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Review of the Album Vilda Mannu by Finnish Melodic Death Metal Band Eternal Tears of Sorrow

Updated on June 28, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

This photo symbolizes how much an avid fan will love this album.
This photo symbolizes how much an avid fan will love this album. | Source

Wild Moon Is a Better Album Than You Might Think

Vilda Mannu or Wild Moon is the second studio album by Finnish melodic death metal band Eternal Tears of Sorrow and by the title of this album some people might dismiss this as some cheesy attempt at folk metal or something but that's certainly not what is presented on here. The album has influences ranging from early In Flames to Iron Maiden.


While bands such as Iron Maiden influenced many others and contributed greatly to the heavy metal genre, there are so many of these newer bands coming into existence, especially in the country of Finland. Eternal Tears of Sorrow are by no means a new band but they are not as old as bands such as those that came into existence in the 1980s. There are people in industries that set the tone for others in the future to emulate and follow and those that are dedicated enough to their work will emulate those that came before them.

A Few Initial Solid Points About the Album

In spite of their name, you do not get the feeling that the music is sorrowful and will bring your emotions down but rather it is a VERY well written brand of melodic death metal with good low growls. Vilda Mannu is one of those albums that just seems to flow through very nicely and musically it clicks. This is how you can get the sense early on whether an album is excellent, good, average, or poor. In spite of the album's title which comes from a Northern Sami language, there are no Finnish language songs on here which means it will be easier for fans to understand the lyrics. Also, this will help Eternal Tears of Sorrow expand their fan base if they have not done so already.

"Scars of Wisdom"

The Quality of the Songs On Wild Moon

So how are the songs on Vilda Mannu? Well, they can be refreshing such as is the case with the song Nightwind's Lullaby. It starts out with a very nicely done soft part before transitioning into a mid-tempo melodic death metal song. However, if we dive deeper into the album, we don't get the sense that the music will drag us down into the pits of sorrow. Yes, the word sorrow is in this band's name but the music is highly creative and well done. “Vilda Mannu” or Wild Moon the song is lyrically about being united with the Creator and having a kind of love for the moon. The moon is one of the major symbols of night time and it appears in the sky as darkness falls.

Final Thoughts About the Album Vilda Mannu Or Wild Moon

Nodde Rahgam is just a short guitar filled instrumental but it is a good one to listen to after all the other heavy songs in this album. Northern Doom is a song that starts with what seems like the sound of a wolf as lyrically the song is about what happens when a person had to endure one of the coldest winters he ever had to endure as his body was shivering. In this album there is no song that really brings you to tears as was the case in the album Chaotic Beauty with the song Blood of Faith Stains My Hands. That song is a brilliant song but it can make you cry. However, there is no such song in the album Vilda Mannu. This album is a good warm-up to what would come later.

"Northern Doom"

© 2020 Ara Vahanian

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