Saturday, 19 November 2011
Heavy Metal for Kids
No, really. This is not a joke. Not in Finland at least.
Heavy metal is a music genre that has not been cool in most parts of the world for eons. In fact, some might call that type of music dinosaur rock, given that it has barely changed since bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple roamed the Earth, some 40 (million) years ago.
In Finland however, heavy metal is taken very, very seriously. This death- and horror-obsessed music is everywhere – there's nothing quite like sipping a beer in a Helsinki bar while listening to Iron Maiden’s classic “Bring your daughter to the slaughter” . Throughout the country, heavy metal's disciples are legion, unmistakable with their long hair and black attire accessorised by S&M paraphernalia.
Live and let live, I say. What happens between consenting adults is their business.
But should children be exposed to all this? Well it seems, Finns think it's OK.
Thanks to kid-friendly, all-dinosaur power metal group Hevisaurus, Finnish children can now be indoctrinated young. Of course the lyrics are adapted to the younger audiences, but the music is unmistakably heavy, and the dinosaurs wear the same S&M accessories and perform the same “Devil's Horn” hand-sign (all be it with fewer digits) as their older (?) counterparts.
It's no joke either: Hevisaurus have been hugely successful in Finland. Their first album, “Jurahevin kuninkaat” (“Kings of Jurassic Metal”), released in 2009, stayed in the charts for 10 weeks and reached the number 5 position.
With a whole new generation of disciples being groomed right now, it looks like heavy metal will live on in Finland for many decades to come.
Headbanging guitar solo anyone?
Posted by Telefinn at 15:50