Which countries lead the world in heavy metal bands per capita?
Not surprisingly--well, not surprising if you know anything about metal--the Nordic countries lead the way, with Finland way out in front at 54.3 metal bands per 100,000 people, Sweden next at 37.3. I was just a bit surprised by the details. I would have guessed Norway first, then Finland or Sweden, but that's confusing notoriety with numbers, Norway being the birthplace of extreme forms such as death metal.
So let's have a little Finnish metal. This is a band called Amorphis who have produced a series of albums comprised of songs based on episodes of the Kalevala, which I recently started reading. I haven't gotten very far in it, but I believe this is the voice of Lemminkäinen's mother as she begins to search a dark river for her drowned son. The lyrics can be found here--scroll down to "Silent Waters."