Although this act was formed in 1992, the current moniker was chosen in 1994. The band's foray into demoland was called The Fourth Dimension and then The Seven Goddesses Of Frost. The next tape was called Bard's Burial and was recorded at Tico Tico. The debut was recorded in the summer of 1996 and was released a mere 14 months later. In 1999 the band settled on session member Sankala as its drummer after using a drum machine for several years. Their fourth album was released in October of 2001 and the band supported it by opening for Megadeth in Finland. The group soon disbanded.
The Finns reformed in late 2004 and signed with Spinefarm Records. The band now featured Janne Tolsa from Tarot and Risto Ruuth of Scyron. The Finns issued Before The Bleeding Sun on April 26th through Spinefarm Records. The reunited band recorded the album at Tico Tico Studio. The group signed a deal with the Finnish label KHY Suomen Musiikki Oy in 2008. A new album was due. The group made singer Jarmo Kylmänen permanent for ‘clean vocals’ after having him onboard since late 2005. Drummer Petri Sankala left citing chronic back pain. His replacement was former Impish and Catamenia man Juho Raappana. Eternal Tears Of Sorrow picked Children Of The Dark Waters as the title for its sixth album, which was due in May of 2009 through Suomen Musiikki. Risto Ruuth left in 2009 with the band claiming surprise at the move. The band had already recorded its forthcoming album, Children Of The Dark Waters, but has had to cancel several scheduled shows. Replacement candidates could email the band at firstname.lastname@example.org. Eternal Tears Of Sorrow's next album, Saivon Lapsi, would be released on February 22ndm 2013 through Massacre Records. The album was recorded by Ahti Kortelainen and Janne Tolsa, mixed by Mikko Karmila and mastered by Mika Jussila. The cover artwork came courtesy of Travis Smith. Raappana was on drums and Lammassaari was on guitar.
ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW - VILDA MANNU - SPINEFARM
My first encounter with this Finnish band was on the Utopian Vision Music's Sonic Obliteration CD where the act had been shuffled amongst the mostly-Canadian entrants. Having released an obscure album last called Sinner's Serenade, the drummer-less band (formerly going under the Andromeda moniker) has rebounded and released its second album which to these ears displays quite a bit of promise. The band does titillate between the heavy and the commercial and may end up at either camp sooner or later, but for now manages a fine balancing act which is aided by the lively Tico Tico studio sound and a confident delivery. In more detail, the band does employ quite a few Amorphis-esque folk rhythms which will probably add to the band's commercial potential. Furthermore, songs like Raven and Nightwind's Lullaby do deteriorate with some disheartening drum machine parts and the inclusion of an absolutely trendy whore opening her mouth. The melodies ring in the background of almost every song. On the other hand, the band stays away from balladry and clearly goes after a metal effect. The powerful vocals, mature musicianship and the speed and heaviness prevail to elevate the album far above the level of a Paradise Lost or Amorphis where this album could have ended up. For now, ETS remains a viable metal entity. - Ali "The Metallian"