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Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Saivon Lapsi
22 February 2013


01. Saivo
02. Dark Alliance
03. Legion Of Beast
04. Kuura
05. Dance Of December
06. The Day
07. Sound Of Silence
08. Beneath The Frozen Leaves
09. Swan Saivo
10. Blood Stained Sea
11. Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act III: Saivon Lapsi)
12. New Dawn [Japanese bonus]
13. Another One Falls Asleep (2012 Version) [Japanese bonus]


Let me tell you, timing is a bitch, and not just in the sense of trends deciding whether your album will be successful or not (are there any revivalist thrash bands that won't be met with "KILL IT, KILL IT WITH FIRE" in 2013?). What I want to address is the fact that a band's growth and path should match the growth and path of their fanbase for maximum artistic success. There are bands which evolve alongside their audience (hi, Enslaved), and then there are bands which, despite personnel and style changes, find that their audience has not only stayed the same average age, but also that their own children are rapidly approaching that age too (hi, Nightwish). The fans of Eternal Tears Of Sorrow are four years ahead of their favorite band right now.

If you heard Children Of The Dark Waters back in 2009, you know what to expect of Eternal Tears Of Sorrow in 2013. Their brand of dark, intensely symphonic melodic metal peppered by growls and melodeath tendencies presented a good fix to those who wanted some cinematic drama and flare in their metal but grew tired of Nightwish clones (stealing an expression of Susan's - "corsetcore"). All of the trademark late Eternal Tears Of Sorrow elements are present - the saga of "Angelheart, Ravenheart" sees its third act, songs do not drag in either tempo or length, symphonic pomp and relatively ballsy metal riffs are in perfect balance, with plenty of romantic touches on both sides, and both Altti Veteläinen's growls and Jarmo Kylmänen's clean vocals (Jarmo somehow reminds me of both Charon's Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto and Stratovarius's Timo Kotipelto) have kept their unique charm. A lot of it reminds me of the vigor I felt during a time when I listened to chiefly Finnish bands.

But it hasn't made me feel that vigor again. So, what's wrong here? After my first listen, I was inclined to call Saivon Lapsi a case of linear progression, but I am not sure whether the band has progressed enough to warrant it. It's been four years since their last album and not only the style has remained the same, so have most of the song structures. "Legion Of Beast" might be one of the better songs Children Of Bodom never wrote, but this resemblance proves to be slightly awkward during repeated listens. The "crying frozen tears by candlelight"-style piano intros work as well for "Swan Saivo" and "Sound Of Silence" as they have worked for a number of Eternal Tears Of Sorrow songs in the past decade, but why bother with those when you have superior songs such as "Autumn's Grief" or "Sea Of Whispers"? And while the dramatic shifts of mood caused by alternating cleans and growls have their charm, as a seasoned listener, I find them quite predictable.

While their passionate audience has spent the past four years listening to ambitious, acclaimed efforts in dark, gothic or extreme symphonic metal carried out by bands such as Septicflesh and Heavenwood, Eternal Tears Of Sorrow have remained in the same place. Saivon Lapsi is a relatively solid symphonic metal effort that's not void of hooks and good songs, but will doubtlessly be outshined by the end of the year.


Band profile: Eternal Tears Of Sorrow
Album: Saivon Lapsi


 



Written on 28.03.2013 by
Milena
A part of the team since December 2011, writes about the progressive, the sad and the melodic. She's nice until she's not.
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chaosscizzors - 28.03.2013 at 12:20  
Sounds like what i expected from them. at least it's good to see some bands staying consistent insomnium style rather than falling on their face in vain style. it may not cause a rise in me to hear this album but at least i can leave knowing they haven't lost their spark. i'm just making assumptions of course. i probably wont get around to giving this a spin for quite some time... =T
Reaper_Redeamer - 28.03.2013 at 12:27  
Ok.... now tell us! where is the "insomnium style" you mentioned? I felt it only on "Legion Of Beast" but still was more Kalmah-like....
chaosscizzors - 28.03.2013 at 14:21  
Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 28.03.2013 at 12:27

Ok.... now tell us! where is the "insomnium style" you mentioned? I felt it only on "Legion Of Beast" but still was more Kalmah-like....

I meant that as being consistent; releasing an album that sounds a lot like the previous, not literally sounding like insomnium. as i pointed out i haven't actually heard this album yet so there's no way i could've came to the conclusion that X sounds like Y anyway.
BloodJuNkie - 28.03.2013 at 16:35  
Disappointing album!
EmeraldSword - 28.03.2013 at 19:11  
Nice review thanks Milena. I'll probably still check this album out.
Susan - 29.03.2013 at 02:18  
Milena you are SO RIGHT about timing being everything for success. I wish you would write a regular column about "philosphy" in metal you have so many good ideas like this

At the end of the day, all a musician/composer can really hope for is a product that satisfies them personally. If it achieves commercial success then all the better but it's so rare. Look at how many actual TALENTED musicians are out there seeking to make their living from their music. The numbers are staggering and working against them. A recorded album may be a minute too late or too early, and thus miss the hearts of their listeners despite being quite good!

/semi off-topic, sorry
Oriax - 29.03.2013 at 08:24  
The track 'Blood Stained Sea' sounds like Rhapsody Of Fire
Wes - 03.04.2013 at 03:15  
Thanks Milena, interesting band and glad to have you write this up so quickly. I have always had a major problem with the vocal style of the band, but have enjoyed the melodies for the most part. To me, there's some kind of of blandness or passiveness to Eternal Tears' vocalist I just cannot accept or get over. But I know it's in large my own issue since I'm sure I accept other bands regardless of some vocals I don't ordinarily like.

Anyway, everything you say here is spot on, thanks. I still need to give it some closer listens.

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