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,” the opening track off the upcoming eighth studio album by Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers , is available for streaming in its entirety on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Evolutionary biologist, writer, and atheist Richard Dawkins narrates the introduction to the album’s opener.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful will be released in North America on March 31st. To pre-order the new album in various physical formats, visit the Endless Forms Most Beautiful Landing Page at

Produced by Tero “TeeCee” Kinnunen, the title for Endless Forms Most Beautiful was taken from the writings of English naturalist Charles Darwin; the album features the participation of London’s The Metro Voices choir group, London’s Young Musicians Children‘s Choir, and the Orchestre De Grandeur led by the esteemed orchestral arranger Pip Williams, who teaches Music and Music Technology at the London College of Music. Professor Richard Dawkins not only narrates the introduction to the album’s opener, “,” but also the album’s closer, “The Greatest Show On Earth,” which takes its name from his 2009 book on evolution.

Last week, announced a fan contest to create a cover version of their single “Élan.” Prizes for three Grand Prize Winners & two Runners Up include t-shirts, posters, and autographed photo cards. For complete contest instructions & rules, visit

This contest ends on Thursday, April 10th. Winners will be announced on April 16th, 2015.

NIGHTWISH’s video for “Élan” features some of Finland’s most beloved elderly actors & actresses and was shot in 11 days in eight abandoned Finnish locations by director Ville Lipiäinen. Watch the video on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

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