Yes, we’re back from the wonderland that’s called Japan. It was truly an amazing trip! We got a lot of new friends and bumped into some really old friends, too.
Now, as we promised, it’s the right time to write some new songs. This is a very fascinating phase because no matter how many thoughts you have about new material, the songs usually have a different direction. In other words, new songs usually take you by surprise.
Jarmo Puolakanaho & Eternal Tears of Sorrow
As some of you may have heard, we announced a couple of Japanese live shows that will be played in late August. And there may be some more dates to come this year.
It is true that we have been quite quiet during the past three years. The only visible thing we’ve done after releasing Saivon lapsi was a festival gig in June 2013. After that, we were quite inactive.
Well, we’ve done this since the early 90s. And there have been many things we’ve learned. One important thing that we’ve realized that in order to keep the band wagon moving, we need to keep the whole band thing interesting to us. And we keep the thing interesting to us by doing new things. Things new and different to us.
Planning to go to Japan isn’t actually a new thing to us, as such. We were almost going to Japan in 2001. But it would have been too expensive us. Besides, at that time the band was in a turbulent stage (we were tired of the band and each other), so it wouldn’t have been a good thing to go there anyway.
But these Japanese live shows will be our first gigs outside Europe, anyway.
The whole ‘we need to do new, interesting things’ mantra doesn’t affect our gigging rate only. It also affects our song-writing. After three symphonic albums, we want to create something completely different. Our music can’t get any bigger any more.
We need to re-invent our style, once again. If you listen to our fourth album (A Virgin and a Whore) and our fifth album (Before the Bleeding Sun), they don’t sound similar at all. Now, we need to make a similar move.
So, we can’t promise you a new album soon. Not yet. But we’ll let you know when something happens. Something worth mentioning, that is.
Jarmo Puolakanaho & Eternal Tears of Sorrow
Last May, Eternal Tears of Sorrow turned twenty, which is quite an amount of years in my humble opinion. More than a half of my life! This week, it’s twenty years since our first studio recording called ‘Bard’s Burial’. Call it a demo or a promo tape. You can find it on our debut album ‘Sinner’s Serenade’ – the promo tape is the three last songs on the album.
Listen to ‘Bard’s Burial’ and then listen to our latest album ‘Saivon Lapsi’. You could say our style has changed. But then again, we’re not teenagers anymore.
Anyway, this was the dawn of Eternal Tears of Sorrow. Enjoy.
On behalf of EToS,
I just wanted to tell you that Eternal Tears of Sorrow officially turns twenty years this month! (Unofficially, we may be 21 or 22 years old… But that depends on whether the pre-EToS projects are included or not.)
In May 1994, there were three of us: Altti, Olli-Pekka and I recording our first demo tape (or a promo tape or whatever you want to call it) called “The Seven Goddesses of Frost”. At that time, we had just one dream: to have a release with our name on the front cover. Basically, anything would have been good for us: an LP, a 7″ EP, a CD. Three years later, we had our debut album out and ever since, the years have been wonderful.
During the years, the band has changed a bit and so has our music. But EToS is still the same band with the same attitude. Unfortunately, our lives have changed as well, so we can’t spent all of our free-time on this band anymore, which means we’ll have to take it a bit slower nowadays.
But don’t you worry… We will break this spell of inactivity sooner or later. There’s no way you can get rid of us! I don’t know when this is going to happen. Perhaps this year. Or next year.
Meanwhile, you can enjoy the official EToS ritual drink to celebrate our twenty years. Or you can take a cup of coffee or a cup of tea. Or a beer or a glass of wine. Or a glass of milk. Or a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. Whatever makes you feel good.
Anyway, all you need for the official EToS ritual drink is vodka, Bacardi, tequila and gin. Taken from the liner notes of our second album, Vilda Mánnu: “Eternal Tears of Sorrow ritual drink: 4cl Vodka, 4cl Gin, 4cl Tequila, 4cl Bacardi. Served without ice at room temperature. Have a nice day!” But very, very, very carefully! Remember, we have warned you!
Cheers and thanks to everyone!
On behalf of all the people who play or have played in this band,
Saivon Lapsi. Out. Now.
In most countries (excluding Finland etc), you can get the digital version here: http://massacre.musiclogistics.net/releases/26337?lang=en .
Finnish people can get the digital version here: http://downloads.cdon.com/index.phtml?country=fi&page=product&albumid=116736678
Suomalaisille myös tiedoksi, että Saivon Lapsi sekä aikaisempia albumeitamme on tarjolla CD-muodossa Levykauppa Äksässä: http://www.levykauppax.fi/artist/eternal_tears_of_sorrow/
The best one of all the participants will be printed as an official band shirt. The winner will also get comprehensive merchandise package, signed by the band. 2nd and 3rd winners will get a signed copy of Saivon Lapsi album and t-shirt.
The artwork can be based on the artwork of the forthcoming album, Swan Saivo music video or any of upcoming album tracks (and their lyrics), which are:
2. Dark Alliance
3. Legion of Beast
5. Dance of December
6. The Day
7. Sound of Silence
8. Beneath the Frozen Leaves
9. Swan Saivo
10. Blood Stained Sea
11. Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act III: Saivon Lapsi)
Design: 2 sided t-shirt / Long sleeve
Resolution: At least 2048 x 2048
Size: (40 x 35cm)
The deadline for sending your designs is March 31th, 2013. The winners will be announced in April 2013.
The artwork must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.