After 6 albums and a career spanning 16 years (including a 4-year split),
the music of Eternal Tears Of Sorrow has evolved at a relatively slow pace.
For those who’ve yet missed out on the band, we’re dealing with dark but
highly melodic Black/Gothic Metal full of mellow (i.e. ‘melancholic’)
passages. “Children…..” keeps to this brief by offering a captivating and
versatile set of well-written songs.
The keyboards remain an important aspect of the band’s style – in contrast
with most bands of the genre, there is less focus on symphonic sounds in
favour of acoustic piano arpeggios. Several great guitar licks also help
keep the album’s level above average.
This album sees ‘clean’ vocalist Jarmo Kylmänen become part of the band’s
official line-up after having already collaborated with EToS in the past.
Songs such as ‘Diary Of Demonic Dreams’ reveal Jarmo’s technical excellence
in melodic parts, especially where higher vocal notes are involved.
Incidentally this song must be one of the album’s best and only slows down
in order to enable some backing female vocals to embellish it.
The lyrics of “Children…..” are dark and introspective, with a significant
inspiration from nature in the construction of metaphors for ongoing
internal struggles of the themes’ character/s. In context of the sleeve
artwork, these lyrics seem to point at the tragedy of the ‘children of Bodom’,
referring to the mysteriously disappearance of a group of children in the
vicinity of Lake Bodom, in Finland. (Now where have I heard of that lake
before……..) I must stress that this thematic background is only my personal
To be honest I continue to prefer the infectious songs of the 2000 album
“Chaotic Beauty” but “Children…..” possesses a great balance of atmosphere,
technical execution and personality. It’s a record unlikely to gather dust.