Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH have just released the official music video for “Elán,” the single off their eighth studio album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful (whose title comes from the writings of English naturalist Charles Darwin), out in North America on March 31st.
Shot in various locations throughout Finland last fall and directed by Ville Lipiäinen, you can watch the video on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:
Founding member, composer, and keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen shares how this new video is also a loving tribute to entertainers who came before them:
“Inspired by the untold stories of abandoned places around Finland, the video was nearly a year in the making and features some of the most loved Finnish actors and actresses… and also the legendary NIGHTWISH symbol, a snowy owl (Bubo scandiaca in Latin) named Urho (‘Braveheart’).”
Track listing for Endless Forms Most Beautiful is:
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Weak Fantasy
03. Élan (order the digital single here)
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
Produced by Tero “TeeCee” Kinnunen, Endless Forms Most Beautiful features album artwork by Finnish artist Toxic Angel and includes adult & childrens choirs, collaborative work with esteemed orchestral arranger Pip Williams, session drum work by Kai Hahto of WINTERSUN (who is sitting in for the ailing NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen), and a guest appearance by evolutionary biologist, writer, and atheist Richard Dawkins.
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.