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Are Finnish and Sweden bands taking taking over the European rock music in the USA?

Updated on November 8, 2014

Morgan Ella Fay


Are Finnish and Sweden bands taking taking over the European rock music in the USA?


  • In the 70's and 80's European rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Falco, and of course, Europe became some the leading bands in music every. Most everyone knows the names of Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden, and even if you haven't heard of the band Europe you have heard the beat to The Final Countdown that helped make those guys famous.

  • Now in the 90's more people become interested in American rap such as Snoop Dogg and DMX. But in resent years rock has been making a come back, creeping up on mainstream.

  • In the summer of 2007 a finish band by the name of The 69 eyes did their first tour of the USA. They are a very popular band in Europe, playing at rock festivals from Finland to Germany and have released 10 albums since they started in 1989. They have the nick-name Helsinki Vampires and the lead singer Jyrki Pekka Emil Linnankivi is a UNICEF Ambassador. Not only this but the 69 eyes are good friends with Bam Margera and are seen on an episode of Viva La Bam.

  • Now The 69 eyes aren't the only European band that are poplar in Europe that come to the USA, Nightwish who are also Finnish and have released 13 albums, 7 of which have made it at least of Gold and this is not including the live albums or their singles.

  • A third is HIM formed in 1991 with 8 releases. They have toured in the USA in New York to Nevada.

  • Sabaton, another European band from Sweden with 9 releases, one platinum and two golds; who have toured with bands such as Iron Maiden and Amon Amarth. A well established band from London, that was popular in the 1980s and a Viking metal band from Sweden. Sabaton,who have their own Music Festival in Europe and their own Cruise ship that they take fans on for a cruise that they host once a year.

  • More bands from Sweden and Finland are making head way in America and are taking over the American rock music scene. Now is this a bad thing? I don't think so, these bands are all amazing and they all treat their fans fairly well, they also sing interesting songs, Amon Amarth sing about Viking, one of their songs is called Twilight of the thunder god how is that not awesome?! Sabaton sings about different historic events such as World War II. Nightwish has a song about a character from Dragonlance, a popular fantasy book series. HIM and the 69 eyes are gothic rock bands and the 69 eyes are called Helsinki Vampires. Its no surprise that rock bands that actually sing about something other then sex are taking over rock music in the USA.


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      Shirley 3 years ago

      wow, I didn't know there was that many new bands coming to the United States.

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