Eternal Tears of Sorrow
(commonly abbreviated to EToS) is a Finnish melodic death metal band formed in
Pudasjärvi in Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland.
Romantic lyrics and soft keyboard melodies show gothic metal
The band was formed in 1994 by Jarmo Puolakanaho, Altti Veteläinen
and Olli-Pekka Törrö, after some various projects that featured
several people that later were 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. It
seemed their home town wasn't able to give them a new rehearsal
place, so the three members started a new sideproject (M.D.C.) and
recorded a demo tape
, Beyond The
in autumn 1993.
In spring 1994, they recorded a new demo, The Seven Goddesses
. Now, the band decided to change their name to more
serious Eternal Tears of Sorrow
. 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.
more than a year for the debut album to get released by X-Treme Records , a small underground label
from Gothenburg in Sweden.
After recording the second album (recorded with their own money),
, Spinefarm Records
approached the band and
soon they signed a deal with the label .
Their third album, Chaotic
(on which the band had three new members since
Olli-Pekka Törrö had left the band), led to a European tour with
. Their fourth album, A Virgin and a Whore
, went to the
Finnish Album Top 40 charts. After releasing four albums, the band
announced having a break just after the release of A Virgin and
; however, they broke up in January 2003.
In February 2005, the band announced they were to make a comeback.
fifth album, Before the
Bleeding Sun, was released in April 2006 (excluding
releases in Russia and Japan that were
This album also went to the Finnish Album
Top 40 charts, to #26. The band broke their 66-month gig silence in
late 2006 with two session members since Petri Sankala and Janne
Tolsa were unavailable at that time.
In late 2008, the band told Jarmo Kylmänen (who had been part of
the band's song-writing team since 2005) had joined the band as an
official member . Soon after that, their long-time drummer Petri
Sankala had left the band because of his back pain . In early April
2009, it was reported that Risto Ruuth has left the band. The band
found a replacement, Mika Lammassaari, and has started rehearsing
for the postponed live shows originally planned for May.
The band's sixth "Children Of The Dark Waters" came out in May 2009
through Suomen Musiikki in Finland, Massacre Records in Europe
excluding Finland, and Marquee/Avalon in Asia. 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
rerecorded version of "Vilda Mánnu" from their second album.
"Children of the Dark Waters" album charted at #19 at the Finnish
Album Top 40 charts.
- The Seven Goddesses of Frost - (May 1994)
- Bard's Burial - (October 1994)
- The Fourth Dimension - (as Andromeda, May 1992)
- II (unfinished demo) - (as Andromeda, August 1992)
- DWN (instrumental demo) - (as D.W.N., June 1993)
- Beyond the Fantasy - (as M.D.C., October 1993)
- Olli-Pekka Törrö – guitar, 1994–1999 (see For My Pain..., also in all the previous
- Pasi Hiltula – keyboards, 1999–2003 (see Kalmah, Scenery
Channel, Burning Point)
- Antti-Matti Talala – guitar, 1999–2000 (see To/Die/For, Soulrelic,
- Antti Kokko – guitar 2000–2003, bass
as a session tour musician 1997-1998 (see Kalmah)
- Petri Sankala – drums 1999–2008, session tour musician
1997-1998 (see For My Pain...,
Kalmah, also in Andromeda 1992-93)
- Risto Ruuth – guitar 2005–2009 
Guest musicians on albums
Session tour musicians
- Pekka Kokko – bass guitar, 1999 (see
- Heidi Määttä – keyboards, 2000 (see Embraze), temporarily replacing Pasi Hiltula.
- Juha Kylmänen – clean vocals,
2001 (see For My Pain..., Reflexion, To/Die/For)
- Veli-Matti Kananen – keyboards, 2006-2007 (see Tacere), temporarily replacing Janne Tolsa
- Tuomo Laikari – drums, 2006 and 2007, temporarily replacing