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Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2015) - Pt. II

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Review from Kaaoszine.

 

 

Shudder Before The Beautiful

"No long intro that I expected, instead the action starts right away. A high tempo song combined with Jansen's calmly long vocals that we'll also hear a lot later on the album. Immediately you can tell that her voice fits almost perfectly to the whole entity, because you can hear some familiar things right away. However, already on this first song Floor shows her personal abilities and brings something completely new to the table. The song varies from upbeat to dark, where the upbeat mostly comes from Floor's high pitched vocals and melodies. The solo part with almost Children of Bodom-like combination and dialog of synth and guitar should also not be forgotten. This song underlines what Ms. Jansen said before the pre-listening: There is a lot of stuff. A good basis for things to come, but there is a question in the air - what is this story truly about?"

 

Weak Fantasy

"The symphonic and theatrical traits are present, and Weak Fantasy goes more to the soundtrack department in my books. The same theme with Imaginaerum continues and this is just what you'd expect from the new album. Again something familiar, but the band is being a little shy and holding something back. Jansen has convinced the listener already and you'll get used to her voice latest by this song. You can also hear Mr. Hietala for the first time on this song."

 

Élan

"The first single, and despite it's vastness a very compact song that you can get into quickly. Feels like it takes half the show with it's melodies and beats. Things are clearly under control and small refreshments to the formula do not cause any harm."

 

Yours Is An Empty Hope

"In the beginning there are a few atmospherical Bluing-sounds that you hear in fantasy movies and some other songs of the band. Now we are talking about symphonic metal at it's best. This is what the band represents and you can hear they are in their element. So far the most "high, fast and loud" -track without breaking the atmosphere. The choirs give shivers and they make the listener wait for one more explosion, as there was quite a big one at the beginning. In the middle part the listener is reminded of Dark Chest of Wonders, as there are quite a lot of these explosions and there seems to be no end in sight."

 

Our Decades in the Sun

"It's time to calm down and create a vision of a small karaoke bar. Tuomas' piano gently accompanies Floor's vocals that once again travel to whole new dimensions. Later on Emppu appears from somewhere with his guitar and Floor has to rise her volume level so that even the audience at the back row can hear her. The song changes from the beginning's melancholy to a more happier mood, and that makes it beautiful in it's own way. This song is absolutely for the gentler listeners."

 

My Walden

"The sixth song starts in a weird way. As if a pop singer boy was lost and found himself in the wrong studio. A lot of folkish pop-rock elements can be heard, and while the previous songs resembled the band's older catalog, this sounds more modern. A wide spectrum of elements with up-tempo brings not only heavy pop music to mind, but also Eluveitie's lighter songs. This song offers so much sun and smoothness that it goes to the top of my list at this point. " (Majestico's note - I am starting to question the reporter's taste in music based on these desctiptions...)

 

Endless Forms Most Beautiful

"In a short description this is basic new Nightwish. In a way fills the criteria of a title track, but also a filler track. Not special or especially wonderful, but would be a good choice to the set list of the tour. The ending feels slightly repetitive, but as the song says, simple is beautiful."

 

Edema Ruh

"This is the most youthful song of the album. Symphonic and folk elements turn into rockish metal that for for example Sturm und Drang (a finnish band) could play, if we forget these whistles and pipes. Includes some catchy vocals from Marco and Floor that now work much better with Marco's singing being more present in the background."

 

Alpenglow

"The second filler song. The journey continues steadily and the song goes to the soundtrack department again. Kai probably could have introduced some interesting drumming in here, because at this point you already start waiting for the next two songs and the big finish of the album."

 

Eyes of Sharbat Gula

"A soft intro before the last song. Gentle choir singing, this time apparently from younger generation. Otherwise a fully instrumental song meant to create an atmosphere for the final crusade."

 

The Greatest Show on Earth

"Such a name on the last song of the album creates a lot of expectations. The calm atmosphere continues, but that's how all the greatest shows in the world begin. The song is about 24 minutes long so we are suffering from [something of a combination of happiness and materialism, can not be translated]. After waiting, the starting of the engine creates feelings of relief but the atmosphere is still anticipating. The excitement is being maintained, until more and more begins to happen. The listener is waiting for the vocals and suddenly they already are there in full force and drums have suddenly appeared in the background. Absolutely the most interesting song to listen to, as every time the climax has been reached, things move on right away. Nothing is enough and little and questionable details keep pouring in. Storyteller Richard Dawkins' voice is telling about the beginning of the end, and after that there is a huge explosion. In principle, nothing much has changed from the first song, but now everything is pushed past the limit and there is absolutely no holding back. I have to say I have not heard anything like this before."

 

 

Conclusion

A lot of stuff as expected. The record gives the listener a feeling that it does not want to stop and that there would have been material for even more. The atmosphere is maintained commendably throughout the album with a wide range of tricks. When Dawkins is still speaking and you can still hear the sound of water, you forget everything you have just heard and become content and full in a good way. I'd say this album is perhaps more simple than usual, but also very versatile. Excluding the two flops the band has succeeded almost perfectly. I would more than gladly buy this and see the band live.

 

9,5 / 10

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I'm excited to hear all the reviews, but I've found that they never really offer up much in the way of meaningful information - don't get me wrong, I do love reading them and they do give you a vague idea of what to expect, it's just that it's all very subjective and I think it's incredibly difficult to effectively convey any really meaningful information through words when describing sound. It's all just a matter of passing time now until the album arrives for us all to hear and judge for ourselves. Less than a month to go until Élan and just over two months until the album. It seems like a long wait, but it'll go by pretty quickly.

 

Interesting that some songs are getting labelled as filler tracks - I won't believe it until I hear for myself. One reviewer labelled Ghost River as a filler song last time around, and it ended up being one of the best tracks on the album.

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The nature theme that seems to be a thread through the album makes me think of songs like Deep Silent Complete, Wanderlust, Wayfarer, Sacrament of Wilderness, Last of the Wilds. If the new album is anything in the vein of those songs, it'll be a winner. 

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Cheers for the review, Carol! :) And the report was also very interesting to read, so thanks Majestico for sharing!

 

Needless to say really but I'm so so so excited! So happy that Elan is out soon!

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reviews can be very tricky and biased, so don't know how well that works out. Marco's vocals are a must for me, so I wouldn't mind less support vocals and more leading ones. Anyway, by reading that the album sounds heavier, hope grows that Emppu finally shines again, miss his solos and more prominent guitar presence.

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All right, there was a pre-listening report on a finnish site, but it has been removed for some reason. Google can still find some of the comments when I put different song titles on the search, so this is what I can figure out from it. Hopefully it'll be released again today.

 

My Walden

"The sixth song starts in a weird way. As if a pop singer boy was lost and found himself in the wrong studio. A lot of folkish pop-rock elements can be heard, and while the previous songs resembled the band's older catalog, this sounds more modern. A wide spectrum of elements with up-tempo brings not only heavy pop music to mind, but also Eluveitie's lighter songs. This song offers so much sun and smoothness that it goes to the top of my list at this point. " (Majestico's note - I am starting to question the reporter's taste in music based on these desctiptions...)

Even though I haven't heard the song, I immediately think he (or she) would have been comparing it to Indica if he'd been more familiar with the band and it's associated acts. Feels like less of a stretch than a "pop singer boy".

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It seems like the actors for the Elan video will portray the band members?
 


Me and Mr Vesa Vierikko who was acting in my scene for the upcoming Nightwish video! This man is a legend!!

 

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Well the full review from Kaaoszine is now out, and the editor gives a score of 9,5/10. Based on one listening, giving scores is kind of silly.

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Does anyone know why the earbook edition is not avaiable anymore in th NWshop?

Also, do they usually ship preorders a day before or earlier?

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Does anyone know why the earbook edition is not avaiable anymore in th NWshop?

Also, do they usually ship preorders a day before or earlier?

When The Life and Times of Scrooge was released, I preordered it on the NWshop and they sent it 4 days before the release.

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For some more first impressions, I was reading this thread on Reddit by someone else who went to the listening session. They've made some insightful comments so far which I'll attempt to paraphrase (do read their full comments if you've got time though, it's quite interesting)

 

 

- It’s like a heavier and more dynamic version of Imaginaerum 

- Great production, needs good speakers to listen to

- “Yours Is An Empty Hope” is a brutal and heavy song

- “My Walden” is very folky with pipes 

- “The Greatest Show on Earth” is long and epic, Tuomas thinks of it as the main feature of the album. Dawkins has 3 spoken parts on it, 2 are with music and the spoken bit is not as long as the poem in Song of Myself.

- “Élan” is easy-going and mid-tempo, a bit like a slower Last of the Wilds, with Floor singing playfully.

- “The Eyes of Shabat Gular” is an instrumental with some choirs and chanting.

- “Our Decades in the Sun” is the closest thing to a ballad, it’s atmospheric with a slow buildup.

- “Shudder Before The Beautiful” has a short spoken part before going straight into a kick-ass album opener similar to Dark Chest of Wonders.

- Floor’s vocal range isn’t used evenly, she sings ‘normally’ most of the time but has powerful moments when they are needed. She has a “hauntingly beautiful” operatic part in the final song.

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Does anyone know why the earbook edition is not avaiable anymore in th NWshop?

Also, do they usually ship preorders a day before or earlier?

When The Life and Times of Scrooge was released, I preordered it on the NWshop and they sent it 4 days before the release.

 

Great, thanks! :)

If someone knows anything about my other queston.

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Damn, I have got to stop reading all the new posts about the new album. Im too old for this kind of anticipation!! Never n my life have I been this excited about an album release and I have been buying records since the mid 1960's! My only concern is getting the album a few days before the 16 April show Im attending. Im going to pre order from Nuclear Blast Europe/Germany as the vinyl will be released a few days prior to the NB USA release.  Im ordering the vinyl version, which I see on Nuclear Blast America wont be released for even a few more days after the CD release. (why is that?)

 

Hopefully by ordering from NB Europe, Ill be able to receive the album a few days sooner. Im going to be ordering all of Nightwish albums that are available in vinyl at the same time. I already have all their CD format albums (with the exception of the "best of's" or "greatest hits releases") but I want the vinyl versions. I don't want to get into the tired old debate about vinyl vs. CD its just that vinyl has been and always will be my own personal preference. If in fact by pre ordering, Nuclear Blast has the ability to ship the new album a few days ahead of time, that would be great, especially for us American fans. Im also hoping that Nuclear Blast Europe has faster shipping options available. Im willing to pay the extra for shipping if that will indeed get the new album to me a day or two quicker.

 

This sounds to me, by reading what Carol has posted, that this is going to be one epic record and I need to listen to it first, then really dissect it and absorb the material before concert time. 

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Hapfairy, thanks a lot for that link! That thread totally fixed me :)

 

"Nine openers, one intermission and then the real deal."

Wow xD 

 

 

Fixed quote color/highlight - WhiteRaven

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Does anyone know why the earbook edition is not avaiable anymore in th NWshop?

As far as I know they haven't had that simple earbook-edition with 3 cds so far at all, only the earbook deluxe- edition of 3 cds+silver/gold mini-LP (I pre-ordered that, the mini-LP contains the alternative versions of 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' and 'Élan' and I still own a LP-player).

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Here it is

 

http://kaaoszine.fi/nightwish-endless-forms-beautiful-kappale-kappaleelta/

 

Could anybody translate it or, at least, comment what the review says?

On second thoughts, this is probably the review Majestico was talking about, isn't it?

I have now added the missing stuff from the actual album review. The intro has nothing new in it. The post is up there on this page.

 

And I have to say I don't really get the interviewer. He first calls the album huge and versatile, and then suddenly it's "simple". And he declared two songs as fillers and in the end calls them flops!

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Thanks to all the info-gatherers!

 

All this information strengthens my resolve to wait for the full course. I guess this album deserves to be played like it's meant to be, especially if there's such an opener... (At least I'm warned now. When I played Epica's Quantum Enigma first, I didn't realize that my amp system was set to a volume which was a bit... "above average". My ears - and neighbours - didn't like Originem very much, initially ^^).

 

I still haven't decided what the setup will be, though... CD or vinyl? Headphones or 2.1 speaker system? From the details so far, I'm tending to test the speakers, first...

 

I'm totally calm. I'm not excited. I'm totally calm. I'm not excited. I'm totally calm. I'm not excited... meh, doesn't work.

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I must confess I've never been so excited with an album like EFMB! I don't have doubts that it's gonna be a positive watershed on the band career. The reviews are just contributing to all this good euphoria! Thank you both Carol and Majestico for the translations. :)

 

Floor also posted this picture on Instagram, I'm very proud of them.

 

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Does anyone know why the earbook edition is not avaiable anymore in th NWshop?

As far as I know they haven't had that simple earbook-edition with 3 cds so far at all, only the earbook deluxe- edition of 3 cds+silver/gold mini-LP (I pre-ordered that, the mini-LP contains the alternative versions of 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' and 'Élan' and I still own a LP-player).

 

oh thanks. I thought i saw it when these editions became available in the NW shop but i was probably wrong. Damn i will have to order from NB now.

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