Finland-based symphonic metal act NIGHTWISH are proud to announce their newly-inked North American deal for the U.S. and Canada via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band’s as-yet-untitled eighth studio album will be the first to feature new Dutchvocalist Floor Jansen, who has toured with the band since October 2012.
Expanding the territory of NIGHTWISH’s initial European collaboration with Nuclear Blast‘s HQ in Germany since 2004’s Oncealbum, NBE President and A&R Chief Monte Conner looks forward to the growth of the band’s new line-up:
“It was a pleasure to work with NIGHTWISH at my former label, but now in my new capacity at NBE, I will be more directly involved with the band than ever before. I would like to thank NIGHTWISH and their management for their continued faith in and loyalty to me. I am particularly excited at the prospect of hearing Floor Jansen’s debut studio recording with the band. Her performance on last year’s live release Showtime, Storytime completely blew me away and proved why she is the PERFECT singer for NIGHTWISH.”
Nightwish have posted the first episode of their new album recording series, sharing a part of the atmosphere from the cabin where the process is taking place. The band’s eighth record is tentatively due out this spring via Nuclear Blast Records, marking the follow-up to 2011’s “Imaginaerum.”
Settled in the middle of Finish wilderness, the group was filmed moving into the cabin and discussing important matters regarding future plans, touring, time scheduling, promotion and more. Mainman Tuomas Holopainen had previously spent two weeks with producer Tero “TeeCee” Kinnunen, recording demos of the new tunes.
“From the moment I start writing the song, I have the story in my head. I have a really clear vision how the songs should sound like at this point. Of course, they will change after band rehearsals and arranging. And they should change,” the keyboardist commented.
“A big hello from Hattula, Finland. Tero (“TeeCee” Kinnunen) and I have been here for the past 2,5 weeks recording a demo of the new Nightwish songs.
It has come together beautifully and we now have a total of 12 songs to work with. We are all very eager to finally get together and start the rehearsals in July. If everything goes as scheduled, we should have the ready album in our hands by the end of January 2015.
It`s still too early to analyze the material more closely, but the album will once again explore all the ends of the spectrum, bringing the very best out of the newcomers Floor and Troy. And stealthily the album ended up having a theme running through it.
Excited beyond words now! Best wishes to you all, Tuomas”
Tuomas Holopainen – Music Inspired by the Life and Time of Scrooge
Released: April 11, 2014, Nuclear Blast/Roadrunner Records
Reviewer: Hellias Papadopoulos
Tuomas Holopainen – Music Inspired by the Life and Time of Scrooge
Nightwish’s mastermind, Tuomas Holopainen is a big fan of Disney. When he met with a famous comic book by Don Rosa, “The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck”, a childhood dream came true after 15 years in the making. Finally, he published the kind of soundtrack to the famous comic under the blessings of Don Rosa who is very proud of Holopainen’s effort. In addition, despite his eye problem, Rosa illustrated the great cover artwork for the first solo album of Tuomas Holopainen.
Personally speaking, I was very lucky because my parents gave me Don Rosa’s “The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck” as a Christmas gift and this is kinda nostalgia to me. What I do know is that emotions stemming from something that I call as nostalgic are riveting. Euphoria and great memories overwhelm and ply me, creating a feeling of intimacy and safety that only a few things can be compared. To read the “Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck” by Don Rosa is one of the most favorite and most vivid memories of my childhood and this album was one nostalgic punch in the stomach. Reading once again and now listening the soundtrack of “The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck” is one of the most favorite and fascinating things I can do in my entire life.
MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND TIME OF SCROOGE album could be the soundtrack of a possible film version of “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck” in a more gothic and epic version of events captured by Don Rosa. I have say to all of you (especially the Nightwish fans) that this record is completely different and unlike any Nightwish albums/songs and should be treated as such.
His compositions are just in the pace of the comic book, the series follows the most basic chapters of the book and manage to transform the image into sound very easily and successfully. The album starts with “Glasgow 1877”, where Scrooge introduces us to the story, putting it in Glasgow in 1877 when he was already at the age of ten, on the eve of his birthday. That was when his father took him to see for the first time the primitive and ancient territories of their family and where their castle was; the castle now is destroyed and abandoned. The cinematic journey into the adventures of Scrooge begins here, with Holopainen’s the orchestral melodies being the center of melodies and reminiscing the majestic and epic stories of Don Rosa.
“Into The West” refers to the first adventures of our star in the U.S. in 1883, includes a sick and burning banjo’n’harmonica catchy melody. “Dreamtime” launches with a dynamic intro with didgeridoo-a traditional Australian wind instrument- which predisposes to the great adventures of Scrooge into the wild. The first three tracks, “Glasgow 1877” (it doesn’t count as a full song) cover only some of trips of Scrooge, whilst the rest of the songs focus on two main themes. The first revolves around Scrooge’s first steps as a young gold digger in Yukon, in a quest to become ” the richest duck in the world”. This ‘chapter’ focuses on his adventures as a prospector searching for gold in the torrent of the Agony and the treasure he found there, whether he refers to the legendary gold nugget as big as a goose egg or the icy heart of Golden Goldie, the Golden Compass. The second theme that this album undertakes, relates to more abstract concepts such as feats, the importance and meaning of memories, the meaning of heritage. These tracks are structured with more vocals and choirs than the other ones. In particular, there is a more symphonic musical facet here.
Don Rosa’s comic masterpiece has found the perfect soundtrack for Scrooge McDuck’s adventure. Don Rosa is one of the best story tellers of our days, Tuomas Holopainen is one of the most prominent composers of our days… MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND TIME OF SCROOGE is a brilliant old-fashioned storytelling fun transformed into cinematic music making Scrooge McDuck dynasty famous than ever.
1. Glasgow 1877
2. Into the West
3. Duel & Cloudscapes
5. Cold Heart of the Klondike
6. The Last Sled
7. Goodbye, Papa
8. To Be Rich
9. A Lifetime of Adventure
10. Go Slowly Now, Sands of Time
Tuomas Holopainen – Keyboards, piano
TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON to release sophomore album “Angels of the Apocalypse” with an amazing cast of singers ! Out in May on Frontiers
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON sophomore album, “Angels of the Apocalypse” on May 16th in Europe and May 20th in North America.
Following the release of the debut album “The Land of New Hope”, the “Metal Opera” was met with critical and fan acclaim, entering the national album charts in seven European countries, including a top 10 entry in Tolkki’s home country, Finland. In August 2013, Tolkki flew to Greece to seek the right inspiration for the follow-up album and upon his return he managed to develop a sound that is even more grandiose and symphonic and yet heavier and darker in direction as compared to the debut album. “In August 2012 I planned to release a Metal Opera that had to be a trilogy. I am following a specific storyboard in a musical format and this time the musical direction is heavier and darker than the previous Avalon” says Tolkki. ”This was deliberate since the Apocalyptic scenes described in the lyrics demanded that”.
As for the players on the album, Tolkki finally managed to reunite the legendary STRATOVARIUS “Dreamspace” lineup, calling Antti Ikonen and Tuomo Lassila to play keyboards and drums respectively. “It was really nice and brought good vibes and freshness to the album,” tells Timo. “Definitely the right move.”
The amazing cast of vocalists appearing this time includes NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen – who takes care of the lead vocals on the first single “Design The Century” – along with Simone Simons (EPICA), Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE), David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE), Zachary Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE), plus Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE) – who appears again after contributing to the first album – and the stunning Chilean singer Caterina Nix, who is working on her debut album which is also produced by Tolkki. “Some songs were written with a specific singer in mind, while for some others I decided based on the knowledge that I had on how he or she would perform. I am particularly happy of how this record sounds especially two songs You’ll Bleed Forever and the 10 minute title track are among my favourite ever”, says Tolkki.
Once again the stunning artwork is provided by the French artist Stanis W. Decker and the first pressing of the physical edition will be available in a glossy digipak.
Tuomas Holopainen’s debut solo single, A Lifetime of Adventure, will be released on the Nightwish FanPOD tablet-computer app on 23 January 2014, two weeks before its world premiere.
The Nightwish FanPOD update will also include a music video for the new single directed by Ville Lipiäinen and Mika Jussila’s photos of Tuomas Holopainen and Don Rosa in the recording studio.
A Lifetime of Adventure, from the upcoming solo album, Music Inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge, will be released worldwide on 7 February 2014. The cover artwork on both the single and the album is by Don Rosa, the illustrator of Disney’s Duck characters. Nightwish FanPOD is available on iTunes App Store and Google Play.
BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJÄLÄ FLOOR AND REVAMP PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
Floor Jansen is a well known name amongst Nightwish fans as the Dutch vocalist took over vocal duties on the Nightwish US tour and has been fronting them since then, and is now an official fulltime official member. Floor Jansen’s own band ReVamp recently made the visit to Finland, supporting Kamelot on the European tour. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasure to talk to Floor Jansen about the recent ReVamp album WILD CARD and of course Nightwish and her other musical adventures. Read on !
When you look at this band picture taken in August, 2013 at Wacken Open Air, it seems like NIGHTWISH’s “Imaginaerum World Tour” went by smoothly from the beginning to the end.
An intimate, two-hour documentary of NIGHTWISH’s innermost-workings – included in their upcoming Showtime, Storytime DVD due out in North America on December 10th – is a story about what happens when persistence and desire pushes towards dreams.
Watch the trailer for “Please Learn The Setlist In 48 Hours” here:
Metal Female Voices Fest 2013 took place October 18th – 20th at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. Among the acts performing was former NIGHTWISH vocalist TARJA TURUNEN, who invited current Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER) to the stage for a duet on the GARY MOORE classic, ‘Over The Hills And Far Away’. Video footage of the performance can be seen below:
Tarja’s setlist included ‘Anteroom Of Death’, ‘Die Alive’, ‘In For A Kill’, ‘Never Enough’, ‘I Walk Alone’, ‘Mystic Voyage’, ‘Until My Last Breath’, ‘Wish I Had An Angel’ and the previously mentioned ‘Over The Hills And Far Away’ with Floor Jansen.
Also, we will be a six-piece band from now on, as Mr. Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) will become a full-time member of NIGHTWISH.
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.
Commented vocalist Floor Jansen: “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!!!”
Piper/whistleman, added vocalist Troy Donockley: “`Imaginaerum World Tour´was a revelation to me and in that time, I became aware of a growing unity and then, finally, a transcendence of all the usual nonsense that affects bands. A beautiful process. And since the idea, the musical dream that is NIGHTWISH has been a part of me since before I was born, I am delighted to officially sail into uncharted waters with my brothers and sister. Wondrous scenes Ahoy! ”
The new line-up can be seen on the live / tour documentary DVD »Showtime, Storytime«, released on November 29th. Watch a brand new trailer, directed by Ville Lipiäinen here:
Finnish Symphonic Metal legends NIGHTWISH have revealed the cover artwork and more details of their upcoming new live DVD. »Showtime, Storytime« contains the entire NIGHTWISH headliner show, played at this years’ legendary Wacken Open Air – the world’s biggest heavy metal festival. The live show in the front of 85 000 screaming metalheads was directed by Ville Lipiäinen, filmed with seventeen cameras and has a total duration of 85 minutes.
The second disc consists of 120-minute tour documentary ‘Please Learn The Setlist in 48 Hours’, also directed by Ville Lipiäinen, with no short of drama or overall madness. Also, there is a 16-minute NIGHTWISH Table Hockey Tournament, filmed on tour. On top of this there are two music clips: ‘I Want My Tears Back’ (Live at Hartwall Arena) and ‘Ghost Love Score’ (Live in Buenos Aires).
The Wacken Open Air appearance was the first of the three final shows of the band’s `Imaginaerum World Tour´ 2013, which saw the Norsemen and their Dutch amazon Floor Jansen (REVAMP) playing of 104 concerts in 34 different countries with total audience of over 1,5 million fans around the globe.
Mastermind and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen states: “Our darling flying Dutchwoman, Floor Jansen, has been nothing but incredible during her time in NIGHTWISH on this tour, so this is a perfect opportunity to immortalize the current vibe of the band on film!” Read the rest of this entry »
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
TUSKA AFTERPARTY FEAT. MARKY RAMONE’S BLITZKRIEG REVIEW BY CHRISTER USENIUS
The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Suvilahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is the new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with burning and hot asphalt underfoot. Tuska faced a serious battle to pull the audience as another festival named Rock The Beach was arranged on the same weekend in the Helsinki area. The line-up of that festival mostly pulled the normal radio friendly audience whereas the die-hard metal freaks arrived at the Tuska Open Air Festival. Tuska however managed to pull about 25.000 visitors during the weekend. That was pretty good as the line-up did look good, not that tempting to pull a mainstream audience.
Nightwish and Testament, and of course the legendary Danish King Diamond were headliners, but of course a few cult metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Lama, had to be witnessed. The festival was an nice success although the event wasn’t sold out. Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the metal in different forms.
The time has come soon to wrap up the magical & memorable one-and-a-half year `Imaginaerum World Tour´ 2012-2013! We still have three shows left, one of them being at the legendary Wacken Open Air Metal Festival on the 3rd of August. This show will be something extra special, since it will be released later this year on DvD/Blu-ray, together with a massive `Imaginaerum World Tour´ 2012-2013 documentary. Our darling flying Dutchwoman, Floor Jansen, has been nothing but incredible during her time in Nightwish on this tour, so this is a perfect opportunity to immortalize the current vibe of the band on film!
According to the official website of NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen, the keyboardist has eight songs “roughly ready” for his Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck project. “Only two months until the demo studio,” he says.
Holopainen recently talked about the roots of the project:
“It was back in 1999, during the Oceanborn tour, that I remember first having the idea of writing a ‘soundtrack’ to my all-time favorite piece of Disney comic, The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck, by Don Rosa, the apparent heir of the almighty Carl Barks. This book has had such an overwhelming effect on me throughout these years, and finally I have the means and the time to make that dream a reality.
It all started with a story called Last Sled To Dawson, which was published in a Finnish Donald Duck – magazine in the late ’80’s. It instantly became one of my favorite Scrooge/Donald – stories and also introduced Mr. Don Rosa to my Disney universe. This story is not part of the actual Life And Times – opus, though, but ‘a companion story’, set in between the chapters #8 and #9. Then when the massive 12 – chapter piece was released in mid ’90’s I was completely and utterly hooked. It was similar to reading The Lord Of The Rings as an eight-year-old, or seeing Raiders Of The Lost Ark for the first time. Adventure, fun and the strangely familiar feeling of home.
With Scrooge there was also a much deeper level hidden between the stories and the gags.
This is a book about life itself. What an unfathomable privilege it is, what are the things that truly matter during our existence. It’s about the immense beauty of the world and its possibilities seen through the eyes of a very relentless, honest and complex character. It’s about love & family, gain and loss, darkness & rebirth.
And on top of that, well, it’s just your good old fashioned storytelling fun!
I have been twiddling around with certain themes for some months now and have an idea for five songs. The demo recordings are scheduled for May 2013, just before the festival season starts and we’re off with Nightwish again. The actual recordings then start in August – September and should be finished by the end of the year, making a release during the first half of 2014 a possibility.
Mr. Pip Williams has agreed to do the orchestral and choral arrangements and we will use pretty much the same London session musicians as we did on Imaginaerum. Troy Donockley will bring Scrooge’s Scottish origins to life with his pipes and whistles, and there will also be a few more guest musicians and singers involved.
This journey is very, very dear and personal to me and I’m honored to have Mr. Rosa’s approval on the project. It’ll be a beautiful storytime, once again!”
The symphonic metal legends from Finland have finally come to Puerto Rico!
There’s no doubt that this was the most anticipated concert of the year, and due the announcement of Anette Olzon parted away from the band there was some intrigue about what was going to happened. Later the announcement of Floor Jansen as replacement for Olzon really helped for some of the undecided fan to go and see this combination performed. Read the rest of this entry »