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There is this "coming together" -- convergence -- of great musical styles and attitudes ... that seems to lead a parallel life to "metal proper" ... as in sweaty, over the hills and far away rock'n'roll, most like what you find in the thrash genre I suppose ... but also related to death, black, doom, whatever. Make no mistake about it: This is club music ... not ever meant to be recorsded and distributed like that ... such as for instance Doctor Feelgood:

 

This thing has of course "always" been around ... as a little of that pumping rhythms to get the beer sales going ... as in the bar circuit, the less than noble tour guide through some really nasty -- but very real -- territory. They will pay whatever band a fistful of cash to carry the night. That how "proper pub rock" came to be.

The Scandinavian scene has always been very "rock" oriented. Nothing short of properly losing you mind will do. Just look at the drinking habits. Also. look at what are the most metal countries in this world. There is Finland, Sweden and Norway ... way above the rest. What does that mean? I don't know. But I find it hard to not associate it with the general level of public freedom to be however crazy that they are, just rock out with you cock out ... and let glorious Monday handle the fallout. However much of a regret. Many say that Finland is the first country in the world to have reached a stage of evolution where metal is the dominant, mainstream form of music. Sweden and Norwayb aren't far behind. Can it be the water?

Informed people will know that Shagrath -- singer in Dimmu Borgir -- is handling the guitar in this band. It's about RAWK of course ... the Scandinavian staple. They may make money from various symphonic black metal fans ... but the real love is RAWK. They like that uncompromising, in your face attitude music. Which is why there are many such hybrids:

 

Observant people may recognise several quite famous metal musicians in this video. Why are they doing it? Because this type of music gives them pleasure. It's fun. They do it because they like it. Everybody wants to kiss the edge, so to speak, in the greater punk'n'roll circus ... whatever this amounts to in terms of personal experience and testimony.

 

 

Be that as it may, the big honcho in Scandinavian RAWK is of course Turbonegro. They call the shots. Nuff said. 

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