When it comes to metal, Sweden is generally known for their extraordinary contributions to the field of death metal, with bands like Entombed, Morbid and Nihilist helping to characterize the trendy sounds that emerged from the country in the late 1980s and in the early ’90s, inspiring countless bands to experiment with tone in the process. Later, bands like Opeth, Amon Amarth and Meshuggah helped to diversify this sound even further, while Gothenburg became synonymous with the wave of melodically inclined groups emerging as the head of melodeath from the mid-1990s to the early 1990s. 2000s.
But Sweden isn’t all about fjords and fury – the country also gave birth to the greatest pop group to ever set foot on earth, ABBA. Iconic, anthemic, and more catchy than the Bubonic Plague, ABBA’s contributions to the music world can be felt in nearly every gloriously sweet song that has ever aired on the radio. With that in mind, we tasked Beast In Black guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen (and great musical cheese connoisseur) to pick 10 of the most ABBA-friendly songs from heavy metal history. And no, we didn’t just let him choose Ghost and Night Flight Orchestra – we’re not here to shoot fish in a barrel, after all.
“Ever since I was little, I have been drawn to all types of music with strong melodies; they delighted me, ”Heikkinen says. “When I was growing up rock and heavy metal represented the freedom and rebellion that resonated with who I was at that time. I think that’s why these styles have become the lifeblood for me over the years and why they shaped the essence of my identity to what it is now. Nonetheless, I’m primarily a music lover and I don’t like to categorize myself into a specific genre, so anything good is good regardless of the genre. category or box it is put in I chose these songs simply because I wanted to present audiences with more obscure and lesser-known music instead of the same obvious traditional choices. Hope you enjoy this particular medley but tasty !”
1. TNT – Hear Your Heart (Tell No Tales, 1987)
“TNT is a fairly well-hidden treasure chest of fjord country. Their 1980s albums feature high-quality hair metal with grand production, irresistible hooks and stratospheric vocals. These days, multinational bands don’t have to. nothing strange or unusual, but back in the day when a Norwegian hard rock band with an American singer was definitely an anomaly and a major exception to the norm. Ronni Le Tekrø’s pop songwriting but quirky and his very original guitar playing combined with Tony Harnell’s supersonic vocal dexterity surely made up an interesting concoction. They really stayed strong and won the race with this one. “
2. Danger Danger – Crazy Nites (Screw It!, 1991)
“One of the many mostly unknown bands from the hair metal era of the late 80s / early 90s. These rock ‘n’ rollers and real controllers from the Big Apple really knew how to be catchy and contagious from the start. Chorus in chorus, virtuoso overall performances, blood-pumping energy and high-octane adrenaline rush, all in one dish, this is a recipe to lick your fingers and fall for Earth! A perfect soundtrack to walk the boulevard, let go and live only for tonight!
3. Pretty Maids – Live Until It Hurt (Spooked, 1997)
“This 1997 release of those Danish ambassadors of old-fashioned melodic hard rock was a victim of the time it was released. Unfortunately, this style of music was flying WAAAAAY under the radar at the time, but luckily, low public exposure doesn’t diminish the power and majesty of high quality music. Sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper to find the real gems. These guys have stuck with their guns from the start 80s and went their way undeterred no matter what. Even though this selection is far from among their best-known songs, I’m still sure many rock music fans will enjoy the joyful bliss from this particular deep cup. “
4. Fate – I Won’t Stop (A Matter of Attitude, 1986)
Another slightly obscure group of party rockers from Denmark. Founded by former Mercyful Fate guitarist Hank Shermann, they tried to delve into arena rock territory with impressive but somewhat fleeting results in the glorious years. 80. There are keyboards galore and the cheerful and upbeat atmosphere is guaranteed to get the party started, especially when you bang your head and sing along with the ironic-lyrical-nonsensical cliché-generating rock’n’roll, haha ! they will get what they came for! “
5. Zinatra – Unknown Skies (The Great Escape, 1990)
“No, this Arcane Guild is in no way related to the world famous crooner, although it is almost namesake. At the time, they were a group of highly skilled and like-minded rock musicians from the land of tulips, clogs and windmills. In the footsteps of their compatriots (who In love with his teacher and Run with the devil) this fast and furious Van Halen-style groove shuffle makes the blood boil as they speed it up and go overdrive! These Dutch groove-meisters take no prisoners as they soar over the skies and mountains on their thrilling journey around the world. “
6. Stan Bush – Dare (Transformers The Movie OST, 1986)
Inspirational and mind-blowing ear candy from the original 1986 soundtrack Transformers movie. Vince DiCola, who composed the soundtrack for the entire movie, wrote this resistance piece especially to be sung by Mr. Bush. Forget the horrific modern atrocities of Michael Bay; Dust off your trustworthy old VHS tape and pop it into your VCR as this masterpiece plays in the background on an endless loop. Pure nostalgic joy and happiness without any worry in the world. Autobots, get deployed! “
7. Cheap Hack – Mighty Wings (Top Gun OST, 1986)
“1986 was also a very good year for exciting new films. This song from Top Gun The soundtrack is a thunderous aeronautical anthem of the first degree and it still deserves a LOT more recognition than it received when the film in question was a box office hit! Written by the genius of Harold Faltermeyer and Mark Spiro, this feverish speedball dripping with triumphant synths portrays the heroism and bombast of fighter pilots. In the famous words of Maverick and Goose, I think we all feel the need … the need for speed! “
8. Robby Valentine – Wild Child (Magic Infinity, 1993)
“Robby Valentine, a Dutch multi-instrumentalist prodigy, has always had an attentive ear for pop and catchy lines. Going into a solo career in his early twenties, he perfected his craft endlessly and was consistently productive over the years. The past three decades. This simplistic and uplifting song is a fine example of his songwriting prowess, although it is a fairly straightforward and straightforward pop rock song compared to some of his most popular compositions. more bombastic, complex and Queen-esque. Captivating and memorable positivity all the way! “
9. Fair Warning – When love fails (Fair Warning, 1992)
“High quality German hard rock / AOR from the early 1990s. Although they were quite popular in Japan at the time, their impact on the rest of the world unfortunately left a lot to be desired. But then again you have to take into consideration the fact that all kinds of quality music performed by skilled musicians seemed to be banned and outlawed in most parts of the world in the terrible 1990s. This song is a bit more based on minor tones but nonetheless very energizing, addictive and lively. Jon Roth influenced guitar playing also deserves a special mention, very elegant and clean ax work. “
10. Beast In Black – A Night in Tokyo (Dark Connection, 2021)
“I don’t mean to brag and say too much about this one, but stylistically it’s probably something of the eurodance-meets-synthwave-meets-vintage video game music genre. in the land of the rising sun. Not for the faint of heart! “
One Night In Tokyo is now available via Nuclear Blast