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Marko Hietala – Pyre of the Black Heart

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 19th January 2020 by mickbirchy

Marko Hietala

Pyre of the Black Heart

Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock

Released: 24th January 2020

via Nuclear Blast Records

I have never claimed to be the biggest fan of Nightwish. However, I have always appreciated the vocal talents of Marko Hietala. He’s a spectacular singer and musician. So, imagine my surprise to find out that he’s releasing his debut solo album this year. Pyre of the Black Heart is a pretty mixed bag of material. I guess he wanted to throw a bunch of different styles at the wall to see what stuck. The album is a mix of prog-rock, heavy metal and some clear folk inspiration here and there. It feels quite personal and hits pretty hard.

Right from the opening track “Stones” Marko shows everything that he’s trying to do on the album. You can really feel that forceful presence that has made him such a fantastic performer over the years. The tone of his vocals is damn-near perfect and really hit you in the gut. Songs like “The Voice of My Father” and “I Dream” grab your attention and the emotion just took hold of me when I was listening. The production is simply outstanding with every part of the arrangement shining. The bombastic bass and drums, with the heavy electric guitar, is really gut-busting and coupled with Marko’s pure intense vocal performance really made this a larger than life album. Even the quieter, acoustic sections hit hard due to the purity and richness of the production.

His use of poetic license suits this music well. The weary and emotional language used kept me engaged throughout. It’s almost like dark-twisted lullabies in the quieter sections. The heavier moments it feels like dark prog-rock epics of the past. The passion and conviction that this album presents certainly delivers, with Marko giving his all with his commanding and forceful voice. It gives the words a great sense of urgency and left me speechless at times.

I think if you like rock or metal music of any sort you’ll like something here. It’s progressive rock without the fluff, folk-rock without going overboard, heavy metal with more complexity and almost has a stoner rock vibe to the riff. I think the only thing that most people wouldn’t like about the album is that it moves a little slow. There aren’t many songs with a lot of vibrant energy, the one exception being “Runner of the Railways” which definitely rocks. It’s definitely an album that takes some time to digest. I mean, it’s not a power metal or thrash metal record. So, if you’re looking for something with a lot of fast-paced, in your face metal, then this isn’t for you. However, I think there’s enough energy and heaviness that most rock and metal fans will be impressed.

Overall, a solid album from a man that has earned his place in the annals of heavy metal history. If you’re in the mood for something powerful and captivating, then this might be right up your ally.

8/10

Mick Birchall

New Nightwish album coming this spring

Posted in Misc., News, Studio Report with tags , , , on 17th January 2020 by izaforestspirit

It’s been five years since their last studio album ‘ Endless Forms Most Beautiful’. Now the the world renowned Finnish symphonic power metal band Nightwish have announced that their new opus will be called ‘Hvman. :II: Natvre.’

Here’s the cover art and track-listing:

Nightwish - Hvman. :II: Natvre.

Disc 1
1. Music
2. Noise
3. Shoemaker
4. Harvest
5. Pan
6. How’s the Heart?
7. Procession
8. Tribal
9. Endlessness

Disc 2
1. All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World – Vista
2. All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World – The Blue
3. All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World – The Green
4. All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World – Moors
5. All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World – Aurorae
6. All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World – Quiet as the Snow
7. All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World – Anthropocene (incl. “Hurrian Hymn to Nikkal”)
8. All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World – Ad Astra

‘Hvman. :II: Natvre.’  will be out worldwide on 10th April 2020 via Nuclear Blast Records.

For more information go to:
http://nightwish.com/en
https://www.facebook.com/nightwish

Forbidden Lore – Forbidden Lore EP

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 6th January 2017 by izaforestspirit

Forbidden Lore
Forbidden Lore EP
Released 13th October 2016
Symphonic Metal
Self-Released


‘Forbidden Lore’ is the first EP from the Greek symphonic metal band of the same name. Forbidden Lore describe their style since as a mixture of symphonic metal with progressive metal and soundtrack music.

There are only three tracks on here, which is just about enough for the listener to get an idea of what this band is all about. First up is the melodic Endless Run which definitely has that fantasy soundtrack feel to it. Nightwish and Epica comparisons are pretty much inevitable due to the melodic female vocals (please note that “melodic” in this case doesn’t mean “operatic”). Luckily Georgia Mavrantza has a good voice which suits the music. There are some progressive elements audible in the guitars. Shadows on Ice is a much more straightforward piece of symphonic metal with equal emphasis on both the vocals and the orchestration. There is only a small portion of the song that features the progressive guitar parts. Last one is Grace In Our Fall, which really brings out the high notes in the vocal department demonstrating the singer’s impressive range. This is probably the most symphonic, orchestral and the most fantasy soundtrack -esque song on the EP.

In summary, it’s difficult to judge a band based on just three tracks. I now have a better understanding of what Forbidden Lore are trying to be. Their music can be described as being metal in the same vein as the more established bands Epica and Nightwish. So if you like these then there is a very good chance that you will enjoy Forbidden Lore.

3/5

Iza Raittila

Two New Additions For Northern Symphony 2016

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 20th January 2016 by Nico Davidson

Two more bands have been announced to join the likes of Theatres des Vampires, Old Corpse Road and Alwaid at the second edition of the UK’s leading symphonic metal festival: Northern Symphony.

Scottish suited-and-booted black metal corporation Maelstrom, who have supported the likes of Alestorm and Tyr in the past, have been announced to headline the Infernal Orchestra stage on 16th April this year. The band’s keyboardist Jaime Cross comments:

It’s a massive honour to have been picked to headline the Infernal Orchestra stage. We’re all excited about the festival and we always enjoy our shows in England. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Joining Maelstrom on the Infernal Orchestra stage are Ward XVI, who describe themselves as theatrical avant-garde rock. Mixing haunting melodies and female vocals with heavy guitar passages and the occasional segment of accordions, Ward XVI are an interesting addition to the festival.

Northern Symphony Festival will take place on Saturday 16th April at The Venue in Selby. In total, there will be 14 bands across 2 stages. The Midnight Waltz stage will be headlined by Italy’s legendary vampire-themed metal band THEATRES DES VAMPIRES.

Advance tickets are available for £15 from the festival’s BigCartel store.Further information is available at the festival’s official Facebook page.

Graveshadow – Nocturnal Resurrection

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 1st December 2015 by izaforestspirit

Graveshadow
Nocturnal Resurrection
Released 15th November 2015
Symphonic Metal with Death Metal elements
Released via Mausoleum Records

‘Nocturnal Resurrection’ is the debut album from the American symphonic metal band Graveshadow. The band was originally formed in 2012 by rhythm guitarist William Walker. This album has been mixed and mastered by Emil “Nightmare” Nodtveit (Deathstars) and it features Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Blackwelder) as a guest vocalist on one of the tracks.

Symphonic metal is a genre that I don’t tend to listen to a lot these days. There was a time when I really liked it; the good old days back when Nightwish was at the high-point of their career. Since then there has been the occasional discovery of a hidden gem such as Angtoria’s debut album and Tarja Turunen’s solo work, but generally speaking I no longer find the genre as exciting or memorable as I used to. Let’s see if Graveshadow can change my mind…

After the harmonious keyboard intro, the guitars enter the frame and singer Heather’s powerful vocals ensure that you will not be forgetting Namesake any time soon. Unlike many other female metal vocalists, she doesn’t stick to just one style but prefers to show off an impressive vocal range with both the operatic (read Nightwish, After Forever -style) and death metal growls on offer. Yes, that’s right – death metal growling… the type that Angela Gossow used to do with Arch Enemy. This second style adds a touch of aggression to the beautifully composed symphonic melodies and the catchy guitar tunes.

Speaking of catchy, that’s probably the best way to describe Lycan Lust. This track is less about the keyboards and the emphasis shifts towards the thunderous pace of the thrash metal style, guitar riffs and drums and of course the compelling vocals of Miss Heather Michele. Don’t let the gentle, sweet melodies fool you, for beneath this innocent-looking mask lies a demon that bites. If you want to hear the more tamed, gentle side of Graveshadow then Winter’s Come to Call and Fading are the tracks for you. The Doctor Who -inspired track  Blink starts off as another fantasy themed, symphonic metal song but then develops more of the aggressive feel due to the predominance of the guitars and the harsh vocals.

Overall, this album is bound to attract a lot of attention. That’s not to say that every symphonic or gothic metal fan will like it. It’s not for everyone and if you’re looking for something akin to Within Temptation or current Nightwish, then I’d advise you to steer clear of this. If however, you’re like me – bored with the current state of symphonic metal scene and you’re looking for something experimental and unique then you should give Graveshadow a try.

4/5

Iza Raittila

Sonata Arctica, Children of Bodom and Nightwish live in Tampere

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , on 1st August 2015 by izaforestspirit

Sonata Arctica, Children of Bodom, Nightwish
Ratina Stadium, Tampere, Finland
31st July 2015

A cloudy Friday night in central Tampere. The weather might have not been great but there was a sizable crowd of metalheads gathered at the local stadium. Why, you might ask? Three of the country’s biggest metal bands have come here to play a show.

Sonata Arctica were almost half way through their set by the time I arrived at the venue. I like some of their old albums but I’ve never been a massive fan. I’ve also seen them live many times before so I knew what to expect from their show. They play energetic power metal with very fast keyboards and squeaky vocals. I’m not familiar with their recent albums but I’m glad that they played ‘Don’t Say A Word’ towards the end because that is one of the very few songs that I recognized. 3/5

I’ve been a Children of Bodom fan since my early teens and I was really looking forward to see them live again. The last time that I saw them was at Sauna Open Air back in 2013. This time they played more songs from their newer albums which was a bit of shame because I actually prefer the old songs. Luckily their set also featured some of my favourites including ‘Lake Bodom’, ‘Hate Me’, ‘Needled 24/7’ and ‘In Your Face’. 4/5

The last time that I saw the headlining act, Nightwish, was in 2013 just before they announced that Floor Jansen was going to be their full-time singer. I don’t own a copy of their latest album, but I’ve heard some of the songs on the radio such as the single ‘Élan’. I actually danced along to the tune when I heard it. They put on an elaborate performance complete with large backdrop artwork display, pyrotechnics and fireworks. I was really happy to hear some of the old classics, such as ‘Stargazers’, ‘Sleeping Sun’ and my personal favourite ‘She Is My Sin’. These were songs which I never thought that I would get to hear live since their previous singer Anette couldn’t handle the operatic vocals. Luckily her replacement, Floor Jansen is a much more skilled vocalist and a better performer. Not only could she sing all the classic Nightwish songs but also their mid-career stuff such as ‘Amaranth’ (originally written with Anette on vocals) sounded good. All the fancy stage props really helped to build up to the grand finale, the unforgettable opus that is ‘The Greatest Show on Earth. 5/5

Overall, it’s been a memorable evening. Sonata Arctica’s show was pretty much what I expected it to be. Children of Bodom put on a good show but they were better the previous time that I saw them. Nightwish exceeded my expectations with a fantastic show that I won’t be forgetting any time soon.

Iza Raittila

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 19th April 2015 by mickbirchy

Nightwish
Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Symphonic metal
Released on March 30, 2015
Via Nuclear Blast Records

OK, so I’m not going to pretend like I’m the biggest Nightwish fan. However, I am a fan of the symphonic metal genre and they are a big part of that world of music and I did enjoy their last outing Imaginaerum, like, a lot. So, when I got Endless Forms Most Beautiful I was wondering what the band had in store, as this is the first album with new singer Floor Jansen, who to me seemed like a good match for them; she has a fantastic voice and I was wondering how the band were going to use her for this album.

Now the intro is out of the way, I’ll just say it: this album is bad, really bad, but… The bits that Nightwish get right are pretty fantastic.  I can honestly say that some of the riffs and melodies on this record are actually really good. It’s like a bad Disney movie, bad and hard to sit through, but dammit, when they get it right, they get it right.  Same can be said for this album, it’s all pretty hit and miss. Believe when I say, I hate that I have to hate this album, because a few changes here or there and this would have been solid, or at the very least listenable. The album opens with the tune “Shudder Before the Beautiful” which is actually pretty catchy and works pretty well. Same can be said for a range of song on the record, catchy and definitely show signs of interest and promise but ultimately don’t leave much of an impression on me. Tuomas Holopainen’s compositions always have this weird charms to them but it’s the song he wrote with Marco Hietala that particular stand out for me, especially Yours Is An Empty Hope.

To be perfectly honest, I think it’s because the album feels mostly lifeless. I’m willing to concede that yes, a lot of work went into this record, but everything feels so lifeless and non committal. It just feels empty. Also I don’t think Floor Jansen is used to her fullest potential, I know that was the intention but why? It’s like a pirate ship having 50 cannons and then choosing not to use 25 of them, it makes no sense. Also the production sounds a little muted, I always find myself having to turn the volume up, I couldn’t explain this to save me it’s weird.  Alot of it just sounds like their trying way too hard to sound big and symphonic, and when you’re struggling to sound symphonic, it makes everything sound so fake around you and it’s hard to be invested in the music.

The only couple of songs that I really enjoyed on this album are, Yours Is An Empty Hope, which is this high octane rush of a song, it gets you pumped and the music is vaguely interesting here.  Also the title track, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, is pretty decent too, well paced and balanced.  Other than that, I couldn’t recommend this at all.

Overall, well no, I don’t like it.  I know that sometimes different doesn’t always mean bad, but here I feel Nightwish kept too much the same from their records with Anette Olzen. If she was singing here, this might have been salvageable, but you can’t change the singer and keep the old song writing patterns, that makes no sense.  Ultimately I can’t say I like this album, but this has had high critical praise elsewhere, so what do I know…

2/5

Mick Birchall

Nightwish unveil second album trailer titled The Lake

Posted in News with tags , , , on 31st July 2014 by Nico Davidson

Finnish titans of symphonic metal, who now feature Floor Jansen (ReVamp, MaYaN, ex-After Forever) as their vocalist, recently banded together to begin work on the bands next album, which will also be the band’s first studio album to feature Floor. The album is scheduled for a Spring 2015 release via Nuclear Blast. Nightwish recently posted the second trailer for the new album. The trailer can be viewed below:

Nightwish online:

http://facebook.com/nightwish

Brother Firetribe stream new single For Better Or For Worse

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 27th March 2014 by Nico Davidson

Finnish melodic rock maestros Brother Firetribe, who boast Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen amongst their ranks, have made their brand new single, titled For better Or For Worse, available for streaming via Soundcloud for a limited time only. The song is taken from their third and upcoming album Diamond In The Firepit which is set for release through Spinefarm Records in May for the UK, Finland and Europe and in June for North America. Singer Pekka Ansio Heino spoke about the band’s upcoming release:

We’re thrilled to be back in action after 5 years which seems like a life time! We wouldn’t be THIS thrilled if the new album hadn’t turned out be exactly how we wanted it to be. It’s just as bold, big, polished, hooky and sticky as we pictured it. A lot of hard work was spent making it happen and now it’s time for the best part of making music; taking it out and playing it live. We can’t wait to meet our old friends again and hopefully make some new ones along the way. Hope you enjoy Diamond In The Firepit. Thanks for still being there and sorry for the delay, let’s have some serious fun!

 

Brother Firetribe online:

http://facebook.com/brotherfiretribeofficial

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Tuomas Holopainen – The Life and Times of Scrooge

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 14th March 2014 by hammersmashedlauren

Tuomas Holopainen
The Life and Times of Scrooge
Released: 11th April, 2014
Folk/Symphonic Rock
Released via Nuclear Blast

Being his first solo record, Tuomas Holopainen did an outstanding job of creating a masterpiece that is very different from anything he has ever done in his primary band, Nightwish. This is a concept album that is based off of the Disney novel, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, and if this book did have a movie, I’m confident that this album would be the soundtrack. There are, of course, keyboards and a symphony which doesn’t branch too far from Nightwish, but there are also elements of folk heard at different times which gave this the light-hearted, childish feel you might get from a Disney movie.

Many musicians helped to create the album, and most of them were not from metal bands. However, Tony Kakko of Sonata Arctica played the part of the “storyteller” and one of Nightwish’s newest members, Troy Donockley, played the pipes and whistles. I like that even with the help of metal musicians, it still did not derive away from the over feel of the album. There are some times when songs definitely were a bit more aggressive and heavier, and that subtle influence was enough to remind me that this album was made by a metal musician.

One track in particular, Cold Heart of the Klondike, had an intro that reminded me a lot of something that Nightwish would have written. This is probably because it starts out with primarily the keyboards and then gradually goes into violins paired with dramatic choir vocals, and that’s something I would expect to hear on any kind of symphonic metal album. While I greatly enjoyed these small bits of fast and epic music, it’s primarily what I looked forward while listening to this album. I felt that the tracks were much too long and kind of dragged out after a while. The only tracked I really enjoyed listening to was their single release, A Lifetime of Adventure. To me, it was the most memorable because it had the most vocals and didn’t drag out for too long. While the other songs were done beautifully, they were just entirely too long and repetitive for my liking.

Overall, this album was a great listen. I highly recommend picking it up once it is released next month if you are a fan of symphonic, folk, or power metal. A Lifetime of Adventure has a music video out if you want to preview what the album actually sounds like as well. I was impressed by the musicianship and overall quality of this album, and I hope Tuomas Holopainen continues to make more solo records.

4.5/5

Lauren Gowdy

Third Brother Firetribe studio album set for release

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 11th March 2014 by Nico Davidson

Finnish melodic rock maestros Brother Firetribe who boast Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorien amongst their ranks have announced the release date for their third studio album Diamond In The Firepit. The twelve track rock offering will be released on 5th May this year through Spinefarm Records.

Diamond In The Firepit will be the bands first studio album in six years, since the release of the previous studio album Heart Full Of Fire in 2008, which was a gold record in their native homeland of Finland. Brother Firetribe’s back catalogue is completed by the band’s 2006 release Breakout and their 2010 DVD Live At Apollo.

Brother Firetribe have also been confirmed for Firefest at Rock City in Nottingham on 26th October, meaning the band will be bringing their freeway anthems to British shores for the first time this year. UK headline tour dates are also in the works.

Brother Firetribe online:

www.facebook.com/brotherfiretribeofficial

 

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Nightwish’s Tuomas Holopainen posts third Scrooge trailer online

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 7th March 2014 by Nico Davidson

Nightwish’s Tuomas Holopainen spent most of 2013 writing and producing his debut solo album, The Life And Times Of Scrooge, which is based on the illustrated book, The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck by author Don Rosa. The album will be released on 14th April via Nuclear Blast.

Tuomas has been updating fans on the making of his new solo album and the third video interview featuring the Nightwish front man is now online and available to be viewed down below.

The video for the first single, A Lifetime of Adventure, taken from the upcoming album is also available for viewing down below.

Tuomas Holopainen online:

http://tuomas-holopainen.com

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Second Tuomas Holopainen solo album interview now online

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 27th February 2014 by Nico Davidson

The driving force behind Nightwish, Tuomas Holopainen, who is also the band’s keyboardist and song writer, spent most of 2013 writing and producing his debut solo album entitled The Life And Times Of Scrooge. The album is based on the illustrated book The Life And Times Of Scoorge McDuck by Don Rosa and will be released via Nuclear Blast on 14th April 2014.

The first interview documenting the making of Tuomas‘ solo album was released last week and the second video interview with Tuomas is now online too. The trailers were created by Nightwish videographer Ville Lipiäinen. Both trailers can be viewed below.

Trailer One:

Trailer Two:

The digital single of A Lifetime of Adventure was released recently and features vocals by Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela. The guitars were played by Finnish Jazz musician Mikko Iivanainen.

Tuomas Holopainen online:

http://tuomas-holopainen.com

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Sorronia announced as support to Tarja Turunen for six European dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 15th January 2014 by Nico Davidson

Hungary’s up-and-coming symphonic metallers Sorronia have been confirmed as support for six European shows for Tarja Turunen later this month. Tour dates are as follow:

Jan. 28th – Aula Magna – Lisbon Portugal
Jan. 29th – Sala Arena – Madrid, Spain
Jan. 31st – Santana 27 – Bilbao, Spain
Feb. 1st – Salamandra 1 – Barcelona, Spain
Feb. 15th – Rocking Chair – Vevey, Switzerland
Feb. 16th – Theatro Giovanni Da Udine – Udine, Italy

Sorronia have released its first album, titled Words of Silence, on 28th October, 2013 via Bakerteam Records with world-wide distribution. The beautiful album artwork was handled by the talented artist Alexandra V Bach who also worked with acts like Kamelot and Adagio. The album was warmly welcomed by the audience and the press. The support role on Tarja’s upcoming European tour isn’t the first time that Sorronia have supported a well known act on the female-fronted scene as just recently they were on a shorter tour with the German symphonic metal powerhouse Xandria by visiting Spanish cities: Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Zaragoza.

Sorronia online:

http://facebook.com/SorroniaOfficial
http://twitter.com/SorroniaBand/
http://youtube.com/SorroniaOfficial

 

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Former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon releases lyric video for Falling

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 17th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Former Nightwish frontwoman and vocalist Anette Olzon is set to release her debut solo album Shine via earMUSIC in February 2014. The CD, which was co-produced by Anette Olzon and Johan Kronlund, is a collaboration between Anette and some of the most successful teams in rock and pop in Scandinavia, including Stefan Örn (songwriter and producer of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest-winning track Running Scared) and Johan Glössner. The album was mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt and Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette).

Anette recently released the lyric video for the first single taken from the album, Falling, which can be heard below. Shine release dates are as follow:

Feb. 26 – Sweden
Feb. 28 – Germany, Finland, Russia, Spain
Mar. 03 – France, Benelux, Poland, Czech, Norway, Denmark
Mar. 04 – Italy
Mar. 18 – North America
Mar. 31 – UK

Anette Olzon online:

http://facebook.com/anetteolzonofficial

Nightwish keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen unveils details of first solo album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 28th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Tuomas Holopainen, who is best known for his work as keyboardist and main songwriter of Nightwish, has spent most of the year writing and producing his first solo album. The album is based on a graphic novel titled The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck which was written by Don Rosa. Tuomas comments:

This is my longtime dream come true, 14 years in the making. And a homage to one of the best storytellers of our time. Thank you for sharing this celebration of Life & Adventure!

This 12 chapter book tells the life story of a certain Scrooge, from his early years in the 19th century Scotland to his adventures all around the world till the 1950’s. The story contains such immense depth, detail, wit and emotional power, that after Tuomas read it 20 years ago, it instantly became a story of profound personal interest and love for him. The initial spark of ‘colouring’ this story with music, i.e. to create a soundtrack to the book, came to him in 1999, and has haunted the back of his mind ever since.

The album was written and produced by Tuomas Holopainen and will contain 10 songs, with total duration of approximately 60 minutes. The music will be of soundtrack, classical and folk genres in the vein of Vaughan Williams, Michael Nyman, James Newton Howard and Enya.

Mr. Pip Williams has done the orchestral arrangements, continuing his collaboration with Tuomas after the Nightwish records Once, Dark Passion Play and Imaginaerum.

There will be a number of guest musicians, including the London Orchestra, The Metro Voices (a choir from London) and four lead vocalists: Alan Reid, Johanna Kurkela, Johanna Iivanainen and Tony Kakko. Other guest appearances include Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, bodhran), Mikko Iivanainen (guitars and banjo), Teho Majamäki (Didgeridoo), Jon Burr (Harmonica) and Dermot Crehan in the solo violin.

The recordings took place during August – October 2013, first at Angel Studios, London, then in various locations around Scotland and Finland.
The author of the book, Don Rosa, has done the artwork for the album. There will also be a single release, for the track A Lifetime Of Adventure, accompanied by a music video in early 2014. The album The Life And Times Of Scrooge is scheduled for release in April 2014.

Tuomas Holopainen online:

http://tuomas-holopainen.com

Ghost Love Score live clip available online; taken from new Nightwish DVD: Showtime, Storytime

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Next month sees the release of Nightwish’s new DVD: Showtime, Storytime and in anticipation of the release, the band have posted another clip from the DVD online. This time of the track Ghost Love Score. The clip can be viewed below.

The Showtime, Storytime DVD will be released in the UK on 2nd December 2013 and is available for pre-order at this location.

Nightwish online:

http://nightwish.com
http://facebook.com/nightwish

 

New trailer for Nightwish – Showtime, Storytime DVD available online

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 6th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Finnish metal outfit Nightwish – who are now fronted by ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen – are set to release their new DVD Showtime, Storytime next month and in anticipation of the release, the band have released another trailer for the DVD. You can get a glimpse of life on tour with Nightwish down below.

The Showtime, Storytime DVD will be released in the UK on the 2nd December 2013 and is available for pre-order, here, at this location.

Nightwish online:

http://nightwish.com
http://facebook.com/nightwish

 

Nightwish post second trailer for “Showtime, Storytime”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 27th October 2013 by Pieni

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In anticipation of their upcoming double DVD “Showtime, Storytime”, Nightwish have now posted a second trailer, in the form of an inteview with mastermind Tuomas Holopainen. In it, the keyboard player talks about the line-up changes (read our article about it here) and how both Floor Jansen and Troy Donockley reacted to the invitation.

“Showtime, Storytime” will be out on November 29th (read details here).

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www.nuclearblast.de/nightwish

Floor Jansen announced as a permanent member of Nightwish

Posted in Misc., News with tags , on 9th October 2013 by izaforestspirit

The world-renowned Finnish symphonic metallers Nightwish are pleased to announce that singer Floor Jansen, who accompanied them throughout their Imaginaerum World Tour, will become a full-time member of the band.

Here’s what Miss Jansen had to say on the subject:
“Words cannot describe what I feel! This union is beyond everything and I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to continue this amazing journey with my new brothers! Once I had a dream…and this is it!!!”

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Also joining the ranks is Mr. Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals). Here’s the official statement from the band:

“Originally we were going to wait until 2014 to make a decision about the future line-up of the band, but the past year has clearly shown us that Floor and Troy are perfect matching pieces to our puzzle, and we are really grateful of the bond that has grown between all of us. We love you guys.”

Tuomas
Marco
Jukka
Emppu

http://www.nightwish.com