First Wave of Scandinavian Metal

Posted: September 16, 2014 in Classic Rock, General, Magazines


Here is a bit of history. As a Swedish fleelancer, it was easy for me to sell stuff to foreign markets once the Scandinavian scene got going. It started with Metal Hammer in Europe and then it moved Stateside and Creem Metal picked up stuff for a while. I had interviewed all these bands and followed some of them on the road etc, so it was good fun to promote these guys abroad. I was also very aware that I had the opportunity to perhaps name a scene, especially when I delivered the early stuff to America, so I kept dropping the line “First Wave of Scandinavian Metal” into my articles. Don´t know if it stuck (got to ask Martin Popoff about that), but I gave it a shot. The biggest article I had was a five page story on Europe in Creem Metal (July 1987, bottom right), a follow up to an earlier story that had featured Europe, Treat and 220 Volt (top left).

I retired myself from this scene around 1990, it was a case of “been there, done that”, and the scene was changing as well.

(My scans of these articles)

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