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Swan Saivo & The Oulu Music Video Festival

The annual Oulu Music Video Festival will be held in three weeks and for the first time, Eternal Tears of Sorrow will be part of it.  Unfortunately our video “Swan Saivo” couldn’t make to the music video contest. Still, it will be shown there, I’m sure of that.

Here’s the video, just in case you don’t get to see it here in Oulu:


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Posted by on 3.8.2013 in Music


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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 . 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. 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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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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Band(s) of the Month: Riverside and Godlesson

I’m starting a new tradition here. Each month, I’ll pick up a band or two that have fascinated me. Enjoy.

Riverside is a progressive rock/metal band from Poland. I can’t remember the first time I bumped into them, but it certainly took some while to get into them. This song has really stuck to my head recently.

Godlesson, ah, thrash metal from Oulu. Slayerish energy with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. Great.


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