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NIGHTWISH: New Album Vocal Recordings Postponed Until Early April

March 10th, 2011
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Nightwish - Imaginarium

The vocal recording sessions for the new NIGHTWISH album, “Imaginarium”, have been postponed until April 4 in order to allow the band’s singer, Anette Olzon, a longer recovery period after she suffered broken ribs in a recent fall. She writes on her blog, “me, [NIGHTWISH manager Ewo Pohjola of King Foo Entertainment Ltd.] and [NIGHTWISH mainman/keyboardist] Tuomas [Holopainen] decided that it’s better if I rest the whole month and get in shape so I can do the vocals super good and have booked my vocal recordings from April 4 instead in another studio in Finland. This is really good, ’cause no one will be happy if the album won’t sound perfect. And we don’t have any hurry since the album has plenty of time to get mastered and ready still.”

 

Holed up in the studio for the better part of this spring, NIGHTWISH is not only putting finishing touches to its new album, “Imaginarium”, but also planning a movie of the same name. If all goes well, the CD will be released in early 2012, to be followed by the movie at some point further down the line. The first single off the album as well as the trailer for the film should arrive well before the end of 2011.

 

For the movie, NIGHTWISH has teamed up with director Stober Harju’s production team and Solar Films.

 

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NIGHTWISH Reveal Concept For Upcoming Imaginarium Release; Band Preparing Movie To Accompany Album, First Artwork Teaser Revealed

February 10th, 2011
Nightwish - Imaginarium

Nightwish - Imaginarium

In the midst of recording a new album, Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been preparing a movie.

Imaginarium is a music fantasy film based on the forthcoming Nightwish album of the same title and its 13 songs.

The protagonist of the film is a songwriter with an otherworldly imagination. He is an old man who still thinks he`s a young boy. While asleep he travels into his distant past where his dreams of old come back to him mixed to the young boy`s world of fantasy and music.

In his dreams the old man fights to find the memories most important to him.

This never-done-before project originates to more than two years in the past when Nightwish mainman Tuomas Holopainen first introduced his ambitious idea of the Imaginarium concept to the fellow band members and to Mr. Stobe Harju, the director behind ‘The Islander’ music video. He will be the director of this full-length feature. The film will be produced by Solar Films Inc. together with Nightwish.

The shootings for Imaginarium will begin this spring, it will have its premiere in 2012 and the album it`s based on will be released in an undefined point in time.

Nightwish will hold a press conference related to this project at the end of February.

Nightwish leader Tuomas Holopainen issued the following update earlier this month:

“In the excitement of Yuletide magic I wrote there would be secrets revealed at the end of January. There are big things happening within and around the Nightwish camp but the Big Boys and Bosses just sent me an ultimatum to keep my mouth shut for a couple more months, or I would wake up with a horse’s head in my bed.

I truly am very sorry about needing to keep future plans and sights still in secrecy. The purpose is not to annoy anybody or cause a carefully planned hype over the matter. Due to the changes in the schedule things will be revealed later during the spring.

The recordings continue, I’m off to E-Major Studios next weekend to put together all the files for the orchestral and choir sessions in London. I’m in daily contact with Mr. Pip Williams, going over the arrangements and new ideas for the songs. The demos he has sent me sound simply otherworldly! Beautiful, twisted, tribal and cinematic stuff. And with a theme album coming up, the mood changes seem to be more present than ever before.

Yup, it still is the Burton-Gaiman-Dali – amusement park we are about to enter.

More coming up once the mobsters grant me permission.”

Germany’s Metal Hammer Magazine recently caught up with Holopainen, who took them on a video tour of the “summer camp” where he worked on the band’s forthcoming album.

Part 1

Part 2

Bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala checked in with the following update at the beginning of January:

“At the moment I have most of the bass tracks for the new album recorded. I started already a few weeks back, but I’ve been taking my time with the recordings. It’s the luxury of having your own equipment and a former job as studio engineer. For now I’ve been taking it pretty easy for the last two weeks. The holiday season and all that goes with it, you know…

Right now I’m collecting my inner plutonium for the critical mass again. I always do that before recording something. After all we’re not a pop band, and these songs need some really serious explosives. Too bad you can’t hear them yet.

I just had to twist the knife here. I’m a sadist also. The songs are really good by the way.

Of course we all would like to see this project finished, released and out for all the world to hear. The success we’ve been blessed or cursed with is demanding in its own ways. Everything has to be planned in long term. All the parts of releasing albums, videos and tours have to match carefully when you get to this stage of things.

And so we all get fed up with the waiting. Try to be patient and we’ll do our best to reward you later on.

And so we come to this: I hope you all had a nice holiday time. Also all of those people who don’t really care about that stuff. It’s a new year 2011. Let’s make it a good one!”

Stay tuned for further updates.

Check out some photos from the studio at this location.

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NIGHTWISH, TERÄSBETONI, CHARON, SONATA ARCTICA, AMORAL members singing Xmas songs – live videos from Raskas Joulu concerts

December 21st, 2010
NIGHTWISH, TERÄSBETONI, CHARON, SONATA ARCTICA, AMORAL members singing Xmas songs

NIGHTWISH, TERÄSBETONI, CHARON, SONATA ARCTICA, AMORAL members singing Xmas songs

RASKASTA JOULUA – Metal Christmas – live videos available!

It has become a tradition during December that a varying group of Finnish metal musicians take part in the RASKASTA JOULUA-tour, where Christmas songs are being performed in metal-version. This year was the sixth time the tour was organized, and it ended last weekend with three shows at Tavastia, Helsinki. There were two concerts on December 18, an afternoon show without age-limit, and an evening show. Because the evening show was sold out weeks ahead, also an additional concert was organized on Sunday December 19. There are several live-videos available from the concerts on December 18, thanks to CalthaGold.

The combined vocalists of the two gigs were:   J. Ahola (TERÄSBETONI, NORTHERN KINGS)  JP Leppäluoto (CHARON, HARMAJA, NORTHERN KINGS) Ari Koivunen (AMORAL, solo)Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA,  NORTHERN KINGS) Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT, NORTHERN KINGS, SAPATTIVUOSI)Antony Parviainen (MACHINE MEN)Ilja Jalkanen (Ex-KIUAS)Tommi “Tuple” Salmela (TAROT)

Musicians:Erkka Korhonen (ARI KOIVUNEN BAND) – Guitars, MD Tuomas Wäinölä (TIMO KOTIPELTO BAND) – Guitars Erkki Silvennoinen (ARI KOIVUNEN BAND) –  Bass Vili Ollila (ARI KOIVUNEN BAND) – KeyboardsTeijo “Twist-Twist” Erkinharju (LENINGRAD COWBOYS, LOS BASTARDOS FINLANDESES, ex-PEER GÜNT) – Drums

More details on the Night Elves MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/nightelvesforest
blog: http://www.myspace.com/nightelvesforest/blog/541330004

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NIGHTWISH – 12 Songs Complete For New Album; Studio Date Set For October 15th

July 19th, 2010
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NIGHTWISH mainman/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen has issued the following update:

“Almost exactly four years ago we gathered into an idyllic place in the small village of Sävi to rehearse and arrange what would later be called Dark Passion Play. It was such glorious and inspiring times that we decided to do something similar with the upcoming Nightwish album called ………..

So again we are here in the deepest countryside of Finland beginning to create a follower for DPP. It’s just us guys for now, Anette will join the camp a bit later. We arrived yesterday and the reunion was celebrated with some water-skiing, bbq and Quilmes. I foresee the same trinity taking place more or less on a daily basis.

We just got the equipment and PA set up with the help of our legendary engineer / co-producer TeeCee Kinnunen and probably will start working with the songs in a couple of days. This campsite is so amazing we`ll let that sauna of a rehearsal room wait in silence for a while, and just concentrate on chilling out and catching up. And raising the official NW camp – flag high into the pole.

I have 12 songs completed now, but am still working with some lyrics. It’s been an immensely fruitful song-writing process, as well as very consuming and ponderous. But I feel more satisfied with the stuff than ever before. Don’t know if it’s a good sign or bad. To me the album sounds like a roller-coaster ride in a theme park designed by Neil Gaiman, Tim Burton and Salvador Dali. That’s the best way I can put it at this point.

Like before, we will record a demo once the songs are arranged, to listen to and to perfect the material, and to give to Mr. Pip Williams so he can start with the orchestration process. The actual enter-the-studio-date is set for October 15th.Again, the London orchestra and choir will be there, as well as Mr. Troy Donockley playing a slightly bigger part this time. And loads of new elements ‘n’ twists we haven’t tried before!

So things are finally rolling. We’ll keep you posted in written, as well as in visual form. Stay tuned for updates. And thanks for sharing the journey once again!

You can find pictures from our summer camp here!”

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MetalCamp 2009 – Tolmin, Slovenia, 02/07/2009 – 08/07/2009

September 17th, 2009

Metal Camp 2009

Tolmin, Slovenia

2 July – 8 July 2009

All live pics by HannTu and Arto Lehtinen

Other pics by HannTu, Arto Lehtinen and Trease

Reviews by HannTu, Trease, Arto Lehtinen and Terry Douglas

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For the first time ever, Metal-Rules brings you coverage of the one and only true metal holiday in the world: Metal Camp in Slovenia. Be warned, there’s pages and pages of reviews, press conferences and especially tons of high quality pictures ahead; but what can you expect from a week long festival of sheer awesomeness? Read on, if you dare…



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WACKEN 2008

October 14th, 2008

Wacken Open Air 2008

Once again tens of thousands of lunatic metal freaks travelled from all over the world to the small German village located in the middle of the beautiful northern German countryside. The small peaceful Wacken literally goes upside down when nearly 80.000 conquer the village during one weekend in a year. Wacken Open Air celebrated its 19th birthday from the 31st of July to the 2nd of August, whose biggest headliner ever in the history of Wacken was Iron Maiden. Despite Iron Maiden being the biggest name on the bill, however there were tons of other interesting and fascinating names.

Brat: The mass convergence of catholic youth in Sydney for World Youth Day the week Ray and I left brought a smile to my face and a feeling of warmth as I realised it wouldn’t be long until I was part of a similar pilgrimage but to Hamburg Germany and with two major differences—where Sydney was awash with colourful youth, Hamburg would be invaded by a swarm of black; and the trolley suitcases carrying clothing would instead be trolleys full of beer; songs of the gospel would be replaced by metal anthems. They came to worship at the cross—we to worship at the flaming longhorn but we all would display our nations’ flags proudly.

Tickets for W:O:A 2008 sold phenomenally fast. The special edition X-mas pack with extra goodie bag sold out before I could take a long breath after my 2007 trip. By February the official festival ticket seller was “SOLD OUT”. Suddenly the ebay market was flooded with tickets with one ticket reaching a record price of 800 British Pounds—obscene. Even in July with less than 1 month before the festival, there was an average of 5 new listings a day for tickets, which nullified all “SOLD OUT” credibility. (Brat)

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Nightwish – Interview With Marco Hietala

October 4th, 2008

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Nighwish Bassist/Co-Vocalist Marco Hietala

Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres

 

 

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Tarja Turunen: “Tarja – Storm In Europe 2008″ at Kulturbolaget Malmoe Sweden

May 29th, 2008

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Tarja Turunen

Tarja – Storm In Europe 2008
Kulturbolaget, Malmoe, Sweden
27/5 – 2008

Review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Nightwish / Pain – The Astoria, London

March 29th, 2008

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and Pain

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The Astoria, London

26th March 2008

Live pics by Asif Salam and HannTu

Review by HannTu


It’s a pretty weird pairing – the immensely popular, symphonic goth rockers Nightwish on the same tour with oddball industrial techno metal band Pain. The man behind Pain is of course the multi-talented Peter Tagtgren; founder of Swedish melodic death band Hypocrisy, former vocalist of Bloodbath, one time drummer for Malevolent Creation, studio owner and producer extraordinaire, and a whole slew of other side projects. I was pretty damn excited to interview him, but I wasn’t going to attend the show originally, until a last minute photo pass turned up.

The commercial appeal of Nightwish is impossible to overstate. Three consecutive nights in London is extremely rare – Iron Maiden play two nights regularly, but the Unholy Alliance 2006 (Slayer, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Lamb of God) and this year’s Black Crusade Tour (Machine Head, Dragonforce, Arch Enemy) are the only two that I can think of offhand. Trivium and Annihilator might have done three London nights last year. Some people I spoke to turned up to all three nights, which is pretty impressive. The signing session in Zavvi (formerly Virgin Megastores) earlier in the day was packed with people eager to get stuff signed and close-up shots of the band. One girl even brought her guitar to be signed!

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Nightwish, Enmore Theatre, Sydney Australia

March 3rd, 2008

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 Review and photos by  Brat

with special comments from Aussie Metalchild (bassist of LORD)

"I love you Anette!" rang out from a young female fan in the first few rows of Sydney’s Nightwish show.

"I love you too," came the wide-smiled and warm reply from Nightwish’s new singer, Anette Olzon, as she made the stage her own and left us with no doubt her place was with this band.

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Nightwish : Helsinki Finland

January 10th, 2008

                                   

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The 1st of January 2008

The Old Ice Hall

Helsinki Finland

Pics by Marko Syrjälä and Arto Lehtinen

Article by Arto Lehtinen

Nightwish definitely creates emotional  feelings amongst fans all around the world. The band’s pompous and symphonic hymns create a unique musical experience and journey into the world of souls of Tuomas Holopainen. Above all Mr. Holopainen’s extremely talents and skills to compose capturing and dramatic songs have utterly spelled thousands and thousands of hearts.  

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Nightwish live at KB-hallen in Copenhagen Denmark 2007

December 10th, 2007

 

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Fennoscandian Passion Play Tour
KB- Hallen
Copenhagen
Denmark
28/11 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Nightwish – Tuomas Holopainen

November 6th, 2007

Nightwish – Tuomas Holopainen

Written by Simon Lukic
Transcription by Mike ‘Fucking Hostile’ Holmes

One of Metal’s biggest headlines was the “open letter” served to Tarja Turunen by Nightwish band leader Tuomas Holopainen. It not only bought an end to one of the genre’s greatest pairings, it also would cause a great deal of concern amongst Nightwish fans as many felt the band would never be able to find a worthy successor. After going through some 2000 applicants a replacement was found and everyone should now be aware of Anette Olzon – a 36 year old Swede who managed to impress the band the most. While opinions regarding Anette are still divided, the release of DARK PASSION PLAY seems to have reinvigorated the band and the interview I had with Tuomas highlights the fact. I trust you will enjoy our discussion and appreciate Tuomas’ honesty and dedication to his band.

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Within Temptation Vocalist Sharon Den Adel

June 8th, 2007

Vocalist Sharon Den Adel

Interview by Lord of The Wasteland

(***Transcription by Claudia with extra questions from Mortuai; Wacken Open Air 2005 live pics by Brat)


It’s taken the band ten years but Holland’s Within Temptation is finally getting some long-overdue exposure here in North America.  Their fifth album, THE HEART OF EVERYTHING, is being released domestically in July on Roadrunner Records and the band also just landed a string of dates supporting Lacuna Coil through May and June.

Speaking with vocalist Sharon Den Adel prior Within Temptation’s show in Montreal on May 13th, I got her thoughts on the band’s first trip to our shores, “The Hottest Chicks In Metal” tour, comparisons to Evanescence and the influence of Celtic music on her band.

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NIGHTWISH´s Tuomas Holopainen & Anette Olzon

June 4th, 2007

NIGHTWISH´s new vocalist Anette Olzon & Tuomas Holopainen 

Interview and pictures by Luxi Lahtinen
(except promotional pictures by Nightwish.com)

 

Nightwish´s whole history so far as a successful band, is like a fairytale story only a few of us could ever dream of. The band has sold over 2,5 millions albums worldwide, done several successful tours and overall become one of the most followed bands in the world.

However, almost every fairytale tends to gather some dark clouds above the horizon at some point, I guess that´s what happened to Nightwish as well when they fired their previous frontwoman Tarja Turunen in the end of 2005. After this news reached the public´s ears, the band went through a merciless crossfire that really tested the grounds of the band somewhat heavily. With all the strenght and faith they had in the band, they struggled forward, found Anette Olzon from Katrineholm, Sweden to unite the Nightwish´s troops, making it a stronger and tighter package than ever before. Nightwish is ready to conquer to the whole world again.

I met a good-humored, always friendly and ruminative Tuomas Holopainen and the new, lovely frontwoman of Nightwish, Anette Olzon at Hotel President in Helsinki on May 30th 2007 – and we talked mainly about ´the hot topic of the day´ Anette herself, the band´s forthcoming 6th yet-untitled studio album, and their upcoming world tour that quite surprisingly, starts off in Tel Aviv, Israel on October 6th 2007. 


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