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Countries with the Most Metal Bands

Name the countries with the most heavy metal bands, both in total and per capita.
Bands as defined by the Metal Archives: https://www.metal-archives.com/content/rules
Per capita numbers = bands per 100,000 people
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First submittedDecember 13, 2014
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Total
30,845
United States
11,638
Germany
6,971
Italy
6,708
Brazil
5,803
United Kingdom
5,574
France
4,961
Sweden
4,697
Canada
Total
4,671
Russia
4,187
Finland
4,174
Spain
3,737
Poland
3,367
Mexico
2,896
Australia
2,678
Chile
Per Capita
75.57
Finland
49.12
Sweden
46.30
Iceland
34.10
Liechtenstein
34.44
Norway
20.94
Greece
18.61
Denmark
17.21
Malta
Per Capita
17.26
Estonia
14.89
Netherlands
14.86
Luxembourg
14.82
Austria
14.79
Czechia
14.62
Slovenia
14.00
Chile
65 Comments
+17
Level 78
Dec 15, 2014
Added some more countries to make it harder.
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Level 42
Mar 2, 2019
Please can you accept Czechia for Czech Republic, that's my only stump
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Level 78
Jul 21, 2019
Hey, I just added it.
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Level 59
Jul 27, 2019
What's the deal with the numbers being all mixed up? P.s. fun quiz ;)
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Level 78
Jul 27, 2019
I'm actually changing this quiz at the moment. Please come back for the new one!
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Level 55
Jul 27, 2019
Very cool quiz.
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Level 29
Jul 24, 2020
Very cool username
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Level 70
Aug 4, 2019
I was bored to guess any European country, so i missed Malta in the end....
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Level 73
Aug 4, 2019
There's no way the Vatican doesn't have a heavy metal band. The country is run by a freakin' Pontifex, which has to be the name of some band somewhere
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Level 85
Aug 5, 2019
Yeah, seems a missed opportunity. They only need one to shoot right to the top of the per capita list. Come on, Jorge!
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Level 25
Aug 5, 2019
Appears there is a band called Pontifex - a avant garde metal band. From Florida, but the band includes members of Suffocation, etc.
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Level 57
Oct 5, 2019
I think the pope used to be the lead singer of Ghost.
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Level 77
Sep 15, 2020
I hear that there is a group of cardinals that rock out from time to time. They call themselves The Priesty Boys. They teach you to fight for your right to worship.
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Level 71
Apr 1, 2022
I know this is a joke, but Francis actually has released a rock album. So if you ever want him to join your band, I'm sure it would become quite pope-ular :)
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Level 56
Apr 1, 2022
Everyone already knows the Vatican is run by satanic occult pagans masquerading as Christians, with all their pics of Lucifer underground, dragon displays, obelisk with cross, vesica piscis,fish hat of Dagon, pinecone monuments, earth goddess statues, mythical statues, saturn hats and worship, and fondness for little boys --I guess they figured they don't need a metal band. LOL
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Level 51
Oct 18, 2023
I'm the pope, can confirm
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Level 49
Aug 4, 2019
Morbid fascination definitely looks like an heritage of viking culture
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Level 69
Oct 5, 2019
what does morbid fascination have anything to do with anything?

But yea there is indeed a link with nordic culture and metal bands, but those are the bands that sings about (germanice/nordic) gods and glory, and well, beer.. (mead actually) and not about morbid stuff. No more morbid than wagner

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Level 70
Aug 4, 2019
🤘
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Level 28
Aug 5, 2019
Just missed Liechtenstein! I can't even believe that they made it!
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Level 75
Aug 5, 2019
I really wanted just one Asian country to be on here.
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Level 78
Aug 5, 2019
Japan has about 2000, missed it by 3 spots.
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Level 67
Oct 5, 2019
I was very surprised Japan was not here. When I traveled there, I met a ton of Japanese metalheads. That was the third country I tried after the US and Sweden.
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Level 57
Nov 13, 2019
More if you count grind and pv bands but a lot of them are classed as punk despite sounding more metal
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Level 73
Aug 5, 2019
🤘🤘
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Level 82
Aug 5, 2019
I'm also disappointed that the Vatican doesn't make it at least per capita. Sweden was my first guess. Have a friend who spent a lot of time in a band that played Swedish-style death metal.
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Level 68
Aug 5, 2019
Nice Quiz! I missed only Lichtenstein and Iceland lol
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Level 69
Aug 6, 2019
Those wild and crazy Nordics! …by which I actually mean to say they don’t really seem very wild or crazy at first blush, but apparently they definitely know how to let loose.
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Level 71
Mar 19, 2021
Who said you can't simultaneously be extremely emotionally repressed and also be extremely into heavy metal?
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Level 74
Aug 12, 2019
Awesome quiz! For those who haven't seen Sam Dunn's metal documentaries, please allow me to recommend the hell out of them. 'Metal: A Headbanger's Journey' and 'Global Metal' are both great.
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Level 70
Aug 18, 2019
I know absolutely nothing about heavy metal and still managed to get 23/26. I suppose this explains why that is only worth 3 points.
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Level 83
Jan 7, 2021
A person can guess a lot of countries in 4 minutes. :-)
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Level 75
Oct 5, 2019
I remember thinking, the first time I went to Brazil, that all the heavy metal t-shirts seemed pretty random.
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Level 71
Oct 5, 2019
Desperate to get the last one, I tried Vatican City..
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Level 67
Oct 5, 2019
When I was preparing my resume for a law school job fair, my school's career advisor told me to include some personal interests and get creative with it, as a good way to spark conversation during interviews. I listed that I play guitar in a band, and put my job position as "Shreditor-in-chief." A partner from an elite New York firm interviewed me and spent the whole 20 minutes asking me to explain the reference to her, because she initially thought it was a typo. She never got the joke, and I never got the job. It was totally worth it though. The next guy that interviewed me was really into metal, and we talked forever. Then he hired me and I stayed there for four years. \\m//
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Level 61
Oct 5, 2019
I thought the Pope fronted a metal band. Wouldn't that be enough to qualify in the per capita section?
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Level 82
Oct 5, 2019
I did a little digging and couldn't find any popes that were members of metal bands. It is rumored that Urban VIII was in a hip-hop group, though.
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Level 76
Jan 6, 2021
Da Pope could do a heavier version of Ghost (B.C.)
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Level 54
Oct 5, 2019
Missed Luxembourg
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Level 73
Dec 8, 2019
Shout out to Johan of Nifelheim!
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Level 25
Jan 2, 2020
This figures don't mean anything. They forget all the garage bands, and there are so many.
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Level 56
May 1, 2020
Only missed Iceland and Malta... I would have gotten Iceland if I hadn't given up, but Malta would never have happened.
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Level 83
Jan 6, 2021
Having seen the famous map a few times helped. Chile was fortunately missing on both lists, so with a bit of maths it was easy to narrow down the countries.
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Level 72
Jan 6, 2021
I just KNEW that Estonia was much more "metal" than stuffy Latvia and Lithuania.
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Level 95
Jan 6, 2021
It's because they have the lowest potato crop yields of the Baltics, and they're _angry_ about it!
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Level 76
Jan 7, 2021
Saying "per capita" instead of "per 100,000 people" is pretty funny. It makes it sound as though the average Finn is a member of 75 different metal bands.
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Level 70
Feb 23, 2021
You mean to tell me that the average Finn is NOT a member of 75 different metal bands?!
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Level 35
Oct 1, 2021
ok someone please check on the finns 75 metal bands per capita. everyone is apart of 75 metal bands!?
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Level 74
Nov 5, 2021
Did you intend to 14.00 for the per capita for Chile or is Chile just misplaced in the per capita order?
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Level 78
Nov 5, 2021
It was misplaced, I just fixed it
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Level 62
Nov 17, 2021
Wouldn't have got Malta even if the timer was 3 hours lol
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Level 20
Feb 2, 2022
would've thought japan tbh
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Level 84
Feb 5, 2022
Surprised Austria wasn't in the "total" column. Guess their small population doesn't add up to as many bands. But they did make the per capita.
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Level 48
Apr 1, 2022
Finns (and people in the Nordics in general) are the happiest people in the world ergo listening to metal music makes you happy.
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Level 36
Apr 1, 2022
I thought that Argentina would be here
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Level 71
Apr 1, 2022
surprised to not see North Korea there
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Level 63
Apr 4, 2022
Liechtenstein is so small that one metal band can probably be heard across the entire country when they play.
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Level 72
Apr 4, 2022
Seems like a missed opportunity for Bangladesh not to be on the list. BANGLADESH sounds like a sweet metal name.
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Level 71
May 4, 2022
Funnily enough, you're actually not wrong. Rock is incredibly popular in Bangladesh, and while more of it is soft rock, there are also quite a few heavy metal bands. Some, like Warfaze and Artcell, were quite popular at their peak. There may not be enough to make this list, but there are certainly enough to be a significant part of Bangladesh's music scene.
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Level 67
Apr 5, 2022
Honestly expected Japan to be on here
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Level 60
May 29, 2022
got malta at the last second
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Level 20
Jan 15, 2023
MALTA what! well looks like I'm gonna be in Malta for the next few days.
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Level 52
Dec 13, 2023
Less time maybe, so that you can’t just guess every country in Europe, BTW good quiz/Username
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Level 69
Dec 25, 2023
Maybe this explains more people needing hearing aids.
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Level 65
Apr 26, 2024
Liechtenstein

I am sure I put that in...