Eternal Tears of Sorrow
Children of the Dark Waters


3.0
good

Review

by Steven McMahan USER (49 Reviews)
September 11th, 2009 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I hope and/or sense this band’s mix of melodic death metal and symphonic elements has yielded a great album. But this isn’t it.

When a band does something unique the first time, it can be amazing. If they’re able to give it a second shot, the product probably won’t be quite as good. After the band has released four albums and previously broken up for two years, well…there’s no real predicting what can happen.

Melodic death metal outfit Eternal Tears of Sorrow have been together for thirteen years, released six albums, and broken up before reuniting two years later. Needless to say, they’ve released a lot of material, and if Children of the Dark Waters is a good indication, stagnation has set in. There are enough good ideas to make a great album here, but the execution – or rather, the band themselves – leave as much to be desired as this review’s introduction.

The first thing any listener should know is that this album is very cheesy. Extremely cheesy. After the ambient choir intro in “Angelheart, Ravenheart” transitions to a full band assault behind vocalist Altti Veteläinen, various things might get go through your mind. Veteläinen uses gravelly half-spoken growls here, and one possible (i.e. most illustrative) picture is that of a pirate who’s joined the wrong metal [e.g. power] band. Aside from the standard melodic death metal played behind him, Eternal Tears of Sorrow also employ a keyboardist - Janne Tolsa. Tolsa serves double duty, attempting to both create atmosphere and give the music more depth. …Dark Waters’ “atmosphere” is more cheesy than engaging, and Tolsa’s real job is to cover up average yet passable riffs, standard drumming, good but buried bass, and Veteläinen’s unique-but-not-really-in-a-good-way Blackbeard vocals. Choirs, semi-laughable wails, and even guest female vocals help out, contributing to mentioned cheesiness as well as a power metal feel on the album.

Only one of the songs doesn’t start with some sort of synth/keys intro and about half the time said synth plays unaccompanied by the rest of the band. The rest of the band will come in along with it or shortly thereafter, providing the down-tuned riffs and passable instrumentation mentioned before. Verses will center around Veteläinen, and the rest of the song will continue the verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/etc. formula (guitar solos are optional). “Sea of Whispers” follows this typical structure but opts for the ballad route, and despite being equally (if not more) laughable than everything else, it provides a break in the middle of the album. Additionally, “…Whispers” is almost devoid of the main vocalist - relative newcomer Jarmo Kylmänen provides strong operatic vocals – and it features a great guitar solo.

In conclusion, Children of the Dark Waters is not a bad album. It could be great, but Eternal Tears of Sorrow sound at least a little tired, and it’s hard not to chuckle when listening to the album initially. The sound is there, but strong execution or staying power isn’t. For both our sakes, I hope digging into their back catalogue will be more rewarding.

Try before you buy:
Tears of Autumn Rain
Sea of Whispers
Diary of Demonic Dreams



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ninjuice
September 11th 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

- This has two reviews too many but mine’s the only correct one. : )
- I’m too unimaginative/lazy right now to think of a better ending for the second paragraph.
- It looked longer in Word. Weird.
- I hope my rating isn’t confusing.
- Much thanks to Caleb (aka Waior) for helping me edit it.

Holy crap that was fast Countorus!

YouAreMySilence
September 11th 2009


3727 Comments


Stupidest band name ever?

ninjuice
September 11th 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What about "!!!"?

jingledeath
September 11th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, agree with rating

ninjuice
September 11th 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks dude.

devsol
September 11th 2009


347 Comments


sounds like suck

Douglas
September 11th 2009


9173 Comments


Sick review! Want check this at all...

LisbonGirls
September 11th 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awww here I thought mine was fairly accurate
Good review sir, band name still makes me chuckle everytime I see it.

Willie
Moderator
September 11th 2009


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review. This is the review I agree with.

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GymLeaderBrock
September 11th 2009


61 Comments


Eternal Tears Of Sorrow


gaslightanthem
September 11th 2009


5209 Comments


band is terrible

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2009


16466 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Boring album tbh

R6Rider
September 11th 2009


4714 Comments


album cover just made me jizz

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lobby
September 22nd 2009


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

agreed with this

devouredbymetal
October 23rd 2009


516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i found this album to be quite good....its not cheesy as the review says...the band name is cheesy as hell though.....

Whispered4tw
December 12th 2009


627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

People should enjoy the music instead of bitching about the band's name all the time, if you can't you should just shut up. You're not clever or funny or anything.

Having said that, cheesy always seems to be something negative. I don't really mind it tbh. Album is pretty good.

Poet
June 19th 2011


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DROWN!!!

FALL ASLEEEP!!!!!

ugh song's so good



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