MHM Conference, Helsinki

I’ve written about the metal scene in Botswana before for this blog, and last week I was very lucky to present my thoughts to an audience of metal scholars at the Modern Heavy Metal conference in the very metal city of Helsinki Finland.

The view of Helsinki from the plane as you approach the airport is cool – it’s mostly parks and forest areas all around. Not what I expected from a capital city, though all this green land explains how the hares that are Helsinki’s main pest animal are able to live in the city. At least it’s a cuter problem than rats or feral cats or wild dogs.

The conference’s opening evening featured a speech by guitarist Alexander Skolnick of the band Testament – though not working in metal academia himself, he’s a man with a lot of interesting things to say about metal and metal studies, and his own commitment to learning and scholarship is clear. He undertook a degree in jazz performance and started a second career as a jazz guitarist and bandleader, after already being hugely successful in Testament.

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My Taste in Terrible Music #7: Attila [Special Double Feature]

I’ve encountered a lot of terrible music in my two-and-a-bit decades of life, and some of the more artful and interesting among these trainwrecks I am chronicling in this series of blog posts.

Today, however, I am lucky to present for my dear readers what may be a unique event in the history of Terrible Music; two terrible acts, both alike in dignity, that share the same name!

Attila

The first Attila is an Atlanta, Georgia based hardcore band. Currently signed to Artery Recordings, they are a perfect summation of what’s wrong with hardcore. Check out the lyric video for their song¬†Nasty Mouth¬†(fair warning, this is pretty bad hardcore, it’s extremely crass, and more than a little misogynistic):

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