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Teenage Mutant Ninja Gwar?
posted by FatherDagon at 9:48 AM on April 9, 2010 [3 favorites]


GWAR Babies!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 9:49 AM on April 9, 2010


I believe the one YouTube commenter said it best:
"GOD DAMMIT finland has metal dinosaurs and in´╗┐ the US we had hannah montana and the jonas brothers, FUCK"
posted by charred husk at 9:49 AM on April 9, 2010 [19 favorites]


I think this will confuse children and make them think that Mammoths and dinosaurs co-existed. Will no one think of the children!

That mammoth toy is pretty ferocious looking, though....
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:50 AM on April 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


The singer's got the metal vibrato down.
posted by uncleozzy at 9:58 AM on April 9, 2010


Have they gigged with Lordi yet?
posted by ardgedee at 9:58 AM on April 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


> "Additional notes: Among several Finnish children's metal and hard rock bands..."

This blows my mind. The U.S. has "I love you, you love me...", while Finland is teaching their kids the power of rocking the fuck out. We may as well lie down and give up now, because in fifteen years those kids are going to grow up and destroy the world with power chords.
posted by ardgedee at 10:05 AM on April 9, 2010 [9 favorites]




This is excellent.

Being a huge fan of metal, I thought I was going to dislike it at first for not being abrasive and aggressive which are qualities of good metal bands. The most important quality for any good metal band is to have a sense of humor about itself, and bands who do not are usually really shitty.

This stuff is directly complementary to the tongue-in-cheek aesthetic of metal. It is cute, funny, and has all the right intentions.

This is so much more tolerable than Christian rock of any kind, I found this particular comparison interesting.
posted by hellslinger at 10:16 AM on April 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


I <3 Finland.
posted by longbaugh at 10:16 AM on April 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


Don't worry, ardgedee -- Canada's got our back.

and yes I *did* buy it and play those songs for my kids when they were infants, and now at four and a half they are intelligent, polite, have expansive vocabularies, and know how to rock out on our drum kit -- coincidence? I think not!
posted by davejay at 10:19 AM on April 9, 2010


Even the dinosaurs are epic!? Are there any ways in which Finland is less cool than other countries? I can't think of any.

Do folks over there actually take their kids to this stuff though? Or is just a crazy novelty for the internet?
posted by Wulfhere at 10:21 AM on April 9, 2010


Talk about your dinosaur rock...
posted by papercake at 10:30 AM on April 9, 2010


This is fucking awesome.
posted by brundlefly at 10:35 AM on April 9, 2010


I thought my dino-obsessed 2 year old would love this, but now I don't think so. Why are they fronted by Bowser?
posted by DU at 10:43 AM on April 9, 2010




I clicked the links hoping it would be a little tiny bit more serious, but I wholeheartedly agree with delivering power metal to children. Love it.
posted by bunnycup at 10:51 AM on April 9, 2010


I'm reserving judgement until the band gets involved in a Mayhem-esque rumor where the vocalist Herra Hevisaurus commits suicide and guitarist Riffi Raffi is accused of eating Herra upon discovery.
posted by kkokkodalk at 10:56 AM on April 9, 2010


Have they gigged with Lordi yet?

Next question, will the Finnish press publish pictures of the dinosaurs w/out costumes, and if they do, will the Finnish kiddies freak out?
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 10:56 AM on April 9, 2010


Your favorite dinosaur-costumed heavy metal band su.....

Oh the hell with it.

That was actually pretty cool.
posted by marxchivist at 11:03 AM on April 9, 2010


Hey why is it that the YouTube player thingies in the fpp text are green when I look at MeFi via "recent comments"?
posted by Mister_A at 11:05 AM on April 9, 2010


This is awesome and has me giggling like a little girl.
posted by egypturnash at 11:08 AM on April 9, 2010


I have wanted to raise my children in Finland for a long time and this only furthers that intent.
posted by LSK at 11:11 AM on April 9, 2010


Thanks for cleansing my pallete after that Human Centipede crap.
posted by fijiwriter at 11:54 AM on April 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


America is way behind the curve with children's entertainment--even KISS has a children's TV show in the works in Canada.
posted by fusinski at 12:00 PM on April 9, 2010


My music affiendo friend with 5 year son has often wondered how good music for children has become, f.ex. Tohtori Orff ja herra Dalgroze, Ella ja Aleksi.
posted by Free word order! at 12:43 PM on April 9, 2010


*smug grin*

(so suomi, I picked Finland as my 5th country, 3rd continent and Helsinki my 12th major city to move to last april)

Finland is teaching their kids the power of rocking the fuck out.

you should see what they're being taught in grad school ;p
posted by infini at 1:24 PM on April 9, 2010


Rock Church, Helsinki
posted by infini at 1:27 PM on April 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


As a MeFinn (although not living in Finland any more), this is making me feel all warm and fuzzy and a little headbangy.

Yeah, from what I've heard, their album Jurahevin kuninkaat - Kings of Jurassic Metal - got good reviews and made it to #25 on the national chart last year. They're touring all over the place and are a raging hit among the 2-12 age group.

What can I say, Finns are a nation of metal heads. All the parents I know back home would have no problem with their preschoolers rocking out to songs like Haloo Haloo. (You'll find the English translation of the lyrics there, too.)

Here's their official website, btw.

The internet tells me the musicians are mostly former or current members of Thunderstone.
posted by sively at 1:40 PM on April 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


[cant. resist.temptation]

Metafilter: all warm and fuzzy and a little headbangy
posted by infini at 2:44 PM on April 9, 2010


Okay, these guys are one of the best things to come from Finland and are a lot better than all these "edgy" bands they were exporting at some point. Their europower metal (or at least the four songs I listened to) are of good quality and I'd like to give the album a listen if I find it somewhere. I just listened to Jee Hevisaurus and I now feel a weird urge to listen to some Magnum. Great post.

And I'm a guy who'll be traveling across Europe to go to a festival with bands like Jarboe & Eyehategod.
posted by ersatz at 4:45 PM on April 9, 2010


This blows my mind. The U.S. has "I love you, you love me...", while Finland is teaching their kids the power of rocking the fuck out. We may as well lie down and give up now, because in fifteen years those kids are going to grow up and destroy the world with power chords.

You think so? They may get the poses from School of Rock, but all they need can be found in these two short videos: One Two. Jack Black is today's most important Rock Educator in America.

I wanted to make a dig at the Jonas brothers, which I then dismissed as low-hanging fruit. When I searched for Metal by Numbers, I saw I had typed "metal by brothers". Heh.
posted by ersatz at 5:11 PM on April 9, 2010


Meanwhile, in Finland...

Notice the Moomin mug.
posted by Anything at 5:34 PM on April 9, 2010


Metal may have originated in the UK and USA, but no one ever got the right idea about it until it hit the frozen North. They might as well have invented metal (and power metal specifically) because it's so completely theirs now.
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:41 PM on April 9, 2010


After watching "Viimeinen mammutti", Hevisaurus are now my favorite band. Man, this is the coolest kid thing I may have ever seen. It's got all the attention-grabbing of American kids' TV shows of the guy-in-giant-suit variety, but none of the condescending inanity. I wish I had kids so I could enjoy this with them.
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:46 PM on April 9, 2010


"Viimeinen mammutti", by the way, means "The Last Mammoth". Awww! Because she's got the little stuffed mammoth!
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:51 PM on April 9, 2010


All the related videos YouTube served up are awesome too ! Heavy metal squirrel! and a kid singing Finnish heavy metal!

Rock on my ancestral homeland!
posted by vespabelle at 6:20 PM on April 9, 2010


The thing is, my daughter's favourite songs since before she was two are Republica's "Ready to Go", and Iggy Pop's "The Passenger" and "Real Wild Child." She, as she puts it, "Likes it loud, daddy." Other songs she's requested by name include "Parry City", and she likes some Black Album era Metallica.

(Granted, she prefers to sing 50s rock and roll - Elvis, Buddy Holly, et al, but the above is what she likes to listen to.)

Kids' music in English is a far cry from her tastes. It's nice to see there's at least somewhere in the world she'd get better catered to.
posted by rodgerd at 6:36 PM on April 9, 2010


This video contains content from Sony Music Entertainment. It is no longer available in your country.

FUCK YOU SONY I WANT METAL DINOSAURS
posted by cmonkey at 9:36 PM on April 9, 2010


(I will have to dock them points for identifying the keyboardist as a Triceratops when it is clearly no such thing - most likely based on a Styracosaurus.)
posted by rodgerd at 11:28 PM on April 9, 2010


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