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From left to right - Agnetha, Björn, Anni-Frid, Benny

Swedish pop-music

ABBA was a Swedish music group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Agnetha Fältskog. The name ABBA is derived from the first letters in the bandmember’s names. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of music, topping the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1983. ABBA gained international popularity employing catchy beats, simple lyrics, sound effects and a wall of sound by dubbing the singers’ voices in various harmonies.

ources: ABBA article on Wikipedia – ABBA on abbasite.com

 

Amon Amarth

Swedish Metal

Many successful Heavy Metal bands also hail from Sweden, mainly Progressive Metal (“a subgenre of Heavy Metal which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures” ~ Wikipedia) bands such as In Flames, Meshuggah, Opeth, Amon Amarth and Arch Enemy. Swedish Heavy Metal is characterized by loud distorted guitars, emphatic rhythms, dense bass-and-drum sound and loud and powerful vocals.

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth is a Death Metal band that started in 1988 with the name Scum but in 1992 they changed their name to Amon Amarth. The band recorded a couple demos that received positive response and got their first record deal with a label from Singapore.

They signed with Metal Blade Records and released their full-length debut Once Sent From The Golden Hall. The band’s brand of melodic death metal quickly attracted a lot of fans and they toured the world.

Amon Amarth has always used Viking mythology and imagery in their lyrics and artwork, which has caused some misunderstandings over the years. The band maintains it’s just an expression of pride in their ancestry, not some type of political or other beliefs.

Sources: Amon Amarth article on Wikipedia – Top Swedish Metal Bands on about.com

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