Eternal Tears of Sorrow

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Eternal Tears of Sorrow
The band performing in 2010
The band performing in 2010
Background information
OriginPudasjärvi, Finland
GenresSymphonic metal, melodic death metal, gothic metal
Years active1994–2003, 2005–present
LabelsSuomen Musiikki, Spinefarm, X-Treme, Drakkar, NEMS, Fono, Massacre, King, Marquee/Avalon
MembersAltti Veteläinen
Jarmo Kylmänen
Jarmo Puolakanaho
Risto Ruuth
Janne Tolsa
Juho Raappana
Past membersOlli-Pekka Törrö
Pasi Hiltula
Antti-Matti Talala
Antti Kokko
Petri Sankala
Mika Lammassaari

Eternal Tears of Sorrow (commonly abbreviated to EToS) is a Finnish symphonic/melodic death metal band formed in Pudasjärvi.


The band was formed in 1994 by Jarmo Puolakanaho, Altti Veteläinen and Olli-Pekka Törrö, after various projects that featured people who became members of Eternal Tears of Sorrow. Andromeda, a first death/doom/thrash metal project, had been put on hold in late 1992 because the rehearsal place had burned down. They could not find a new rehearsal place in their hometown, so the three members started a new side-project (M.D.C.) and recorded a demo tape, Beyond The Fantasy in autumn 1993.

In spring 1994, they recorded a new demo, The Seven Goddesses of Frost. Then the band decided to change their name to something they felt more appropriate opting for Eternal Tears of Sorrow.[1] Between 1994 and 1996 the band had a couple of songs on some compilation CDs in Europe and Canada, and recorded their debut, Sinner's Serenade. It took more than a year for the debut album to get released by X-Treme Records,[1] a small underground label from Gothenburg in Sweden. After they recorded their second album, Vilda Mánnu, Spinefarm Records approached the band and soon they signed a deal with the label.[1]

Their third album, Chaotic Beauty (on which the band had three new members since Olli-Pekka Törrö had left the band),[1] led to a European tour with Nightwish and Sinergy. Their fourth album, A Virgin and a Whore, went to the Finnish Album Top 40 charts.[2] After releasing four albums, the band announced they were taking a break just after the release of A Virgin and a Whore; however, they broke up in January 2003.

In February 2005, the band announced they were going to make a comeback. Their fifth album, Before the Bleeding Sun, was released in April 2006 (excluding releases in Russia and Japan that were released later). This album also went to the Finnish Album Top 40 charts, to No. 26.[3] The band added two session members since Petri Sankala and Janne Tolsa were unavailable at that time.[4]

In late 2008, the band announced that Jarmo Kylmänen (who had been part of the band's song-writing team since 2005) had joined the band as an official member.[5] Soon after that, their long-time drummer Petri Sankala left because of back pain.[6] In early April 2009, it was reported that Risto Ruuth had left the band. They found a replacement, Mika Lammassaari, and started rehearsing for the postponed live shows originally planned for May.[7]

The band's sixth album, Children of the Dark Waters,[8] came out in May 2009 through Suomen Musiikki in Finland, Massacre Records in the rest of Europe, and Marquee/Avalon in Asia.[9] A new single, "Tears of Autumn Rain," was released in Finland and Japan as well as on the band's MySpace page. The other track on the single was a re-recorded version of "Vilda Mánnu" from their second album. Children of the Dark Waters charted at No. 19 at the Finnish Album Top 40 charts.[10]

The seventh album, Saivon Lapsi, was released in February 2013.[11]

Mika Lammassaari left the band in 2018 and Risto Ruuth joined the band again. Currently, the band is writing new material.[12]


Full-length albums[edit]


Band members[edit]


Current members[edit]

  • Altti Veteläinen – vocals, bass, 1994–present
  • Jarmo Kylmänen – clean vocals, 2008–present
  • Jarmo Puolakanaho – guitar, 1994–present[14]
  • Risto Ruuth – guitar, 2005–2009, 2018–present[15]
  • Janne Tolsa – keyboards, 2005–present
  • Juho Raappana – drums, 2008–present

Former members[edit]

  • Olli-Pekka Törrö – guitar, 1994–1999 (For My Pain..., also in all the previous pre-EToS projects)
  • Pasi Hiltula – keyboards, 1999–2003 (Kalmah, Scenery Channel, Burning Point), session tour musician 2009–2010
  • Antti-Matti Talala – guitar, 1999–2000 (To/Die/For, Soulrelic, Kalmah)
  • Antti Kokko – guitar 2000–2003, bass as a session tour musician 1997–1998 (Kalmah)
  • Petri Sankala – drums 1999–2008, session tour musician 1997–1998 (For My Pain..., Kalmah, also in Andromeda 1992–93)
  • Mika Lammassaari – guitar, 2009–2018, (Wolfheart, Mors Subita)

Guest musicians on albums[edit]

Session tour musicians[edit]

  • Pekka Kokko – bass guitar, 1999 (Kalmah)
  • Heidi Määttä – keyboards, 2000 (Embraze, The Man-Eating Tree), temporarily replacing Pasi Hiltula.
  • Juha Kylmänen – clean vocals, 2001 (For My Pain..., Reflexion, To/Die/For)
  • Veli-Matti Kananen – keyboards, 2006–2007, 2010 (Tacere), temporarily replacing Janne Tolsa
  • Tuomo Laikari – drums, 2006–2007, temporarily replacing Petri Sankala


  1. ^ a b c d "Official EToS Biography".[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Finnish TOP40 album charts".[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "The official Finnish TOP 40 album charts". Archived from the original on 13 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Official EToS News, December 11, 2006". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2007.
  5. ^ "EToS Blog, October 15, 2008". Archived from the original on 9 February 2009.
  6. ^ "EToS Blog, December 8, 2008". Archived from the original on 6 October 2010.
  7. ^ "EToS Blog, April 3, 2009". Archived from the original on 9 March 2010.
  8. ^ "The Official EToS FAQ, January 17, 2008". Archived from the original on 27 August 2007.
  9. ^ ", May 8, 2008". Archived from the original on 23 February 2009.
  10. ^ "The official Finnish TOP 40 album charts".[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Puolakanaho, Jarmo (12 November 2012). "Eternal Tears of Sorrow present: "Saivon Lapsi"". Eternal Tears of Sorrow. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Eternal Tears of Sorrow -about". Eternal Tears of Sorrow. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Eternal Tears of Sorrow: In Writing Mode". 25 April 2008. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2009.
  14. ^ Roman "Maniac" Patrashov (14 September 2009). "Interview with Jarmo Puolakanaho".
  15. ^ "ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW ETSII SOOLOKITARISTIA". [archived]. 2 April 2009. Archived from the original on 9 March 2010.

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