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.