Yoshee

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Nightwish

  • How Did You Discover Nightwish
    Internet/YouTube in 2013
  • How Many Times Seen Live?
    1
  • Most Prized Nightwish Item
    Endless Forms Most Beautiful Earbook
  • Best Live Song
    Ghost Love Score (Floor)
  • Favourite Album
    Endless Forms Most Beautiful, Imaginaerum, Century Child
  • Favourite Song
    Bless the Child
  • Favourite DVD
    Vehicle of Spirit
  • Least Favourite Album
    Angels Fall First

General Music

  • Favourite Singer
    Floor Jansen
  • Favourite Pianist/Keyboard Player
    Amy Lee
  • Favourite Non NW Song?
    Lithium - Evanescence
  • Best Concert Attended
    Epica - London 2017
  • Favourite Non NW Album?
    The Holographic Principle - Epica
  • Favourite Band/Artist?
    Nightwish, Epica

Entertainment

  • Favourite Movie(s)
    Marvel Cinematic Universe, Harry Potter
  • Favourite TV Show(s)/Series
    Doctor Who, Game of Thrones
  • Favourite Book(s)
    A Song of Ice and Fire

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    Yellow
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    UK (England), Netherlands, France, Spain, Canada
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    Yes, cats + dogs.

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  1. Yoshee

    Delain

    Since it's Timo doing the screams on Hunter's Moon, I would be down to hear more of that on the next album! Not all over the album, just one or two songs. The growls in Art Kills are fine but nothing stand-out. I still like the song, but I agree that Alissa and George do it better.
  2. Yoshee

    Dream Theater

    New album "Distance Over Time" was released today! I'm on my first listen-through right now and I'm liking it a lot. I went through a Dream Theater phase upon discovering them the year before last and mainly listened to their albums from "Images and Words" through to "Black Holes". I really need to listen more to their more recent ones, so I can't really compare this one to the past three, but the new one seems to be getting a much better reception among fans than at least the last two, it seems. S2N is probably my favourite track so far, but I still have a couple of songs left to get through. EDIT: Pale Blue Dot is definitely the progressive showpiece of the album, and it's damn good.
  3. Yoshee

    Delain

    Oh man I wish "This Silence Is Mine" were longer...
  4. Yoshee

    Within Temptation II

    It was a nice interview! And Sharon said they're trying to organise some more UK dates, we just have to hope they get a better sound team along with them this time. I had no idea Supernova was about Sharon's dad, that makes it so much more meaningful. I feel kind of bad for underestimating it after hearing the live version as it's definitely one of my favourites from the album now, haha. Not to mention it contains possibly the best lyric on the album: "Like thunder screaming out for a flash of lightning, stars are falling down for God's applause"
  5. Yoshee

    Evergrey

    Evergrey's last two albums have both been fantastic (The Storm Within was my first and my introduction to them - thanks Floor! - but Hymns is also really good). I'm listening through The Atlantic a few times now to try and get to know the songs. They don't jump out as immediately as some songs on the past two albums this time, but I think they're also a bit more subtle and more progressive, musically, which I really like.
  6. Yoshee

    Within Temptation II

    I personally quite like the album overall. I did see one review that rankled me a bit by calling the album complete garbage, but seeming to come from a place where the reviewer had already decided they were going to hate the album; and some of the reasoning seeming to be that it's not really metal (and anything not metal is automatically bad - heaven forbid anything comes close to pop!) It's not that I don't see some of the faults or reasons some people don't like it as much, but there's a difference between someone simply not liking an album and someone going out of their way to just sh** on it. Anyway, I've listened to it a few times over the last week since it leaked, so I have some rough opinions that may not be final. It overall feels more cohesive and has better direction than Hydra, as has been said already, though not quite on the level of The Unforgiving. I actually quite liked the electronic elements - while they could have done more with them, I don't really think they needed to. And the guest vocals are utilised a lot better than on Hydra (especially Jasper), adding to the songs without taking away from Sharon or the band; they feel like part of the songs rather than just being added for the sake of it as a couple on Hydra did, if that makes sense. The songs themselves are mostly very good, too; I can point to at least three that I would consider stand up against some of the best of their previous work. I do agree the band themselves seemed to take a bit of a back seat overall though - unfortunately not quite The Unforgiving Part 2 I was hoping for. The production is... okay. I'm reserving final judgement until I've listened to it officially now, as the leak wasn't the best quality, but based on what I could hear... It sounds better than Hydra, but a lot of elements still seem to be muffled by noise. I was really pleased to hear choirs used throughout the album, adding another element to the songs, but don't ask me to tell you what the hell they're actually saying. Raise Your Banner is one of the best songs on the album, but again the choir and the orchestral elements seem to blend in with or be drowned out by the background guitars and the electronic elements. I was quite pleased with how Sharon sounds overall though. (Agreed about the pronunciation of "MeeREEcall" though, that's not how it's spelled or said, Sharon!) I don't know where I'd rank it yet among their albums overall, though it doesn't beat my top two. The Unforgiving is a rare album I'd consider pretty much perfect, with all the songs being great and the album flowing perfectly. The Heart of Everything is a quintessential symphonic metal album and contains one of my very favourite WT songs (The Howling). So tbh this album would've had to blow me away to beat those two. Favourite songs at the moment are Raise Your Banner, Supernova, and Mercy Mirror. I also really like Firelight.
  7. Yoshee

    Within Temptation II

    For IMO being the weakest of the songs live, Supernova is really freaking good.
  8. Yoshee

    After Forever

    ^Floor was also a guest at Epica's "Retrospect" show and has appeared at other live shows of theirs in the past too. It's so good that Floor and Mark managed to reconcile and get back on good terms with each other. "Invisible Circles" definitely took me a good few listens to appreciate. The lyrics are a bit on the blunt side, and the less said about the spoken word parts the better, but the songs themselves are really good. I loved the blend of the three vocalists, and the more progressive nature of some of the songs. And I appreciate what they did with the concept of the album, even if it wasn't executed perfectly. That said, it took me a while to get into "Prison of Desire" and "Decipher" myself, so maybe it's a matter of taste.
  9. Yoshee

    Within Temptation II

    My thoughts exactly!
  10. Yoshee

    Within Temptation II

    I'm also on the side of The Unforgiving being my favourite WT album. It's just solid all around - every song is good, it's got a cohesive sound that makes the album fit together and flow really well, and you can clearly see the direction the band was aiming for and achieved. I think it's also Sharon's best performance vocally. I guess it's more rock than metal, and less symphonic than their previous works so it's down to taste I suppose, but it hit all the right marks for me. I was hoping Resist may be a sort of Unforgiving Part 2, and from the snippets I think that's at least partially the case. It may not end up reaching as consistently high as that album, but there's a clear direction again and it sounds more cohesive than Hydra (though I also enjoy Hydra a lot), and it's definitely more pop-rock than full-on metal. Of the classic symphonic-style albums, I'd say The Heart of Everything is the best, and is my second favourite of WT overall. Was very nice hearing some callbacks to that style again in Raise Your Banner, which is still my favourite song out of the four studio tracks that I've listened to so far from the new album. I confess that (aside from Enter, which I love but have to be in the mood for as it's its own thing entirely), Mother Earth is probably the album I listen to least. Sharon's earlier vocals kind of grate on me a bit if I'm honest. The Silent Force onwards was a massive improvement for me in that regard.
  11. Yoshee

    Within Temptation II

    Mercy Mirror sounds so good, I need the full song in my life right now.
  12. Yoshee

    Within Temptation II

    Well the full version of the song is now available to stream, luckily didn't take as long this time as it took for the full version of RYB. I listened to it and quite like it! Definitely a better first impression than Firelight, though I do like that one a lot now.
  13. Yoshee

    Within Temptation II

    Maybe they should find a different label then, after the release delay and all these single edits. I haven't checked UK iTunes as I don't use it. I know at least on Play Music it's only the single version that's available, haven't checked Spotify yet.
  14. Yoshee

    Within Temptation II

    I really don't understand why they need to have a "Single Edit" for all of these songs they're releasing. OK, RYB has a fair bit more length for the album version so I guess it makes sense to cut it a bit for radio play, but the album/regular version of In Vain is only 4 and a half minutes according to the album's Wikipedia article. Am I outdated for thinking that's a pretty standard length for a song? Is there a rule that they all have to be under 4 minutes these days? I wouldn't mind as much but on the streaming service I use (not sure about others), the Single Edit is the only version currently available to listen to. I was quite looking forward to getting a new song, but if I'm going to listen to yet another song before the album itself is out (that's 7 out of 10 we've got in some form now), I'd like it to be the full version. Honestly I'm surprised they chose another so-far-unheard song to release and not one of the other 3 they've been performing live - surely it would make sense to preserve as many tracks as possible for fans to hear the first time they listen through the album as a whole? I can't wait to hear the studio versions of Mercy Mirror and Endless War, for example. So I'm going to hold off on listening to the new track. I'd rather not spoil myself too much before the album comes out, and I'd rather my first listen be the full track and not a version that has been needlessly cut down.
  15. Yoshee

    Decades World Tour 2018

    Well, yes, I didn't mean crowd-pleasers as a bad thing! It was more a response to those I've seen commenting here with things along the lines of "why are they still playing IWMTB/Nemo/etc. when they could replace it with [insert song here]???" Anyone who was in the crowd last night when those songs started playing wouldn't be asking that now! I get that everyone has a specific song they want played, but these more well-known songs help to balance the setlist which, indeed, is quite bold this time around. And they peppered in the more well-known songs nicely (Wish I Had an Angel, Élan, IWMTB, and Nemo all made appearances) to strike that perfect balance (insert Thanos meme here ).