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  1. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

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  2. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    Screens are not a problem per se. It's the fact that they've (Tuomas?) decided to make screens and animations almost the focal point of the show. Yes, we know that Tuomas sees Nightwish's songs almost as film music and he probably is more than happy if the audience is spending much of the show focusing on what happens on the screens while listening the songs almost as soundtracks. I on the other hand think it is a grave mistake (considering that the band management dreams (according to the new book!) of Nightwish becoming the king of metal scene after Maiden retire). The music and the show, with the band playing and interacting with each other, should always come first. It MUST come first. All the other things - animations and pyros - must be of secondary importance. But can anyone seriously argue that they are of secondary importance at the moment? No, they've totally gone with the "the more special effects, the better the show" approach. To me the show has gotten very 'plastic' on this tour, with the exception of few songs. Just look at the 10th Man Down clip below, with the 'floating' keyboards and drums. It's ridiculous. That is NOT how a METAL concert should look like. I don't want to see a fricking Muse show while watching my beloved Nightwish. I Want My 90's Back
  3. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    I would dearly like to know whose idea that was, to insert even more led screens, to distract the audience even more away from the band playing. Not a fan. Way, way too 'polished' and Eurovision-like for my liking. Confetti and all....yikes. And yes, other rock and metal acts do similar setups and I'm not a fan of those, either. So this ain't just a Nightwish thing, this complain of mine. Seems to be a new trend. A worrying trend. Luckily, there's always Iron Maiden Those guys would rather die than to insert any kind of led background screens into their shows You can't help but to appreciate that attitude. For them, it's always MUSIC FIRST. They want their audience to have their eyes glued AT THE BAND 100% of the time for maximum interaction and a feeling of togetherness. But, let's end on a positive note. The band SOUNDS great, once again.
  4. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    Not only cold but usually rainy and damp, windy and with very little daylight. So overall probably THE most depressing month of the year here in the very North. May, on the other hand is usually the first summer(y) month, with the last pieces of snow melting and nature beginning to blossom with greenness once again, making people visibly more energetic, optimistic and smiling again. So, the way I obviously interpret "November dressed in May on your face" is that he/she is trying her best to show a happy face while in reality suffering heavily inside.
  5. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    Fully agree. Nightwish have very few bland songs in their cataloque but unfortunately Come Cover Me is one. It's like carbon monoxide - colorless,tasteless and odorless. Ok, you won't lose your consciousness, or your life, if you're exposed to that song but it doesn't do you any good, either
  6. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    There are pros and cons with both players. With Jukka some songs would most likely sound much worse (best example probably being The Devil) while songs like While Your Lips Are Still Red sound better to me with Jukka playing. Kai struggles to switch his playing style from 'super technical precision player' to more of a 'feel player with soft touch' when playing songs like WYLASR or Sleeping Sun. He keeps hammering the cymbals stiff-wristed and with plenty of force even in those songs.
  7. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    I have many times praised Kai but now it's time to criticize a bit. Holy moly he looks like a complete humppa drummer in this particular song. No movement whatsoever. There are songs where he does show some energy but the clips that I've seen him playing this particular song have been quite disappointing to watch. It's the first song of the night for gods sake and a high-energy one. It's not an Elan There's no excuse being that lethargic. Having said that, neither do Marco or Emppu show much passion during this song. Ewo should play them an Iron Maiden live DVD on the tour bus That band really know how to open A SHOW with a bang.
  8. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    I love the visuals with SoW, too. The reason being it is rather simple; not that much animations but more of a cool backdrop type of thing. The all-time worst use of screens is (was) with LROTD. That rollercoaster animation with really bright neon colors is just too much. Too dominant. Takes your focus almost completely off the band.
  9. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    No, you're not. I actually complained about it here even before the tour began. They shouldn't 1) overuse animations (but instead use more still-pictures) and 2) use such a bright colors. It does take your attention too much away from the band playing music. Especially the Tampere and Joensuu shows on the last tour were awful in that sense. It was a total "Nightwish goes full Eurovision" instead of a metal show. Massive screens, ultra bright animations, moving lightning rigs, massive fireworks, over-the-top costumes and super-dramatic make-up by Floor.....yeah, not good! I watched the Tampere DVD once. I haven't felt the urge to watch it again. The kind of screen visuals they used in Wacken 2013 looked good. It wasn't too dominant but more of a nice little add-on to the show, with smaller screen size and a bit dimmer colors.
  10. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    Nightwish's FOH sound engineer Kimmo Ahola is once again writing a tour blog at www.ams.fi It's in Finnish, though, so a translator is needed. I notice that the built-in translator on that website does quite a horrible job but this one https://translate.google.com/ translates much better.
  11. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    Just watched the clip of Ghost Love Score (@New York) and found out that they still use the Dawkins outro ("We're going to die and that makes us the lucky ones...."). I think that is a really poor choice for this tour. It was a bit iffy even on the last tour but still understandable due to the scientific theme of the tour. So it wasn't that big of a deal back then that the show ended with a bit of a preach (= "have you got any idea just how lucky you are to be born? Now acknowledge it and go enjoy your life!"). But to hear it AGAIN on this tour is a bit too much. It's irritating. Not gonna lie.
  12. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    Otherwise great but did they really have to force flutes into this one as well .... I HAVE to be honest... I hate the flutes here! It gives this song a sorta 'cheap' feeling to it. They really are trying way too hard to create flute+pipe roles for Troy in as many songs as possible. The overall quality of the set is starting to suffer because of it. Slaying the Dreamer is awesome! Floor nails it and unlike with Devil, Marco sings with passion as well. Great performance!
  13. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    Doesn't surprise me! In fact when it became clear that Kai stays with the band and that they plan on doing a 'history tour', this was THE SONG I immediately thought was going to fit like a glove for him, a technically superior drummer. This is also a song that would most likely sound absolutely awful if the drummer wasn't quite so technically talented and was a bit off timing-wise here and there. edit: Marco's interpretation wasn't totally convincing though in this song. A bit half-hearted. Hopefully he finds a bit more passion as the tour progresses.
  14. gabby

    Decades World Tour 2018

    Great start...apart from Come Cover Me.
  15. I was hoping they wouldn't use those massive led screens this time. One of the main reasons I didnt like the previous DVD that much was the use of huge animations with overly bright colours. Still pictures are OK (as with IWMTB) but motion pictures (as with LROTD) can be horrible. Takes way too much of your attention away from the band and towards what is happening on the screens. Not very good.