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I'm posting a Finnish heavy metal video every day in June in support of the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. Longer explanation here.

Whew. Here we are at the end of this series. I hope you have discovered some music that you enjoyed, or at least been amused by the quantity and diversity of Finnish heavy metal. And that you'll consider voting for Helsinki as the site of the 2017 Worldcon!

I won't say I saved the best for last, but I saved a good one for last. Swallow the Sun are titans of the melodic death doom scene. This is "Descending Winters":

29th-Jun-2015 03:43 pm - Interesting observation
prattling
So, this is what my experience of loading and unloading my luggage from airplane overhead bins was like on my most recent trip: "Excuse me, ma'am, do you need help with your -- oh, clearly you don't." All my shoulder rehab still hasn't quite given me back 100% normal range of motion, but on sheer strength, I have clearly surpassed where I was pre-injury.

But this got me thinking: back when my shoulder injury was at its worst, people were generally very good about offering to help me when they saw me struggling with my luggage. (Although I also checked my bag more often - sometimes you just don't want to to put yourself in a position to rely on the kindness of strangers, especially strangers on airplanes, which are not an environment that brings out the best of human nature.)

But when I think further back, back to the days when I had very little upper body strength, it was very rare that anyone offered to help me with my luggage, even when I was visibly struggling with it. I somehow doubt that we've all just gotten nicer. I do kind of feel that since the airlines started putting bigger fees on checked luggage and more restrictions on carry ons, passengers have taken a more cooperative attitude towards getting everyone's bags stowed on planes. Or maybe it's just that I'm older now, and more plausibly look like someone who might need help?
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I'm posting a Finnish heavy metal video every day in June in support of the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. Longer explanation here.

Mirzadeh might be the first Finnish heavy metal band I ever heard. A few years back, when I decided I really wanted to broaden my knowledge of heavy metal outside of the U.S. and the U.K., I went and downloaded a bunch of free or cheap heavy metal compilations from various places. This was actually a terrible strategy for getting any kind of real overview of the international metal scene, especially since most of the compilations were just musical shovel-ware thrown together by record labels that wanted to get some promotion for their bands. But I did discover a few bands that stuck with me, Mirzadeh among them.

These guys need to work on their videos, though. Their first video featured the band wearing makeup and performing in the snow. This one features the band wearing makeup and performing on a green-screened mountain top. Not super original.

29th-Jun-2015 08:49 am - Back in...er, navy blue
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I'm back from a week of traveling. Spent a lovely few days up at Lake Tahoe with a large collection of Daniel's family. Did some hiking, caught up with what various cousins are doing. Younger Nephew had a bit of an unpleasant time culminating in an emergency appendectomy, but he's fine now.

Then Daniel and I flew to Minneapolis for the 4th Street Fantasy convention. 4th Street confirmed its place as my favorite small con that I'm not involved in running. And I got to spend time with some of my favorite people who I don't see very often. (And some of my favorite people who I actually do see fairly often, but, hey, flying halfway across the country and then having dinner with someone who lives an hour's drive away is just part of the SF Fandom experience. I've decided to stop feeling silly about it. Note that this is not the same thing as actually stopping feeling silly about it, but it's a necessary if not sufficient condition.)

I wore this T-shirt for the flight home, and so had the amusing experience of going through security and being approached by a TSA employee who said, "Okay, I have to stop you here: where can I get that T-shirt?" Heh. I swear, I get more compliments on that shirt than on any other t-shirts I own.
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I'm posting a Finnish heavy metal video every day in June in support of the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. Longer explanation here.

Turisas produce some of the weirdest videos I've seen - and I have seen a lot of weird videos in the course of this series. It was tough to pick just one to post, but I settled on this cover of "Rasputin".

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I'm posting a Finnish heavy metal video every day in June in support of the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. Longer explanation here.

Today's entry is by Sentenced, a band that broke up about a decade ago, but are still very fondly remembered. This is a fan made video, but I don't think this song ever got an official video, so what the heck.

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I'm posting a Finnish heavy metal video every day in June in support of the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. Longer explanation here.

Today's video is "Location Cold" by Catamenia, and as fits the title, the video mostly features members of the band walking through the snow.

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I'm posting a Finnish heavy metal video every day in June in support of the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. Longer explanation here.

Particularly alert listeners might notice that today's song is sung in Swedish rather than Finnish. Finland actually has a substantial number of Swedish speakers, and Finntroll's original singer was one of them.

I have no idea what this song's lyrics are about, but the message I take from the video is "don't trust a bunch of guys wearing pointy ears to detail your car."

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I'm posting a Finnish heavy metal video every day in June in support of the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. Longer explanation here.

I suppose you can't really do a series on Finnish metal without mentioning Children of Bodom. I'll admit that my favorite material of theirs are probably their wacky covers of non-metal songs, but their original material is good, too. This is "Downfall":

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I'm posting a Finnish heavy metal video every day in June in support of the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. Longer explanation here.

Okay, after yesterday's rousing sing-a-long, how about some more funeral doom? Shape of Despair recently released their first new album in a number of years, and it's pretty spectacular. (Despite being named Monotony Fields.) Here's one of the songs from that album, "The Distant Dream of Life":
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