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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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What Is Eternal Tears of Sorrow Up to?

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.

  1. 1994-1999: our two first albums, melodic death metal and doom/death metal.
  2. 1999-2001: two albums: melodic death metal + something else?
  3. 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!

 

 

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2013! February!

English: Duodji Saami symbols art Svenska: Duo...

English: Duodji Saami symbols art Svenska: Duodji samiska symboler konst (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Weird. I must have been so busy and exhausted I’ve forgot this blog. Let’s just say the beginning of this year has definitely been more interesting than last year’s January. Perhaps it’s the small things that matter. We have had snow, freezing days but the days are growing longer, day by day, slowly.

Eternal Tears of Sorrow has been busy, once again, even though in a different way than last year. We have a brand new merchandise shop at http://shop.eternaltears.fi/ . Also, the album is out, which means a lot of interviews and questions like “What does Saivon Lapsi really mean?”

Well, Saivo is something like this:

The south Saami used to believe that the ancestors lived in holy mountains called saajve(aajmoe). In the north Saami area this word – in the form sáiva – refers to sacrificial sites and to holy lakes, often round, with no rivers flowing into them, believed to be paired with a vertical shaft leading down to a lower one. Probably this is the original meaning because there is broad agreement that saajve/sáiva is borrowed from proto-Scandinavian *saiwa-z, “sea.” This interpretation corresponds to the fact that the Saami shaman, the noaidi, predominantly used a fish as the vehicle of his soul when he went to the land of the dead and to the fact that going there was referred to as “diving”.

And well, “Saivon” = “Saivo’s” or “of Saivo”, “lapsi” = “the/a child”, so “Saivon Lapsi” = “The/A Child of Saivo” or “Saivo’s Child”.

And yes, I finally managed to get the new version of our website online. http://eternaltears.fi/ is the place. It’s still far from perfect when using mobile devices or netbooks but I’ll get back to it a bit later.

 
 

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Websites and So-called Mobile Strategy

Internet Explorer 1

Internet Explorer 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How geeky can things related to metal music get? Well, thinking about something called “mobile strategy for the website” is probably the geekiest thing a metal band can do. The stereotypical metal musicians should drink beer and play their instruments instead of spending hours finishing their websites.

Well, times have changed. In the late 90s, a web designer only had to take care that the website looks ok in Netscape and Internet Explorer. But now, the world is full of different browsers and devices: computers, phones and tablet computers, different versions of different operating systems and so on. And this makes the situation a bit more difficult than before.

Internet Explorer Mobile 6 in Windows Mobile 6.5

Internet Explorer Mobile 6 in Windows Mobile 6.5 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, one big question pops up. How to make a website look nice and work perfectly on all the possible platforms?

In the end, there are two priorities.1. To make the website easy to use no matter which device and browser you are using. And 2. To make the content of the website easy for us to update. The former one is naturally the primary priority whereas the latter one is just a nice bonus.

Perhaps the easiest way would be just choosing the right JavaScript and CSS files according to the device the end user is using. That’s just an idea and I don’t know if it works. I’ll probably have to make the website to recognize the browser and to load the right files according to the information received. And it may become a total nightmare to make it work perfectly.

By the way, if you are wondering the same things as I am, I recommend Opera Mobile Emulator. It provides a nice way to see how different sites look with different devices. http://www.opera.com/developer/tools/mobile/ 

 
 

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The Zen of Designing a Website…

EToS Website in 1999

I’ve working on the new Eternal Tears of Sorrow website for a week now. Actually, I’ve always made and taken care of our website, since early 1996. There are two exceptions. The current design (@ eternaltears.fi) was designed by Maurizio Marchetti. And the design slightly before the release of “Before the Bleeding Sun” was done by Jussi Järvenpää.

So yeah, we’ve had a website for almost seventeen years and the forthcoming layout will be ninth or tenth version of our site. This time, we want something much more simple than usually. Nowadays, the bands’ websites aren’t as important as they used to be in say, ten years ago. There are so many services you can get band info at.

So, the layout of the page will be nice and simple. And modern. But the techniques behind the site aren’t that simple. It’s mostly based on jQuery and different free/open-source jQuery plug-ins. It was weird to make the very first demo version of the new website. It looked somewhat rudimentary but still, it had a damn modern feel and I liked it, so I went on with the experiment. Perhaps I’ll use some PHP, too, who knows.

But the point of the website won’t be using as many HTML techniques as I can. It’s not about making it look extreme cool either. I just want to make it simple but nice. Usability is more important looking cool. The quality of information is more important the quantity of information. Less is less. And still, less is more.

Our music has changed in ten, twelve years. That’s why our website must change, too. Just check out how minimal our website was in 2005, after our three-year break: http://web.archive.org/web/20050204025255/http://www.eternaltears.info/ That’s so 2005, or more like so 2000! 😀

But well, anyway… The new EToS website will be released, hmm, when I finish it, when I & we feel like it’s ready. It could be before Christmas or in February.

 

 
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Posted by on 29.11.2012 in In English, Technology

 

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Tico-Tico, Kemi ja me

Päivän kulttuuriuutinen on tietenkin Tico Tico -studion tuleva muutto uuteen paikkaan, Kemin keskustasta hieman syrjemmäksi. Yksi aikakausi on päättynyt.

CMX, Sonata Arctica, Sentenced, Impaled Nazarene, Jope Ruonansuu, Moonsorrow, Kalmah, Thyrane, Terveet Kädet, Rotten Sound, Wintersun, Mordicus, For My Pain…, Thy Serpent, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Catamenia, Cryhavoc ja moni muu, siinä kieltämättä raskas mutta kunnioitusta herättävä lista studiossa käyneistä bändeistä. (Paitsi tuo yksi, mikä lie rymyjoukko onkaan… :D)

Paljon on vettä virrannut Kemijoessa. Tico siirtyi analogisista nauhoista ADAT-nauhojen kautta moderniin digitaalitallennukseen jo vuosia sitten. Mutta vanha kunnon miksauspöytä on edelleen entisensä.

TicoTico.fi

 
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Posted by on 19.11.2012 in In Finnish, Music

 

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Saivo, Lapland and Melodic Death Metal

Cover of "Children of The Dark Waters"

Cover of Children of The Dark Waters

I’m listening the seventh album by Eternal Tears of Sorrow, called “Saivon Lapsi”. It’s finally been mastered and should be released in.. Well, I’ve stopped talking about exact dates or even wide estimations because nowadays, release dates seem to be quite flexible. And they are never ever up to us. Next year, that I can promise. Massacre Records say it’ll be out in late February in Central Europe, so… We’ll see.

For Children of the Dark Waters, we recorded “Vilda Mánnu”, the title song of our second album. Also this time, we re-recorded an old song. So,  when listening to Saivon Lapsi and this re-recorded song, I can’t help thinking “oh boy, we’ve changed during these years”. Which is not a negative thing at all. Most bands change, most bands have something new on their new albums. Yes, we have changed since our first album, too. We’re a bit angrier, a bit more symphonic, even a bit more melodic (if possible) but it’s still us. Wiser and older. Well, older, anyway.

Still, Saivon Lapsi (“The Child of Saivo”) closes one circle. It is the underworld of the Sami people (or the Saami people, both are acceptable) that were the theme of our second album. And now, the Vilda Mánnu theme and the Angelheart theme are drawn together. (I didn’t realize this until now, weird…) And we’ve had song titles in Northern Saami, Japanese, Irish, pseudo-Latin (Nocturne Thule), so I suppose it’s only natural to have song titles in Finnish, too. But no spoilers because as always, there are surprises on the album! 🙂

By the way, I hate categorizations, especially when people try to categorize bands I’m involved with. No, Eternal Tears of Sorrow are not a gothic metal band. And no, Eternal Tears of Sorrow are not a black metal band either. The accurate categorization would go something like “Symphonic melodic death metal with influences from many kinds of metal, including gothic metal, progressive metal, thrash metal, black metal, and so on…” In the end, we don’t care what people and the record companies call us or our music. Metal. Call us metal!

 
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Posted by on 12.11.2012 in In English, Music

 

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