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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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Some Kind of Monster vs. Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Anvil with director Sacha Gervasi and executiv...

Anvil with director Sacha Gervasi and executive producer Rebecca Yeldham, winners at the at Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles, March 5th, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome to the backstage of heavy metal. It’s made of hard work, extremely good luck, 1% of talent and 0.001% of glamour.

Metallica and Anvil. Some Kind of Monster and Anvil! The Story of Anvil. Two documentaries of two different heavy metal / thrash metal bands. One band made it to the stars in the late 80s and the early 90s, the other band did not.

Lately, I basically had to watch both documentaries, for strange reasons. No, Eternal Tears of Sorrow is not hiring a therapist for 40 000 dollars a month. (But yes, we’ve played at a festival in Romania…) 😀

There are some interesting difference between those bands and documentaries. The members of Anvil still believe in their band – and always have. Meanwhile, Metallica had to hire a therapist to solve their problems, of which some must have been the lack of confidence in the band and in their music. Maybe Anvil have had those problems, too, but there is a main difference between these bands. Anvil is still trying to “make it”, so to say, Metallica has seen it all, done it all, got it all. If you’ve reached your dreams and goals, everything you’ve ever imagined, is there anything you can do anymore?

Cover of "Metallica - Some Kind of Monste...

Cover of Metallica - Some Kind of Monster

Another big theme in both documentaries is aging. Both band consist of middle-aged men who have been playing in heavy metal bands for decades. They aren’t angry 20-year-old boys anymore. Hetfield and Ulrich (of Metallica) are fathers and will turn 50 next year (!). Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner (of Anvil) are 56. Is it different to rock at 20 than at 50? What makes you rocking and touring for decades? Is it ridiculous to have a rock’n’roll dream when you’re middle-aged? Does it make you another Spinal Tap?

Even for younger bands, it’s hard to keep up the attitude of an 20-year-old.

You can hear that genuine enthusiasm and innocence on Angels Fall First and Oceanborn, ” Tuomas [Holopainen of Nightwish] sighs [talking about their two first albums]. “The touching naïveté that was lost somewhere along the way. After the success of Oceanborn, that innocence was lost forever.” (Once Upon a Nightwish by Mape Ollila)

Or what about Dream Theater? They had been around for 25 years until a co-founder of the band, Mike Portnoy, decided he didn’t have the spark anymore and asked the band to have a five-year break? The outcome: MP was fired and DT goes on as usual.

So many questions unanswered. But I suppose the ultimate question presented in both documentaries is: What makes an individual love music and his/her band so much he wants to go with it (seemingly) forever? The answer must be: music itself. Otherwise, you are in the wrong track. Despite everything that could happen to a musician or his/her band, music must be the only thing that counts.

(Yeah, and being true to yourself and all that stuff…)

So, are Anvil, Metallica and Spinal Tap (if they were a real band) and their attitude ridiculous or honourable and respectable? Or are the people who are laughing at them deep down just envying them? You know, they’re doing what they want and don’t want to be the “mundane rat race” but have dreams. Even at their age.


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