Feb 242012

I guess this map won’t surprise many people.  We published more granular statistics about this phenomenon in a post way back in April 2010 called “Geekery In the Discordance”, reporting on the results of a calculation that counted the number of metal bands by country, as listed in Metal Archives, and then divided them by the total population of each country. That count included inactive bands, and so we found a way to sort the data by limiting them to active bands, and the results were very similar. Most active metal bands per million people:

No. 1:  Finland

No. 2:  Sweden

No. 3:  Norway

I haven’t gone back to see if the numbers have changed in the last two years, though I’d be surprised if they have.  Doesn’t look like they have based on the map.  One interesting thing I noticed about that map is that if you look closely, Iceland looks pretty red, too.

Thanks to BlashyrkhBloggen for posting the map on Facebook and to Angry Metal Guy for re-posting it. And speaking of Angry Metal Guy . . .

He’s just started streaming a song called “Haire Pneuma Skoteino” by a Greek band called Hail Spirit Noir that’s really different and really good. Psychedelic black prog, or something like that. Go to AMG here and read more about this. Check it out:

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/37682274″ iframe=”true” /]

Very cool album art, too:


  1. That Hail Spirit Noir song tickled my giblets in just the right way, sufficiently that I’m willing to overlook the fact that they appear to have used the Chiller font (you know, that crappy horror-es

    • Whoops. I seem to have submitted before finishing my post. Message continues:

      que font that comes pre-packaged with Windows), which I hate almost as much as Comic Sans and slightly more than Papyrus.

      • I’m clearly font-ignorant. As a Mac loyalist, I have to say that using anything that comes pre-packaged with Windows is just asking for trouble — though forgivable in this case because the song is so fascinating and the rest of the album art is cool, too.

  2. BOOYA

  3. This Hail Spirit Noir is PHENOMENAL!!!!!!

    Don’t let it sit buried in a post, give it it’s own separate post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I have no idea how ,my last post ended up looking like that. LOL

  5. I have no idea how my last post ended up looking like that. LOL

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>



This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.