Is There a Scientific Reason Why We Love Metal? Insomnium’s Dr. Ville Friman Weighs In


We humans are complicated, weird, talking monkeys that morphed over millions of years to go from hunter-gatherers in the plains to TikTok surfing gremlins. That’s evolution, Holmes. As we adapted to our surroundings over the years, we gained new traits and skills that made us more the top of the food chain. But what evolutionary benefit do we get from heavy metal?

That’s the question we asked Dr. Ville Friman. While he’s known by many as the guitarist and clean vocalist for Insomnium, he’s also a distinguished scientist with a PhD in evolutionary ecology. So naturally, we asked one of the smartest dudes in metal why he thinks we all love the loud, heavy, and downright brutal tones that make heavy metal what it is today.

So check out the video below if you’d like to hear the answer from an actual scientist metal musician. And don’t forget to like, subscribe, and hit that notification bell to make sure you know when new the MetalSucks channel gets new metal-as-fuck videos for you eyeballs.

Insomnium will be co-headlining a North American tour this April with Enslaved. Black Anvil will be on hand providing support throughout the 20-date run. See if they’ll be hitting a venue near you by checking the dates below:

Apr. 5, 2023 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Apr. 6, 2023 – Boston, MA @ Big Night Live
Apr. 7, 2023 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater
Apr. 8, 2023 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Apr. 10, 2023 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
Apr. 11, 2023 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Apr. 12, 2023 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
Apr. 14, 2023 – Denver, CO @ The Gothic Theatre
Apr. 15, 2023 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Apr. 17, 2023 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Apr. 18, 2023 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw
Apr. 19, 2023 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Apr. 21, 2023 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theater Taube Family Music Hall
Apr. 22, 2023 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Apr. 23, 2023 – Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theater
Apr. 25, 2023 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Apr. 26, 2023 – Dallas, TX @ The Echo Lounge and Music Hall
Apr. 28, 2023 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Apr. 29, 2023 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Apr. 30, 2023 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

Is There a Scientific Reason Why We Love Metal? Insomnium’s Dr. Ville Friman Weighs In
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