The story of Eternal Tears of Sorrow begins in a Northern Finnish town of Pudasjärvi in the late 80s when Jarmo Puolakanaho (guitar) and Altti Veteläinen (vocals and bass) started writing music together.
Their first band was Andromeda that recorded the first demo in May 1992. During the next two years, Andromeda became Eternal Tears of Sorrow whose third member was Olli-Pekka Törrö (guitar).
After two demos, the band got their first recording deal with X-Treme Records, an underground record label based in Gothenburg, Sweden. "Sinner's Serenade" was released in 1997.
In 1998, the band recorded their second album "Vilda Mánnu" that was released by Spinefarm later that year. Shortly after their first Finnish tour, Olli-Pekka left the band and EToS got three new members: Pasi Hiltula (keyboards), Petri Sankala (drums) and Antti-Matti Talala (guitar). With the new line-up, the band recorded "Chaotic Beauty" that was released in 2000.
With this album, EToS got their first European tour, almost two months in nine countries with Nightwish and Sinergy.
After the tour, the band entered the studio to record their first single "The Last One for Life", with Antti Kokko replacing A-M Talala.
Some months later, it was the time to record the fourth album "A Virgin and a Whore" that was released in late 2001.
At this point, the members of the band were tired with the band and all the hurries and demands, so each member wanted to do everything else for a while.
Their final gig was in Oulu in summer 2001 supporting Megadeth. In early 2002, it was told that the band was having a long break and one year later, the band announced to have been split up permanently.
However, in summer 2004 Altti and Jarmo started talking about resurrection of the band.
By the end of the year, the band was ready with two more members (Janne Tolsa – keyboards, Risto Ruuth – lead guitar) to record their fifth album "Before the Bleeding Sun" that was released in 2006.
After doing the first live shows since 2001, the band was ready to write material for the darkest and heaviest album for a long time. In 2008, the band recorded their second single "Tears of Autumn Rain" after which their longtime drummer, Petri Sankala had to leave the band, Juho Raappana replacing him. In addition, Jarmo Kylmänen (vocals), who had been in the EToS song-writing team since 2005, joined the band as an official member.
Right before the mixing sessions of the new album, Risto announced his will to leave the band due personal reasons.
The band started to seek replacement before the album tour and found Oulu based lead guitarist Mika Lammassaari to join the band.
"Children of the Dark Waters" was released in May 2009 and has been praised as the strongest album on the band's career so far.
Altti Veteläinen – Vocals/Bass
Jarmo Kylmänen – Clean Vocals
Jarmo Puolakanaho – Guitar
Mika Lammassaari – Guitar
Janne Tolsa – Keyboards
Juho Raappana – Drums
Sinner’s Serenade (1997)
Vilda Mánnu (1998)
Chaotic Beauty (2000)
A Virgin And A Whore (2001)
Before The Bleeding Sun (2006)
Children of the Dark Waters (2009)
Saivon Lapsi (Suomen Musiikki 2013)