Katherine Byrne conducted an interview with vocalist/bassist Jarkko Ahola of the Finnish metal group TERÄSBETONI in the fall of 2010 before the release of the band's fourth album, "Maailma Tarvitsee Sankareita" (English translation: "The World Needs Heroes"). You can now watch the chat in two parts below.
"Maailma Tarvitsee Sankareita" entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 14. Released on November 24, 2010 via Sakara Records, the CD was recorded at HIP Studios in Helsinki, Finland and Yellow House Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, THE 69 EYES, LORDI, SENTENCED, APOCALYPTICA).
"Maailma Tarvitsee Sankareita" track listing:
01. Myrsky nousee
03. Maailma tarvitsee sankareita
04. Jumalten usva
06. Tunnemme sinut
The "Metalliolut" video can be viewed below. The clip was filmed in eastern Finland with director Antti "Hyrde" Hyyrynen (vocalist and guitarist of STAM1NA).
Hiilesmaa produced the last two albums from TERÄSBETONI, "Vaadimme metallia" and "Myrskyntuoja", both of which were certified gold in Finland.
TERÄSBETONI's debut LP, "Metallitotuus", was certified platinum in Finland and was honored in the "Metal Album of the Year" category at the annual Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammy equivalent).
TERÄSBETONI was asked to participate in the Finnish Eurovision qualification of 2008. The band won the public's vote with the song "Missä Miehet Ratsastaa" ("Where All The Men Ride Forth"), from their then-newly-released "Myrskyntuoja" album and proceeded to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Serbia. TERÄSBETONI went through to the Eurovision Song Contest final and had the prestigious experience of performing for over 100 million viewers!
Jarkko Ahola - Vocals, Bass
Arto Järvinen - Guitar, Vocals
Viljo Rantanen - Guitar
Jari Kuokkanen - Drums
Interview Part 1:
Interview Part 2:
Photos below by: Eero Kokko
(Thanks: Melica / Night Elves)