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    Anette Olzon

    Hmm. Her voice is still very sweet and charming, as this style suits her, and she always sounds better when she is rested and not after a long tour. But I feel she lacks strength and volume, which is why her recorded voice is great but live singing lacks something.
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    Amorphis

    I also want to say the Heart of a Giant has the most cool, hard, interesting chorus i've heard in a while. And it's sung in such a manner that tells a great story.
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    Amorphis

    @Harvest You mentioned We Accursed, it is also one of the least favorite songs for me (but still a lot better than most i've heard recently, don't get me wrong) but I figured out why I am so fond of it: the main chorus theme sounds to me pretty much exactly like the theme from BBC's Sherlock. I used to be obsessed with that show, so I know the theme by heart and now I hear it when I put We Accursed on. Also, Daughter of Hate is my favorite so far, excluding The Bee of course which we already knew.
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    Amorphis

    I am sorry for double posting but the previous post was almost a month ago. So, I have been listening to the new album. So far I have restrained myself in order to not burst into shouting HELL YEAH in public. It is fantastic, and what I like the most is that it escapes the styles of the last 3 albums but rather goes back in time, it brings back memories of Far From The Sun, Elegy, Skyforger, Am Universum, but all wrapped in a new, modern, light. They use oriental elements but also traditional power/melodic death metal themes. Tomi's vocals are better than ever I think, a perfect balance of clean and rough vocals. edit: Heart of a Giant even has elements of Orphaned Land, which is amazing, the way they are implemented. edit2: The Golden Elk is outright an Orphaned Land song and nobody can convince me otherwise. I want to see Tomi belly-dancing. I need it.
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    Dimmu Borgir

    I am really enjoying the new album as well, somehow it's amazing background music for when you're reading or writing or similar, which is not something that can be said for a lot of bands of the Symphonic Black Metal genre. There are no cacophonies or songs I skip, it is a pretty solid album.
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    Dimmu Borgir

    Which is what I meant, the song was too symphonic and experimental for them, even though it was very obviously black metal.
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    Amorphis

    It is true, I think Tomi is one of the best and most versatile singers in the genre. And while his rough vocals are excellent, there is a certain warmth and emotion in his clean voice that cant be easily reached. It's soft and powerful at the same time. On that aspect, I have always loved Swallow the Sun's English cover of These Lowlands, and I only recently figured out that it's Tomi's clean vocals.
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    Amorphis

    Agreed. I am not so crazy about the video (except for the shots of the mountain side, these are breath-taking) but the song is very Amorphis type. Solid song, easy to listen to.
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    Kamelot

    Now that I've had a lot of listens to the album, both careful but also as a background noise, I have some opinions. First of all, this album does not offer anything new to the genre or Kamelot as a band. That being said, it is a solid album. Also, I will only judge the music and not the lyrics, as I am generally biased towards everything AI or human consciousness, because this is my field of study. So let's begin: The Mission (intro): It's an intro, so nothing here. Phantom Divine: Most people already know this song, but I believe this is the weakest song in the album, and a terrible way to start off, because it gives the wrong impression. If someone asked me to make a song that would encapsulate Kamelot's latest albums 100%, this would be it. It has absolutely been done before. RavenLing: Kamelot's effort to write a Black Halo song, unfortunately it is seen through glasses of Ghost Opera, so it suffers from the same things as Phantom Divine. It has been done before, it offers nothing, and if it had been in any of the albums with Tommy I would not have noticed. Amnesiac: This is where things start getting a tiny bit better: some now ideas, some old things being put through new lens, and a good energy to the song. Burns to Embrace: very good catchy song, very Silverthorn-y and Haven-y type, an anthem-type song. Nothing as good as Liar Liar, but solid and exciting. In Twilight Hours: a nice ballad. Again, nothing new here, but it's not bad or boring, just a slow tempo ballad. Kevlar Skin: now starts the part of the album I'm most excited about. Kevlar Skin has a great chorus, reminiscent of When The Lights Are Down. Unfortunately, same guitar solo as every other fast-tempo Kamelot song. Thomas needs to get his act together, his riffs are great but the solos are carbon copies of each other. Static: My favorite song on the album, which shows that when various listeners have such varying opinions on different songs, the album has an interesting nature. Mid-tempo beauty, a perfect representation of modern Power Metal. Mindfall Remedy: kinda back to the old habits. This is where Tommy sounds the most like Roy i think. If someone showed me these songs without telling me that it is not Roy, I would have thought "oh, Roy sounds a bit different than 10 years ago, cool". Stories Unheard: Boring as hell, but a great showing of Tommy's vocal range, being able to go from very high to low even within the same line. Vespertine: The feel-good song of the album, lovely pace and riffs, and best bridge/chorus of the album. The Proud and The Broken: this might sound like blasphemy, but I almost got Epica (the Kamelot album) vibes here for a bit. Probably what Epica would sound if the story was taking place in a sci-fi futuristic environment. Ministrium (outro): outro, nothing here. Maybe Kamelot need to stop with these, they don't offer anything. In total: Quite good album, for me it's better than the previous ones (Haven and Silverthorn) where I can only listen one or two songs of each. As others have said, it misses some good collabs with big voices. Production-wise it is immaculate, the guitars sound fantastic, and Tommy is I believe one of the best singers in the genre, being able to hit notes with ease, never sounding like he struggles, while he conveys waves of emotion.
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    Dimmu Borgir

    I love it, both the song and the video. These guys are totally out there and they might pay for it in terms of fans (already a lot of downvotes for that video) but I feel it is very different and mysterious.
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    Amorphis

    Oh my the song is amazing! A lovely combination of Perkele, Enemy at the Gates, basically their latest album, an incredible amalgamation of all their eras with Tomi!
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    AURI

    Those of you who do not like Troy's influence on NW and believe he is holding Tuomas hostage on gunpoint in order to make bagpipes cool, for the love of God do not listen to Skeleton Tree But I am laughing so hard because parts of Skeleton Tree sound like Troy busted into Chris' (from Therion) home while he was writing Beloved Antichrist, stole the first page he found and made it into a song with bagpipes edit: Also, See gives me very strong Alanis Morissette Uninvited vibes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvgi7P97lu0
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    Anette Olzon

    I'm sorry, but her comments about communication sound like a jab at Nightwish guys to me. She herself said that when she was in NW, she tried to have regular, weekly meetings with the guys to discuss issues, resolve problems etc, which is what Swedes do a lot, according to her words (not a lie, this is also a very common work environment practice in Denmark as well), but the guys were not up for it. On the one hand, I commend her for trying to set up a good communication, and I sympathize with her frustration that the guys did not want to do that. On the other hand, it is not a coincidence she talks about music business vs normal life/work and the lack of communication.
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    Anette Olzon

    Of course lots of people in the music business do not know how to behave in the normal life and how to do a job. You know, like leaving a job in the middle of a show, or bashing the ever loving santa out of the ex-coworkers, or priding yourself of how much worse the things are for them now compared to when you worked with them. Ya know, pro stuff.
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    AURI

    The song is not bad but it needs some listens. At first I thought it was really boring and lackluster, but then I kept listening it while reading or knitting or writing, and i noticed that it helped me relax, and I guess this is one basic aspect of new age music. I feel this is the type of album that is a very easy listen. Not everything has to be bombastic and spectacular.
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    Anette Olzon

    I meant touring experience, at least on the level of NW. Or with anything remotely similar on the level of NW; schedules, rehearsals, checks, traveling, dealing with publicity.
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    Anette Olzon

    Because god forbid a woman gets a job without having an intimate relationship with a man Nah, I'll give it to the guys, they took a chance with Anette, an unknown amateur singer with a kid, who had no experience. And was vastly different in any way from the previous, iconic singer. And I believe it did pay off in a way. The next albums where quite successful, lots of fans embraced Anette and still follow her to this day, and we got a different NW. I might not like Anette but I got to give it to her and the guys.
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    AURI

    I might become a bit controversial and cynic now but I just want to say that I believe that bands don't owe us anything. The only thing a band owes its fans is putting up a good show with effort, when you buy a ticket to a concert. Aaaaand that is it. If Tuomas decides that this is it for NW, then this is it. There are other bands out there. If they turn into folk, well good news for people who like folk, the rest can, you guessed it, listen to other bands. For that matter, you can still listen to the old albums, nobody takes them away from you the moment NW becomes something you do not like. I know that each person is invested in this band on a different level, and it would had honestly destroyed me when I was 15 to hear that they will no longer make music, but nobody owes us anything. For now, I am happy to hear a song called Night 13 because it happens that Tuomas again wrote a song I like. I honestly do not care if it comes with the calligraphic label of Nightwish or the weird font of Auri.
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    The Art Debate

    @hunebedbouwer So hi! Yeah, do you know these topics that people couldn't care less about? For some it's history, for others it is math, or politics. For me it is art. I don't understand art, I am extremely bored by art exhibitions, I pretty much admire creators (painters, sculptors, designers, you name it) because they are creative people, which is more than I can say about me, who is a boring academic who loves to read about international law and history all day. There is one type of art I am very fond of, which is retro-futurism. And whatever this is, I have been trying to find what type it is for ages and I would be grateful if someone could tell me what the hell this is: https://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/9/4/5/1945.jpg?1722
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    AURI

    ....aaaaaaanyway, before someone felt like giving me a lecture on art and simplicity (i.honestly.dont.care.about.art) I meant that quite often we see complaints about music videos being too simple or basic, and when bands actually put some effort, it might come out as too over-the-top and too much. I just feel that this video expresses nicely the atmosphere of the song, and it takes the attention away from the members themselves but it directs it towards the music. Definitely not a perfect video but surely better than a lot of videos from similar backgrounds.
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    Therion

    I am looking at the songs right now. Most of them are small interludes, and some are 5+ minutes long. But if they had combined the small interludes with actual songs, the list would not be 46 titles.
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    Therion

    Ok so I am still trying to go through the new album, it is gonna take a while, but I have some preliminary comments: of course it freaking is 46 songs when most of the songs are like 2.5 mins long aaaaand I have only liked one song so far. This does not look well.
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    Orphaned Land

    I adore Orphaned Land! If one is feeling down, listen to Sapari. I mean it. There is no way it won't lift up the spirits. I am also very fond of their latest song, Like Orpheus.
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    Therion

    Oh how much I love Piotr! Not just the voice, he seems to be such a fun person as well. One of my favorite parts of that DVD. But I am not gonna lie, I wanted to see Mats. I am biased
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    AURI

    I want to add that I am liking that the video does not feature the band members, especially Johanna, because then all focus would be, even unintentionally, on her or them. We would have so many speculations about a new NW singer, so many rude comments about Johanna being promoted because of her relationship with Tuomas (they're married I think? God I have been absent for so long) regardless of how lovely her voice is. But the absence of any band member from the video distracts people from the members in order to focus on the music and the emotions behind it. Btw yes the lyrics do remind of NW some times, but I would like to express my unconditional love for the line "the skies are dark, all of them". I don't know how to explain it, but I do not think I have found in many songs the syntax something-something all of them, but God I find it unique and I love it.