When I was 15 years old, my ears were treated to Finnish metal greats Children of Bodom, as the band roared its way through rapid riffs and earth-shattering solos. Finland figures similarly in the experiences of innumerable metal fans all over the world, just as it did for this boy from Manchester, England.
As I got older and my love for heavy metal exploded into what it is today, I knew my future would include a career in music journalism. While I travelled around the UK attending metal festivals, interviewing the heroes I’d worshipped as a naïve teen, my desire to visit Finland only got stronger. An idea that was ignited years ago had grown in my mind.
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