Hello there my rockin’ congregation!
How’s it going? have you upped the volume for this one?
I’ve recently got the new ‘Nightwish’ Album ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ which of course I have been hammering out every chance I get!
“Endless Forms Most Beautiful” was made available on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast.
It comes in six different formats –
* Standard CD
* Digibook (including instrumental CD)
* 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colors
* Earbook (including instrumental and orchestral CD)
* Earbook (deluxe version including bonus vinyl)
* Digital Download
Not wanting to miss out on anything I went for the one with instrumental and orchestral CD as well as the vocal.
And I have to say it, front woman Floor Jansen has made a nice balance between original Tarja Turunen and Anette Olzon who Floor replaced in 2012. (The Nightwish Article)
At first listen I wasn’t over struck by the vocal CD or the orchestral and preferred the instrumental CD but as time has gone on I have changed my mind, the vocals are actually quiet impressive, I think I was wanting another Tarja Turunen but we all know that’s not going to happen and as good as Anette Olzon is she wasn’t going to be the perfect replacement for many, but don’t get me wrong here, ‘Amaranth’ and ‘Bye Bye Beautiful’ were brilliant and I think needed for Nightwish needed those to steer away from the Turunen era and get on the road they are on now.
Bye Bye Beautiful.
So, the album…
Shudder Before The Beautiful. Start the whole masterpiece off with…
The deepest solace lies in understanding
This ancient unseen stream
A shudder before the beautiful
[Professor Richard Dawkins]
Before hitting hard with a heavy beat. Very reminiscent of the previous album Imaginaerium with a chorus style that will definitely bring nostalgia to long-time Nightwish fans. This song is definitely a good opening for this album!
“Weak Fantasy” follows in suit, turning the sound darker and deeper. The incredible vocal range of Floor Jansen makes this album all its own. The impressive change from soft to hard in the vocalist’s voice makes this song a statement piece. The folk instrumental kick near the end of the song is quite standard for a Nightwish melody, and that is definitely one of the main factors that takes you to another world.
Track Three and four.
“Elan”, the first single, is a beautiful and soft celtic sound that switches the vibe. “Yours is an Empty House” switches back to a darker, twisted metal sound, leaving the listener on the edge of their seat. Heavy guitars and impressive instrumentals partner brilliantly with the intense, edgy duet vocals featuring both Floor Jansen and Marco Hietala. The vocals definitely bring this song closer to the “symphonic metal” genre, offering a very cinematic feel to the entire CD.
Elan – The First Single.
Because no album is complete without a slow, classical love song, “Our Decades in the Sun” can bring tears to the eyes of those who relate to its emotional lyrics and piano ballad. The stunning operatic vocals are highlighted brilliantly in this song.
“My Walden” ties the album even closer to a traditional folk sound by introducing a bag pipe to the impressive list of instruments featured on Nightwish albums. A powerful ballad that will more than likely find itself on the set list for the upcoming tour, “Walden” is one of the most memorable songs on this release. A chorus that will linger in your mind long after the album has finished.
The title track, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” embodies this album to its fullest, featuring elements present in each and every song. A mix of soft and hard, edge and tradition, this song tells a story from beginning to end! The chorus is catchy and brilliantly written!
“Edema Ruh” is a very fantasy, almost middle-earth inspired track, Just right for the ‘Geek’ in us all. Exquisitely performed and executed, this song certainly gives the listener an escape from the heavy nature of the previous songs.
Next on the list is “Alpenglow”, a song whose opening notes already predict a catchy tune reminiscent of past albums. The vocals will certainly send shivers down your spine, as the song unravels a unique catch in the vocal style.
“The Eyes of Sharbat Gula” is an instrumental piece, a precursor to the final ‘encore’ track. Nightwish is notable for their impressive instrumentals, as the mind behind the band is a talented and skillful composer. The melodic pieces definitely highlight the polish and skill of this band, a rather uncommon find in most modern music.
The final track on the album, “The Greatest Show on Earth”, is an amazing 24+ minutes long five part song. A truly incredibly impressive track, most definitely composer and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen highlight. A track like this would remind anyone of a traditional opera, unwrapping a beautiful story in a variety of different forms. With spoken parts that definitely embody the album’s concept, this song ties each and every past song to itself.
Over all thoughts?
Well, if you have read any of my past articles you will know I love a good ‘Rock Opera’ one of the reasons I love Nightwish is the ‘Operatic’ feel to the songs, the up and down of the instruments telling a story all by themselves – no lyrics needed but when they are there… they seem to finish the song, I said at the beginning that at first I preferred the second instrumental CD, perhaps everyone should listen to disc two first then listen to the vocal disc, believe me, you will appreciate the vocals more, almost listen to them more.
All in all… Another great job by the Finnish band. I know this is going to be played a lot over the next few weeks, definitely one for the car on a long journey! Get out there and buy yourself a copy!
Well, until next time my rockin’ disciples give me a shout @CRAPPLEBASHING @UTBRock revgrim@utbblogs or on the BBM Channel C0021F214 and open channel chat!