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 »
NIGHTWISH’s British fan club The-Islanders.co.uk conducted an interview with the band’s new touring singer, Floor Jansen, prior to the group’s November 6 headlining concert at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England. The nine-minute chat, which includes questions that were submitted by fans, can be seen below. A couple of excerpts follow.
On what it felt like travelling to the U.S. on such short notice to join NIGHTWISH in the middle of their North American tour after the band abruptly parted ways with previous singer, Anette Olzon:
Floor: “I don’t think I could feel anything else [but] pure excitement. It went so fast that I had no time to really realize what I was doing. And I was so focused on learning the lyrics that all I did was learn [the words]. I was [mouthing] along [to the lyrics on the plane] silently, but still pronouncing the words, because sometimes, especially the ‘Imaginaerum’ [material], [the words are being spit out so] fast, you need to have a taste — taste it [to get a feel for how it should be sung].”
On how it feels to be singing for NIGHTWISH after having toured with the guys in the past with her previous band, AFTER FOREVER:
Floor: “Well, in a way, nothing is different, because we all are the same [people]. But you do get to know each other on a different level really fast. And especially because the situation was so extraordinary, you really are kind of dependent on each other, and that creates a bond immediately. And also because things worked out really nicely from minute one, that was really special. And I was afraid, maybe there [would be] a language barrier or something, but since the guys speak English well, and I do too — they’re used to speaking English also among each other — it was just really good.”
On whether she was surprised how quickly NIGHTWISH fans embraced her:
Floor: “Yeah, I was. I know a few years ago how a lot of people had a hard time seeing [original NIGHTWISH singer] Tarja [Turunen] leave and welcoming Anette. I think [Anette] really had to fight for her spot. And I think maybe now it’s different that again a singer changed — that might make things easier. And maybe because I’ve been around also the metal scene for the last 13 years… I don’t know. Fortunately, I had no time to think to actually think of what to expect from fans, because, like I said, everything went so fast, but I couldn’t have dreamed of so many positive reactions — so many warm welcomes. Everybody was, like, ‘Wow. OK. We like her. She sings the songs well. She fits the band.’ I’ve had so many compliments that it’s [been] really, really good.”
Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.
Olzon joined NIGHTWISH in 2007 as the replacement for Turunen, after the latter was fired in 2005.
Getaway Rock Festival
Gasklockorna, Gavle, Sweden
5-7/7 – 2012
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson
This is a review of the third edition of Getaway Rock Festival that was held in Gavle, Sweden during three hot days in July. The festival has a new organizer – the German FKP Skorpio – and we were eager to see how the festival was planned this year. We got to see some exclusive Swedish performances by Suicidal Tendencies, Nightwish, Venom, Manowar, Ministry and Yngwie Malmsteen to mention a few. Other acts that performed were Mustasch, Saxon, Finntroll, Satyricon, Behemoth, Devin Townsend Project and Ghost. Read more about the festival down below.
Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH played the final concert of their North American tour this past Sunday, October 14th at the House Of Blues in Orlando, Florida. The entire one hour and thirty nine minute show can be viewed in fan-filmed HD video below:
Floor Jansen has updated her Blog from the Nightwish USA tour:
“Hello to you from our night liner! We are driving to our show in Fort Lauderdale. If I look outside I see nothing but beautiful green water lands. I tried to spot an alligator…did see some deer and the most amazing birds!
Last time I wrote was in Oklahoma City. Days fly by so fast I cannot believe we are about to do the last two shows of this USA tour already! In a weird way the show on Tuesday seems ages ago, and yesterday at the same time. Coming here feels the same. Time is like the Dali clocks, liquid, relentless.
But memories are timeless and fortunately I have beautiful ones to share with you. I just wish words could describe them better!
How can I tell you how amazing the show in Oklahoma was? Or in Austin? Or in New Orleans? There is something special about every show. A unique night, a magical ride that always ends too soon! And with a unique audience. Hundreds of wonderful people at the meet&greets every day. Thousands of sweating and rocking bodies; getting just as high on the music as we do.
We played ‘Ghost Love Score’ twice now. My favorite song! Goosebumps on my entire body every time I sing, “My fall will be for you”. Tears came to my eyes the second time we played it. First time I was thinking a bit more. Second time I only had to feel. Again, words are failing on me to describe the real emotion I had. But I have hope that the people who were that in New Orleans that night felt it too.
Back in Austin we went shopping at Congress Avenue. A street full of antique shops and other rare and funny stores. Lovely to be in places that sell stuff you cannot find anywhere else. We had a good time! (see the main picture of me)
The next morning we were in New Orleans. Tuomas, Troy and I had breakfast in a sushi restaurant, with a nice Japanese beer…a great start of a great day!
We took a stroll through the city afterwards. A unique atmosphere is there in those streets. Beautiful neo colonial houses, bars and restaurants everywhere, the Mississippi, the huge necklaces you that have a ritual of its own, the cigars. I bought one. I never smoke but an occasional (mild) cigar is something I can enjoy.
After a super show we left the venue and headed into town. We went to a famous bar that sells absinth… I tried it and it turned out so much nicer than I expected. The cigar and the drink together made me look like a femme fatale haha. We had the most amazing night off together. Really special!!!
For now, we have the two last shows coming up. I will miss this!!! But I also look forward to come home! I will go back to ReVamp songwriting because we have a planning to hold on to, album will come in March/April next year!!!!!! On the 4th of November the Nightwish shows continue in the UK. I am super exited to join them on the rest of the World Tour and the summer festivals in 2013!!!