This thread is for my current favorite band, the legendary Finnish symphonic metalers Nightwish. Here are some examples (best enjoyed loud)
I guess there’s not to many Nightwish fans around here. Personally Amaranth is favorite song of there’s. Another similar band I’ve been listening to lately Battle Beast which I’d recommend anyone into Nightwish check out.
Yeah, Nightwish has never been popular in US. Im not sure why tbh.
Battle Beast is fine, but personally I think Nightwish is on another league. Nightwish is one of the best metal bands of last 20 years and Toumas Holopainen is a musical mastermind. He is the keyboard player of Nightwish, who also writes 95% of the songs.
The song I posted, Poet and the Pendulum, is a story about the first singer of the band - Tarja. Basically Toumas loved Tarja, but Tarja liked a rich Italian-Spanish businessman instead. After that Tarja was let go from the band and Toumas had two options (according to him) - end it all (and he did mean suicide) or try to write a song about it. Luckily he chose the other option.
Must-listen tracks if you like Nightwish, imo:
While Your Lips Are Still Red
Nightwish also has a song about the late, great Carl Sagan
I’ve enjoyed the Poet and the Pendulum for years, but recently it came up on shuffle while I was listening to some new headphones. That particular listen got me wondering why this song is not used more often as a reference song for audio reviewers. In particular, it is a mid-range torture test. At various times there are vocal solos backed by choral harmonies on top of accompaniment from horns, strings, drums, and electric guitar all at the same time. The song’s 8th minute features a pretty furious simultaneous shred by an electric guitar and a violin playing - what sounds like - the same part. First of all, who does that? It’s freaking awesome. Second, I think the guitar is supposed to be just left-of-center of the soundfield and the violin just right-of-center. But while those two shred there’s an aggressive driving rhythm from drums and electric bass AND a backing of horns and strings with really loud and powerful brass swells to emphasize certain beats. I’ve now done some critical listening of this song with a variety of headphones, headphone amps, speakers, and speaker amps. Each combo emphasizes certain parts of the mix but I haven’t yet found a combo that is resolving enough to pull off what I think this track is supposed to sound like. So, if anyone is curious how resolving your gear is in the mid-range, get a lossless copy/stream of this song, crank the volume, and see what happens.
I juggest also checking out the live version from Wembley 2015 where Floor is on vocals. Anette was a good singer but nowhere close to Floor or Tarja
thanks for that ill check them