The music of Sweden is much like any other country, the genres pop, R&B and hip-hop are the most popular and is played the most on the biggest radio stations. But the underground music in Sweden is really big aswell. We have a festival called Metaltown where only the biggest metal-bands plays (atleast on the big stages, some small bands get to play in the tent). For example: Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, Rammstein and In Flames. Of all those bands, In Flames is the only swedish one, and it is a really famous band aswell. The guys in the band, together with a few other bands (namely At The Gates and Dark Tranquality) ”created” the subgenre called Melodic Death Metal, also known as Gothenburg Metal or Melodeath.
Metaltown 2009 (The only year I’ve been there), headline bands: Slipknot & Marilyn Manson.
The band was founded by Jesper Strömblad in 1990, at the time the band only consisted of 3 members. They recorded a demo in 1993 and got their first record deal, ”Lunar Strain” became a classic in the quickly growing death metal scene in Scandinavia.
Since the start in 1990, they have had quite a few line-up changes, and the band now consists of Jesper Strömblad and Björn Gelotte on guitars, Anders Fridén on vocals, Peter Iwers on bass guitar and Daniel Svensson on Drums. They completed their current line-up in 1999, and since the band started they have released 9 albums and have sold over 2 million records and are well on their way to become one of the biggest metal-bands of all time!
Anders Fridén, vocals
The band Sabaton also plays metal, but not the same subgenre as In Flames. They play Power metal, and was founded in the town of Falun, Sweden, in 1999. And as I said, they play power-metal, which is mostly known for it’s clean vocals and fast playing drums. The lyrics are mostly about fantasy, war and fairy tales. Sabaton’s lyrics are mostly about world war 2.
The band consists of 6 members; Joakim Brodén on vocals, Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén on guitars, Pär Sundström on bass guitar, Daniel Mÿhr on keyboard and Daniel Mullback on drums. Sabaton isn’t as big as In Flames (who are well-known internationally), but they are very big in Europe and especially Poland.
Sabaton Live at Sauna Open Air 2007