Metal mania

Sweden sets a troubling precedent (link spotted at Hit & Run):

A Swedish heavy metal fan has had his musical preferences officially classified as a disability. The results of a psychological analysis enable the metal lover to supplement his income with state benefits.
Thing is, Finland has already seen six metal number one albums in 2007. A recent album chart (fi) contained no less than ten Metallica albums (due to them visiting the country for a gig), the top two were local power-metallers Sonata Arctica and some guy named Ozzy Osbourne, plus I counted four other metal acts in the top 40. The question needs to be asked: if the Swedish policy spreads over the Gulf of Bothnia, how will the Finnish welfare state survive?

NP: Mokoma, "Lujaa tekoa"


Juan Rico said...

Lordie, what will they think off next?

Ari said...

Without knowing anything more than what's in The Local's article, I would guess that the decision isn't quite as bad as it seems. The guy may have some psychological disability that merely manifests itself in obsessive metal fandom. But it's funnier to pretend that they're paying him 'cause he really, really likes loud guitars.