NIGHTWISH – ENDLESS FORCES MOST BEAUTIFUL
Release Date: 27th March 2015
℗ 2015 Nuclear Blast
- Shudder Before The Beautiful
- Weak Fantasy
- Yours Is An Empty Hope
- Our Decades In The Sun
- My Walden
- Endless Forms Most Beautiful
- Edema Ruh 5:16 9. Alpenglow
- The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula
- The Greatest Show On Earth
This truly fantastic achievement from Nightwish is due for release on March 27, 2015 and devotees of the group will have their expectations well and truly exceeded.
Floor Jansen has complemented the group beautifully and shines bright with her tremendous vocal excellence throughout this album.
Musically this album is sheer brilliance and the inclusion of the vocals simply enhances that dominance and takes the music to an elevated level.
With the opening tracks reminiscent a magnificently medieval flavour Nightwish have reached a new level of dominance with their sound.
Yours Is An Empty Hope allows the group to powerfully deliver those heavy metal elements we all enjoy so much with guitar solos taking flight in an impressive and refreshing fashion.
Elan is an impressively progressive track writhing and heaving in tremendous form.
Alpenglow contains beautifully sinister sections accompanied by the hauntingly alluring voice of our lead. The subject of this track is enhanced well by the title as the listener can visualise the optical effect in accompaniment to the track and be lifted to a new dimension.
The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula is equally as haunting and emotion provoking as the image portrayed on the cover of National Geographic in 1985. This track takes you as deep into your own thoughts as those eyes themselves. A magnificent musical complement to the subject matter in Sharbat.
The albums finale is celebrated magnificently with The Greatest Show on Earth. Commencing in a poignant piano piece and cello providing accompaniment. Explosions of percussive power and cannon fire the impending storm becomes apparent, but first the calm. An angelic voice appears in such beautiful form that the listener cannot help but close eyes and be beckoned to the looming doom, but then to a calm once again. The build-up is musically tremendous as we approach the spoken word descriptive of the tale and then…POW. Our angel has turned to a malevolent angel of death and then…vocal magnificence. This track is so multilayered and impressive that it becomes difficult to describe. A magnificent tale that really has to be experienced to gain thorough appreciation. This one track makes the entire album thoroughly worthwhile. A superlative musical whirlwind of complexity and power. Keeps your eyes closed at exactly eleven minutes in and enjoy the blending of ominous creatures brought to the imagination as you prepare to be rushed furiously to the brilliant guitar power and vocal detonation.
Absolutely magical in every possible way. Then consider the content and form your own views as you enjoy a journey of musical accompaniment with influence from almost all reaches of…Civilisation? What are WE becoming?
Thoroughly captivating…all 24 minutes of it.
Somehow Nightwish have breathed life into this album and the listener bears witness to the development of a soul all its own.
A tremendous achievement and an essential addition to ANY music lover’s collection.