Metal Hammer

Ask your average Joe about Gothenburg and they wouldn’t have much to say. It’s a Swedish city that’s home to some 500,000 people and countless examples of piercing Scandinavian architecture. Ask a metalhead about Gothenburg and they’ll hail it as the land of melodic death metal: the genre that bridged death metal’s extremities with the guitar-god flamboyance of Iron Maiden, and ultimately inspired world-conquering titans like Killswitch Engage and Trivium. 

“Gothenburg is a pretty small city,” says Mikael Stanne. “And the metal community there was tiny. Everybody knew everybody else. There were two record stores where you’d have to wait for them to import whatever album you wanted. Nobody knew, or expected, that anything like what happened there would happen.” 


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