Teräsbetoni (English: Reinforced Concrete) is a Finnish heavy metal band. Their first album, Metallitotuus (trans. “Metal Truth”), 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 band is visually very strong and their epic music conjures up images of medieval warriors going off to battle (the band’s description for live performances), with lyrics often including themes such as brotherhood, truth, honour and glory. 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.The most famous songs of the band include “Taivas lyö tulta”, “Vaadimme metallia” and their Eurovision entry “Missä miehet ratsastaa”. Teräsbetoni are Jarkko Ahola – lead vocals, bass * Arto Järvinen – guitar, vocals * Viljo Rantanen – guitar * Jari Kuokkanen – drums.
J. Ahola is the vocalist, bass player and one of three songwriters for Teräsbetoni. J.’s deep passion for music has resulted in his venturing outside the structure of the band and participating in other successful projects like Northern Kings and Raskasta Joulua.
…and J.Ahola is today here with me for this sympathetic chat…
Hi Jarkko J.Ahola , and welcome to Metal Shock Finland. how’re you doing today?
Hi there! Thanks for asking, I’m doing alright. And you? Hopefully just fine.