Monday, March 29th, 2010
Hevisaurus: heavy metal children’s music
How do you dress up heavy metal music for a children’s audience? By dressing up!
Heavisaurus (“heavy-saurus”) is a Finnish metal band that dresses and performs as bipedal dinosaurs.
Their first album, Jurahevin kuninkaat, near as I can figure from the Google News archive, reached 31 in Finland’s top 40 album sales in March of last year.
A concert video:
Here’s the story according to a Google translation of a SonyBMG news release:
“65 million years ago there were five metal dinosaur eggs. Witches found these eggs, and made many spells from many years — and now, in 2009, these eggs are hatched — and they are born Hevisaurus. The band, consisting of Mr. Hevisaurus, guitarist Riffiraffi, Muffipuffi bassist, drummer and keyboardist Komppimomppi Milli Whistle. These charismatic hevidinot want to blare heavy metal music in the gospel to the whole family.”
Some song titles include Captain Hook, The Last Mammoth, Homework Should Be, Indian War Cry, March Dinosaurs, and Snake and Dragon Knight. I’m sure Google’s translator wouldn’t lead us astray.
Metal-archives.com has a list of the musicians who recorded the band’s CD, but apparently an official band roster hasn’t been released. Milli Vanilli could be among the stage performers for all we know. One name did jump out at me, Jens Johansson from Dio, which doesn’t mean anything to me except that my brother listened to Dio records in high school, so these aren’t totally unknown performers doing the music. It definitely has a 1980s long-haired hard rock feel to it.
Here’s The Last Mammoth (a soft ballad) music video:
I was unable to locate a US retailer for the music (not that I want one), but if an interested party finds one, post it in the comment area.
See previously: an obscure reference to a Scandinavian music group buried in a blog post about space books: MOVITS! Do you ever get the feeling the American music cartel maintains a near total blockade on innovation in music?