35 years of Scandinavian metal
1981: Dane Lars Ulrich meets James Hetfield in California and they form Metallica.
1983: Bathory are formed in Vällingby, Sweden. The group is considered one of the most significant and iconic names in extreme metal.
1984: The Monsters of Rock festival at Råsunda in Stockholm, featuring names such as Mötley Crüe, Van Halen and AC/DC, becomes known as “the holy grail” of hard rock concerts in Scandinavia.
1986: “The Final Countdown” by Europe tops the charts in 25 countries and puts Scandinavian heavy metal on the world map.
1987: Black Death from Kolbotn near Oslo change their name to Darkthrone. The band will become one of the most important names in Scandinavian extreme metal.
1991: At the Gates release their “Gardens of Grief” EP, heralding the launch of the “Gothenburg metal” scene, with others including In Flames and Dark Tranquillity.
1993: Norwegian churches are set on fire and the black metal scene achieves notoriety with the murder of Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth of Mayhem.
2014: Entombed is one of the first names added to the newly-established Swedish Music Hall of Fame.
2016: Ghost win a Grammy. Entombed perform “Clandestine” with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
2017: Mayhem continue touring the world, playing De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in its entirety. There are plans to make a movie about Mayhem’s turbulent years in the early 1990s that will be called Lords of Chaos. The director is Jonas Åkerlund, former drummer in Bathory.
Published: February 13, 2017