Finnish-based symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH were rejoined by drummer Jukka Nevalainen during their unofficial 20th-anniversary concert at Himos Park in Jämsä, Finland. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance on the song “Last Ride Of The Day” can be seen below. Continue reading NIGHTWISH Rejoined By Drummer JUKKA NEVALAINEN At Unofficial 20th-Anniversary Concert (Video)
On February 12, FaceCulture conducted an interview with NIGHTWISH mastermind/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen. You can now watch the chat in two parts below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). Continue reading NIGHTWISH’s TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN: New Singer FLOOR JANSEN ‘Brings A Lot Of Motivation And Devotion’ To The Band
Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release their new album, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful“, on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the CD was created by the band’s longtime collaborator Toxic Angel. Continue reading NIGHTWISH To Release ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ Album In March
Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release a new single, “Élan”, on February 13, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album, which is due in the spring.
Commented NIGHTWISH keyboardist and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen: “‘Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave. To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.’ This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt [Walt Whitman] was the starting point for writing ‘Élan’. Continue reading NIGHTWISH To Release ‘Élan’ Single In February
Finnish symphonic metal band has officially named Floor Jansen (ReVamp) permanent vocalist of the band. In addition, Troy Donockley – the purveyor of uilleann pipes on the latest tour – has now been made an official full time member. Jansen was the fill in vocalist following the departure of Anette Olzon just weeks into the band’s North American tour with Kamelot in the Fall of 2012.
The statement from the band reads:
“Ms. Floor Jansen is a keeper.
“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.
“Tuomas, Marco, Jukka, Emppu”
Floor Jansen commented: “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!!!”
Troy Donockley added: “`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,” which is scheduled for release November 29th. The DVD captures the band’s performance at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany this past summer.
The track list for the 2CD/2DVD/Blu Ray release is:
1. Dark Chest Of Wonders
2. Wish I Had An Angel
3. She Is My Sin
4. Ghost River
5. Ever Dream
7. I Want My Tears Back
9. Last Of The Wilds
10. Bless The Child
13. Ghost Love Score
14. Song Of Myself
15. Last Ride Of The Day
16. Outro (Imaginaerum)
Check out the latest trailer for the release here:
NIGHTWISH will release ‘Showtime, Storytime’ on November 29th as a limited 2Blu-ray + 2CD DIGI, limited 2DVD + 2CD DIGI, limited 2CD DIGI, 2LP (coloured) in gatefold and an exclusive Nuclear Blast Mailorder Edition.
The upcoming live DVD contains the entire Nightwish headline show at this year’s legendary Wacken Open Air. 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.
Nightwish mastermind and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen: “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!”
Live Show Set list:
‘Dark Chest Of Wonders’
‘Wish I Had An Angel’
‘She Is My Sin’
‘ Ever Dream’
‘I Want My Tears Back’
‘Last Of The Wilds’
‘Bless The Child’
‘Ghost Love Score’
‘Song Of Myself’
‘Last Ride Of The Day’
TJ Fowler of Skullbanger.net recently conducted an interview with former AFTER FOREVER frontwoman and current NIGHTWISH touring singer Floor Jansen about her REVAMP project. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
REVAMP‘s second album, “Wild Card”, will be released in Europe on August 23 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at SandLane Studio in Rijen, The Netherlands with Joost van den Broek (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and will feature guest choir parts by Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION) and Daniël de Jongh (TEXTURES).
“Wild Card” track listing:
01. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline
02. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: The Limbic System
03. Wild Card
06. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: Neurasthenia
07. Distorted Lullabies
09. I Can Become
10. Misery’s No Crime
11. Wolf and Dog
12. Sins (bonus track)
The CD features additional guest appearances by Mark Jansen (EPICA), Johan van Stratum (STREAM OF PASSION) and Devin Townsend.
The opening track, “The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline”, was released as a digital iTunes single on July 19.
Regarding the album title, Jansen states: “This album became the most aggressive album I’ve ever made and in the lyrics I tell a lot about my personal experiences of the last years. This resulted into some heavy stories and some open-hearted ‘screams’ I needed out of my system. It matches the violence of the music in a great way; we wrote as a great team! But not one sentence or word can really cover the contents of this album. Its variety in all its ingredients makes it almost impossible.
“A wild card is an unpredictable and unforeseeable factor. You don’t know what you’re getting, or when. That’s this album! It’s 100% REVAMP and it’s your wild card!”
The “Wild Card” cover artwork was created by Richard Stark of NI Concept And Design. Jansen explains: “I am the queen of hearts on it, who is a wild card herself. You see a ‘nice’ and a ‘nasty’ queen. The nasty one has a cracked lip, cuts in her face and a bleeding heart in her hand. The other queen looks nice even though queens of hearts never truly are…
“Again, what is it you’re going to get? In that respect it visualizes the music, from aggressive and nasty to melodic and pretty. This theme has been important to me personally throughout my career and also in this album I played with it to the max. I used my voice in so many different ways now! The music invited me to do this.
“I am super proud of the amazing guitar riffs, the versatile and groovy but mega tight drums and the keyboard sounds and arrangements that bring something new to the table.
“We hope you like our wild card!”
REVAMP recently announced the addition of bassist Henk Vonk to the group’s ranks. He replaces Jaap Melman, who left REVAMP before the band entered the studio to begin recording its second album. The CD was eventually completed with the help of STREAM OF PASSION bassist Johan van Stratum, who filled in on short notice and “did an amazing job to record and edit the bass parts,” according to a press release.
Floor previously stated about the making of “Wild Card”: “Never before in my career I faced a situation like the one we were in with this album. It was a huge challenge because of several reasons. My sickness caused a major break between the first album and tours, plus the writing of the first ideas for the second album and the actual finalization of those songs and the album. And right at the moment we started to pick everything back up after I was sick, I joined NIGHTWISH. Like a winter and a summer storm, they bring unexpected things, some nasty ones and some amazingly wonderful!
“Also the recording of this album was unlike any I did before because I was on tour with NIGHTWISH most of the time. Guided by Joost van den Broek, the talented musicians of REVAMP recorded all the instruments, and when I came back to The Netherlands, I stepped into the studio to find a rough diamond. A shiny dark crystal: ready for my vocals. That was magical! The singing went smoother than ever before. The lyrics are like a roadmap through our storms and through my personal detours and horrors.
“With pride we can announce our partner in crime from the first album will again join forces with us! Metal and rock giant Nuclear Blast will again make sure REVAMP‘s new album reaches YOUR music collection wherever you are on this metal-loving planet!!!
“Nuclear Blast knows about storms and their metal heart beats like ours. I am very exited they will release this album! The team is so good and with such great people I have no doubts our cooperation will again be fantastic.”
REVAMP‘s self-titled debut album was released in Europe on May 28, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.
Jansen handled lead-vocal duties on NIGHTWISH‘s recent North American, South American, Australian and U.K. tours after the group parted ways with Anette Olzon at the end of September 2012.
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Photo credit: Richard Stark for NI Concept & Design