Sophia

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    Transylvania
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    Medicine. Music. Dancing. Writing. Travelling

Nightwish

  • How Did You Discover Nightwish
    My father showed me some of their music back in 2004
  • How Many Times Seen Live?
    3 times
  • Favourite Album
    Century Child & Once
  • Favourite Song
    Almost anything from the above, and let's give an honorable mention to Shudder Before The Beautiful, Sahara, Wishmaster, She Is My Sin, Away, Passion and the Opera, Gethsemane and Astral Romance
  • Favourite Album/Single Artwork
    Dark Passion Play, Century Child
  • Favourite Music Video
    Sleeping Sun 2005, WIHAA
  • Favourite DVD
    End Of An Era; End of Innocence; Showtime, Storytime
  • Least Favourite Album
    Imaginaerum

General Music

  • Favourite Singer
    Tarja
  • Favourite Non NW Song?
    Summer Wine (especially the Ville Valo and the Lana Del Rey versions), Solitary Ground (Epica), Sona (Secret Garden), Mytique Voyage and Eagle Eye (Tarja) & many more
  • Best Concert Attended
    Tarja in Bucharest, 2009, was a really special one!
  • Favourite Non NW Album?
    Burn The Sky Down (Emma Hewitt), Human Child (Eivor), Born To Die & Ultraviolence (Lana Del Rey), Crossroad (Bon Jovi), Need To Believe (Gotthard), What Lies Beneath (Tarja), The Silent Force & The Unforgiving (Within Temptation), Neverworld's End (Xandria)
  • Favourite Band/Artist?
    The ones I mentioned above?

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  • Favourite Place
    Somewhere with a nice view and loved ones
  • Do You Have a Motto
    "The only permanent thing in this world is change."
  • Do You Collect Anything
    Memories
  • Do You Have Pets
    Yes, 2 dogs ♥

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  1. Sophia

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    I wouldn't exactly call it a ballad. It's not a heavy one either, It's more like those musical pieces with varying tempo. Imo Naiad is similar sound-vise. This one is more up-beat though. I totally love it! It flows very nicely. (What I can't say about Dead Promises, but aside of this one aspect I love that song too.) It just could have been longer, it's the type of song which could take twists and turns...Actually, to be fair, it already does! So both new songs left me with a really good impression, which makes me even more excited about the album! ♥ Oh, and about the lyrics, she has already shared a fragment from them! (Hint: It's the one which sounds like a collage of words. And it works in the song!)
  2. Sophia

    Songs You Are Currently Addicted To!

    @NighttimeBird I used to do that too. But the thing is that in the past ca 5 years I pretty much neglected the metal (especially the symphonic/gothic) scene except for like 2 bands I still kept an eye on (WT and Tarja) , so... I am now sort of catching up. Ouchie, I did not know that about ToE...
  3. Sophia

    Songs You Are Currently Addicted To!

    I realized I never truly gave enough chances to younger bands in this genre (except for Delain, back when they still counted as a new band), so I looked up some of the bands which came up as recommended for me and some were quite impressive. Time To Rise sounds like a mix between Depeche Mode, Metallica and Lacuna Coil. In the good way. . https://youtu.be/pmBiw2yCbdw This sounds good, and it's good quality stuff. But they're waaay too Nightwishy for me to be able to not see them as a Nw-copy band.... And it tends to be a bit the cheesier kind of song too. Still good though, obviously, since it has elements from almost every Nw album, lol. And there were also a couple of great songs from Blackbriar I came across recently, but I posted those earlier. . And I ended up at this song, not a new discovery, but I'll post it because it's one of the few songs where I really enjoy Anette's voice: (Similar vibes to Liv Kristine's voice in Nymphetamine, and works well.)
  4. Sophia

    Top-50

    I once did something similar while trying to figure out which my favourite albums are! (I gave points to each song and calculated an average for each album.) I'll try to convert that list to a top50. (Note: Wow, that took some time...) Same here. But ranking the songs somehow still makes me feel more at peace with the result than ranking the albums. Of course it's still not a constant, and it's also influenced by the fact that I over-listened quite some songs I really liked (I'll mark those with a ^), so they might not lead the list now, yet I did like them just as much as the top ones mentioned now. Anyway. Here we go, approximately: [OC] Ghost Love Score [OB] Passion and the Opera [OH] Away [CC] Feel For You [CC] Slaying The Dreamer [CC] Dead To The World [OB] Sleeping Sun^ [OB] Gethsemane [CC] Ever Dream^ [CC] The Phantom Of The Opera^ [WM] Wishmaster^ [OC] Wish I Had And Angel^ [OC] Nemo^ [OH] Astral Romance [CC] End Of All Hope [OH] 10th Man Down [OC] Dark Chest Of Wonders^ [OC] The SIren^ [CC] Beauty Of The Beast^ [OC] White Night Fantasy [++] While Your Lips Are Still Red^ [DP] The Poet And The Pendulum [EF] Shudder Before The Beautiful [WM] She Is My Sin^ [DP] Bye Bye Beautiful [WM] Fantasmic [AF] Elvenpath [OB] Sacrament Of WIlderness^ [OH] OHAFA^ [AF] Tutankhamen [DP] Sahara [DP] The Escapist [IR] Song Of Myself [IR] Last Ride Of The Day [OB] Stargazers [WM] The Kinslayer^ [OC] Creek Mary's Blood [EF] Elan [CC] Bless The Child [++] Sleepwalker (Heavy Version) [++] The Heart Asks Pleasure First [IR] Turn Loose The Mermaids [WM] Come Cover Me [DP] The Islander [EF] Alpenglow [EF] My Walden [WM] Deep Silent Complete [OB] Swanheart [AF] Lappi [EF] The Greatest Show On Earth This makes 8 songs from Century Child. And 4 songs from the OTHAFA EP which is basically all of the new studio material on that release, so I guess that could also be at he 1st place. 7 from Once 6 from Oceanborn 6 from Wishmaster 5 from DPP 5 from EFMB 3 from AFF 3 from Irum and there are 3 songs left which are not on main albums. And this pretty much corresponds with the list I posted in the album rankings topic. The only difference is that as an album I put AFF before DPP and EFMB there, simply because Tarja's voice is a big plus for me, and I am more likely to come back to songs from this album than the latter two, even if those have some better written pieces.
  5. Sophia

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    You might be wrong with that. I recall reading it somewhere long time ago - around the time her press conference after the split has been over-discussed, that the band she mentioned there that asked her to sing with them and whose offer she declined (because in the metal genre she wanted to sing only for Nightwish back then) was Therion. And after that they might have become sort of bitter towards each other. I have no source to back this up, irc it was a discussion on her forum more than ten years ago and it's all blurry. Might have been pure speculation idk. So this post is just as reliable as yours.
  6. Sophia

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    I just came across this mix, and wow, this sounds real good! And I love these too:
  7. Sophia

    Nightwish Album Rankings 2019

    I used to try to rank them, but when done I always felt conflicted with my list, lol. But here go again: Century Child - because this album has a special feeling for me, it was also one of the first Nw albums I heard and I instantly fell in love with it. Once - this is the "classic" Nightwish album for me, it's the one I'd recommend for someone new to the band. Oceanborn - this one has their most kickass and energetic songs. It could also be #1... see, I'm conflicted. Wishmaster - another classic Nightwish album for me. Angels Fall First - it's their first album and it already has quite some really great songs, to which I still go back to, so this is a big plus for it. Dark Passion Play - this one also has some kickass songs, but also more which I tend to skip. Endless Forms Most Beautiful - I initially enjoyed it, but then I realized this album was not very memorable to me. And the folkish sound gets tireing after a while. Imaginaerum - catchy, but definitely my least favourite sound Nw had so far.
  8. I'm going to see Bon Jovi this month at Wembley. Yay, I can't wait!
  9. Sophia

    Songs You Are Currently Addicted To!

    Tonight's mood: Reminded me of two older recurring obsessions of mine: And this is also stuck in my head:
  10. Sophia

    Songs You Are Currently Addicted To!

    This is so creepy and also so cool and powerful. Gives me goosebumps. And by the way, was I the only one who thought the main idea behind Delain's Masters of Destiny, both musically and visually, was very similar to this?
  11. Sophia

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    I agree. But it's impossible to expect from people not to share their (differing) opinions on an anonymous public forum. I've just had a conversation with a distant friend of mine who stopped by in my city while going home from Tarja's concert, he is more into heavier stuff in general (he used to love Nightwish too), and he enjoys Tarja's solo stuff a lot more than Nightwish nowadays. He is obviously not on this forum, hence you will not find his comments around here. Differences always exist, no matter what the topic is, so I try not to take all this that personally. (The question just is how people decide to communicate that difference, and that's totally up to the character of each of us. And yeah, that attitude sometimes can get annoying, I agree. Maybe/probably I annoy people too, who knows! ) But I realized long ago, that the Nightwish forum is not the place I want to come to if I want to light-heartedly and carefreely enjoy Tarja's solo music. I joined this forum with that in my mind. The Tarja-era Nightwish has been on a pedestal for me for more than a decade, so not many things come close to that, not even Nightwish itself. So why would I keep comparing Tarja to that? That's the past. They both have changed. I have changed too. Everything changes whether we like it or not. I do like the direction she seems to be taking now, I like the new song, and I like the way she sounds live these days. I was not entirely happy with each and every one of her decisions in the past years either (she just better forgets about that voice which made an appearance in 2016, about that I fully agree. Her non-classical voice in Dead Promises is a lot better!), but that doesn't mean I couldn't enjoy her music or that I didn't like her anymore. And if she'd entirely stop singing rock I'd miss that part of her a lot. And if she'd fully stop singing classical music I would miss that too. She's stuck in the middle, but that's not a bad thing at all, on the contrary! @sahara Thank you! You just summed up a lot more straightforwardly what I wanted to say here. . On a different note, I love this acoustic version of IWA:
  12. Sophia

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    New interview!
  13. Sophia

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Sooo, Tarja is here in Transylvania and the concert starts in a couple of hours and I am not there... But I will make it up for missing this one when the proper tour for the new album starts! Oh, and we know how to welcome our guests, haha.
  14. Sophia

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Yeah, I also got used to her album covers being weird. But this is still a lot better than the CITD and TSS covers imo. Had the angle in the CD cover been a normal one like in the case of the vinyl one it would be totally fine. I love the black/gold theme. (Btw, it's a pity it's not one of these pics which became the covers for CITD and TSS. They are gorgeous, the actual covers are nowhere near them...)
  15. Sophia

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Wow, Tommy Karevik!! And Cristina, yay! The song titles sound very cool indeed. I hope we'll get to hear another song until the end of August. (And I mean officially. lol) But I suppose there will be a video too so that might be the one. I wonder if it's one of the duets! *crosses fingers*