Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH have released the twelfth episode in their on-going series of new album trailers, where founding member, composer, and keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen addresses recurring themes in the songwriting process and the poetic, scientific approach taken to create new music.
Hear his insights on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:
“Natural science and its paradigm seem to represent something cold and boring to a lot of people,” shares Holopainen, who confesses to wanting to be a biologist since he was six years old. “Hopefully we can illustrate with this album that science can be even something profoundly spiritual.”
With an album title taken from the writings of English naturalist Charles Darwin, NIGHTWISH’s eighth studio album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, will be released in North America on March 31st. Produced by Tero “TeeCee” Kinnunen, Endless Forms Most Beautiful includes adult & childrens choirs, collaborative work with esteemed orchestral arranger Pip Williams, and a guest appearance by evolutionary biologist, writer, and atheist Richard Dawkins.
View all previous episodes of NIGHTWISH’s new album trailer series here.
Shot in 11 days in 8 different locations, inspired with reviving abandoned places throughout Finland, and featuring some of Finland’s most beloved elderly actors and actresses, watch the Ville Lipiäinen-directed video for “Elán” here.
Endless Forms Most Beautiful track listing:
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Weak Fantasy
03. Élan (order the digital single here, which includes the non-album bonus track “Sagan”)
04. Yours Is An Empty Hope
05. Our Decades In the Sun
06. My Walden
08. Edema Ruh
10. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula
11. The Greatest Show On Earth
NIGHTWISH’s 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015 launches in New York City on April 9, 2015 and travels to three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles before closing out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14th. Direct support will come from Swedish heavy metallers SABATON; opening will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.
Dates for the 2015 NIGHTWISH tour with SABATON and Delain are:
04/09/15 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
04/10/15 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/11/15 Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/13/15 Capitole Theatre – Quebec City, QC – CANADA ***SOLD OUT***
04/14/15 Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/16/15 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
04/17/15 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
04/18/15 Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL
04/19/15 7 Flags Events Center – Clive, IA
04/21/15 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
04/22/15 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
04/24/15 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
04/25/15 Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
04/26/15 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
04/28/15 Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
04/30/15 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
05/01/15 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
05/02/15 Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
05/03/15 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
05/05/15 Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
05/06/15 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
05/08/15 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
05/09/15 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
05/11/15 Marathon Music Work – Nashville, TN
05/12/15 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/13/15 Filmore – Charlotte, NC
05/14/15 Filmore – Silver Springs, MD
Hugely influential, unique, and unrivaled in the heavy metal pantheon, Finland-based symphonic storytellers NIGHTWISH continue to expand the breadth and scope of their artistic vision with each successive release. Their 2011 studio album, Imaginaerum, arrived into the world with a visual counterpart “Imaginaerum – The Movie,” an album-length film directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films which created a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du Soleil. A journey between two different dimensions, the film tells an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination & memory and what is most important in life.
The keyboard-driven compositions from band leader & song composer Tuomas Holopainen surpass that of some of the most dynamic film scores and work brilliantly alongside their engaging and electrifying Dutch frontwoman Floor Jansen, who was announced as an official member of the band – along with British multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley – in October of last year. With more than 7 million albums sold worldwide and over 60 Gold and Platinum awards, NIGHTWISH continue to be one of Finland’s most successful rock bands to date.
Soaring emotion, divine melodies, haunting choruses, and grandiose orchestrations are all part of the endearing and enduring magic of NIGHTWISH.
Visit NIGHTWISH online at www.NIGHTWISH.com.