Teräsbetoni

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Teräsbetoni
Teräsbetoni at WOA.jpg
Teräsbetoni at W:O:A, in 2005
Background information
Also known as Terasbetoni
Origin Finland
Genres Heavy metal, power metal, cock rock
Years active 2002–2011, 2013 (indefinite hiatus)
Labels Warner Music Finland (until 2010), Sakara Records (2010-present)
Associated acts Northern Kings
Website www.terasbetoni.com
Members Jarkko Ahola
Arto Järvinen
Viljo Rantanen
Jari Kuokkanen

Teräsbetoni is a Finnish power metal band. Their first album, Metallitotuus was released in 2005 and has so far sold more than 32,000 copies. Teräsbetoni has been strongly influenced by bands such as Manowar. The direct translation of the band's name is steel concrete, Finnish for reinforced concrete.

The music of Teräsbetoni has a martial air to it, with lyrics glorifying a pagan warrior lifestyle and a "brotherhood of metal". The style has received mixed reception. Band members themselves have said that they are not dead serious about the band's mentality and are having fun with it.[1] The most famous songs of the band include "Taivas lyö tulta", "Vaadimme metallia", "Voittamaton" and their Eurovision entry "Missä miehet ratsastaa".

The group announced the interruption of activities in August 2011,[2] and it has remained in hiatus since then.

History[edit]

The lead vocal and bass guitar Jarkko Ahola

Jarkko Ahola, Arto Järvinen, and Viljo Rantanen met each other in 2002 and decided to form a band. Jari Kuokkanen joined as a part-time drummer, and later became an official member. Rantanen was the one to come up with the name Teräsbetoni. Teräsbetoni made its first songs in 2003. They were published on the band's homepage in the summer of 2003 and were called "Teräsbetoni", "Teräksen varjo" (trans. The Shadow of Steel), and "Maljanne nostakaa" (trans. Raise Your Toast).[3]

The band started to get popular in underground circles and soon the knowledge of the band's existence spread wider. Excited fans circulated a petition, demanding a recording contract for Teräsbetoni, and sent it to several record companies. In 2004, Teräsbetoni performed their first concert and a live version of "Taivas lyö tulta" (trans. The sky strikes down fire) was added to the band's homepage. In their first concerts they used to play a cover versions of Ronnie James Dio's "Rainbow in the Dark" and Manowar's "Metal Warriors". In late 2004 the band signed a recording contract with Warner Music Finland and the recording for the "Taivas lyö tulta" single started in December 2004. The single was released on 2 February 2005. During its first week on the Finnish single list it rose to the top, followed by plentiful radio time and the band becoming more widely known.[3]

The recordings for the "Metallitotuus" album started in January 2005 and the album was released on 6 April 2005. During its first week on the Finnish list, it placed 2nd and stood on the list for 29 weeks. Another single from the album was "Orjatar" (trans. Slave Woman). A music video was also made of this song and it was shown for the first time on the TOP40 show, on 16 April 2005. Taivas lyö tulta was later chosen to be the goal song for the Finnish ice hockey national team A in the Karjala Cup tournament.[4]

"Metallitotuus" went platinum (in Finland, that means over 30,000 copies have been sold) in the year it was published, with almost 33,000 copies sold, becoming the third most popular heavy rock album in Finland that year. In June 2006 the band's second album, "Vaadimme metallia" (trans. We Demand Metal), was released. On the day of its release, it nearly broke the gold album line (which in Finland is 15,000 albums sold).

There has been a lot of interest of Teräsbetoni in countries outside Finland, and the band is also very interested in playing outside Finland; so far they have done so only once, at Wacken Open Air 2005. Teräsbetoni competed in the Finnish national preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. On 1 March they won the nomination with a total of 38.9% of the final votes cast. They represented Finland with their song Missä miehet ratsastaa.[5] The band was voted as one of the finalists on 20 May. In the finals on 24 May the entry placed 22nd with 35 points. In the semi-final band placed 8th with 79 points.

On 19 March 2008 Teräsbetoni released their third album, Myrskyntuoja, which entered the Finnish album chart at position 1. In 2010 a fourth studio album was released, Maailma Tarvitsee Sankareita.

In the year following the release of their fourth studio album, the group announced that they would cease band activity. They made it clear that they were not breaking up, but rather taking a break. They did play a show to celebrate their 10-year anniversary on 7 July 2013. They played in Turku, honoring the city that hosted many of their earliest shows. They announced the continuation of the break following the event.

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Heavy band Teräsbetoni unfazed over stigma from Eurovision entry victory". Helsingin Sanomat. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  2. ^ Hakala, Teemu (22 August 2011). "Teräsbetoni tauolle". kaaoszine.fi (in Finnish). Kaaos Zine. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Teräsbetoni". Metal from Finland. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum - Teräsbetoni". Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  5. ^ "Teräsbetoni take narrow win in Finnish Eurovision finals". Helsingin Sanomat. 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
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Preceded by
Hanna Pakarinen
with Leave Me Alone
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
2008
Succeeded by
Waldo's People
with Lose Control