St. Petersburg: Dumaskaya street in the cultural capital of Russia is lined with dive bars and is jumping on Friday and Saturday nights. It attracts a lot of colorful people like Slava, who goes by the name of 'black' and loves rock.`
Polina, 21, was holding her electric guitar as she waited in the center of Vladivostok for her friend, who is also the singer in their 4-person band. While her group plays a lighter rock, Polina said she loves heavy metal. ''There is a new wave of metal,'' she said. ''It appeals to young people who don't want to be constrained by standards and comfort.''
Nikita walked up to me in the center of Vladivostok and asked for a light. He was dressed in leather from head to toe and said he loved heavy metal. He said his favorite group was St. Petersburg-based metals band 'Infernal Fuck.' I asked if he had his own group. He said he played the contrabass in a folk music ensembles and always wore a traditional costume when he played such as red boots. I asked him about the contrast between what he liked and what he played. ''Metal is my style, but I can combine things,'' he said, open his leather jacket wider to show a conservative-styled gray sweater between his leather jacket and metal print t-shirt.