Nightwish – Imaginaerum (2011)

Album Review

Never one to do things by halves, Finnish symphonic rock purveyors Nightwish team up with a 53-piece orchestra for their seventh studio album, Imaginaerum, a concept album based on a dying man’s recollection of his youth which also doubles as the soundtrack to their forthcoming Stobe Harju-directed film of the same name. Bassist Marco Hietala claimed that it’s inspired by the works of Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman, and Salvador Dali, which suggests a score full of gothic fantasy-style arrangements, but although there are many hallmarks of a big screen mythical epic (the Palladio-esque breakdown on the lead single “Storytime,” the Omen-esque choral backing vocals and ominous piano chords on the schizophrenic “Scaretale,” and the stirring war march instrumental “Arabesque”), the band have thankfully avoided simply following the Danny Elfman rulebook. Opener “Taikatalvi” is a haunting, Middle Eastern-tinged folk number underpinned by a twinkling, music box backing and a rare Finnish-language… Read more on allmusic.com

About the Band

Following in the footsteps of the Gathering and Lacuna Coil (goth-influenced “symphonic” metal bands with female vocalists), Nightwish was formed in Kitee, Finland, in 1997 by keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen. Initially attempting to create acoustic music, he recruited trained opera vocalist Tarja Turunen, but soon added full metal-band instrumentation in the persons of guitarist Emppo Vuorinen, bassist Sami Vänskä, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen. The band’s demos landed them a contract with the Finnish label Spinefarm, which released their debut album Angels Fall First in late 1997 (it appeared in the rest of Europe the following year). The follow-up, Oceanborn, appeared in late 1998 and made Nightwish a bonafide mainstream success in their… Read more on allmusic.com

Tracks

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Taikatalvi
Nightwish
                        2:35
2
Storytime
Nightwish
                        5:22
3
Ghost River
Nightwish
                        5:28
4
Slow, Love, Slow
Nightwish
                        5:50
5
I Want My Tears Back
Nightwish
                        5:07
6
Scaretale
Nightwish
                        7:32
7
Arabesque
Nightwish
                        2:57
8
Turn Loose the Mermaids
Nightwish
                        4:20
9
Rest Calm
Nightwish
                        7:02
10
The Crow, the Owl and the Dove
Nightwish
                        4:10
11
Last Ride of the Day
Nightwish
                        4:32
12
Song of Myself
Nightwish
13:37
13
Imaginaerum
Nightwish
                        6:18