Finnish melodic death metal band ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW has issued the following update:
"Unfortunately, we have to announce that our solo guitarist Risto Ruuth has left ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW. The situation came to us as a total surprise. We have no information on the reasons or the background behind his decision. We received Risto's a unilateral declaration a week ago.
"During the past week, we have done everything possible to find a replacement in time so that we could make it to do the confirmed live dates according to the previously established timetable. Unfortunately, it has proven to be an exceedingly difficult task with this schedule, and thus it will affect the confirmed live dates.
"ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW will get on the stage as soon as the hole in the line-up has been refilled. More information on this topic will be published shortly. At the same time, we announce the search for solo guitarist for the band. The guitarist we're looking for should be diverse, full of ideas and creative. Above all, his feet should be firmly on the solid ground, he should motivated to the task, and should be able to manage the role of the solo guitarist in our band.
"If you are interested in this mission, send free-form application, info packet and the call audio samples or video form, to: eternaltears2009[at]gmail.com."
ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW has set "Children of the Dark Waters" as the title of its sixth album, due in May via Suomen Musiikki (Finland), Massacre Records (rest of Europe) and Marquee/Avalon (Asia). As was the case with the band's previous five LPs, the forthcoming effort was recorded at Tico-Tico Studio in Kemi, Finland.
"Children of the Dark Waters" track listing:
01. Children of the Dark Waters (Act II)
02. Baptized by the Blood of Angels
03. Tears of Autumn Rain
04. Summon the Wild
05. Sea of Whispers
06. Midnight Bird
07. Diary of Demonic Dreams
08. When the Darkest Night Falls
09. Nocturne Thule
Check out the cover artwork below.
"Tears of Autumn Rain", the latest single from ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW, was released in Finland on February 18. The single's title cut, which features guest female vocals by by Miriam Renvåg (RAM-ZET) and Heidi Parviainen (AMBERIAN DAWN), is available for streaming on the group's MySpace page. The second track on the single is a reworked version of "Vilda Mánnu", which was the title cut of the band's second album, released in 1998. The cover artwork for single was created by Travis Smith.
ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW's fifth album, "Before the Bleeding Sun", was released in Finland in April 2006 via Spinefarm Records.