Back from the Studio!

Recording bass tracks needs some equipment.

Yes, we’re back home from Tico-Tico Studio. The album is almost done. Well, about 50% of the songs still lack vocals and keyboards. We’ve finally starting to hear what the whole album is going to sound like: a very interesting package. Naturally, it’s going to sound a bit different once again, as we never make two similar albums in a row. The album will sound like Eternal Tears of Sorrow. It will sound like what we’re supposed to sound like in 2012.

What makes the whole thing even more interesting is the fact that since Chaotic Beauty, we’ve had at least one new member on each album. On this album, it’s Mika, our lead guitarist who really has an exceptional style of playing and song-writing. There’s something similar between him and Antti Kokko (who played on A Virgin and a Whore and also plays in Kalmah); both have strong thrash metal roots and so on.

Also, as EToS has been around for almost twenty years and has had six albums released, it takes more time to try to find something new for the songs. It would be relatively easy just to write something in the style of old EToS. But 1) Chaotic Beauty part 2 wouldn’t sound as good as the original album and 2) it wouldn’t be an interesting album to make. For us, making songs and albums is a journey, an exploration into something new. It may sound selfish and naive – but we write songs for ourselves only. If a majority of the members like a song, it will be recorded for the album.

Anyway, things happen a bit more slowly nowadays than they did ten or fifteen years ago. Since Before the Bleeding Sun (our first album after the four-year break) was the first album on which we divided the recording sessions in two main sessions. In addition, between 1998 and 2001 we had three albums out (1998: Vilda Mánnu, 2000: Chaotic Beauty, 2001: A Virgin and a Whore) in just three years, which sounds incredible nowadays.

But that happens with almost every band. No matter how badly you’d like new material to be released as frequently and quickly as possible, there are many things that slow you down. You could say we set our standards higher and higher year by year. And that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

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