You can’t make this stuff up, which is what makes it so great.
Finland, Sweden and Iceland are really into heavy metal. I mean, seriously into it. There’s like FIVE BILLION heavy metal bands in Finland, which is like the population of Akron, Ohio or whatever. (I’m kidding. 5.5 million people, with 53 heavy metal bands. Not in total. 53 bands per 100,000 people. Daaaaamn.)
One of the bands is Hevisaurus, which you don’t need to understand Finnish to know it talking about “heavy metal + dinosaurs.” And they’re not screwing around. Their audience is kids, and they’ve got good songs and high production values. Check it out.
Good, right? Shocking so.
What really got me were (a) the puppetry with the dinosaur eyes and (b) the fire-breathing dinosaur. That’s metal.
Usually, a little theater goes a long way for a rock or metal band. KISS got a crazy amount of mileage from wearing makeup. Hair bands in the ’80s sold a lot of records with perms, spandex and a little eyeliner.
Hevisaurus is going the extra mile here. These costumes are movie-quality (kid movies, sure, but way better than a band needs for the stage).
Wikipedia quotes/translates a Finnish source that says: “According to legend, five dinosaur eggs made from metal survived the mass extinction some 65 million years ago in the mountain of wizards. In the year 2009, witches gathered at the same place. A giant lightning bolt hit the ground and simultaneously created ash and revealed the eggs. From the power of the witches’ chants, the eggs exploded open and five Hevisauri hatched.” Hey, most Marvel and DC superhero origin stories would kill to be half that cool.
Also: Heavisaurus is going all “Artist Formerly Known as Prince” with a dispute involving their music label, Sony, and it doesn’t get any more metal than sticking it to the Man.
Could not love this more. Give me more Hevisaurus.