Capital of metal

Which city is the Capital of Metal?

Finland is the heavy metal country, with more than 50 metal bands for every 100,000 people. That’s more metal bands per capita than anywhere else in the known universe. But which Finnish city has the most metal bands?

Tag your band on the map and let's find the Capital of Metal!

Could this be the Capital of Metal?

Antti "Hyrde" Hyyrynen from Stam1na travels around Finland to see how metal Finnish cities really are. Our Japanese correspondent Masami "Mr. Perkele" Tsubaki gives points. Watch all videos >

Why is Finland the heavy metal country?

It's not only the fact that we've got the most metal bands per capita. It's so much more. But don't believe us, why don't you see what Barack Obama and Megadeth have to say. View the evidence >

Win a trip and VIP tickets to Tuska Festival in Helsinki

Which Finnish metal bands do you like the most? Hit "like" in support of your favourites and win a trip for two to Tuska Festival. Browse the bands > 


Get a Capital of Metal T-shirt and show your hometown colours with these limited edition styles. This may be the only T-shirt you'll need. Get the gear >

So, what's the latest on the Finnish metal front?

For headbanging out to the hits and checking out the latest additions to the Finnish metal supply, here's a playlist for your enjoyment. To the playlist >

You like it? You buy it

Sometimes you just need that physical connection to a recording. It's an all-you-can-buy buffet of Finnish metal at Record Shop X. And tagging your band or supporting your favourites may get you a gift card. Let's shop >

World metal density

Finland is the most metal infested country in the world. A true metal nation. There's more than 50 bands for every 100,000 inhabitants. But what does that look like and how does your country rank? Examine the map >

Expressing our love of metal

How about doing it with the Finland emojis! It was the Finns who invented text messages and consumer text messaging, so you better be sure Finns also introduced heavy metal emojis into the mix. To the emojis >