Ask young Europeans to name a metal band, and Rammstein is often the first name that comes to mind. But even if the German group is breaking the genre’s sales records, they didn’t come out of Europe’s largest metalhead factory: Scandinavia.
While Germany can boast just 122 metal bands per 1 million inhabitants, Finland counts 630 such acts. Sweden and Norway have 428 and 299 respectively – that’s still more than twice as much screaming as the Germans. Only the Greeks can hold a candle to the great black north, with 162 bands per million citizens. Here’s a little taste of one of them.