Finland has more heavy metal bands per capita than any other country in the world.
Finland is the heavy metal country, with more than 53 metal bands for every 100,000 inhabitants – more than any other nation in the world.
But which Finnish city is the most metal metropolis? A website called Capital of Metal proposes to answer that question, or rather to let the bands and their fans provide the answer because they're the ones whose opinions matter. Finland might be the only country where metal music and its creators enjoy such a high level of appreciation, respect and, well, let's just say it out loud: love.
Bands are going online to add themselves to a map of Finland. They also get to tell the world about themselves and their hometowns, in their own words. The organizers, who include Helsinki's renowned Tuska Festival (the name can be translated as "agony"), Sony Music Finland, and music shops such as Musamaailma and Record Shop X, hope that between May 9 and June 20, 2018, as many as possible of Finland's thousands of metal bands will check-in and put themselves on the map.
Those thousands of groups, and heavy metal music in general, have incalculable hordes of fans throughout the land – and across the globe. Metal enthusiasts from all countries can visit the Capital of Metal website to "like" their favorites.
And there are prizes. When all is said and sung, winning the Capital of Metal title is about more than just bragging rights: that city gets its own stand at Tuska Festival, a prime opportunity to show the world why they won and cement the reputation of their municipality and its musicians. [Editor's note: The winner is the southeastern town of Lemi, with a population of 3,076 and 13 metal bands, meaning that there are 42.26 bands per a hypothetical 10,000 people. The runner-up, the eastern city of Joensuu, posted an impressive 177 bands, but with a population of 75,848, the number of bands per 10,000 people only reached 22.34.]
The bands who tagged the map entered a draw for music shop gift certificates, while the fans who frequent the site had a chance to win a trip for two to Tuska, complete with VIP access.