Monthly Archives: April 2012

Lights, Camera, Action!

It was a fine day for Eternal Tears of Sorrow. The very first official music video. As a matter of fact, we do have some semi-official videos but unfortunately they’re not really 100% professional quality videos. I really don’t know why. The odds and the gods of metal have always been against us.

We shot one in 1999 for “Burning Flames’ Embrace” which was a bit weird. We had a brand new line-up playing a song of the original line-up, for instance, our drummer Petri Sankala had to play the drum machine things in the video. And, of course, the overall cost of the video was 666 Finnish marks. Then, there was supposed to be a live video for a song on “Chaotic Beauty“, somewhere in Helsinki supporting Nightwish. And then, there is a nice live video for “Summon the Wild”, done a couple of years ago.

We all woke up at seven (if not earlier) to get to the place at 8.30. The production team (Mutant Koala Pictures) had arrived a bit earlier, which is natural as they had a lot of equipment with them. An hour later, we started. Hearing the same tune over and over for six hours might normally be quite boring, but we all had adrenaline rushing in our veins. Can you believe it was actually the first time a photo was taken with each member playing his instrument, including the keyboard wizard mr Janne Tolsa? But I’m sure it won’t be the last ;). And you’ll get to see this photo later, as well as the whole video.

Anyway, it’s been quite natural that after two days of action I’ve needed a total rest day, no matter how fun the action has been. Friday was fun and Saturday was fun. Quite different from each other, but fun. (Did I already mention the word “fun”, by the way?) In my first blog entry of 2012, I wrote:

If everything goes “as planned” (yeah right, like I would ever have a plan?), I will be happier by the end of the year. Or at least I will have learned new things about life, love, the universe and everything.

Well, I’m already happier than in January. Much happier. That’s weird because I don’t know what has made the difference. Maybe it’s just as simple as seizing the day, enjoying the moment and always trying to think positively (as my mother says to me almost every time I call her). One third of this year is gone and I just can’t wait for what’s ahead.

“Life, love, the universe and everything.” Sounds like fun. Welcome, May, you will be a nice month!

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Posted by on 30.4.2012 in In English, Music


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Holiday, Vacation, Loma, Semester And So On…

People at a Vappu picnic in Kaivopuisto, Helsi...

People at a Vappu picnic in Kaivopuisto, Helsinki, on 1 May 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It looks like the first third of 2012 is almost over and the Finnish Vappu (i.e. Walpurgis Night) is just around the corner. Well, we Finns don’t have bonfires on Vappu but on Easter and on Midsummer. Finnish Vappu is something different. Students get drunk (as always), people make sima and Vappu doughnuts (basically, doughnuts covered in sugar and without the hole in the middle). And I still don’t have any definitive plans for Vappu. But that’s good, that’s the way I like it.

The year has been quite nice so far, actually. I’ve made some mistakes (as usually) and some things I’m really proud of, alone or with other people. One of the things that has made this year fine is a slight change in my attitude. Why should I worry about things if things are not so bad, after all? Seize the day (if possible) and enjoy the moment, that’s a good motto. I don’t have to worry about the past because it’s already done. I don’t have to worry about the future because it cannot be foreseen.

In short, it’s been a nice year so far. Looking forward to the summer!

Anyway, it’s time to get prepared. Tomorrow we’re going to shoot our first official music video ever. Still need to do some music editing with the songs with my Wavelab. And I also need new clothes. Nice.

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Posted by on 27.4.2012 in In English, Life


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Google Chrome Memory Usage

Google Chrome

Google Chrome (Photo credit:

I’ve been an avid Chrome user for a year now. There’s basically nothing wrong with Firefox as such, it is just a bit slower nowadays. But nowadays, Chrome has started to use more and more memory, making it virtually impossible to have Chrome windows open when making music with Cubase.

It took a while to try to Google something for this issue. Finally, I found three switches to add to the Chrome shortcut button.

  • –purge-memory-button adds a new button to the Chrome Task Manager. I’m actually not sure if it works in Chrome 20 as it often crashes the whole browser.
  • –enable-internal-flash makes Chrome use internal Flash player. I’m not sure if this works 100% either as watching a Youtube video crashed my Chrome this morning.
  • –memory-model=low is definitely the most interesting switch. There are three memory models: “high”, “medium” and “low”. I think this switch has something to do with Chrome releasing memory back to the operating system.

But Chrome seems to work more smoothly now that my shortcut looks like this:

C:\Users\xxx\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –purge-memory-button –enable-internal-flash –memory-model=low


Posted by on 26.4.2012 in In English


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Home. Tired. Happy.

Audio mixer faders at the Bull & Gate pub in K...

Audio mixer faders at the Bull & Gate pub in Kentish Town, North London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I got home from Tico-Tico Studio on Monday evening. Must have been 11 o’clock or something. And it’s kinda funny that you usually get tired after a long day at a recording studio even if you don’t play anything on that day, or just play some basic guitar tracks. You need to keep your ears active all the time (or as much as possible, anyway).

But in the end, being at the studio is still fun for me, it’s almost like holiday. It’s the place where you finally hear what your music sounds like. And it’s the right place for making some extra experiments on your songs. It’s different from travelling in a bus and playing live shows in different cities and towns. You don’t have to travel for 12 hours to a venue to play an hour or 90 minutes to get things done, anyway. Well, it’s not that I don’t like playing live. During the years, I’ve actually started to love gigs.

This weekend, Eternal Tears of Sorrow is going to record their first music video ever. Finally! I have no idea why it has taken so long. It may have been bad luck or perhaps the somewhat crooked music business that promises you a lot but doesn’t always keep its promises. Anyway, I don’t want to complain. Things are fine with the band. The music video this month, the brand new single in May or June *), the last recording sessions in July, the Chinese tour in August and September. And finally, the album should be out in…? Well, I don’t know. End of the year, probably, possibly and hopefully.

*) Just got to see the cover of the single and it looks amazing. The final versions of the songs on the single sound great as well!


Posted by on 25.4.2012 in In English, Music


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Storm Corrosion: Drag Ropes (New Video!)

Ooh yeah, this is exactly what I’ve needed after a weekend full of metal, Nuendo and so-called studio food. Storm Corrosion, a project by Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) have finally had an official video out. It’s weird, non-metal, progressive, atmospheric, experimental, melodic, beautiful, confusing and much more.

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Posted by on 24.4.2012 in In English, Music


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The Rock / Metal Scene in Oulu in 2012?

Oulu "Sunset"

Oulu, the Jewel and the White Town of the North. Ten, maybe fifteen years ago, people used to call this a metal town. And why not, as we had some great bands such as Sentenced and Impaled Nazarene in the early 90s (and of course, also a bit later). Suddenly, dozens of new bands arose.

But in the 2000s, the scene calmed down, so to say. A lot happened in the underground, naturally, but nothing more. But fortunately, I’ve noticed the Oulu scene is finally getting more and more active. Maybe even more active than ever before…

The Oulu City Hall in Oulu, Finland, in the ev...

The Oulu City Hall in Oulu, Finland, in the evening. The City Hall was designed by Swedish architect J.E.Stenberg in 1885. Weather: −5 °C. Suomi: Oulun kaupungintalo illalla. Rakennuksen on suunnitellut ruotsalainen arkkitehti J. E. Stenberg vuonna 1885. Lämpötila: −5°C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are some bands that came to my mind. In alphabetical order. Yeah, I know these bands feature members that I know. But each bands really deserves to be mentioned, right?

  • Cvalda. A new, electronic rock band founded by Juha Kylmänen (Reflexion, For My Pain…), Lauri Tuohimaa (Embraze, For My Pain…, Charon etc.), Ilkka Leskelä (Embraze, Maple Cross, Reflection) and Mikko Kylmänen (Severe; Juha is his uncle). Video.
  • Dark Intervals. A new rock/pop solo project of Ilkka Harjula (Ignis Fatuus). Album.
  • Godlesson. SLayeR! People from Joint Depression and Bleak Crowd. I think I’ve already mentioned this band a couple of months ago. Video.
  • Grabulator. Hard rock, blues, southern rock featuring Speedy (Rautavaara). Video.
  • Ignis Fatuus. Dark progressive metal featuring  Jarmo Kylmänen (Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Rautavaara) who happens to be Juha’s brother and Mikko’s father (see Cvalda). Live video.
  • Joint Depression. Gothic progressive metal? Video.
  • Mors Subita. Melodic death/thrash, featuring Mika Lammassaari (Eternal Tears of Sorrow). Video.
  • Valentfoe. Progressive metal by people from Dark Flood, ZeroCrowd and Dawn of Relic. Video.

And of course, The Man-Eating Tree, Kalmah, Poisonblack, Catamenia, National Napalm Syndicate, Burning Point, Afterworld, Myon, Charon, Zero Nine, The Black League, of which many were actually formed in the Oulu area but not exactly in Oulu. But who cares?

Keep your eyes open and your ears clean as Oulu sounds heavier than ever before!
The video of the evening is ‘Nepenthe’ by Sentenced. Can you believe it’s 17 years since ‘Amok’, their third album?
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Posted by on 20.4.2012 in In English, Music


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Recording Guitars…

Recording guitars isn’t always so easy. You’ll have to find the right microphone, get the right sound out of your amp and mic your amp correcly. Which is not so easy, as you can see from the photo here.

Eternal Tears of Sorrow‘s going to try this stuff next weekend as we’re going to start recording the bass and the guitar tracks. I’m going to print this photo and take a look at it if the guitar sound isn’t going to get good.

This time, we’re going to have more cowbell and less distortion. Or just a bit less distortion.

(For those who don’t get it: amp heads don’t have any speakers. The box under the amp head is the cabinet and that’s where the speakers are…)


Posted by on 18.4.2012 in In English, Music


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