Nightwish/Made In Hong Kong [And In Various Other Places]

Made In Hong Kong [And Various Other Places]

Nightwish is an award-winning Finnish symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland, formed in 1996 by songwriter/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and former vocalist Tarja Turunen. Nightwish’s current line-up has five integrants, but Tarja and the first bassist, Sami Vänskä, are no longer part of the group.[1]

Although Nightwish has been prominent in their home country since the release of their first single, “The Carpenter” (1997) and debut album Angels Fall First, they did not achieve worldwide fame until the release of the albums Oceanborn, Wishmaster and Century Child, which were released in 1998, 2000 and 2002 respectively. Their 2004 album, Once, which has sold more than 1 million copies,[2] led to the broadcast of Nightwish video clips on MTV in the United States and inclusion of their music in US movie soundtracks. Their biggest US hit single, “Wish I Had an Angel” (2004), made it onto three US film soundtracks as a means to promote their North American tour.[3][4] The band produced three more singles and two music videos for the album, as well as “Sleeping Sun”, from the 2005 “best of” compilation album, Highest Hopes, prior to vocalist Tarja Turunen’s dismissal.

In May 2007, former Alyson Avenue frontwoman, Anette Olzon, was revealed as Turunen’s replacement,[5] and in the autumn, the band released a new album, Dark Passion Play, which has sold almost 2 million copies.[6] The supporting tour started on October 6, 2007 and ended on September 19, 2009.[7][8] A new E.P./live album, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places), was released in March 2009 as a MCD/DVD, and a seventh studio album is in production, set for release in 2011.

Nightwish is Finland’s most successful bands with more than 5 million albums & singles sold worldwide, with 1 silver award, 23 gold awards, and 36 platinum awards.

Bye Bye Beautiful/Live—-The one thing that you notice right off the bat with this release…..this band is pretty damn well rehearsed and has remarkable sound engineers. This is produced with studio quality..Anette and Tuomas sound incredible. the soaring keyboards that add the orchestrated elements are perfect and you hear the crowd go literally mad for this band. this is a bit faster than the studio version, but to me plays even better in this live setting. This is pretty incredible.

Whoever Brings The Night/Live—-With a nice salutation to the audience, Anette jumps right into this more layered and a bit more aggressive track. The voice is just perfect for this band…she sounds an awful lot like Tarja, but still manages to deliver her own sound as well. The overt keyboard instrumentation adds to the huge overblown orchestration of the song…putting you firmly in the front row of finland’s greatest export. This is fantastic!

Amaranth/Live—-Perhaps the biggest of the bands singles from the last release, this elicits great crowd response…the band delivers this with even more vigor and finesse than the studio version. It is obvious that Anette has become more comfortable as the frontwoman of this huge band and it shows that she has more than a few shows under her belt. The voice is incredible…the huge orchestration is incredible and the pace of the song gives it new vigor. Amazing!

The Poet And The Pendulum/Live—-Clocking in at almost 14 minutes, this song gives the word epic new meaning!!!! The high almost operatic vocal is on full display….I much prefer when Anette sings at a more moderate tone…none the less, this is a full excursion into the definition of Symphonic Metal….this is a huge opus that has constant little ‘movements’ and interludes…I’m thinking some of this has to be pre-recorded. The keyboard lines are huge as are the drums. The song hold up even better live…I could never ask for more…if this was the last thing the band ever made….they would stand for years on this alone. This is brilliant!!!

Sahara/Live—-Obviously a crowd favorite, this song begins with some nice intricate keyboards that quickly give way to the overblown reputation of the band’s music. The masterful interludes of music has the fan base going crazy in this live setting…the guitars are masterful and Anette takes on the lead woman role seriously as she encourages more response from the crowd. This is a bit too slow and mystical for me, but the saving grace is when Toumas and Anette join together to create a polar opposite of sounds coming together. This is nice, but a bit to slow and plodding for me.

The Islander/Live—-Using some pre-recorded storm tracks, Tuomas introduces the song that is accented by some wonderful flute playing that comes across very well in the live setting. This is full of beautiful little interludes and offers a vocal from Tuomas that sounds like a nice cross between Jethro Tull and Roger Waters. To me…this may be one of the greatest tracks on this release…I wish he would sing more often…I really love this track. Full of ‘movements’ and moods, this remains…..brilliant!

Last Of The Wilds/Live—-With some pretty nice pseudo bag pipe sounds and a lot of atmosphere, the crowd knows what is coming and seems anxious to get there. The song is slow to build and takes quite some time to really kick into high gear…in the interlude you have some great fiddle as well!!! This is soectacular…who ever could have guessed that this would play so well live. This is a band with a lot of experience under its belt and it shows best in this setting.

7 Days To The Wolves/Live—-Perhaps one of the best tracks from the Anette sessions, this combines the vocals of Tuomas and Anette together along with what sounds like a choir of voices to create one of the most epic songs this band has ever created. This is so overblown that it comes off as a remarkable excursion. I could not imagine sitting down and writing something like this…recording it and then making it work in a live setting…but this band pulls it off with little problem. This is a new epic…a new opus…one that we have forever!!! Truly remarkable.

While Your Lips Are Still Red—-Beginning with lush piano and a remarkable accessible vocal from Tuomas, this is really nice…but a bit too sedate after the magnificence that we just experienced. I am used to hearing a rather aggressive growl from this guy and this is a slight surprise. There is some really nice violin and some lush arrangements, but this falls flat for me.

Escapist—-This returns a bit more to the huge, almost Soundtrack level of orchestration that this band is known for. When the song really opens up, the guitars seems to almost compliment the soaring string sections. Anette delivers a vocal that is almost better than anything Tarja did with this band…simply because her vocal is so much more accessible and less operatic that Tarja. This is a favorite…it managed to put an instant smile on my face. This is superb.

Cadence Of Her Last Breath/Demo—-Sounding a bit empty without the masterful orchestration and hearing Tuomas take on almost all of the vocals himself is a nice surprise…giving us some insight into the whole mastery of the process that this band must go through to create a record for us. I wait for the new release with bated breath…..bring it on!!!

****3/4 out of 5


One Response to “Nightwish/Made In Hong Kong [And In Various Other Places]”

  1. […] marky7235 пишет: Nightwish is an award-winning Finnish symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland, formed in 1996 by songwriter/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and former vocalist Tarja Turunen. Nightwish’s current line-up has … […]

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