Eternal Tears of Sorrow present Symphonic Metal at its most timeless and ambitious. Based out of Northern Finland, the band has been in existence for nearly 20 years, and continues to unleash wondrous melodies that will astound the senses. Saivon Lapsi is their seventh magnum opus, now available worldwide from Massacre Records – an infinite adventure in sound that is well worth seeking out. Here is an interview we conducted with front man Altti Veteläinen to find out more about Eternal Tears of Sorrow and their dark yet glorious metal passages. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Eternal Tears of Sorrow, and how long the band has been together.
Altti: I’m the vocalist and bassist of the band. Also one of three founding members. The band has been together 19 years at the moment. See the details from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Tears_of_Sorrow
Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there?
Altti: We’re from Oulu, Northern Finland. The metal scene has always been very active over here.., and in 90’s the city was called as “the capital of Finnish metal music” when bands like Sentenced, Impaled Nazarene etc. arose from here.
Is there any story or concept behind the Saivon Lapsi title?
Altti: It’s based on the Sami people myth of their underworld. The place where the dead people go and continue their lives after they die.
Select two songs from Saivon Lapsi and what inspired the lyrics.
Altti: “Dance of December” – it’s very strongly tied into Northern Finnish nature. It has always been a very strong inspiration in our lyrics and that song continues on that track. “Saivon Lapsi“: The whole Saivo myth inspired on that song.
Who produced Saivon Lapsi and what was it like working with them?
Altti: We produced the album by ourselves like all our previous albums as well. The album was recorded by Ahti Kortelainen, Mixed by Mikko Karmila and Mastered by Mika Jussila. All of them are high professional guys and it was easy as always to work with them. Have known all those guys throughout our career so they really knew what we are looking for on this new album too.
When you look back on the earlier Eternal Tears of Sorrow albums, what do you think of them now?
Altti: I’m proud of all those previous albums. Each of them represent that time of period and the state of the band.
Has Eternal Tears of Sorrow ever played in the States or plan to do so in the future?
Altti: No we haven’t. Of course it would be nice to play there at some point. Let’s see what will happen in the future.
What could one expect from a live Eternal Tears of Sorrow show?
Altti: Great live show where we give 110% of our skills and energy. We play each of our shows like it would be our last one and I can promise it’s always worth coming to see our show when we hit the city.
Who created the album cover and how much influence did you have on it?
Altti: Travis Smith. I do usually a lot of artistic direction on cover artwork and did this time as well. Feeding the ideas and visions and working together with the artist. Travis is really a great guy and he always comes up with great additional ideas too. He knows what style we are looking for on cover ans he’s the very best artist to make our music into visual format.
How did the duet Sound Of Silence come about and is there any chance you and Miriam Renvåg of *Ram-Zet will perform it live?
Altti: We have had this idea of duet already for a long time… and when we came up with this song, it was like requiring both male and female vocals into it. Miriam was very natural choice for female parts because we have known her for a long time and worked together with her a lot in the past. We have actually performed one show with her already in 2009 and it rocked like hell! Surely we’re trying to make it happen again at some point in the future.
Are you involved with any other bands outside of Eternal Tears Of Sorrow?
Altti: Personally I’m not active with any other bands/projects at the moment except EToS. Mika has his Mors Subita and also working on Miriam Renvåg’s solo album. Jarmo Kylmänen has also some other projects ongoing. Janne has many other bands like Tarot, Turmion Kätilöt, Lazy Bones etc..
If there was any band either now or from the past you could open up for, who would it be and why?
Altti: Kamelot would be one of those bands. They are just amazing and it woud be just great to play together with them. Also Katatonia.
With so many members coming and going throughout the years, what do you think has kept Eternal Tears Of Sorrow so alive and create after all of
Altti: Maybe it’s the passion for the music and making always something a bit different way and going to reach something new with every album we have made.
Whatâ s up next for Eternal Tears of Sorrow?
Altti: Some live shows.
Any final words of wisdom?
Altti: Thanks for the interview and hope to play in the States at some point.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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