Sunday, January 29, 2012

CD Review: Nightwish Release Their "Imaginaerum"

Finish metal band Nightwish have just released a new album entitled “Imaginaerum.” Their sound is different from the normal, head-banging heavy metal sound, as they incorporate a heavy symphonic blast of music on their albums. The band’s last album “Dark Passion Play” cracked the Top 100 on the Billboard US album charts and hit #1 in five other countries. Their new album was released January 10 on Roadrunner Records and it is considered a concept album about an old composer reminiscing about his youth while on his deathbed.

The album’s first single “Storytime,” sets the stage for a musical adventure with a hard-hitting drumbeat and soaring vocals supplied by lead singer Anette Olzon. The hard sound of “Ghost River” is balanced by the fragileness of “Slow, Love, Slow.” If you think that violins can’t be used in heavy metal, then take a listen to “I Want My Tears Back,” as solos are traded back and forth. The song “Scaretale” is concept song within itself as it features a load of tempo changes and aggressive, storied lyrics. Olzon’s voice gets beautifully highlighted with the acoustics in “Turn Loose The Mermaids,”before returning with the heaviness of “Rest Calm.” All these songs lead us to the thirteen-and-a-half minute epic climax of “Song of Myself” which shows us the full potential of this band’s symphonic metal sound.

The new album was released earlier in their home country of Finland and sold over 50,000 copies in one day. The band is beginning their tour in Finland in March before heading over to Europe in April. Visit the band’s website (nightwish.com) for a complete list of tour dates, as well as information on the new album.

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