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I created a Facebook page for my solo songs. Now I wish I had thought of a band name before releasing the songs.

I actually thought of something seemingly clever such as Timetanic or Antitachyon Project, something that would have sounded both extremely geeky and extremely stupid five minutes after releasing the songs.

I’ll end this post with a small anecdote. Some of you remember our third album, Chaotic Beauty, and the first song on it, Shattered Soul. The first verse was something like this:

And the ancient mystic words misled me, they reached my hidden innocence
So the sweetest moments of the perfect beauty turned to the hours of the deepest despair

Yeah. Perfect beauty indeed :D. Here’s the origin of those two little words.

 

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2017?

There have been some inquiries about my little solo project and EToS. To be more exact, some people have wanted to know if EToS or myself are going to release new songs this year.

The answer is no. Or “most likely no”. Or “there could be something”.

As you may know, Eternal Tears of Sorrow has been writing songs for the eight album for months now. However, writing songs is much slower nowadays than it used to be when we were younger. Besides, we’ve been taking care of some other time-consuming things, too. Still, it is possible that you are able to hear a new song or two this year… Some way ;).

On my side project, I will write more songs when the time is right. When I feel like it, that is. It’s not all about the music, you know. It’s about the story, too. And the story consists of the lyrics and the music videos.

There are many questions. Is the end of the world really coming or is it just someone who thinks that way? Why is somebody (or some people) thinking of travelling in time? Or has someone (or some people) already travelled in time, to the past or to the future? Who are those weird people who have gathered in the dark to watch old black and white movies? Are they slaves or leaders or just regular people? When and where do they live?

And so on. I need to find answers to these questions before going on.

But anyway, 2017’s going to be an interesting year, no matter what.

 

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Music Videos!

You know, if you release something, why not release them properly. Here are the music videos for the new songs I released earlier this week.

 

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Something New…

When writing songs, trying new things has always been one of the most important things for me. That’s how many of my share of the EToS songs have started. Sometimes I’ve intentionally started something very different from the style of EToS and still ended up having a song that sounds like EToS.

This is how these two songs got started. I just wanted to try something new. The outcome doesn’t sounds like EToS at all. But they do remind me of Kevin Moore and his Chroma Key band that influenced me when writing songs for Chaotic Beauty.

So, they’re just experiments in finding new approaches to the songwriting process. They are actually a bit old. 2011 or 2012, perhaps. But I decided to release them anyway.

The funny thing is that this week, I started thinking of writing a new song, a sequel to these two songs and once again, it is becoming another EToS song. It won’t sound like these songs. It will sound like EToS.

Anyway, these songs should be available in most digital streaming sites right now (including iTunes and Amazon):

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/30mFvJezxCrtYtVbPVnTnj
Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/artist/4567147

They can also be bought at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/JarmoPuolakanaho

 

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New Gear, Part 3…

During the past seven months I’ve bought some new equipment. I could have bought a new iPad but instead, I bought Cubase Elements 7 and Zoom G3 for my PC. I didn’t find a good reason to buy an iPad because this combination is mobile enough for me.

But the bigger problem is finding the time and the inspiration to (once more) listen to the ideas on my phone and on my Dropbox account in order to write new songs. After writing songs for Eternal Tears of Sorrow the same way for fifteen years (recording ideas on the phone / computer and making them into demo songs on Cubase), is it possible for me to find a new way for writing songs? (And that fifteen years is as a matter of fact twenty-three years…)

And it’s not just the way of writing that needs some updating, it’s also the end results. In other words, I (and we) need a new perspective to the songs. We need the eight album to sounds fresh and new.

Well.. IF the eight album ever comes out. For the first time, I’m not sure if there’s going to be another EToS album. I don’t know if all of us will find the time to do it. I don’t know if we get a new record deal that’s good enough for us to record an album in our ways. (The music business has changed and the record companies seem to be poorer than ever…) All I can say that there’s not going to be a new EToS album in 2015 or 2016.

But then again, you never know about our band. In 2001, when our fourth album “A Virgin and a Whore” came out, we were 101% certain it was going to be our last album ever. In 3½ years, we were planning a new album. Things were different then, though. We were sick and tired of the band and each other then. Now we’re just too busy with all the other things that are supposedly more important.

So, if we’ve learned anything from the past, we could say there’s going to be a new EToS album… Sometimes in the future. But EToS has not split up. Neither is it officially on hiatus either. We’re just taking it slow for a while. You know, our chief weapon is surprise. Surprise and fear! No wait, that’s what Monty Python does. Our chief weapons are 1) how much we love music and 2) that most of don’t make music for a living, which gives us a lot of freedom when it comes to making music.

EToS is not a job but it’s not a hobby either. It’s more like a way of life. It’s a bit like a house that we started building a long time ago and now it has seven rooms. And every time I get back to the house I am like ‘oh wow, this building is quite amazing, we could need at least one more room, so let’s see what we can do about it’.

P.S. I finally got rid of Samsung phones. Or technically, my last Samsung phone went dead and therefore got rid of me. Now I’m a happy owner of an LG phone.

 

New Gear… Part 2.

One idea has haunted me for several days, or more like several weeks. Getting new gear. It’s not that my current equipment is broken. It’s just old and, well, boring. And most importantly, it’s not mobile at all. I’ve got an old desktop computer that it’s just too heavy to be carried around. (Besides, I switched from Windows to Linux early this year so I have hardly any music software on my computer…) So, when I’m not at home, I need to record all my ideas with my mobile phone. If I’ve got a guitar, I can record it acoustically. If I don’t have my guitar with me, I need to record my whistling. And because of this, listening to the old ideas can be frustrating. Their quality may be very bad, so the original idea may even get lost or distorted.

So, I’ve slowly come into the conclusion that I need new equipment. I’ve already mentioned Kemper Profiler Amps, which are nice. But for now, I’ve decided to concentrate on something smaller and less expensive: a new, mobile sequencer thingie. I mean an iPad, an audio interface and Cubasis. That would be a bit more than 400 euros (a bit less than 600 USD). That would be the first phase. The second phase would be a new Windows laptop, a new audio interface (conpatible with both iPad and the laptop) and Cubase 7. The third phase would be a Kemper amp that would be nice for both home recording and gigs.

Why am I just writing about these things instead of just buying them? Well, first, I like to plan things like these. And I want to be sure this is selection of equipment would be the best for me. Also, I don’t need the equipment now. At the moment, I’m going through the phase of collecting new ideas. I need to redefine my styles (yes, that’s a plural form) once again. I need new approaches to writing songs for EToS. Carcass did it splendidly with Surgical Steel, so I’m sure I can do it, too. It just needs some time to gather new ideas. In addition, I want to try new styles, new things, new approaches to music as such.

Anyway, here are a couple of videos I’ve watched lately. They’re about making music with iPad and Cubasis. Enjoy (if you’re interested in stuff like this :D)!

 

Project, Week 2

English: Guitarist Roope Latvala of Children o...

English: Guitarist Roope Latvala of Children of Bodom performing at the Ilosaarirock festival in Joensuu, Finland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week was difficult, I mean doing the project was difficult. It was the last week at work before the second half of my summer holiday, so I had a lot of things to do. But I did write the review for The Inheritance by Witherscape. I didn’t finish any books, I just read some more of Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi and If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. They aren’t easy books, so it will take some time for me to finish them.

Anyway, this summer has been quite revealing for me. Or once, I’m starting to understand what I really want in my life. I don’t know how, that’s a different story, but knowing what I want is really a good start. How zen! (Not…) All my life, I seem to have avoided clear goals, perhaps because plans usually change because life never goes 100% as planned. And I’ve always wanted things to be certain. If there’s even a possibility of uncertainty, the doesn’t sound too good to me. Until now.

But I’m on my holiday and I’ll take it easy this week, so I’ll won’t probably be reading any books (unless something comes up and I get the inspiration to grab either book, or a new book). I think I’m going to finish the first season of Arrested Development, a great American tv comedy. And a half of my family has their birthdays this week, so I need to get some birthday presents for them. That’s my project week #3. Simple.

Anyway, here’s the band of the week (or month). Latvala Bros, a band formed by Roope Latvala after Stone disbanded in the early 90s (and way before Roope joined Children of Bodom), with his brother who plays the drums. It’s instrumental thrash metal, nothing less, nothing more, but it’s still damn good.

 

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