There's Something About Metal
Both a riotous journey and a poignant reflection on why heavy metal fills Finland's charts today
In Finland, metal music isn't just a sub culture, it's the mainstream. When monster rockers 'Baton Rogue Morgue', take us on a hilarious, white knuckle ride into their heavy metal lifestyle, we begin to understand why metal has such a grip on this nation.
Metal music has always been big in Finland but recently it's become a massive mainstream trend, and 20 000 Finnish flock to the Tuska Festival in Helsinki. "Nowadays, black metal bands don't have to sing about Satan", says Domino, gesturing to a church burnt down by a metal fan, "a lot of Scandinavian bands sing about nature, the coldness, the rawness of the land". Soon it's time for the band to move on: the beer has run out, the girls are gone... and it's back to their garage in the middle of the overbearing Finnish landscape. "The only thing that keeps me going is the music", Domino says, looking out the window at the 24 hour darkness, "yet if I went anywhere else, they wouldn't understand". For the band, being Finnish means being "extreme in all ways". That means getting a new tattoo every month, keeping their beards long and riding their Harley hard... "Do I look like a wanker?" asks singer Lee as the band pose for a photoshoot, "Always", retorts model, Annika. This amusing, action-packed journey just may bring us closer to the Finnish psyche than ever before. LEARN MORE.
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