Eternal Tears Of Sorrow
Before The Bleeding Sun
Something's in the Finnish water.
Eternal Tears Of Sorrow have been around for a little while now, arising from the same pool of melodic metal that fellow Fins Children of Bodom must have been born out of. Indeed, superficially there are comparisons to be made between Eternal Tears of Sorrow and Children of Bodom, as well as Kalmah, who are also Finnish. Maybe it's something in the waters of Finland. In any case, water pollution-affected similarities aside, Eternal Tears Of Sorrow indulge in a more romantic and impassioned version of melodic death metal, though there is no genre with parameters quite open enough to fit Eternal Tears Of Sorrow snugly.
Eternal Tears Of Sorrow in 2006 is a melodic metal beast with intricate parts coming and going, forming a cohesive sound that belies the complexity of the layered sounds. The standout track on Before The Bleeding Sun is probably Red Dawn Rising, utilising mostly clean vocals to deliver a well-composed and soulful song. It's not quite a metal power ballad but it has that minor-key yearning and late-in-the-song-key-change that makes it seem much softer than the pounding drums and thrashing guitars would have you believe. Truly, this is a great song, in whatever genre.
However, the rest of the songs are no slouches either, with the impressive opener Sweet Lilith Of My Dreams having a right-handed keyboard lick that has a tone so cheesy it works much better than it should. Similarly, the closing 8-minute+ opus Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act 1: Before The Bleeding Sun) is an overblown work on the border of madness and genius.
As a band, Eternal Tears Of Sorrow is a powerful unit, managing to use keyboards and guitars in such a way that both instruments are complemented by the other and there is little oppressive synth soaked metal. Even when it's a bit cheesy, it's still tasteful (or should that be tasty?).
(Spinefarm Records/Riot! Distribution)