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Best Metal Bands from Finland

15 Best Metal Bands from Finland

Best Metal Bands from FinlandIt’s not often that the subject of heavy metal is raised in speeches by heads of state – certainly not often enough by our reckoning – the head of state in question was none other than U.S. President Obama. Though it should perhaps come as no surprise that the comments were not in relation to his own country but that of Finnish president Sauli Niinistö, his visit to the White House prompting the somewhat humorous observation; “Finland has perhaps the most heavy metal bands in the world per capita and also ranks high on good governance – I don’t know if there’s any correlation there”...

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Power Metal

POWER METAL (1976-present)

Power Metal is a sub-genre of Heavy Metal combining characteristics of traditional metal with speed metal, often within symphonic context. Generally, Power Metal is characterized by a more uplifting sound, in contrast to the heaviness and dissonance prevalent in styles such as Doom Metal and Death Metal. Power Metal bands usually have anthem-like songs with fantasy-based subject matter and strong choruses, thus creating a theatrical, dramatic and emotionally “powerful” sound.

Power MetalThe term was first used in the middle of the ’80s and refers to two different but related styles : the first pioneered and largely practiced in North America with a harder sound similar to Speed Metal, and a later more widespread and popular style based in Europe (especially Scandinavia, Ger...

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