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“The show must go on” says a famous adage and a business never stops neither when we have some brutal changes in a line up (I’m referring to Anette Olzon’s departure). Although “Imaginaerium - The Score” as Davide says “It can’t be considered a Nightwish‘s new album” while we wait for an European movie release, it’s a good appetizer for all the fans. This album, based on the “Imaginaerium” album that was published on 2011, was rearranged by Sibelius academy teacher and composer Petri Alanko. In the end, Davide advices this album to Nightwish fans only, so you are one of them? Just click the link below
Label : Avenue of Allies
Review by Tony Cannella
It’s been a few years since the Swedish Hard Rock band Alyson Avenue were heard from. To be honest, I wasn’t sure this band even still existed. Their last album “Omega” was released in 2004, and was the last to feature current Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon. Thankfully, the band did not decide to pack it in. Instead, they found a new singer in Arabella Vitanc and recorded a new album, with the fruits of their labor being this album “Changes”. Fans who have heard the previous two albums from Alyson Avenue should not expect a huge musical shift on “Changes”. The band is very good at what they do and they more or less stick with the formula that they are comfortable with. New vocalist Arabella injects the music with a strong, smooth and expressive voice and the songs really have an infectious quality. From the opener of “Liar” the band fires on all cylinders and their time away did nothing to diminish their knack for writing catchy melodic hard rock music. The next track “Will I Make Love” features a cool duet between Arabella and German singer Michael Bormann, this track definitely stood out for me. In addition to the contribution of Mr. Bormann, “Changes” also features a number of other guest appearances, the most notable one being Anette Olzon who provides background vocals on “Liar”, “Into the Fire”, “Always Keep on Loving You” and “Fallen”. “Fallen”, in particular is a real standout track thanks to its memorable chorus, but the same can also be said for “Into the Fire”. “I Will Be Waiting” is another highlight and the vocal work by Arabella is just incomprehensibly awesome, I think it is safe to say that Alyson Avenue made the right choice of singers. What is there to say about Alyson Avenue? They are just an excellent band that excels at producing up-tempo, melodic hard rock with some serious hooks and infectious melodies, “Changes” is a perfect example of this. Welcome back!
Rating - 95/100
Label : Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Productions
Review by Andrea “Disgraced”
Nàttsòl hail from Norway, playing a modern and avantgarde-d black metal with acoustic and folk elements that might easily put the band on paths similar to those of bands like Enslaved, Ulver (old ones of course) or even those black metal bands with more viking and/or epic elements like Glittertind and, why not, the epicness of some masterpieces like Bathory’s “Hammerheart”.
But it’s of course due to the folk elements, played and portrayed in a way personal enough, that this band rises the right attention. As it happened in some works of the aforementioned bands, a raw black metal spirit is softened by melodic, acoustic parts impersonating the most calm forces of nature. I must say that also Shining come into my mind there and then (drummer Jarle “Uruz” Byberg played also with them a couple of years ago), although Nàttsòl; l don’t have the same taste for experimenting nor the same will of creating purely folk songs. Tracks like “Ved Baal I Kveldstime”, which starts quiet before throwing the listener into a violent abyss of evil screaming and abyss, let’s itself lull with typica folk-y choirs, all melted together, without real breaks between a proper section or the other. A dangerous, ultra-fast drumming (you can’t play black metal of any kind without it ;)) is present in “Ved Skog I Natterstid” while fans of female vocals can enjoy a perfect use of them in such an album in songs like “Hav I Avdagsleitet”, where the clean vocals of Anette Gulbrandsen (does someone remember Mandylion ?) shine through this little serenade. I must also say that that kind of trademark of nordic musicians, meaning it seems they are born with music, is affirmed here as well, since both Venomenon and Nattsjel are present in a number of other projects as did bassist Erlend Antonsen who recently left the band. I’m waiting for the guys at their next release, since I’m sure they can do what they did even better but leave them with a final good mark nonetheless. :)
Rating – 73/100
Label : Nuclear Blast (Europe) Records
Review by Tony Cannella
Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday I stumbled upon the debut album from this little known metal band from Finland with a female opera singer. An interesting concept, I thought, but it’ll never catch on – how (happily wrong I was). That band of course was Nightwish who 15 years later are releasing their 7th album (not including live albums, EPs, singles and compilations) which is titled “Imaginaerum”. That first album was “Angels Fall First” and it is really quite remarkable and gratifying to see how far the band has come. For a band that has made a career in recent years of making every production bigger than the last, “Imaginaerum” has got to be Nightwish’s most ambitious output yet – and it is well over an hour in length. “Imaginaerum” is an epic concept album; the band even filmed a movie to accompany the album, which should be out sometime in 2012. This is the second album to feature vocalist Anette Olzon and she is settling in nicely to her role – although I thought she did a great job on “Dark Passion Play”. The intro track “Taikatalvi” begins things and leads us into the fast paced “Storytime” which is appropriate to start the album, since “Imaginaerum” does have a story running through it. This is a solid opener and a good choice of first video to announce their return. This song is represented by a melodic, memorable and singable chorus. “Ghost River” is next and has an almost Van Halen style opening riff, this song also marks the first appearance of Marco Hietala performing a duet with Anette; this song kind of reminded me a little of “Bye Bye Beautiful” in certain parts. “Slow, Love, Slow” is next and this has got to be the most different song that Nightwish has done to date. It has a slow romantic jazzy feel to it – this actually turned out to be one of my favorite tracks, maybe because it is so different, you can almost picture Anette singing this song in an early 1900s smoky club. “I Want My Tears Back” brings the album back to a heavy, melodic and memorable chorus aspect of the band – this is another favorite and a Marco heavy vocal song. The dark and ominous “Scaretale” is next and is followed by the instrumental “Arabesque”. The Celtic style ballad “Turn Loose the Mermaids” has a Blackmore’s Night feel to it. “Rest Calm” is of the heavier tracks here and it has a doom metal feel to it amidst a few tempo changes, but it mostly maintains a heavy style. “The Crow, the Owl and the Dove” was written by Marco Hietala and is a beautiful song featuring a great chorus and overall melody. Three singers are used on this song, in addition to Marco and Anette a third vocalist Troy Donockly joins in. “Last Ride of the Day” has a fast and heavy main riff. The epic 13 ½ minute “Song of Myself” is huge in scope, with the majority of the last half being a narrative by a male (Troy Donockly) and female (Anette Olzon). It is quite interesting and it leads us into the final track, the full blown orchestral “Imaginaerum” which of course ends the story – and continues their movie soundtrack influence. The London Philharmonic Orchestra plays a huge role in the creation of “Imaginaerum” as well as choirs on some of the songs. Like “Dark Passion Play”, “Imaginaerum” comes with a second disc of orchestral instrumentals of the album. There is plenty of variation on “Imaginaerum” which I think is really effective. My two favorite Nightwish albums are “Once” and “Dark Passion Play”, I’m not prepared to say “Imaginaerum” is better or even as good as those two, but it is pretty darn close – and who knows, maybe in a few months it’ll be right up there with those two. “Imaginaerum” is one of the most elaborate releases from this now veteran and legendary band.
Rating - 93/100