Nomad Faces – 5 iconic Metal places a Metalhead MUST visit in Europe.
1. Lake Bodom (Espoo, Finland):
June 5, 1960: 15-year-old females, Björklund and Anja Tuulikki Mäki, and 18-year-old male, Seppo Antero Boisman, were killed while camping at the shore of Lake Bodom by multiple stabs and a blunt trauma to their heads. The fourth, then 18-years-old, Nils Wilhelm, was found outside of the tent alive but badly injured. There were many suspects but none declared guilty, and it was only 40 years later, on March, 2004 that Nils Gustafsson, the sole survivor was arrested and put to trial. A year after, Gustafsson was acquitted of all charges and the Lake Bodom Murders remain Finland’s most horrifying and longest unsolved crime.
No surprise, Finland is the country with most metal bands per capita in the world. So you’ve probably heard about “Children of Bodom”. A Finnish extreme metal band from Espoo formed in 1993 and one of Finland’s most famous exports. They got their name and some lyrics inspired by this tragic and mysterious incident, which makes this a worldwide known Metalhead landmark and a Top Finnish Dark Tourism destination.
Lake Bodom is 24 km away from Helsinki’s City Center. Now, the place is pretty normal and a lot of people goes here to swim, jog, or enjoy the view. The only thing that caught my eye, is that camping is not allowed anymore.
2. Bar Bäkkäri (Helsinki, Finland):
Bäkkäri is an ideal place to be part of the Finnish metal scene. Located in the heart of Helsinki, it features a stage, a terrace, signature drinks and a great selection of rock/metal music. Also, it is a favorite after party venue for Metal concerts in Helsinki. Very good place to meet the locals and have some beers. If you’re lucky, you might even meet bands like Nightwish, Mastodon, Korn, etc. They like to visit when they’re in town!
3. Café Montmartre (Budapest, Hungary):
Montmartre is a Manowar themed pub. It has a very impressive collection of Manowar memorabilia all over the place and you can even buy CD’s and official merch. If you sit outside, you can get a beautiful view of St Stephen’s Basilica. Beer is a bit expensive but worth it for a Metalhead night out. They pay mostly Manowar music of course, but they play other things as well. The owner is also a big fan of Dio.
4. Neseblod Records (Oslo, Norway)
Only 1 km away from The Opera House lies the legendary Record Store, The Black Metal Mecca formerly known as ‘Helvete’. Euronymous of Mayhem opened Helvete in the early 1990’s and it closed in 1993. Then, Kenneth Neseblod reopened it in 2013 as Neseblod Records.
First, you’ll see a very crowded and narrow metal record shop, but true fans will know there is much more to it. After appreciating the countless one-of-a-kind items that are on display such as framed letters from Euronymous, Burzum rarities, Mayhem and Gorgoroth memorabilia, Darkthrone LPs, Slayer magazines, etc, look for the staircase and go down to the Metal Heaven. The legendary basement where all the black metal musicians gather to hang out or play, and where Varg Vikernes, Euronymous, and Emperor guitarist Tomas ‘Samoth’ Haugen and drummer Bård ‘Faust’ Eithun lived at various times. Wherever you look, you’ll find something interesting. It’s like a small Black Metal museum. Even if you don’t like Black Metal, you must pay a visit for the sake of Music History.
5. Camden Town(London, United Kingdom)
Camden is a district of northwest London that hosts street markets and music venues strongly associated with alternative culture.
Punk exploded in Camden in July 1976 at the Roundhouse which is still a popular music venue in London today. Prior to the 1970’s Camden was an abandoned part of North London. There are a lot of great pubs, Vintage and punk shops, The London Zoo, and 6 markets including the famous Camden market.
💎TIP: Don’t miss Cyberdog shop! This is a futuristic fashion, rave outfits, and cyber club wear and entering quite an experience.
Eva & Tautvy – #nomadfaces 🤘