Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2015) – Review

It is indeed and undeniably 'Nightwish' as we know it!! My fears that this time we would be faced with something entirely different did not materialize. But this very same and familiar style is presented with an added edge to boot. Darker, more direct, a tad louder than before. There is a distinct or - shall we say - pretty heavy use of symphonic and folk elements that is another hallmark of their 8th full length studio album 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful'. So, undeniably 'Nightwish', but refreshingly different from their last record 'Imaginaerum'.

Epica – The Phantom Agony (2003) – Review

Ah, I am relieved!! Just listening to 'Epica' and their June 2003 debut concoction 'The Phantom Agony' and I am really taken aback by the quality and depth of this production - what a nice surprise. Especially after just having reviewed their 2014 Little Booklet of Night Horrors 'The Quantum Enigma', which was kind of out of control, a real pity by the way. And I really feared to be presented with something similar. Usually I am not too fond of operatic productions; most of the time too much pretentious bombastic bullshit to keep a straight face with.