Today is a great day to be a Heavy Metal fan my friends because not only has the mighty Judas Priest released their 18th album with “Firepower”, but the ever-inspiring Nightwish has delivered their greatest songs compilation “Decades” AND offered up a fourth Behind The Scenes trailer about it. As I’ve shared the previous three, it was a guarantee that I would continue the process so let’s look at the next chapter about this album and how it came to be.
The excitement continues to build for the brand new Nightwish album “Decades” and its subsequent tour and with this being the case, the folks at Nuclear Blast Records are continuing to deliver a series of “Behind The Scenes” clips. So far we’ve seen “Origins” and “The Evolution Of Nightwish” – Now it’s time for the third installment in this series that discusses “Song Choices”. Take a look.
As the excitement for the brand new Nightwish album “Decades” and its subsequent touring amps up, the fine folks over at Nuclear Blast Records have begun a series of “Behind The Scenes” clips. The first one was “Origins” and can be examined HERE in case you missed it. Now let’s all enjoy the second clip which is entitled “The Evolution Of Nightwish”. I’ll return at the close with a brief thought.
As the excitement for the brand new Nightwish album “Decades” and its subsequent touring amps up, the fine folks over at Nuclear Blast Records have unleashed the first Official Trailer about the recording. Let’s take a look below and talk some more afterwards.
About The Clip: Tuomas talking about ‘DECADES’ a collection of essential Nightwish tracks.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m not going to lie to you, Nightwish is one of my very favorite bands and as I’ve mentioned time and time again over the years was very instrumental in the beginning of this journalistic passion of mine. Hearing about the process involved in deciding what songs make up this release of “essential tracks” is of great interest to me so I will be sharing the chapters as they come out. You might remember that I shared numerous installments when Nightwish gave us “Behind The Scenes” views about “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” and there were a LOT of those clips. If you didn’t see them and have some time to kill just click HERE for a rewind through time. I don’t have much more to add about this but I am very excited about the compilation and of course the tour which will be making a stop in my Metal Metropolis. I’m going to be there for sure. What did you think of this clip? I’ll be posting more as they get released so stay tuned.
Artist: Nightwish Title: “Over The Hills And Far Away” (remaster) Label: Century Media Records Release Date: 11/30/2004 Genre: Symphonic Operatic Metal Rating: 4/5
“Over The Hills And Far Away” is the first and currently only EP that Nightwish has ever released over the course of their very productive career. The title of the CD is the same as that of the bands cover of the Gary Moore classic bearing the same name and if you ever wondered how a Symphonic Operatic Metal band would fare with a rendition of a Bluesy Metal classic then seek no further and be ready to be impressed. Tuomas’ keyboard riffs bring new life to the main feel of the song while Tarja’s passionate and powerful voice propels it into the stratosphere. The video for this track was what originally led me to them as a band and when this was combined with the song “The Kinslayer”, I was hooked for good. There are very few times when a cover surpasses that of the original and I think as far as this number goes it is a strong contender for being an upgrade from top to bottom. The rest of the recording is a mix of other originals and some live stuff and continues with “10th Man Down”, a song about war that features Finntroll’s Tapio Wilska as the deep male vocal. It’s one of those songs that demonstrate the rich and lustrous composition that Nightwish is capable of. “Away” is a ballad that is second to none and should be considered as one of the most beautiful songs that the band has ever recorded. The original material closes with a remake of “Astral Romance” and it showcases the vocals of Sonata Arctica’s Tony Kakko as well. The fans of Sonata will enjoy hearing Tony in a slightly different aspect from what they are used to and as far as redo’s of a bands own tunes are concerned this one is a winner. Continue reading “Over The Hills And Far Away” (remaster) by Nightwish→