2021 IN MUSIC: Arde Teronen (Temple Balls)


Despite having been active in Finland for quite a while, hard rock/heavy metal act TEMPLE BALLS released their debut album, Pyromide in 2021. We talked with vocalist Arde Teronen about how he and the band experienced 2021. Read the complete interview below…

Reijo Koirikivi, Studio P.S.V.

What musical goals did you set for 2021? Did you achieve them?

We had tons of plans, mainly consisting of getting our latest album (“Pyromide”) out for our fans to listen to and to tour a lot. Probably needless to say, only the first was checked. The album was well received and I think we nailed it really well. Yet, we managed to play at least a few shows in Finland and were able to try out our new songs live!

Regardless of not being able to tour that much, we have already started writing our sophomore album since we’ve been blessed with all this extra time [laughs]!

Were you able to dedicate as much of 2021 to your project/band as you had hoped?

I feel pretty confident to say on behalf of us all, yes, we did pretty much everything possible this year.

What were some of the highlights you realized in 2021?

The release of “Pyromide” and getting a lot of new fans from all over the world. I personally like to follow statistics, even though I usually go with emotions first. 

Is there anything you learned during 2021?

Hard work pays off!

Have you (re-)discovered any new music during 2021?

I’m a prog enthusiast and re-discovered OPETH at least. New discoveries would probably be MAMMOTH, WVH, and MÅNESKIN.

What can we expect from you in 2022?

New music and a whole houseful of shows! Stay tuned on our social media pages and website! At this point, I think it would be great to mention that we have also joined into the world of TikTok so if any one of your readers use the platform, we’re there by the name of @templeballsrocks. We’ll be posting some content there when the time is right!

Greetings to readers of Tuonela Magazine and our fans. See you in 2022!

Written by Laureline Tilkin