Yes I know, it’s been a while but I think I have a fairly good excuse… I’ve been sifting through my hard drive again… and started blasting out this weeks chosen band…
So who are Nightwish and what what genre of music are we listening to?
Nightwish is a symphonic power metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. The band soon picked up drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and then bassist Sami Vänskä after the release of its debut album, Angels Fall First (1997). In 2002, Vänskä was replaced by Marco Hietala (Who also took over lead vocals) Nightwish is the third-best-selling band and musical entity in Finland with certified sales of nearly 900,000 certified copies. The group is also the most successful Finnish band worldwide, selling more than 8 million records and receiving more than 60 gold and platinum awards, having released five Number 1 albums and thirteen Number 1 singles.
Now, there are three vocal line ups, the first with Tarja Turunen (1996 – 2007), second with Anette Olzon (2007 – 2013) and finally the current with Floor Jansen (2013 – present)
Now don’t get me wrong, I do like the Olzon and Jansen vocals but for me Tarja Turunen is the vocalist that does it for me and that is the Nightwish I have been blasting out! Why? Well… Listen to this version of ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’
Now, I don’t know about you but THIS is how ‘Phantom’ should sound, its a ballsy track and Nightwish have done it justice, and Tarja sounds absolutely amazing! I think its her that makes Nightwish sound the way they do… or did. She is a light lyric soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves.
Do you like Gary Moore? If so you know the track ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ You may well know the track anyway, with that in mind its time to blast this one out!
Are you getting where I’m coming from? Hasn’t she got a voice and a half?
I’m beginning to see a bit of a pattern in my taste of music… Savatage… TSO… Nightwish… Royal Hunt… Shadow Gallery… Rush…
I’m really into the, I think Wikipedia call it ‘Power Metal’ or ‘Progressive Metal’ … If you think different then let me know.
Anyway, back to Nightwish, Tracks that you REALLY must blast out are Nemo, I wish I had an Angel, Sleeping Sun and Wishmaster to name a few, and if you can find it (its on the 2005 Best of album) The Snowman… that’s right, The track from the Christmas film, Blinding version that really should replace the original!
There is a new album due out at the end of March ‘Endless Forms of Beautiful’ which will be a twin or triple CD depending on the version you go for, I’m looking forward to giving this a listen to and hope it will give me a new found love for them… we will have to wait and see, but for now, Tarja’s Nightwish is the one for me, and to play us out from this blog…
Tarja singing Metallica’s ‘Unforgiven’
What more can I say? what a voice!
So, for now and until next time…
Rev Grim is rockin’ outta here!