Eternal Tears Of Sorrow

Eternal Tears Of Sorrow
STYLE: , ORIGIN: FinlandFORMED: 1994LABEL: Massacre Records
  • Altti Veteläinen – vocals, bass guitar
  • Jarmo Kylmänen – clean vocals
  • Jarmo Puolakanaho – guitar
  • Mika Lammassaari – guitar
  • Janne Tolsa – keyboards
  • Juho Raappana – drums

The band was formed in 1994 by Jarmo Puolakanaho, Altti Veteläinen and Olli-Pekka Törrö, after various projects that featured people who became members of Eternal Tears of Sorrow. Andromeda, a first death/doom/thrash metal project, had been put on hold in late 1992 because the rehearsal place had burned down. They could not find a new rehearsal place in their home town, so the three members started a new sideproject (M.D.C.) and recorded a demo tape, Beyond The Fantasy in autumn 1993.

In spring 1994, they recorded a new demo, The Seven Goddesses of Frost. Then the band decided to change their name to something they felt more appropriate opting for Eternal Tears of Sorrow. Between 1994 and 1996 the band had a couple of songs on some compilation CDs in Europe and Canada, and recorded their debut, Sinner’s Serenade. It took more than a year for the debut album to get released by X-Treme Records,[1] a small underground label from Gothenburg in Sweden. After they recorded their second album, Vilda Mánnu, Spinefarm Recordsapproached the band and soon they signed a deal with the label. 

Their third album, Chaotic Beauty (on which the band had three new members since Olli-Pekka Törrö had left the band), led to a European tour with Nightwish and Sinergy. Their fourth album, A Virgin and a Whore, went to the Finnish Album Top 40 charts. After releasing four albums, the band announced they were taking a break just after the release of A Virgin and a Whore; however, they broke up in January 2003.

In February 2005, the band announced they were going to make a comeback. Their fifth album, Before the Bleeding Sun, was released in April 2006 (excluding releases in Russia and Japan that were released later). This album also went to the Finnish Album Top 40 charts, to No. 26. The band added two session members since Petri Sankala and Janne Tolsa were unavailable at that time. 

In late 2008, the band announced that Jarmo Kylmänen (who had been part of the band’s song-writing team since 2005) had joined the band as an official member. Soon after that, their long-time drummer Petri Sankala left because of back pain. In early April 2009, it was reported that Risto Ruuth had left the band. They found a replacement, Mika Lammassaari, and started rehearsing for the postponed live shows originally planned for May. 

The band’s sixth album, Children of the Dark Waters, came out in May 2009 through Suomen Musiikki in Finland, Massacre Records in the rest of Europe, and Marquee/Avalon in Asia. A new single, “Tears of Autumn Rain,” was released in Finland and Japan as well as on the band’s MySpace page. The other track on the single was a re-recorded version of “Vilda Mánnu” from their second album. “Children of the Dark Waters” album charted at No. 19 at the Finnish Album Top 40 charts.

The seventh album, “Saivon Lapsi”, was released in February 2013.


Saivon Lapsi / 2013

  • Album Info
  • 2013
  • Suomen Musiikki, Massacre Records
  1. Saivo
  2. Dark Alliance
  3. Legion Of Beast
  4. Kuura
  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)

Children of the Dark Waters / 2009

  • Album Info
  • 2009
  • Suomen Musiikki, Massacre Records
  1. Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act II: Children Of The Dark Waters)
  2. Baptized By The Blood Of Angels
  3. Tears Of Autumn Rain
  4. Summon The Wild
  5. Sea Of Whispers
  6. Midnight Bird
  7. Diary Of Demonic Dreams
  8. When The Darkest Night Falls
  9. Nocturne Thule
  10. Sea Of Whispers (Acoustic Reprise)


Children of the Dark Waters is the sixth studio album by Finnish symphonic death metal band Eternal Tears of Sorrow. It was released in May 2009 through Suomen Musiikki for Finland, Massacre Records for the rest of Europe and Marquee/Avalon Records for Asia. It is the second album to feature Jarmo Kylmänen on clean vocals, but his first album as an official member.

The album is in the same vein as Before the Bleeding Sun, but darker. “Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act II: Children of the Dark Waters)” is the second part of “Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act I: Before the Bleeding Sun)” from Before the Bleeding Sun. On the UK Amazon edition “Vilda Mánnu” is replaced by “Sea of Whispers (Acoustic Reprise)” as a bonus track.

The album’s first single was “Tears of Autumn Rain” released in Finland on February 18 and featured vocals by Miriam Renvåg (Ram-Zet) and Heidi Parviainen (Amberian Dawn). The B-side of the single is a reworked version of “Vilda Mánnu” from the self-titled album, Vilda Mánnu. The album was mixed at Finnvox Studios (Helsinki, Finland) in March and April 2009 by Mikko Karmila and like the previous five albums, it was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi. Lead guitarist Risto Ruuth left the band right before the release of the album, and was replaced by Mika Lammassaari (from Mors Subita).

Before The Bleeding Sun / 2006

  • Album Info
  • 2006
  • Spinefarm Records
  1. Sweet Lilith Of My Dreams
  2. Another Me
  3. Red Dawn Rising
  4. Upon The Moors
  5. Sakura No Rei
  6. Sinister Rain
  7. Lost Rune Of Thunder
  8. Tar Still Flows
  9. Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act I: Before The Bleeding Sun)

A Virgin and a Whore / 2001

  • Album Info
  • 2001
  • Spinefarm Records

Aurora Borealis
Heart Of Wilderness
Fall Of Man
The River Flows Frozen
The Last One For Life
Sick, Dirty And Mean
Blood Of Hatred
As I Die


A Virgin and a Whore is the fourth album by Finnish symphonic death metal band Eternal Tears of Sorrow. It was their last album before their break they had between 2003 and 2005. This is the last EToS album to feature keyboardist Pasi Hiltula (who had been in the band since early 1999) and the only album to feature guitarist Antti Kokko.

The seventh song on the album, “Sick, Dirty and Mean” is a cover song, originally written and performed by Accept. The band had rehearsed the song for a two-part tribute album (Tribute to Accept vol. 1 & 2) in 1999 but didn’t have any extra time to record it. So, they decided to include the song on A Virgin and a Whore.

The album cover art was made by Niklas Sundin of Cabin Fever Media and guitarist of Dark Tranquillity.

Chaotic Beauty / 2000

  • Album Info
  • 2000
  • Spinefarm Records
  1. Shattered Soul
  2. Blood Of Faith Stains My Hands
  3. Autumn’s Grief
  4. The Seventh Eclipse
  5. Bride Of The Crimson Sea
  6. Black Tears
  7. Tar Of Chaos
  8. Bhéan Sidhe
  9. Nocturnal Strains


Chaotic Beauty is the third album by Finnish symphonic death metal band Eternal Tears Of Sorrow. It was their first album without the original three founding members of the band (guitarist Olli-Pekka Törrö had left the band in early 1999) and the first EToS album with a five-member line-up. It is also the second EToS album with no pre-programmed drums.

The guest vocalist on the album was Kimberly Goss of Sinergy, and on the Japanese Bonus CD, Heli Luokkala. The song “Black Tears” is a cover, originally written by Dan Swanö for his band Edge of Sanity.

This album continues the band’s tradition to record albums with Ahti Kortelainen at Tico-Tico Studio in Kemi, Finland. However, this is the first EToS album that Mikko Karmila mixed; before Chaotic Beauty all albums were also mixed by Ahti Kortelainen.

Vilda Mánnu / 1998

  • Album Info
  • 1998
  • Spinefarm Records
  1. Northern Doom
  2. Burning Flames’ Embrace
  3. Goashem
  4. Scars Of Wisdom
  5. Raven (In Your Eyes)
  6. Nightwind’s Lullaby
  7. Vilda Mánnu
  8. Coronach
  9. Nodde Rahgam
  10. Seita


Vilda Mánnu is the second album by Finnish band Eternal Tears of Sorrow.

It contains the band’s first guest vocals (by Heli Luokkala, known from Nicepappi). It is also the last EToS album with their original line-up as one of the co-founders of the band, Olli-Pekka Törrö, left the band a few months after the release of this album.

The title of the album (as well as the name of the title song), Vilda Mánnu, is Northern Sami language. It means “Wild Moon” in English. There is also another Sami song title on the album, Goashem, which (in the form “goas’kem”) is Old Sami language for “an eagle” 

Sinner's Serenade / 1997

  • Album Info
  • 1997
  • Extreme Records
  1. Dawn
  2. Another One Falls Asleep
  3. The Law Of The Flames
  4. Dirge
  5. Sinner’s Serenade
  6. My God, The Evil Wind
  7. March
  8. Bard’s Burial
  9. The Son Of The Forest
  10. Empty Eyes


Sinner’s Serenade is the first album by the Finnish metal band Eternal Tears of Sorrow.

It was recorded and mixed in only five days – the three last songs, from Bard’s Burial demo tape, in just one day and the rest of the songs in four days.

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