Finland – land of saunas, midnight sunshine and some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes on earth. But, while Germany has for years been regarded as a kind of metal mecca, Finland is fast becoming recognised as the most heavy metal country on earth. A recent study of the demography of metal bands shows that, while the US boasts the most metal bands, Finland has the most per capita, with 1 metal band per 2,645 people. Compare that with, say, New Zealand, the country I reside in which happens to be of a similar size and geographic make-up, which has 31,247 people per metal band.
Finland are so metal even their president is a fan. Metal is played on commercial radio stations and in churches. Their kids listen to dinosaur-themed metal bands. This place sounds insane.
And what of the music? It’s good, my friends, it’s oh so good. Finland have produced some of the most successful metal bands of the last few years – the likes of Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Children of Bodom, Korpiklaani, Finntroll and Amorphis, as well as some amazing up-and-coming and underground acts like Beherit, Sentenced and Silentium.
And so, to honor this most metal of nations, I’m throwing a little Finnish Metal week extravaganza on the blog. They’ll be some reviews, some interviews, and some interesting metal discussion.