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Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Children Of The Dark Waters (9/10) - Finland - 2009

Genre: Death Metal / Gothic Metal
Label: Massacre Records
Playing time: 44:27
Band homepage: Eternal Tears Of Sorrow

Tracklist:

  1. Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act II: Children Of The Dark Waters)
  2. Baptized By The Blood Of Angels
  3. Tears Of Autumn Rain
  4. Summon The Wild
  5. Sea Of Whispers
  6. Midnight Bird
  7. Diary Of Demonic Dreams
  8. When The Darkest Night Falls
  9. Nocturne Thule
  10. Sea Of Whispers (Acoustic Reprise)
Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Children Of The Dark Waters

And yet another case of me missing an album of a band I really like: ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW. If you don’t count the debut that never made it to my ears, I had thoroughly enjoyed “Vilda Mánnu”, “Chaotic Beauty” (my first contact) and “A Virgin And A Whore”, before the band split up in 2001. I became aware of the fact that there was a reunion album (“Before The Bleeding Sun” in 2006) in 2008, so I was a bit off the path there, so I took “Children Of The Dark Waters” as opportunity to reacquaint myself with the Finns, who were said to have turned more symphonic than before, which should be up my alley.

 

So…only two members remain from before the split, that being vocalist and bassist Altti Veteläinen as well as guitarist Jarmo Puolakanaho, the rest is still “fresh”, so they may have been part of the reason for the shift and it is fairly obvious from the beginning that the keyboards do play a big role in the band’s sound, but upon revisiting especially “A Virgin And A Whore”…they always did, so…*sigh* Before I dig my hole even deeper, let’s go and shift the focus onto the music at hand, right? Right.

 

Despite all of my more or less eschewed memory of what ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW used to sound like, “Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act II: Children Of The Dark Waters)” definitely takes a more epic approach (hah, take that, memory!), mixing hoarse vocals with growls, excellent opener, if you can cope with fairly copious amounts of keyboards supporting the Melodic Death of the band. And yes, Melodic Death Metal, because ETOS are not all fluff and catchiness, as following “Baptized By The Blood Of Angels” right after shows, as it comes through a lot more aggressive and heavy, but keeps the high level of catchiness, straddling the line very nicely. The Finns also process some Gothic elements (which is not a big stretch given the use of keyboards in their sound) and on “Summon The Wild” the atmosphere with how they put the drums and keyboards into place reminds me a little of Norwegian DIMMU BORGIR, so variety is not an issue here, despite the whole album forming a very nicely cohesive unit.

 

Since the reunion the band also has a second vocalist in Jarmo Kylmänen, who is taking care of the clear vocals and the choirs and he truly shines on the ballad “Sea Of Whispers” as well as “Diary Of Demonic Dreams”, where he takes on a more theatrical style befitting the symphonic nature of the song, which in its later stages even features some riffing strongly reminiscent of HELLOWEEN and as weird as it sounds, it even fits, so variety is one of the strong suits of both ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW and “Children Of The Dark Waters”, even though some will accuse the band of trying to please too many people at once, but that proves the point that you can never please everyone...

 

Whichever way you look at this album, though, it oozes maturity, craftsman- and musicianship and shows an evolutionary consistency from the early albums to now, which is something that I have to commend the band for, as they did not just radically adjust their sound and even if you are not a fan of the musical direction the Finns have embraced, you still have to admit that the level of quality that ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW display on their sixth full-length effort is way above average and if you either can deal with growls in your Gothic Metal or keyboards and bountiful melodies in your Death Metal then “Children Of The Dark Waters” is something that you should at least check out, as this is one of the strongest albums of the year in this style for sure!

(Online January 4, 2010)

Alexander Melzer



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