Timeline of my exposure to Stam1na:
Dec. 8, 2010: During our Finland Tribute Week series more than a year ago, Stam1na was recommended to us in a comment. Stupidly, I didn’t check them out.
July 14, 2011: Finnish NCS reader jeimssi leaves a comment pushing Stam1na, with links to sample songs. I have a vague recollection of listening to one of them and planning to write about them. Something must have distracted me, because I didn’t.
Dec. 14, 2011: During the NCS year-end Listmania, our Finnish guest fireangel names two Stam1na songs to her list of favorites from 2011. She wrote: “Stam1na have a huge following in Finland; they were founded in 1996 and nowadays they are one of the biggest and best-selling metal acts. What I like about them is the mix of excellent musicianship, very obscure humour, and outspokenness regarding the protection of nature.”
Feb. 5, 2012: jeimssi takes a break from his compulsory military service to tell us in a comment that Stam1na are releasing a new album that he’s greatly anticipating. I follow up on that and discover that the new album, Nocebo, is being released in Finland tomorrow.
Feb. 6: Heavy Blog Is Heavy publishes a post about a new Stam1na video for the first single from the album, “Valtiaan uudet vaateet”, which is Finnish for “I’m about to get really fucked up”.
I watch the new video, and lose my shit.
At first, it was nothing special — more long-haired Finnish dudes windmilling while dishing out the hammering riffage and a damned catchy chorus melody. Then it got more interesting when satin-gloved hands undressed vocalist Antti Hyyrynen while he was performing. That’s not something you see everyday. I thought to myself, these dudes are livin’ right! But then the video just goes right off the rails.
As the video progresses, Hyyrynen is subjected to more and more vicious treatment — and he just just forges ahead. Must be that compulsory Finnish military training. Hardens up those Finnish metalheads so they can keep playing even while being undressed, drowned, beat up, and . . . well, you’ll see.
By the way, I have no fucking clue what the song title or the lyrics mean (Stam1na sing in Finnish). So if any Finnish readers can explain what the song is about and whether the lyrical content has anything to do with the video, we’d be grateful.