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18 Sep

FLOOR JANSEN IS PREGNANT

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Nightwish’s singer, Floor Jansen, is four months pregnant as Tuomas Holopainen revealed to TeamRock. This will be Floor’s and her partner’s Hannes Van Dahl, Sabaton drummer, first child that will be born during Nightwish’s break in 2017. "The issue of Floor having a kid came up earlier this year. I asked her if she had been thinking about having a child and she said, 'Yeah, actually, I have.' So I said, 'Well, we're thinking of having a break so if you want to...' And here we are”, said Holopainen. "It's just a wonderful, beautiful thing because now she gets to be with him or her for a year before we continue so it's perfect timing", he resumed. Of course the question that arises from that statement is what would have happened if Nightwish haven’t decided to take a break in 2017…

02 Nov

Tarja - Act I

Published in CD Reviews
Here comes the first live album by Tarja. And when I say “live album”, I mean a regular live album excluding the usual orchestras, Christmas songs and various other projects that the Finnish singer has come up with in the past. This is what we get when we see Tarja in action with her steady band. This double c.d. feature could have easily been accompanied by the respective DVD, as both depict sonically the same concerts.

If someone was in a dilemma in regards of what to choose out of the two products, I believe that he/she will be inclined towards the purchase of the DVD, not only because there is the visual element (take a look at our review on the DVD section) but also because there are many moments missing on the c.d. that are really essential. I wasn’t really disappointed by the absence of Mike Terrana’s drum solo but mainly because I would have loved to have on c.d. the acoustic parts of the show. As for the inclusion of “Still of the Night”...well, this could easily be characterized as an unfitting addition.

Another striking point –from a negative side- was the interception in between the songs that leaves a lot to be desired when it comes down to the regular flow of a c.d. (the person behind the mix of the album is surely responsible). The final result should have been the one of projecting a complete concert (although we have two different performances here).

Again, I believe that this release should have been a double feature including both the c.d. and the DVD.

Dimitris Kazantzis 

Floor Jansen and Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish were recently interviewed by Mariskal Rock TV. During their appearance, the pair clarified that Jansen will not leave the band after welcoming her first child in early 2017 during the band's previously announced year-long hiatus.
"It's just a little break that we're taking for about a year after being constantly on the road, in the studio, in the songwriting process for the last twenty years," said Tuomas. "So it's only gonna do good for the health of the band."
Added Floor: "Well, we've had a very, very great tour from the beginning to the end. Nothing bad happened, nothing horrible came in our paths; we just had great show after great show, and great tour after great tour, and great responses from audiences everywhere on the planet. So what more could we possibly wish for?"
Asked directly if there is any truth to rumors that Floor might leave the band prior to Nightwish regrouping in 2018, Tuomas said: "She won't quit." Floor reaffirmed: "No, I won't. I love this way too much; don't worry. You don't even have negative speculations one way or another. Things are great, and let's keep on doing this forever."

NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen has confirmed to Roppongi Rocks in a brand new interview that the band will take what is planned to be a year-long break during all of 2017. "That's the plan, yes," he said. "The last show for this tour is going to happen in October. Then all of 2017 off and back with a vengeance in 2018."

Regarding what he might be doing during NIGHTWISH's time off, Holopainen said: "I don't think I will be doing music. That's the idea of the break. I haven't really given it that much thought. I just enjoy the idea of getting to be at home, doing the gardening, taking care of the horse, just be steady for a while."

Singer Floor Jansen, who made her live debut with NIGHTWISH in 2012 but didn't officially join the band until the following year, was less forthcoming about her plans. She said: "I'm thinking about some ideas but I've nothing official really to share yet." When asked if her REVAMP band is perhaps part of what she is currently considering, she responded: "That's part of the thinking."

Holopainen was also reluctant to share any of NIGHTWISH's plans for when the band returns to live action in 2018. "It's a bit too far away to reveal anything but we know pretty much what the plans are until 2020 or so," he said.

Finns Brother Firetribe whose guitarist is Nightwish axeman Emppu Vuorinen, will release their fourth album, “Sunbound”, on March 24th via Spinefarm. The album will include 12 songs, among which “Taste Of A Champion” which was used for a commercial at the band’s home country that you can watch below. The next single off the album that’s coming out this month is “Indelible Heroes”.
"Sunbound" track listing:
01. Sunbound
02. Help Is On The Way
03. Indelible Heroes
04. Taste of a Champion
05. Last Forever
06. Give Me Tonight
07. Shock
08. Strangled
09. Heart of the Matter
10. Restless Heart
11. Big City Dream
12. Phantasmagoria
13. Don't Cry For Yesterday (vinyl only)

 

 

In their most impressive lineup to date Avantasia welcome Nightwish’s Marco Hietala...

Former Nightwish vocalist, Anette Olzon, has revealed that she was involved in an altercation in Sweden that left her beaten and hospitalized.
Annette posted a message via Instagram: “Today changed rapidly from a good day into a horrible day when I got beaten down and robbed by a junkie on my way home from my car. In the hospital now cause she hit me hard and I fell backwards in the stony street with my back head and I am quite shaken and bruised and the worst thing of it all was that there were two adult men standing one feet away watching me get beaten doing f-ckin nothing! Cowards!!
“Thank God a girl ran after and then finally two REAL men took the junkie down and she is now with the police! Drugs people are making people really dangerous!! I'll write more after the dr but please be careful out there!

I believe that many a times big festivals can be rather tiresome rather than give the opportunity to someone to acquire a complete picture for bands of a wide spectrum which cannot be experienced otherwise.  And not to beat around the bush, it is much preferable to see ten great bands a day on one stage, rather than hover around three or more stages so getting glimpses of many bands and have an incomplete experience about their performance.

10 Nov

NEW NIGHTWISH VIDEO

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The Fins symphonic metallers Nightwish just released the first sample, the song "Alpenglow" from their forthcoming live album and DVD "Vehicle Of Spirit", which is out on December 9th via Nuclear Blast. The album will be available in the following formats: 2BluRay-Digibook (feat. Live @ Wembley Arena London & Live @ Ratina Stadion Tampere + extras), 3DVD-Digibook (feat. Live @ Wembley Arena London & Live @ Ratina Stadion Tampere + extras), 2BD+3DVD+2CD-Earbook (limited edition, content as above + 2CDs (feat. The Wembley Show), Exclusive NB Mailorder BOX (Earbook + 3LP vinyl (black, white, red vinyl) + 12” poster + 12” photo card).


DVD1 (The Wembley Show)
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Yours Is An Empty Hope
03. Ever Dream
04. Storytime
05. My Walden
06. While Your Lips Are Still Red
07. Élan
08. Weak Fantasy
09. 7 Days To The Wolves
10. Alpenglow
11. The Poet And The Pendulum
12. Nemo
13. I Want My Tears Back
14. Stargazers
15. Ghost Love Score
16. Last Ride Of The Day
17. The Greatest Show On Earth

DVD2 (The Tampere Show)
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Yours Is An Empty Hope
03. Amaranth
04. She Is My Sin
05. Dark Chest Of Wonders
06. My Walden
07. The Islander
08. Élan
09. Weak Fantasy
10. Storytime
11. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
12. Alpenglow
13. Stargazers
14. Sleeping Sun
15. Ghost Love Score
16. Last Ride Of The Day
17. The Greatest Show On Earth

DVD3 (Extras)
01. Weak Fantasy (Vancouver)
02. Nemo (Buenos Aires)
03. The Poet And The Pendulum (Mexico City)
04. Yours Is An Empty Hope (Joensuu)
05. 7 Days To The Wolves (Espoo, Barona Arena)
06. Sleeping Sun (Masters Of Rock)
07. Sahara (Tampa Bay)
08. Edemah Ruh acoustic (Nightwish Cruise)
09. Last Ride Of The Day (Rock In Rio feat. Tony Kakko)
10. Élan (Sydney)
11. Richard Dawkins Interview From Wembley

PRESS RELEASE:

Symphonic metal stars Nightwish recently released their highly anticipated new DVD/BluRay set called »Vehicle Of Spirit«, which immortalizes the »Endless Forms Most Beautiful World Tour 2015 - 2016« on film. It shows the monumental trip through the discography of the Finnish visionaries now and witness two full shows from London and Tampere, as well as plenty of bonus material. In the first two weeks of its release, »Vehicle Of Spirit« already entered the charts worldwide and reached #1 three times! These are all chart results:

# 1       Finland
# 1       Germany
# 1       Sweden
# 2       Switzerland
# 3       Netherlands
# 5       Austria
# 9       Belgium
#10      Spain
#15      France

You can order the »Vehicle Of Spirit« in many different formats here: http://nblast.de/NWVehicleOfSpiritNB
or at the Nightwish shop: http://www.madsupply.com/shop/category?id=157

 

»Vehicle Of Spirit« is available in the following formats:
2BluRay-Digibook        
(feat. Live @ Wembley Arena London & Live @ Ratina Stadion Tampere + extras)
3DVD-Digibook    
(feat. Live @ Wembley Arena London & Live @ Ratina Stadion Tampere + extras)
2BD+3DVD+2CD-Earbook
(limited edition, content as above + 2CDs (feat. The Wembley Show))
Exclusive NB Mailorder BOX
(Earbook + 3LP vinyl (black, white, red vinyl) + 12” poster + 12” photo card)

Tracklisting of »Vehicle Of Spirit«:

DVD1 (The Wembley Show)
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Yours Is An Empty Hope
03. Ever Dream
04. Storytime
05. My Walden
06. While Your Lips Are Still Red
07. Élan
08. Weak Fantasy
09. 7 Days To The Wolves
10. Alpenglow
11. The Poet And The Pendulum
12. Nemo
13. I Want My Tears Back
14. Stargazers
15. Ghost Love Score
16. Last Ride Of The Day
17. The Greatest Show On Earth
 
DVD2 (The Tampere Show)
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Yours Is An Empty Hope
03. Amaranth
04. She Is My Sin
05. Dark Chest Of Wonders
06. My Walden
07. The Islander
08. Élan
09. Weak Fantasy
10. Storytime
11. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
12. Alpenglow
13. Stargazers
14. Sleeping Sun
15. Ghost Love Score
16. Last Ride Of The Day
17. The Greatest Show On Earth
 
DVD3 (Extras)
01. Weak Fantasy (Vancouver)
02. Nemo (Buenos Aires)
03. The Poet And The Pendulum (Mexico City)
04. Yours Is An Empty Hope (Joensuu)
05. 7 Days To The Wolves (Espoo, Barona Arena)
06. Sleeping Sun (Masters Of Rock)
07. Sahara (Tampa Bay)
08. Edemah Ruh acoustic (Nightwish Cruise)
09. Last Ride Of The Day (Rock In Rio feat. Tony Kakko)
10. Élan (Sydney)
11. Richard Dawkins Interview From Wembley

Order NIGHTWISH's current record, »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«, here: http://nblast.de/NIGHTWISHFormsNB
Or at the NIGHTWISH web shop: http://www.madsupply.com/shop/item?id=1247
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