NIGHTWISH “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” /Ltd. 2CD Digibook/

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Limited Edition release of the eighth full-length studio album by legendary Finnish Symphonic Power Metal band.
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. Both authors influenced album tracks; 'The Ancestor's Tale' inspired "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", and by 'The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution' inspired "The Greatest Show on Earth". Some songs, such as "Edema Ruh" (inspired by Patrick Rothfuss' novel 'The Name of the Wind'), still have fanciful themes.
The album is the band's first featuring singer Floor Jansen (After Forever, Revamp) who joined the group on the road in 2012 after the mid-tour departure of Anette Olzen. Also it's the first album with Troy Donockley as a full-time member. It was recorded without drummer Jukka Nevalainen, who took a break from the band due to severe insomnia. Drumming was by Kai Hahto (Wintersun, Swallow The Sun, Dreams Of Eternity). The album includes only five Nightwish members, despite its being their first album release as a sextet.
Nightwish has endured numerous lineup changes throughout its nearly 20-year career, but the band's sound has remained remarkably consistent, due in large part to the stabilizing presence of project founder and chief songwriter Tuomas Holopainen, whose overall vision for the band remains unchanged. 
"Endless Forms Most Beautiful" is probably the most accomplished Nightwish album so far. It's succeeds despite its strict adherence to the Nightwish formula. It's a well-oiled machine firing on all cylinders, both expansive and familiar, and it's arguably the band's most immediate-sounding record in years!
Limited Edition Digipak includes bonus CD with instrumental version of the album.
Nuclear Blast Records, 2015 (NB 3464-0). Made in Germany. First press.


Tracklist:

Disc 1 - Album Version
1. Shudder Before The Beautiful 6:29
2. Weak Fantasy 5:25
3. Élan 4:47
4. Yours Is An Empty Hope 5:39
5. Our Decades In The Sun 6:39
6. My Walden 4:39
7. Endless Forms Most Beautiful 5:08
8. Edema Ruh 5:16
9. Alpenglow 4:49
10. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula 6:04
11. The Greatest Show On Earth 24:01
Chapter I) Four Point Six
Chapter II) Life
Chapter III) The Toolmaker
Chapter IV) The Understanding
Chapter V) Sear-Worn Driftwood

Disc 2 - Instrumental Version
1. Shudder Before The Beautiful 6:20
2. Weak Fantasy 5:25
3. Élan 4:47
4. Yours Is An Empty Hope 5:39
5. Our Decades In The Sun 6:40
6. My Walden 4:38
7. Endless Forms Most Beautiful 5:08
8. Edema Ruh 5:16 I B
9. Alpenglow 4:49
10. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula 6:04
11. The Greatest Show On Earth 24:08
Chapter I) Four Point Six
Chapter II) Life
Chapter III) The Toolmaker
Chapter IV) The Understanding
Chapter V) Sear-Worn Driftwood

Total playing time: 157:50 min.

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