to study the instrument. At the conservatory he also studied the piano. The development of his playing style was heavily influenced by Stone's Roope Latvala (who many years later became his bandmate in Sinergy and then in Children of Bodom).
His vocal influences came mostly from Phil Anselmo (from Pantera) and Mille Petrozza (from Kreator). After taking part of an experimetal music band named T.O.L.K. with friends from the conservatory, Alexi founded in 1993 the death metal band IneartheD (which later became Children of Bodom) together with drummer Jaska Raatikainen and then-bassist Samuli Miettinen. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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