Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful


It’s been four years since Imaginaerum gave the world the most bonkers record of 2011 and now Finnish giants Nightwish have gone all Darwin on us. Taking inspiration from the naturalist’s seminal work ‘On the Origin of Species’, Endless Forms Most Beautiful is the band’s eighth studio effort, based around the ‘very loose’ concept of ‘[the] beauty of life,It’s been four years since Imaginaerum gave the world the most bonkers record of 2011 and now Finnish giants Nightwish have gone all Darwin on us. Taking inspiration from the naturalist’s seminal work ‘On the Origin of Species’, Endless Forms Most Beautiful is the band’s eighth studio effort, based around the ‘very loose’ concept of ‘[the] beauty of life, the beauty of existence, nature, science’. As is well known, it’s the band’s first album with new singer Floor Jansen who replaced Annette Olzon in 2013 and with pipist/flautist Troy Donockley. It’s also the first record without regular drummer Jukka Nevlainen, currently taking a break from the band whilst he battles insomnia, so Wintersun drummer Kai Hahto has come on board in his place for the album and current tour. If there’s one thing to expect with any Nightwish record nowadays, it’s pomp, circumstance and a huge, grandiose album with as much bombast as can be crammed in, such is Tuomas Holopainen’s brilliant imagination. From that point of view, it’s business as usual here; the rousing ‘Shudder Before the Beautiful’ opening proceedings with gusto and presence, closely followed behind by ‘Weak Fantasy’ which twists and turns through Celtic symphonies and heavy riffs. Lead single ‘Elan’ holds a […]

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