Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

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Endless Forms Most Beautiful is the eighth album by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released in March 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band was formed in 1996 by songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and former vocalist Tarja Turunen.  

This album is the band's first featuring singer Floor Jansen and the first with Troy Donockley on Uilleann pipes, as a full-time member. The drums on the album are played by by Kai Hahto of Wintersun and Swallow the Sun, as Jukka Nevalainen had to take a break from the band due to illness.

Although Nightwish has been popular in Finland since 1997 when they released their debut album, Angels Fall First, they did not achieve worldwide fame until the release of the albums Oceanborn, Wishmaster and Century Child. Their 2004 album, Once, has sold more than one million copies and was the band's breakthrough in the United States.

Nightwish is the third-best-selling band and musical entity in Finland and the group is also the most successful Finnish band worldwide, selling more than 8 million records and receiving more than 60 gold and platinum awards, having released five Number 1 albums and thirteen Number 1 singles.

Unlike its predecessor Imaginaerum, which has themes of imagination and fantasy, Endless Forms Most Beautiful addresses science and reason. Focusing on the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin and Richard Dawkins, the latter part of the album cites passages from their books, in songs such as Endless Forms Most Beautiful and The Greatest Show on Earth, the latter being the longest song the band has recorded to date clocking in at 24 minutes.  In Shudder Before The Beautiful, we hear the grandest force behind this album in a full and live orchestra and choir. Never before have they opened an album with such grandeur.

While still having the flavours of Nightwish, the album feels further developed and matured from their previous work.

The album reached #34 on the US Billboard 200, #12 on the UK, #1 on the Finnish and #16 on the Australian Albums charts.

Check out a few tracks from the album. Endless Forms Most Beautiful, Élan, and Shudder Before The Beautiful.

This double album 2LP record set is on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in Europe.

(727361346416)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Track

Time

A1

Shudder Before The Beautiful

6:29

A2

Weak Fantasy

5:25

A3

Élan

4:47

B1

Yours Is An Empty Hope

5:39

B2

Our Decades In The Sun

6:39

B3

My Walden

4:39

C1

Endless Forms Most Beautiful

5:08

C2

Edema Ruh

5:16

C3

Alpenglow

4:49

C4

The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula

6:04

D1

The Greatest Show On Earth

24:01

 

SKU 727361346416
Record Label Nuclear Blast Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 27361 34641
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 27 March 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 27 March 2015
Barcode # 727361346416
Shipping Weight 0.4650kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000790m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Symphonic Rock
Genre Heavy Metal
Format VINYL LP

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