Eternal Tears of Sorrow has been around for ages. 21½ years is quite a long time for a band, is it? Basically, our career ran be divided into three distinct eras.
- 1994-1999: our two first albums, melodic death metal and doom/death metal.
- 1999-2001: two albums: melodic death metal + something else?
- 2004-2013: three albums with more symphonic elements.
You could say our fourth era has just began after a 28-month break.
This time, the new era doesn’t mean new members, though. It means changing our attitude. It means trying to write songs in a different way. We want our music to be rawer but more melodic, simpler but catchier, more melancholic but heavier. And so on. The hardcore punk attitude without actually playing hardcore punk but our kind of metal.
I think we know what to do now. It will take a lot of time, though, so don’t expect out eighth album to come out next year. If we were twenty-five again, we could write and record an album in six months. But that was fifteen (!) years ago and things have changed since then. There will be no deadlines or obligations.
The journey is just about to start.
P.S. Meliora by Ghost may be the album of the year. It doesn’t mean we’re going to sound like Ghost. Or look like them!