A couple of months ago I stumbled across the website of a Manowar-wannabe band TerÃ¤sbetoni.
To compare them to Manowar is unfair, to be honest. Manowar are four warriors of Real Metal™, the true kings of the Kingdom of Steel. TerÃ¤sbetoni (I can’t even remember their name let alone pronounce it!) on the other hand are how Manowar might look if they were crossed with Orcs and left to fend for themselves in a prisoner of war camp for 12 months! (See photograph above.)
Their biography in English (the rest of the site is Finnish) is truly wonderful. It begins:
“Combining two of the worldâ€™s toughest elements that combust in heat in relatively the same manner results in a combination that is virtually impossible to break. Very similar to the mindset of a soldier!”
But my favourite quotation is taken from their first single called “Taivas lyÃ¶ tulta”, which, believe it or not, sat at No.1 in the Finnish charts for three weeks!
“The call of metal may be too hard to handle for some, but not for those that are guided by the warrior instinct”
Bonkers! … utterly bonkers!!