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Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Deluxe Version)

March 31, 2015 | Format: MP3

$10.99
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Firstly, allow me to point out that this album is stunningly produced. There really are a ton of amazing things going on sonically here. So if you're one of the fans who really gets into the instrumental versions of their albums, then this just may be their best to date as far as the wall of sound is concerned. Intricacy upon intricacy, Endless Forms is an emotional journey you won't soon forget. It is a treat to hear from one minute to the next. Nothing about the album's instrumental side fails to hold one's attention. Things change often on the record, and in some truly beautiful ways. I cannot stress this enough, because my criticisms might make it sound as though I don't adore this outing. And that simply isn't the case.

The inclusion of Richard Dawkins is also a surprisingly nice fit. It's nice to see the band taking steps like this in the direction of concept albums. While not fully fleshed out, it is obvious and pushes the lyrics into brave new territory. The album's overall sound is reminiscent (for me, at least) of the Century Child record. That is both pro and con; as the album often takes on a bombastic edge, which led me to expect the same energy of Floor's performances. But the band played it a bit safe with their latest lead. That, and a minor amount of missed killer hook opportunities are what pulls my rating down to a 4. Again, that isn't to say that this is a bad record. With regard to technicality, it is bloody flawless. Perhaps my expectations were just a bit too high. Floor is a stellar talent. And I hope to see her allowed to flex the true strength of her vocal muscle in the future.

My whining now out of the way, please support what this band is doing. Their compositions are worlds beyond almost everything else being released at present.
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Finnish symphonic metal legends Nightwish are back with a new studio album titled Endless Forms Most Beautiful, and it’s kind of a big deal. Sure, every new album is a big deal when you’re one of the most prominent metal bands on the planet, but this isn’t exactly “just another Nightwish album.” Following a very public split with vocalist Annette Olzon, the band enlisted former After Forever vocalist Floor Jansen, who quickly energized Nightwish fans. To say that her first album with the band comes highly anticipated is an understatement. Beyond the vocalist change, this is the first Nightwish album not to feature drummer Jukka Nevalainen, who is replaced (temporarily) by Wintersun’s Kai Hahto.

It will no doubt come as a disappointment to some fans that Nightwish didn’t pivot back to their earlier gothic/operatic metal sound with this album, especially now that they have a singer who can pull that kind of sound off. Instead Endless Forms Most Beautiful continues on the bombastic symphonic path they took with Dark Passion Play and Imaginaerum. Nightwish is again joined by a full orchestra for this album.

Setting aside expectations, Endless Forms Most Beautiful is an undeniably grand and epic production. Aside from perhaps Therion, nobody does symphonic metal like Nightwish, and this album is very much up to the band’s high standards. Keyboardist/songwriter Tuomas Holopainen has come up with some of his most elaborate orchestrations to date, and they complement the melodies beautifully. Lyrically, Endless Forms Most Beautiful is inspired by Charles Darwin’s work and is conceptually about life and science.

So how does Floor sound in Nightwish? That’s the big question, right? The answer is that she sounds pretty terrific, just as expected.
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I received an email from amazon.com recommending this album. I was a fan for years, since discovering "Once" and then backtracking their albums. After the band got their second singer, I was still in love with the band despite the turmoil. I have found something to love about each of their albums though fans will always argue over which ones are better.

Well, I didn't want to give this band a try again. They fired their second singer, and that just made me lose faith in the band. "The THIRD official lead singer? Are you kidding me?!"

I previewed this album. I was not "pleasantly surprised". That would be a major understatement. This album took me from behind and pile-drived me off of a cliff. Why? I will tell you.

First of all, Floor is an incredibly capable vocalist. Let nothing bad be said about Nightwish' previous singers. They are all powerful, extremely talented front-women. Floor is no exception. She has tons of range, and more importantly, personality. Annette really started to shine on her second album with Nightwish, and it's a sad loss, but Floor takes the band and makes it her own regardless. She can belt out a soprano like Tarja, but her "standard" lead style is excellent as well. Not only does she handle vocals well, but she brings something neither of the previous singers could do: grit. She growls and howls with emotion. She doesn't feel like Tuomas' current hired gun. In fact, she feels like she is leading the pack, as she sings with conviction and isn't afraid to break into a growl much like the band's bassist does when he hits the mic. Floor rules.

That's not all though. The other members sound reinvigorated: Impu's guitar is as heavy as ever on this album.
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