Heavy metal meets knitting in an unexpected world championship
The year is 20NineScene and honestly, anything can happen. From crazy mash-ups to Hawthorne Heights covering Kacey Musgraves to create yeemo, it feels like anything is possible. Now, it looks like knitting and heavy metal have collided for a unique and very unexpected competition.
This looks like something straight out of a Hard Times article.
The contest feature competitors from all around the world, narrowing it down to 12 for the Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships.
Contestants compete in Joensuu, Finland with heavy metal music provided by the band Maniac Abductor.
We’re not entirely sure what the rules of the competition are, or how the contestants are actually judged, but they look like they’re having one hell of a time!
“It’s great, it is,” one competitor explains to ODN. “Knitting is such a kind of meditative activity but now it’s energetic and it’s heart-pumping!”
The winner of this first-ever contest was Japanese five-piece Giga Body Metal. They even brought their own sumo wrestlers with them.
Check out a recap video of the event below!
Never let anyone tell you something is impossible.
We can’t wait to see what next year’s heavy metal event brings to the table.
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The project is called Dads of Sad and it takes “8” by Eilish and “Butterflies” by Musgraves and adds an emo spin to them.
“The best part of music for me is reaching beyond borders and boundaries,” Hawthorne Heights frontman JT Woodruff said in a press release. “Blurring the lines within a strange industry and marketplace is what keeps your blood pumping after all this time.”
“A lot of people are probably going to ask, why the hell is this band covering extremely current pop songs that sound nothing like their band. The answer is pretty simple. We tweeted at Kacey, just wondering if she had ever listened to us back in the day. And she tweeted some of our lyrics back to us,” he continued. “We thought it was pretty bad ass that musicians in different genres are still connected. Billie Eilish was a similar scenario. She posted a video of her breakdancing to NikiFM, and thought it was super cool. Both of these are very talented artists, who represent the most current side of pop music. Both sound nothing like what we are used to writing. We thought it was a great exercise in trying to make their happy pop songs sound like sad Emo songs.”
You can listen to both covers below.
What other weird combinations would you like to see come together in heavy metal? Sound off in the comments below!