Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2015) – Review

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They kept their brand alive, yet again. 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.

The album is darker and more direct, a tad louder than before. You will also find a distinct or – shall we say – pretty heavy use of symphonic and folk elements. Which is yet another hallmark of their 8th full-length studio album Endless Forms Most Beautiful. So, this is undeniably Nightwish, but refreshingly different from their last [...] Click to raid more!

Tuomas Holopainen – The Life and Times of Scrooge (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Tuomas Holopainen - Life and Times of Scrooge - Album CoverNo, it is not Metal. And it is not Nightwish – for sure, whereas there are similarities as described further down below. Tuomas Holopainen‘s 2014 solo project The Life and Times of Scrooge is nothing more (and nothing less) than a soundtrack for a story. A graphic novel – that never quite became a film – kind of in waiting for a film project to emerge. And it is a great story, by the way.

When I first learned about The Life and Times of Scrooge way back last year, I thought this was just a crazy idea (I [...] Click to raid more!

Nightwish – Dark Passion Play (2007) – Review

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Hey, fans and friends. This is an amazing record! I absolutely love it.

I am not sure if this was the first record I ever listened to from Nightwish. But Dark Passion Play definitely beats everything out of the sky that the band produced so far.1)

And I am very sorry, you Tarja fans, her records just ain’t that good. But only just, I admit, judging by her performance on her last and final album Once.

It is of course not only the frontwoman who makes the difference. But here Anette Olzon really delivers. And this in spite … [...] Click to raid more!

Nightwish – Imaginaerum (2011) – Review

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Following the outstanding Dark Passion Play, Nightwish created their 7th studio album Imaginaerum. And vary we were, believe it or not. Because after such great results, one is never sure how to top the last edition of a band’s delights.

Now, to start, the band – together with director Stobe Harju (The Islander) – decided to accompany the album with a film created in tandem. The movie finally saw its light of day in 2012 and features reinterpretations of tracks on this current album, plus some new stuff. The tracks Slow, Love, Slow, [...] Click to raid more!