Finnish heavy metal pioneers such as Nightwish, Apocalyptica and HIM, known worldwide, proved to be inspiring. Since 2006, a priest has regularly organised metal mass – mass for metal music fans – in churches around Finland.
The man behind metal mass is Pastor Haka Kekäläinen who combines his love of God with his enthusiasm for heavy metal.
To Kekäläinen, a special relationship exists between metal music and religious hymns. Pointing at his hymnal, he smiles and says, “You know, it contains some very cruel words. It fits with metal music.”
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