For those just returning from their holiday break eager for some positive news to begin 2015, here’s the latest from the NIGHTWISH camp.
The title of the Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers‘ eighth studio album will be Endless Forms Most Beautiful, an inspirational excerpt from a quote by English naturalist Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory via his 1859 book On the Origin of Species:
“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
“This classic quote is where it all began,” shares NIGHTWISH founding member, songwriter, and keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen. “We set sail from the ultimate journey in March 2015. Join us!”
“Mixing and Mastering,” the ninth episode of NIGHTWISH’s album trailer series, can be viewed on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:
“Mixing an album could be compared to editing a movie,” states Holopainen. “We have to arrange the clips into a dramatic arc and find a good balance.”
View all previous episodes here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4brr7vf-P6LMpAuLbvvaskBkEUpbNuL
Produced by Tero “TeeCee” Kinnumen, 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.
Set for a spring 2015 release in North America, Endless Forms Most Beautiful will be available in the following physical formats:
- Jewel case CD
- 2 LP gatefold vinyl (in various colors)
- Import earbook ( + bonus instrumental & orchestral CD)
- Import earbook (deluxe edition + bonus vinyl)
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.