Skip navigation
No more
Know more

You can probably guess where the heavy metal capital of the world is

You can probably guess where the heavy metal capital of the world is

This is a map of countries, colored by the number of metal bands per capita they have. Scandinavia, in case you were not aware, is really into metal. Like, arguably too into metal, or too into metal-associated church arsons in any case.

Relatedly, it’s straight up embarrassing that Norway, whose black metal scene is completely terrifying, has fewer bands per capita than Sweden or Finland. C’mon, guys. You have a totally messed up reputation to uphold.

Click “Know More” to read Sasha Frere-Jones on Liturgy, Wolves in the Throne Room, and other American black metal bands that are moving the genre beyond its murder-y past. Hat-tip to J. Freedom du Lac.

Dylan Matthews | December 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm
Know more: The Dark Arts
No more
Know more
America’s fracking debate, mapped
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Obscenely rich Americans are driving global lion hunting
Ana Swanson
ADVERTISEMENT
No more
Know more
One mind-blowing map about the world’s population
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
World leaders, mapped by hair color
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
A literary guide to the American road trip
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
The U.S. has experienced, on average, one mass shooting per day this year
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
How satellite photos reveal the secrets of the global economy
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Why time really does seem to go faster as you get older
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
A surprising chart shows just how much women outlive men
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Map: Which states could legalize marijuana next
Ana Swanson