Top 10 Jarkko Ahola Vocal Performances

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Jarkko Ahola is a young and lesser-known metal singer from Finland but he definitely deserves more attention.

He sings power metal, heavy metal and symphonic metal (and occasionally classical, jazz, hard rock).

His voice is very powerful and expressive. Jarkko Ahola is also a bassist, lyricist and primary songwriter for his bands.

His first band (Teräsbetoni) got its first recording contract thanks to a nation-wide petition, started by fans and sent to several record companies. As a result, Teräsbetoni were signed to Warner Music in 2004. Never heard of anything like that before.

The Top Ten

1 Teräksen Taakka - Teräsbetoni

This is a great power ballad in Finnish and Jarkko Ahola nailed it - his voice is so expressive and beautiful yet powerful. His sustain at the end is remarkable (4:35).
I don't care about the lyrics I don't understand because I get the mood and the message from his voice.
Teräksen Taakka = Burden of Steel. - Metal_Treasure

2 Don't Bring Me Down - Northern Kings

Awesome start to finish but especially the intro scream, 2:55-3:05 and the end. I have replayed these 3 sections many times.
The song is an ELO metal cover. - Metal_Treasure

3 Ave Maria (live) - J. Ahola

I mean the live version from Viiala, Finland, 8.12.2013, last stop of his X-Mas charity tour.
YouTube title: "Ave Maria -- J. Ahola -- 8.12.2013".
It's more impressive after 2:45, especially towards the end. I was surprised to see that his live performance is completely effortless and he sounds like an opera singer. He uses classical singers vocal technique very often in his metal songs. - Metal_Treasure

4 Metallisydän - Teräsbetoni

A power ballad, where the voice is clearly heard.
Metallisydän = Metal Heart - Metal_Treasure

5 Missä Miehet Ratsastaa - Teräsbetoni

This song was elected to represent Finland at the Eurovision International Song Contest 2008. Jarkko Ahola wrote the music and lyrics. No words needed, just watch the original video clip and this live performance at the Eurovision semi-final:
"ESC08 Semi-final: Teräsbetoni - Missä miehet ratsastaa (HQ)" - Metal_Treasure

6 Konstantinopoli - Teräsbetoni Konstantinopoli - Teräsbetoni

A lengthy power metal song, epic vox. - Metal_Treasure

7 Maailma Tarvitsee Sankareita - Teräsbetoni Maailma Tarvitsee Sankareita - Teräsbetoni
8 Stoneface - Ahola Stoneface - Ahola
9 Metalliolut - Teräsbetoni Metalliolut - Teräsbetoni

Enjoy his resonant voice - the voice is resonant when the notes ring, which is very pleasant.
I'd also suggest to watch the video clip because it's funny.
Metalliolut = Metal Beer - Metal_Treasure

10 Uudestisyntynyt - Teräsbetoni Uudestisyntynyt - Teräsbetoni

His voice is so resonant (his notes are ringing). - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Pyhä Maa - Teräsbetoni

Sustain: 14-15 seconds at the end. - Metal_Treasure

12 Paha Sanoo - Teräsbetoni
13 Wings Of Icaros - Dreamtale Wings Of Icaros - Dreamtale
14 My Way - Northern Kings

An impressive Frank Sinatra cover. - Metal_Treasure

15 Heaven and Hell - Oulu All Star Big Band & J. Ahola Heaven and Hell - Oulu All Star Big Band & J. Ahola

J. Ahola is a very versatile singer and this Black Sabbath/Dio cover is the most interesting version I know. - Metal_Treasure

16 Cold N Lonely - Ahola Cold N Lonely - Ahola
17 The Moment - Ahola
18 Voittamaton - Teräsbetoni
19 Hello - Northern Kings
20 Saalistaja - Teräsbetoni
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