"The debut album Metallitotuus was...supported by a streak of over 200 live shows - or battles as the band themselves like to call their live appearances".

The Spin

Finland's representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2008 is a heavy-rocking four-piece, who call themselves Teräsbetoni (Concrete Steel). The band has been named as the word-bringers of Finnish metal - and these fighters truly are prepared to fight for their cause until the last strike of the sword. The song they compete in Belgrade, Serbia with is called Missä Miehet Ratsastaa and it is written by the vocalist J. Ahola. It was on the internet where Teräsbetoni first drew people's attention around the year 2003. Their songs started spreading all over the web and pretty soon the band ended up signing a recording deal with Warner Music Finland.

The debut album Metallitotuus was released in 2005, being supported by a streak of over 200 live shows - or battles as the band themselves like to call their live appearances. The album achieved platinum status in Finland and has sold over 50,000 copies since the release. Metallitotuus was also awarded as the Metal Album of the Year in the annual Emma Awards (Finnish equivalent to Grammys). The sophomore album Vaadimme Metallia was released in the summer of 2006. It was produced by the renowned producer Hiili Hiilesmaa, who had previously been working with bands such as HIM, Lordi and Apocalyptica. The album achieved gold status in Finland and it was well received by the audience and the media.

Now the story continues with new quests to overcome. The band has been chosen as the Finnish representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and their third album Myrskyntuoja is to be released in Finland on March 19. The fresh-sounding new record has also been produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa, whose vision with the new songs was to bring back the originality and roughness as well as add new elements to Teräsbetoni's sound. A warrior’s mind is unbreakable!

The Singer

The Past
In nine attempts since 1990, Finland were pants. Their highest placing during this time was 15th. The economic miracle in the country was not reflected in terms of pan-European crap-pop. And then came 2006 & Lordi. The orcs will go down in the anals of Eurosong as a wonderful addition to performance over content, cueing incredulous scenes of celebration in Helsinki.
Their Eurovision entrants have always been (as our fellow Australian EBU-members like to say) "full-on". Typically, a Finnish singer is aggressive, belts out their tune, and distresses the viewers to such an extent that they can't bring themselves to look at them come voting time. Mind you, in 1982 no-one could bring themselves to look at Kojo, before or after the contest. What with their smashing hosting duties in 2007, and dropping lcohol tax, and I'm all for the Finns.

The Song




Missa Miehet Ratsastaa

Olkoon myrsky sekä viima
ja tuvassa lämmin kamiina
On kunnia ja miehuullisuus
suorittaa velvollisuus

Maailma on kylmä vaikka
on ehkä lämmölläkin paikka
Kentät kutsuu sankareita
eikä suinkaan pelkureita

Missä miehet ratsastaa
Siellä lampaat ei voi laiduntaa
Missä miehet ratsastaa
Siellä kuulee susien ulvontaa
Missä miehet, missä miehet ratsastaa
Missä miehet, missä miehet ratsastaa

Olkoon edessä tuhoa
ja takana lemmen lumoa
On miehellä velvollisuus
muistaa urhoollisuus

Ei kukaan voi välttää kipua
ja vain elämän virrassa lipua
Kentät kutsuu sankareita
eikä suinkaan pelkureita

Is he whatever his name is
or is he Iggy Pop
Prediction Semi Final 1 15th
Final No qualification