CHOSEN by P.C. & Kristin Cast

House of Night III : Chosen


Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and Zoey Redbird's adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare situation of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster. Just when it seems things couldn't get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. It looks like the People of Faith are tired of living side-by-side with vampyres. But, as Zoey and her friends so often find out, how things appear rarely affects the truth...


Read chapter one here!


P.C. CAST is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. She lives and teaches in Oklahoma.


Her daughter, KRISTIN CAST, has won awards for her poetry and journalism. She also lives in Oklahoma, where she attends Northeastern State University as a biology major.


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MARKED by P.C. & Kristin Cast

House of Night I : Marked

After she is Marked, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny- with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

Read chapter one here!


P.C. CAST is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. She lives and teaches in Oklahoma.


Her daughter, KRISTIN CAST, has won awards for her poetry and journalism. She also lives in Oklahoma, where she attends the University of Tulsa as a communications major.



ST. MARTIN'S GRIFFIN

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HUNTED by P.C. & Kristin Cast

House of Night IV : Untamed

In the House of Night the truth isn't always as it first appears...

The good news: Zoey's friends have her back again. The bad news: Ancient evil with the face of an angel has been let loose. The House of Night is in trouble. But when the trouble comes from a being who appears to be beauty personified, will the world believe it? Especially when a teenager and a group of misfits are the only ones who really understand the danger he brings. Will Zoey have the strenght and wisdom to reveal the truth?


What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you? At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey's friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren't Neferet's secrets any longer. But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses. Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn't want to hear and truths she can't face?

Read chapter one here!

P.C. CAST is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. She lives and teaches in Oklahoma.


Her daughter, KRISTIN CAST, has won awards for her poetry and journalism. She also lives in Oklahoma, where she attends the University of Tulsa as a communications major.



ST. MARTIN'S GRIFFIN

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UNTAMED by P.C. & Kristin Cast

House of Night IV : Untamed

Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird - she's become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, of the two Zoey has left, one is undead and one is unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in P.C. and Kristin Cast's spellbinding fourth House of Night novel.


Read chapter one here!

P.C. CAST is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. She lives and teaches in Oklahoma.


Her daughter, KRISTIN CAST, has won awards for her poetry and journalism. She also lives in Oklahoma, where she attends the University of Tulsa as a communications major.



ST. MARTIN'S GRIFFIN

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ISBN-10: 0-312-37983-8

© 2008

House of Night Series
C O N T E N T S


Interview with Nightwish 16

Source: Kerrang! (Festival special)

May 2008

Do you enjoy playing at festivals?

Anette - I haven't actually done too many so I'm looking forward to headlining Bloodstock, and just to be in England again. We're so happy that things are going so well for us over there, it's a place thats really important to us.

I have to admit, I have a love/hate relationship with UK - you have weird buildings and I'm not sure about the food, but the people are really cool! I love how you dress and act!


There are a lot of Scandinavian bands on the bill, does that make you proud?

Yeah it does. There's a band from my little village in Sweden called Cloudscape and they're playing too, so it will be nice that we are playing at the same festival as my friends!


Are you likely to indulge in any backstage bad behaviour?

I don't think so, I'm too old to do that and I have to set a good example for my son! Usually when I'm sober, people think i'm drunk anyway, i think i'm kinda crazy in myself anyway so i don;t need to be drinking a lot! We'll definetly have some fun, but i don;t think we'll destroy anything!


What's the best thing about playing on a big festival stage?

The stage is really big and nice! I like to keep moving when i'm performing and small stages make me feel trapped. You can jump around so much more on a big stage...its nice for Emppu to run around as well!


What are you looking forward to this summer apart from Bloodstock?

We're going to be spending a lot of the summer off the road and it'll be nice to stay in Sweden for a while. My son will be off school and we can have some fun together, and I'll see my family and friends, and enjoy the forest and lake near where i live, maybe have some barbeques...I'll be going to London at some point to go shopping! When we were there I shopped like hell! I'll probably bring an empty suitcase with me and fill it up with make-up and clothes...that will make me very happy!!


Thank you Anette and have fun on the rest of the tour..

Thank you very much, and i can't wait!!

Interview with Nightwish 15

Source: Iltalehti

AVIOERO!
8.5.2008 4:27


Nightwish-Anetten perheidylli Ruotsissa särkyi jo viime kesänä.


EROHAKEMUS Anette Olzon ja hänen Fredrik-miehensä jättivät toisen vaiheen avioerohakemuksen tiistaina.
EROHAKEMUS Anette Olzon ja hänen Fredrik-miehensä jättivät toisen
vaiheen avioerohakemuksen tiistaina. (PASI LIESIMAA)


Ruotsalaisesta kotiäidistä ja cover-bändin laulajasta kansainväliseksi rock-idoliksi. Skoonelaisesta Påarpin pikkukunnasta maailmankiertueen keskipisteeksi.


Nightwishin uuden solistin Anette Olzonin (oik. Blyckert) avioliitto alkoi rakoilla heti uuden uran alkumetreillä.


Tieto laulajatähden vireillä olevasta avioerosta on pysynyt salassa viime kesästä asti.


Anette Olzon, 36, jätti ensimmäisen vaiheen avioerohakemuksen yhdessä Fredrik-miehensä kanssa jo 27. elokuuta 2007, vahvistetaan Helsingborgin käräjäoikeudesta.


Ruotsin lain mukaan hakemusta seuraa vähintään puolen vuoden harkinta-aika, jos jommalla kummalla tai molemmilla puolisoilla on samassa taloudessa asuvia, alle 16-vuotiaita huollettavia.


Anette Olzonilla ja hänen pian entisellä aviomiehellään on 7-vuotias poika.


Toisen vaiheen hakemus tiistaina


Avioero astuu virallisesti voimaan aivan lähiaikoina. Harkinta-aika on jo päättynyt.


- He ovat jättäneet viimeisen vaiheen hakemuksen yhdessä juuri tämän viikon tiistaina, Helsingborgin käräjäoikeudesta kerrottiin eilen Iltalehdelle.


Lue torstain Iltalehdestä mitä Anette sanoi perhe-elämästä vuosi sitten.


SANNI GRAHN
sanni.grahn@iltalehti.fi
TUKHOLMA

Interview with Nightwish 14

Source: ?

Matkaopas-lehdessä Tuomaksen haastattelu.

Suomi on paras!

Nightwishin nokkamiestä vaivaa voimakas wanderlust, matkustushimo. Viimeksi häneen kolahti kengurumaa.

Muistatko ensimmäisen ulkomaanmatkasi?
Hampuri 1986, matkaseurana äiti. Huvipuistossa eksyin kummituslinnaan. Itkuhan siellä pääsi, kun isot pojat vielä ympärillä nauroivat. Sitten vartija kantoi miut ulos. Kyllä hävetti.

Mistä olet tulossa?
Viime aikoina on ollut sen verran haipakkaa bändin kanssa, että lomamielessä matkustamiselle ei ole jäänyt aikaa. Mutta tämä duuni on tällaiselle wanderlustin riivaamalle olennolle unelmien täyttymys! Alkuvuodesta kiersimme Japanissa, Kiinassa ja Australiassa. Näitä vastauksia raapustan hotellissa Lyonissa.

Minne olet menossa?
Syksyllä menen muutamaksi viikoksi Australiaan, se on suosikkimaani Suomen jälkeen. Hankin auton ja ajan etelärannikon halki. Maan monimuotoisuus, luonto, rannat ja meri, rela ilmapiiri, ihmiset, omituiset otukset, murre - kaikki siellä menee syvälle sieluuni ja jää sinne.

Miten matkustat mieluiten?
Oma auto on kiva, samoin keikkabussi. Egyptissä seilasimme pari päivää Niilillä purjeveneellä, mikä oli aivan mieletöntä! Lentämisestä on romantiikka kadonnut.
((Huom! Mitäs vikaa junissa on? t. Ilienne))

Mitä ilman et ikinä lähde reissuun?

Muistikirja kulkee kaikkialle mukana.

Mikä matkailussa on mielestäsi parasta?
Elämässä ja matkailussa on parhaimmillaan kyse kokemuksien keräämisestä ja niistä nauttimisesta. Ja vaikka tykkäänkin matkustaa yksin, jaettuja kokemuksia ei voita mikään.

Mikä on mieluisin paikka, jossa olet käynyt?

Suomen Lappi. Saariselkä on suosikkini luonnonkauneuden, puhtauden, rauhan, kesyttömyyden ja primitiivisyyden takia. Olen nähnyt yli 40 maata, mutta mikään ei vedä vertoja Suomelle. Australia, Pääsiäissaaret ja Orlandon Disney World tulevat heti perässä listallani.

Mihin haaveilet pääseväsi?
Merenpohjaan Australian Great Barrier Reefille. Sukellus on valtava henkinen kokemus. Havaijilla delfiiniparvi ui ylitseni ja ymmärsin heti Big Blue -leffan päähenkilön sielunkuvan.

Hauskin matkakokemuksesi?
Ensivisiittini Disneylandissa, toukokuussa 1990. Se oli unelmien täyttymys 13-vuotiaalle, jolle Disney oli ollut elämän kovin juttu 11 vuotta. Niiden kahden päivän aikana koin ensihumalani, ilman mitään aineita. Olen käynyt siellä jo viisi kertaa, aina pitää päästä uudestaan.

Minne haluaisit vielä keikalle?
Lähden melkein minne vain pyydetään. Mitä eksoottisempi ja kummallisempi maa, sitä parempi.

Muistatko ensimmäisen ulkomaankeikkasi?
Vuosi taisi olla 1999, kaupunki Hampuri. Jännitti kamalasti, mutta kukaan ei tuntenut meitä siellä, joten tilanteessa ei ollut kuin voitettavaa.

Translation from Nightwish Official Forum:

Finland rules!

The leader of Nightwish is suffering from a serious case of the wanderlust. His latest passion is the land of the kangaroos.

Do you remember your first trip abroad?
Hamburg in 1986, with my mother. At the amusement park, I somehow got lost inside the haunted mansion. I started sobbing, especially as some older boys were laughing at me. Then the guard carried me outside. I was mortified with embarrassment.

Where are you coming from?
Lately, we have been so busy with the band that there hasn't been any time for vacation travel. But this is truly a dream job for a creature such as myself, with an insatiable wanderlust! We spent the beginning of the year touring Japan, China and Australia. I am typing this in my hotel room in Lyon.

Where are you going to?
In the autumn, I will spend some weeks in Australia, my favourite country after Finland. I will hire a car and drive through the South Coast. The different landscapes, the nature, the beaches and the oceans, the relaxed atmosphere, the people, the weird animals, the dialect - all of this pierces my soul and stays there.

How do you like to travel?
I like travelling by car or on a tour bus. In Egypt, we spent a couple of days cruising along the Nile on a sailboat, which was incredible! There is nothing romantic about flying these days.

What are your travel essentials?

I bring my notebook with me, everywhere I go.

What do you like the most about travelling?
Life and travelling are about gaining new experiences and enjoying them. And even though I like travelling by myself, nothing beats sharing those experiences with others.

Your favourite destination?

The Finnish Lapland. Saariselkä is my favourite because of its natural beauty, purity, peace, wild and primitive nature. I have been to over 40 countries, but nothing compares to Finland. Australia, the Easter Islands and Disney World (Orlando) come next on my list.

What destination are you dreaming of?
The bottom of the sea of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Diving is a huge spiritual experience. In Hawaii, a school of dolphins swam over me and I immediately related to the main character of the movie Big Blue.

Your funniest travel experience?
My first visit to Disneyland, in May 1990. It was truly a dream come true for a 13-year-old, whose biggest passion had been Disney for the past 11 years. During those two days, I felt intoxicated for the first time, without any illegal substances. I have visited it five times already, I just have to go back there over and over again.

Where would you like to have a gig?
I will go almost anywhere if asked. The more exotic and weirder the country, the better.

Do you recall you first gig abroad?
I guess it was in 1999, in Hamburg. We were scared to death, but as nobody knew us there, we had nothing to lose.

Interview with Nightwish 13

Source: The Best Of Hair

The one and only Tuomas, songwriter, keyboardist and founder of the mega band Nightwish, joins DJ Ravenwolf on The Best Of Hair!


~Enjoy!
DJ Ravenwolf


Nightwish Live » Astoria, London, UK

Source: Terrorizer

NIGHTWISH
London Astoria

Though Nightwish's decision to eject singer Tarja from their midst was viewed as commercial suicide by many who saw her as the horse to back- err, so to speak- there seems little doubt that it is the remaining members, along with their new singer, Anette Olzon, who appear to have won the hearts and minds of the great majority of followerd of this Finnish pop metal institution. Not only has the latest- and, many would argue, greatest- album, "Dark Passion Play" been warmly embraced by both critics and fans, but this trilogy of packed shows held at the sizeable Astoria casts a long shadow over Tarja's recent under-populated appearance at the Electric Ballroom. All things considered, it's hard not to conclude that the lineup change has been something of an upgrade, and here on stage, perhaps inevitably, Anette proves that she is a far more credible frontwoman than Tarja. Fans can argue the various merits of the two singers' vocal styles among themselves, but at least Anette doesn't dance like your mum. Let's face it, Tarja's stage presence was at best somewhat awkward, and at worst so wooden it could have been a full sized vetriloquist's doll fronting the band. Now there's a definite swagger about the proceedings, evident in both the member's demeanour, and their setlist, which leans unashamedly on the side of the band's current incarnation, with a heavy emphasis on the new material that sees even the unlikely inclusion of the stirring folk-metal pairing "Last of the Wilds" and "The Islander". Despite the brief period of reinvention, it's clear that this slick, well-oiled Finnish machine has lost none of it's momentum.

Interview with Nightwish 12

Source: Sign On San Diego, Night and Day magazine

A pair of 'kindred spirits'

Twist of fate linked Marc Brueland, Tuomas Holopainen - and created a life-affirming friendship

By Chris Nixon
UNION-TRIBUNE

May 22, 2008

"Higher than hope my cure lies," reads the gravestone of Marc Christopher Brueland, a San Diego DJ, artist and animator who passed away in 2003 after battling liver cancer for seven and a half years.

In a strange twist of fate, three disparate elements have combined to create a powerful story: a British cartoon from the 1980s, a Finnish metal band and Brueland's battle with cancer. The story has inspired a song, numerous YouTube video tributes and music fans around the world.

Brueland grew up in Tierrasanta, a kid fascinated with both music and art. He started his own comic book company, Invincible Studios, and later worked as an animator for The Lightspan Partnership, a local computer animation studio.

Brueland also DJed every Saturday night at Club Sabbatt, a goth/industrial club in Hillcrest. At age 22, he was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer, fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma.

During his formative years, Brueland fell in love with a 26-minute, animated piece called "The Snowman." First shown on the BBC, the cartoon includes the haunting song "Walking in the Air," which reached No. 5 on the United Kingdom pop charts in 1985.

Halfway around the world from San Diego, the young Tuomas Holopainen watched the animated film at his home in Finland. In 1996, the musician formed Nightwish, a Finnish prog-metal band. On its 1998 album "Oceanborn," the group covered "Walking in the Air" from "The Snowman."

Brueland discovered the song on a compilation he found at Tower Records in San Diego. Marc's mother, Georgene, remembers the day Marc brought home the compilation: "The music brought us together as a family once again as it did in Marc's childhood, especially at this difficult time in Marc's life."

Says Marc's sister Erin: "It was one of those moments that just changes you forever. It was just fate or chance that he found the song on a compilation."

Over the next four years, Holopainen would get to know the Brueland family through correspondence and visiting San Diego. Each time the musician visited San Diego, Marc was too ill to meet him. Terminally ill with cancer, Marc decided he finally needed to meet Tuomas.

So the Brueland family traveled to Atlanta to see Nightwish perform "Walking in the Air" onstage at the ProgPower festival.

"When he flew to Atlanta, he had metastasis all over his abdomen and all over his lungs," remembered Georgene. "He was in severe pain. But he wanted to do this for Tuomas and for the band. I'll never forget the flight there. It was terrifying for me as a mom to watch, because his body was wracked with this disease. But that's the kind of person Marc was."

In front of thousands of fans at the ProgPower V festival, Nightwish performed with the Brueland family watching from the wings. Before launching into the song, Tuomas dedicated "Walking in the Air" to Marc. Even in his weakened condition, Brueland was able to get out of his wheelchair and walk to the stage to hug Tuomas.

A month later, as Marc Brueland lay on his deathbed at the San Diego Hospice, Erin and Georgene called Tuomas so he could say goodbye to Marc. Georgene thought to call the Finnish musician: "Tuomas was on the phone with Marc a few minutes before he died."

Erin added; "We called Tuomas from the hospice just so he could say goodbye. Marc couldn't talk. He was wheezing from all the fluid in his lungs. But Tuomas got to hear him breathe."

Touched by Marc's life, Holopainen wrote the song "Higher Than Hope" as a tribute. The song includes an excerpt of Marc's voice recorded in an interview with local television reporter Sandra Moss for News 8 KFMB. Brueland's gravestone inscription is the chorus in "Higher Than Hope."

In the years following Marc's death, the Brueland and Holopainen families have become more intertwined. The friendship between the families has helped Erin and Georgene cope with the passing of Marc's father, Eric, also from cancer, in 2007. Tuomas' parents Kitia and Pentti were in San Diego when Eric passed away.

"To this day, Tuomas has joined our family," Georgene said. "I lost my husband now. So there's nobody left but Erin and I. We have an adopted family now in another country. And the kinship of these metal fans is so loving."

Nightwish will be playing its first show in San Diego tomorrow at the House of Blues downtown, and it's going to be a special night for the friends and family of Marc Brueland.

"They're two kindred spirits that met just the one time, but their story has really touched everybody who hears it," said Erin Brueland. "The fans of Nightwish still remember him. They still talk about him on the forum of the Web site. When we go to gigs all over the country, people know who we are and they remember Marc.

"That's why it's a very special day when they finally play his hometown. We've been waiting for this forever. It's really a celebration of Marc and the band."

Georgene Brueland said it best: "This is a beautiful thing that came out of a horrible tragedy."

MARC WAS ALWAYS A HEAVY METAL FAN

Drawing inspiration from fantasy novels like "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the Dragonlance series, Holopainen creates fantastic imagery in his lyrics.

The band is currently touring behind its 2007 release, "Dark Passion Play." Tomorrow's show at the House of Blues will be the band's first appearance in San Diego.

Erin Brueland on Nightwish's musical appeal to her family: "Marc (her brother) was always a heavy metal fan. And this European style of symphonic metal, with the orchestra and the female vocals, was somewhat new to us at the time. We got the best introduction to it with Nightwish."

The Nightwish lineup includes Holopainen (keyboards, vocals), Anette Olzon (vocals), Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen (guitar), Marko "Marco" Hietala (bass, vocals) and Jukka "Julius" Nevalainen (drums).

Learn more about Marc Brueland at invinciblestudios.com and see more photos of Brueland and Nightwish at invinciblestudios.com/marcphotos.html.

Interview with Nightwish 11

Source: Zillo

Zillo: Am Ende der Welt (2008-06)

         

Translation from Nightwish Official Forum:

At the end of the world

Nightwish have nearly perfected the game with the media, through painful experiences and years in the spotlight: the ever-identical questions are answered with ever-identical responses. But if an unexpected event breaks the interview's routine, much deeper insights into the Finnish superstars' inner life are possible. Emma Perez starts out for an interview for Zillo, but things turn out very different..

Toulouse? Why Toulouse? The day starts pretty confusing: A mighty hum hammering in the head, a cotton mouth and a bad taste on the tongue, and a body that still feels like it's swaying even though it's lying down. Thinking is hard - especially with panic taking over. The bed at home seems to have turned into a coffin. The head hits a hollow-sounding ceiling after only a few centimeters, body parts hit walls everywhere around. What's going on here? One wall gives in and reveals to be a curtain. Alright, a cabin in the nightliner. At least part of the hum comes from the motor and is not to be interpreted as an unpleasant relict of a cheerful night. Most of the curtains of the corridor are still closed as a sign to be quiet and respect the other travellers' privacy. But there are muffled voices coming from behind the door to the driver's cabin, where tables and seats are placed as well. It's high time to find out what's happening here. Behind the door, there are sitting Nightwish's manager Ewo Pohjala, keyboarder Tuomas Holopainen, drummer Jukka Nevalainen as well as bass player Marco Hietala, having a men's breakfast composed of coffee and cigarettes, greeting me with a broad grin. "Welcome to Toulouse", blond Ewo says, and indeed, there are a rich, southern french city's neat houses passing by the window. Touluse? No, that wasn't planned. What happened last night? Memories return with a cup of coffee...

[headline I can't think of how to translate properly, including fish soup and a German expression with food my dictionary claims to mean "fiddlesticks" in English]

The day before, in Marseille: Not too many bands find their way to this slightly worn-looking seaport at the Côte d'Azur. They usually only head to Paris, Lyon and Toulouse on the common way from Germany to Spain, or vice versa. In the tourist guides, Marseille is, if it all, only mentioned because of its fishy speciality, Bouillabaisse - and you had better not call it "fish soup" in a native's presence! Marseille doesn't have a chance against Nice, the glamorous bath, or the film-festival's home village Cannes, plus, french rap is the undisputed local master of music of this multi-ethnic city. But today, Nightwish are coming. And it's not only the local metal or gothic fans swarming into the biggest event hall "The Dome"'s cupola, but there are fans of the Finns from all of France travelling to the mediterranean coast. Even local experts are stunned by the throng. "It's hard to believe, but Nightwish are drawing more visitors to this hall than Slayer and System Of A Down together", marvels for example Michael Berberian, boss of the local extreme label Season Of Mist. Only one year ago, loads of false prophets had predicted a heavy decline of visitor numbers to the band without their charismatic front woman Tarja Turunen. All wrong - the interest into the Finns has even grown in all of Europe.
Not even band leader Tuomas Holopainen had dared to dream of this kind of evolution: "No, we really couldn't expect such a run", the keyboarder tells during a short backstage talk, a few minutes before Pain's show, who have been around as Nightwish's opener for some weeks already. "We were mentally prepared to take a few steps back and, in the worst case, start right from the beginning again." The well-trained Finn with the dark, curly hair gives a very relaxed impression, unlike a few months ago. His eyes / his look (?) are/is awake, his posture upright, sometimes there's even a little smile on his face. "I can't complain about anything at the moment and I'm just happy", says Tuomas. "A special thanks goes to our fans out there who believed in us and can accept the change." Then, he reschedules the talk planned for now until later because he wishes to watch his Swedish colleages perform. He doesn't mind being accompanied to the stage's edge, though.

Stylish record hunting

From the stage border it's easy to see how Pain, repeatedly re-composed by band leader, guitarist, singer and abyss studio cult producer Peter Tägtgrän, have turned into a real unit in the meantime touring with Nightwish. Moreover, it turns out to have been a clever move by the electro-metal guys to have re-included their Beatles cover "Eleanor Rigby": The French audience make noise as if they were to cheer for the headliner. "We've had the craziest audience until now in France", Tuomas comments on the racket. "The noise reaches South American levels, and in Paris, the roof seemed to take off!" His obviously satisfied face proves that cheering for favourites on stage is worth it. During some German concerts, the atmosphere didn't go down to zero, but was a little worse than during the last tour with Tarja. Forthermore, the visitor numbers were slightly going back, whereas records have been broken during the rest of the tour and Nightwish reached a new all-time high in Zurich with 13000 visitors. "I don't see any difference in Germany", Tuomas comes to his fans' defense. "Up to 9000 tickets were sold to our concerts there for one evening, and "Dark Passion Play" has nearly reached platinum. No, our German fans have always been faithful to us, and nothing has changed about that." While Pain step on it once more with "On And On", the keyboarder draws back to the backstage area. That's where Nightwish prepare for the show - completely shielded from externe influences like the press or fanclub members visiting. That hadn't always been the case in the beginning of the European tour, which is a possible reason for a few shows with poor concentration, like in Berlin. The problem has been talked about, recognized and consequently banned during the weekly meetings newly introduced by Anette. Still self-absorbed, the musicians concentrate before entering the stage. Only blond prankster Emppu Vuorinen makes some jokes with his guitar for the crew standing around. So, Marco gets to enjoy a little massage from the bottom [wtf?!], which he only comments with a inflictively raised eyebrow. While Emppu winks back at him with a broad grin, the Intro starts. It's answered by rhythmic clapping and a loud choir of "Nightwish"-shouts from the audience. With drummer Jukka entering the stage first, a deafening screaming breaks loose. There are a lot of very young girls among the audience who nearly get another hysterical attack with each member entering the stage: "Bye Bye Beautiful" is booming from the loudspeakers, and the band goes for an instant start. Tuomas is hammering the keys in a white jacket and a grey top hat - a souvenir from the shopping district Camden that that's accompanied the keyboarder since London. Anette is whirling over the stage in a black and white dress that immediately makes you think of french fashion designers. The singer likes including fashion bows to the host country in her daily changing stage outfit. That's another difference to her predecessor, who prefered a fixed succession of dresses matching the songs every evening. But Anette was from the beginning on determined to go her own way in the band - and he's pretty stubborn.

A clueless fighter's heart

When, after a long wait and an already received refusal, Anette finally got the job as the band's new front lady, the Swede had already thoroughly thought about it. "It wasn't all just about the question whether Nightwish wanted me during our first meeting in Finland", the self-confident singer had stressed shortly after her official introduction. "I as well first had to find out whether I really wanted to get on board with the guys." Already having some stage experience, she felt very assured that she'd be able to cope with the band's extensive touring. But back then already, Tuomas predicted: "Anette doesn't have any idea yet what he's gotten herself into with Nightwish." The keyboarder should be proved right. The Swede had underestimated the size of her task, which is a small wonder when it comes to the dimensions prevailing with the Finnish super stars. "We probably should've chosen a better start than going to the US of all things", Tuomas shows to be self-critical when looking back. Alhough their intent was a good one: Anette was to be prepared to the big European halls by the smaller shows. But the conditions in the US aren't exactly ideal to musicians, with long ways and bad event halls with little hygiene and greasy food. Plus, the media hassle didn't diminish in the US, either. Consequently, Anette, to whom all of this was new, could hardly handle all these impressions and got close to the border of exhaustion. A fellow traveller's insight is characteristic for her situation. "If my manager wanted to land so much additional work and stress on me during a tour as it happened with Nightwish in the US, I'd long have kicked his ass hard", says Greg Mackintosh from Paradise Lost, who were touring the US with the Finns. Although Anette, who, according to Tuomas, has a real fighter's heart, didn't break down under the pressure, she noticably began to change. Those who met Anette in Germany got to know a woman who withdrew herself quite often and looked for support in Emppu, to whom she's developped the closest bond in the group until now. A few months before, she made a very open, curious and outgoing impression. "Anette is still looking for her own place in the band and the public", Tuomas says. "If you're around for years, like us, you just take certain things as given. Then, suddenly, there turns up a girl that has no idea and asks unpleasant questions like "Why are there so many people in the backstage area? Isn't that our room to withdraw?" You start thinking, then. Now we always have two rooms: One for meeting friends and guests, and one exclusively for the band family." Obviously, it's not only the singer that has to arrange herself in the group, but there's some time needed for everybody until a new balance is found.

Labor pains and toads

On the other hand, many things have sorted out themselves on stage already. To the cheerful audience's bliss, everything runs smoothly. During the second song, "Dark Chest Of Wonders", the top hat has to go, and Anette has the occasion to prove that she's made many songs that were recorded by her predecessor Tarja her own, or changed them to fit her own rock style. When singing, the Swede begins to flourish. She practically sucks up the French's enthusiasm and affection, and gives them back with an energetic performance. Anette flies from one end of the stage to the other, dancing and jumping, and flashes her smile to the audience. She's clearly in her element up there. "We, all of us, haven't seen the best she can do yet", Tuomas later proclaims with noticable pride. "Anette continues to develop herself each day. What she's shown in her first shows can't be compared to her performances now at all. Nobody expected her to start out as the perfect Nightwish front woman." Neither could you expect there to be no trouble at all. Tuomas openly admits: "We had some problems during the last weeks." To the outside, Nightwish didn't let anybody notice anything. Still, there were little signs, so that a little alarm signal started to blink with experts. Small gestures, that can rather be felt than seen: The length of the hug before the show, the tone of voice when entering the nightliner, who meets (or doesn't meet) whom to go shopping, members withdrawing and missing group appointments. But nobody has to fear a new catastrophe like the band disbanding: those are just very natural labor pains of new group dynamics. "Moreover, Anette and I had to fight a tough illness for five weeks", the band leader tries an explanation. "That's twice as hard if you run a marathon nearly every evening. At some point, that's bad for everybody's mood, until a lot of frustration is bottled up. In the end, you say some bad things [litterally: toads] and one word leads to the other."

PART II


Butterflies and principles

These are unusual relevations for the reserved Finn. The lively and always very direct Swede brings out completely new sides of reserved Tuomas. "We learned our lesson", Tuomas admits with a wry smile. "So we now sit down around a table and talk openly about our problems." Now, at the latest, it's time to remember Tarja's eternal complaint about how problems were never discussed in the band. But at this topic, the keyboarder pulls down the shutters again. "There are things you can't discuss, and sometimes it's too late for talking", Tuomas dismisses further questions. But he becomes more talkative again when it comes to Anette's little flaws. "One day, she proclaims that she loves sleeping in the bus, the next day she misses a decent room", says the Finn with a feigned sigh. "As soon as we tell her that we'll be spending a night in a hotel again, she'd rather prefer the nightliner." What Tuomas thinks to be a process of settling in, rather sounds like a typical female day's mood - a woman is better at understanding that. "That's not meant to be a serious complaint", the man appeases. "It's just an amusing observation. It's just when I'm in a bad phase myself that such things annoy me." Apparently, Tuomas has yet a lot to learn about women. When compared to his shy behaviour during the interview, the text of "Whoever Brings The Night" seems quite cheeky. This song by Emppu is next in the set at Marseille, and the blond guitarist can finally show that he has a power metal heart. The refrain goes "All your love is a lie (etc pp, you all know it tongue2.gif it's translated to German in the article)". It's a handy assumption that this could be a bittersweet ode to the discreetly treated topic of groupies. But there's nothing like this to be seen anywhere. Or is it just the Finns being better at keeping things secret? "I'm just like Marco happily married and I have two kids that I love more than anything else", comments at least Jukka later. "I wouldn't risk any of that for a short so-called one night's pleasure. There are no groupies coming to my cabin!" Marco nods fervently, and Emppu denies all fault: "Hey, only the music is by me, Tuomas wrote the text, as always", the blond guy averts the attention from himself. Indeed, the keyboarder only starts talking again when it comes to his lyrics. He allows musical contributions by the other band members, but he insists on his monopoly when it comes to words. "It's a selfish trait of mine, but the lyrics feel like my own little world", Tuomas admits shame-facedly. "But I'd nearly feel raped if there were somebody else's lyrics on an album." Obviously, the Finn makes little exceptions, for example when it comes to John Two-Hawk's indian word contributions in "Creek Mary's Blood", but apart from that, he stays 100% true to his principle.

Tears for the lighthouse keeper

Marco as well had to make this experience when he composed "The Islander". This calm song at Marseille is put in after lively "The Siren" and the hit "Amaranth". But instead of complaining about the supposed party pooper (weird expression), arms and lighters are raised. Even the Finn's lable has noticed how great this simple yet catchy song is and has brought it onto the market as the third single from "Dark Passion Play". The video premiere is only going to happen one week later, but Tuomas shows the clip on his computer: The band is sitting serious-faced in a strange landscape inside a ring of fire, while a lighthouse keeper is pulling a floating ship with a trailing anchor behind him. The visual impression is fantastic. "I may be biased, but to me, this is our best video ever", Marco says - and he's completely right with it - which makes Tuomas do a side-swipe: "When we were shown the finished clip for the first time, I noticed a tear in our bassist's eye." Who only growls something like "But it actually was a very emotional moment", and rather enjoys the video's next turn. In the beginning, there were only to things: A big fan of the classical, northern british rock band Jethro Tull called Marco Hietala and an acoustic guitar. "Jethro Tull's influence really can't be overheard in this song", the bass player rejoices. "Everything you love shows somewhere. I was just playing around, then suddenly, there was a nice riff. A few minutes later, I also had a refrain." In a backstage room in Stockhold, the song's trail is re-found. "Marco played me a song before the show, and I immediately saw the sea, an island, an old man, and a light house before my inner eye", Tuomas tells. "It was nearly scary how the lyrics wrote themselves." The keyboarder spontanously ask the bassist to leave the "celtic" song to him for the next Nightwish album. "About one half of the songs I play to Tuomas end up on a Nightwish album", Marco happily tells. "Sometimes it's hard to let a song go. But I already had my eye on my own band Tarot and the song "Howl" for my own lyrics." In the studio, "The Islander" takes its final shape, with everybody being involved agreeing quickly not to use any electronics, apart from the keyboard parts, because of the tune's acoustic nature. In a step before the last, Troy Donockley's low whistle and uillean pipes are added during the orchestra sessions. "That was a big, but wonderful surprise for me when Tuomas came back from London with these fantastic sounds", Marco tells. "We had to tune the whole song down to b-minor, though, because the bagpipes can't reach c-minor. But that was really worth it." Nightwish have by now found a loyal friend in the person of the Scotsman Troy. He even skipped his work out of amazement: Instead of only playing the London gigs, he followed them all around the British Isles and even turned up in Dublin as a surprise guest for the band. "The Irish went crazy when one of their national instruments turned up on stage, and our jaws dropped because we hadn't expected Troy at all." The bag pipes player even followed the band to Lapland to immortalize his contribution in the video for "The Islander" as well. Like so many things did when it comes to this song, the shooting for the video went unexpectedly smoothly. It seemed that even the weather wanted to help: "It was a cold day in the far north, but we were unbelievably lucky when fog came down.", the bassist wonders. "We didn't need the fog machines." He tells vividly how band and film crew were pulled through forests and rocky fields in a dangerously swaying trailer by a tractor. The journey's destination was on a rocky hill's top. "The inhabitants call this place "devil's field" because nothing at all will prosper there." No black metal fan could complain about Nightwish now - religious fundamentalists would smell hell's brimstone scent here. Marco doesn't care for that in the least, though, because he finally had his way in another domain: "On the album, the last chorus isn't to be heard as I originally wanted it", the man with the two-parted beard tells. "When I had the opportunity to put in my ending for the single, I immediately rushed to the sudio and recorded it. I shouldn't have given in in the first place, it's only now that it really rocks. Ha!" You can hear an artist's finally satisfied soul in Marco's triumphant outcry. Apparently, his colleague's correction had disturbed him more than he wanted to admit. A smaller problem is the fact that the bassist had recorded all guitars for "The Islander". "Emppu had to learn the song from scratch on while we were already performing it live. That's why we re-baptised it "The Thailander"", Marco tells, and the guitarist jokingly grouses back: "It was a damn stupid idea to train me like that!" This last comment is followed by more or less sympathetic laughter from everybody: they're in a great mood. "The whole last week was our best until now with the current line-up", Tuomas confirms.

Friendly assassins

The is fantastic as well during the rest of the concert at Marseille. The monumental "The Poet And The Pendulum" is first followed by "Dead To The World", and then a big surprise: "While You Lips Are Still Red" from the finnish movie "Lieksa!"'s soundtrack is performed, and Anette as well as Emppu can take a break backstage. The rest of the set follows the known pattern: "Sahara" and "Nemo" as would-be last song, then the encores with "7 Days To The Wolves", "Wishmaster" and "Wish I Had An Angel". There's a difference to be noticed, though: Anette now masters the classic "Wishmaster", that never seemed to work again without operatic vocals. That confirms what Tuomas said, i.e. that the singer is developing and improving all the time. The french probably would've sent their favourites to the party night with standing ovations even without this special extra. Nightwish have a spontanous little party after this great success, and manager Ewo isn't without fault at that. His new favourite drink is called "Dennis The Menace" (see below), and during mixing, the title melody of the children's comedy of the same name is to be hummed. When the securities send the band to their busses, the party continues in the modifed Mercedes transporter. Anette is dancing until the bus is shaking, and Peter Tägtgrän explains why Tattoo's new disc has a great production. At some point at night Ewo simply proposes that I should come along to Toulouse in the empty cabin of the Nightwish bus, because the Pyro technicians are going to be sent home there with a bang! Then, memory is lost in the fog. "Dennis The Menace"? That explains the cotton tongue. And the Bang? That's actually two: First, smoke bombs are installed under Pain's transporter and the driver is called to park elsewhere under some pretext. Fortunately, the guy has a sense of humor, since they explode with a mighty boom and smoke. Pain are very amused and coincidently come running from everywhere with fire extinguishers. But the Swedes don't know that Nightwish have gotten them a decent pyro show for tonight. Flames and spark fontains induce a big fright and completely astonished faces. Afterwards, Peter Tägtgrän and his men bow deeply before Nightwish and their pyro technicians. "Which band gives their opener full light and sound every night and then buys them some real fireworks?", Peter thanks with wet shimmering eyes. "I've gotten the biggest respect for this band during the tour." With that, the producer of many black and death metal albums and mastermind behind Hypocrisy makes a huge compliment to the Finns, which Ewo returns instantly: "We never had a better opener than Pain - we love these guys", the manager says and starts humming and mixing a round of "Dennis the Menace". So that's why Toulouse...

Emma Perez
Photos: Emppu Vuorinen
www.nightwish.com

Nightwish's home cinema parade 2008-05-21

Nowadays, each member of a band has a DVD player with them on their laptop whereever they go, no matter whether in their hotel room or in the bus. So, in nearly each bigger city they go to the shelves of some store for entertainment electronics (meh, crappy translation). Nightwish present their favourites and least liked movies exclusively for Zillo's readers:

Anette Olzon
Top: "Kohu 63 Amerikassa" - a finnish punk band in a road movie touring the US. When you're down during a trip, this movie will lift your spirits way up again. Apart from that, still, and anytime again: Gladiator. The best movie ever, in my opinion.
Flop: "Hated: GG Allin And The Murder Junkies" - some people apparently think it's cool if a singer empties his intestines on stage or does other, similarly disgusting things. I just feel sick. I quickly turned away from this disgusting documentary.

Tuomas Holopainen
Top: "Into The Wild" - A simple and yet very complex story. I also love the book, but Sean Penn gives an impressive performance in this movie. The storyline makes you think and shows you in a embarassing way how much crap you own.
Flop: "Evan Almighty" - I had been looking forward to a comedy as funny as "Bruce Almighty". But a weird story around the construction of an arc and bad actors' playing don't create any fun. I didn't laugh one single time.

Jukka Nevalainen
Top: "Into The Wild" - ..is excellent, but "This Is England" touched me even more. It's about young skinheads of Margaret Thatcher's time. You can see all our reality's tristesse in their pointless xenophobia or, as Marco put it, you're astonished about so much stupidity.
Flop: "Black Sheep" - that was supposed to be a funny horror comedy, modeled on Peter Jackson. It's just that genetically modified killer sheep make a horrible movie. If you don't have more then 20 minutes' time, you can watch it nevertheless: afterwards, anyone will skip it, anyway.

Emppu Vuorinen:
Top: "Into the Wild" - This movie has to be at the first spot for me. It shows us how we all hang on to money and material things too much.
Flop: "Black Sheep" - I can try as hard as I want to, I can't think of any other candidate to beat this mood killer (bad translation again). And I have to tell: Marco watched it until the end - with the bad excuse of having nothing better to do. Three minutes are enough.

Marco Hietala:
Top: "Withnail & I" - Our friend at the bag pipes, Troy Donockley, had recommended this movie about a country trip of some unemployed actors from the city to Tuomas. I was positively astonished by its loving characterisations, and I also like this absurd british humour.
Flop: "Doom - The movie" - From an artist's perspective, this place goes to the film version of a computer game, featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. In the end, even the DVD player had lost its patience and strictly refused to show us the ending - it was probably better that way.


"Dennis The Menace"
Receipt by Ewo Pohjala
(having Anette's blessing)

Fill a 0,5 liter glass with:
4 cl of Vodka
(Tuomas: 6 cl are better.)
2 cl banana liquor
(Tuomas: 4 cl are more effective.)
milk, and ice cubes
Cheers!

Interview with Nightwish 10

Source: Rock Hard

2009



Part translation from Nightwish Official Forum:

First part is about MiHk (Made in HongKong). Then it comes to the problems seen in MiHk.

I: Your band leader Tuomas talks on the DVD several times about exhaustion, stress and problems during the tour.
M: This is due to the timing. The shots were made before the last show of the tour in Chile when everyone was totally exhausted and only wanted to go home. If this interview would habe been made before or after the tour it would have been more positiv. But Tuomas assured me, that after the 3 month break we are doing now, he will be totally OK again.

I: At some parts he made us think Nightwish has nearly splitted?
M: No, it was not so bad. Of course we had sometimes fights, but with a little amount of democracy you can handle such things. When you are constantly tired out this frets on you, and than even little matters can escalate. Unpleasant situations are nothing new, we also had them sometimes in the past.

I: Tuomas talks a little bit cryptical about forthcoming solutions for problems. What does he mean?
M: Don't know for sure what he means, maybe the producer jobs he is doing at the moment. There also have been some difficulties within our crew, which resulted in a personal change. Beside that i have no knowledge of issues. As far as i know nobody was kicked out of the band. (laughing)

I: On the DVD there is also the much discussed scene with Anette in Belo Horizonte. What really happened?
M: In this night it was a mixture of many small things. Stress, home sickness, voice problems caused by the smoke. It was not an easy situation, we played some more songs to avoid riots. Of course we were asking ourselves if she will ever be able to return on stage again, but fortunately she made it.
...

Interviews with Nightwish

Source: Nw Forum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXHFPGFDy_s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjxeQdtPh6U

Nightwish Live » Forest National, Brussels, Belgium

Source: CJP

Nightwish - 14/03/2009

Nightwish verliest zichzelf in spektakel en slechte klank     2/5

De European Déjà Vu Tour 2009 bracht de heren en dame van Nightwish naar een vol Vorst Nationaal. De naam van de tour kon niet beter gekozen zijn: dit hebben we inderdaad al gezien, in een betere versie zelfs.

Na de degelijke folkrock van Indica en de epilepsie-opwekkende industrial goth van Pain was metallievend Vorst klaar voor wat komen ging: 's werelds meest succesvolle female fronted metalband. De zaallichten doofden en filmische orkestklanken vulden de zaal, waarna Nightwish de bühne betrad in een decor van een reusachtig scheepsanker, panelen met een golvende zee, fake rotsen en de boeg van een schip rond Tuomas Holopainens keyboards.


Met 7 days to the wolves opende de show veelbelovend. Vuurwerk en sterke vocalen van zowel bassist Marco Hietala als frontvrouw Annette Olzon. Die laatste liet het in het volgende nummer vervolgens al afweten. Met haar schreeuwerige uithalen in Dead to the world leek la Olzon tevergeefs boven de muziek uit te willen komen, wat een alles behalve prettig geluid opleverde.


Nightwish plukte merkwaardig genoeg 6 nummers van zowel Dark passion play (2007) als Once (2004). Daardoor was er in de setlist helaas slechts plaats voor 2 oudere nummers. Dat de tot in den treure gespeelde ‘hits' The kinslayer, Slaying the dreamer en Wishmaster voor een keer achterwege bleven was evenwel een verademing.


Arenamachine


Slingers, sneeuw en confetti werden op het publiek losgelaten terwijl er vuurwerk bij werd afgeschoten alsof het oudejaarsavond was. Dat zijn leuke spektakelgimmicks, maar daardoor is een Nightwishconcert tegenwoordig tot op de seconde gerepeteerd zonder ruimte voor veel improvisatie. De groep is meer dan ooit een arenamachine. Getuige ook de merchandisestand met ontelbaar veel t-shirts en vlaggen die zelfs tot in de tribune geleurd worden.  


Gelukkig was het niet de hele avond lang kommer en kwel. Amaranth, Nemo en The siren werden meer dan degelijk afgeleverd, zo ook het semi-akoestische kampvuurmoment The islander. Het hoogtepunt - en enige kippenvelmoment - werd met het machtige Ghost love score tot in de toegiftronde bewaard. Een pluim voor Annette's prestatie in dat nummer.


Conclusie: Nightwish is een zelfbewuste en hyperprofessionele productie, maar de combinatie van voorspelbaarheid en slechte akoestiek maakte van de doortocht in Vorst niets meer en niets minder dan een teleurstelling. Ondertekende had voor het eerst moeite om een concert van Nightwish tot aan het einde geboeid uit te zitten.


Setlist


7 days to the wolves - Dead to the world - The siren - Amaranth - Romanticide - Dead boy's poem - The poet and the pendulum - Sahara - Nemo - The Islander - Escapist - Dark chest of wonders - Ghost love score - Wish I had an angel



Nightwish Live » Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Source: Algemeen Dagblad

Algemeen Dagblad, Tuesday 17 March 2009, by Anton Slotboom, translation by Juliëtte Bos

Flame-throwers, confetti-canons and a curious ship background were brought along to Ahoy. The Finnish metal-band Nightwish showed off Sunday evening but didn't manage to fill the entire sport-hall. The second ring remained closed and also the first ring showed many empty seats. The few present fans didn't get exstatic despite all the pyros. And Nightwish themselves, summits in the symphonic metal genre, were to blame mainly. In the nothing-avoiding bombast of guitar-riffs and choirs the best of front-woman Annette Olzon got lost too often. Not that her position is to envy: her precedent, Tarja Turunen, was fired by the band by dint of a letter. The new statue moved insecure on the stage in Rotterdam. In between the overload of decibels she didn't have to say much to the fans either. Even though Nightwish didn't entirely drown. Many songs sounded alike, but on its best a Nightwish-song is fairy-tale-like, melancholic, very melodic and quite heavy at the same time. Though what comes from far isn't necessarily better. The Dutch equal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, certainly isn't worth less.

God thanks I didn't write this review myself. Learn how to spell Anette's name, man! At this newspaper they usually prefer the Dutch heavy bands over foreign heavy bands, even though they're no heavy fans in general.

Nightwish Live » Brixton Academy, London

Source: Kerrang!

Nightwish
Plus: Pain

Brixton Academy, London
11.03.09
KKKKK

FINAL LEG OR MAKE OR BREAK TOUR OPENS IN EPIC STYLE IN LONDON

This is all about celebration now. Thanks giving that they've made it this far, and that a death-defying gamble has paid off. Dumping the uniquely voiced Tarja Turunen in an ill-advised public storm of nastiness and replacing her with Anette Olzon, a good but entirely different type of singer, was a bit like Ford replacing the Focus with a motorcycle and hoping no-one would notice. It's been tough for Nightwish - even getting the finger from some former fans - and Olzon herself, worn down by expectation and comparison. But, partly thanks to the magnificance of Dark Passion Play, the new line-up's first studio output, they've muscled down and succeeded. Their proof is this - a stunning headline show at this esteemed venue, the first time they've been able to bring their full show, pyro and all, to an indoor UK stage.

Perhaps in a bit to keep tour life relaxed, Nightwish have brought their friends along to support them. Pain have toured with Nightwish before, and provide a goth-tinged but heavier aperitif to the main act. The brainchild of workaholic Swede Peter Tägtgren, metal is fused with synths as black hair thrashes. More impressive live than on record, Tägtgren's unpretty hate machine is worth a second look.

For Nightwish, this is the first gig of the rest of their lives. They open in a wash of colour, smoke and retina-burning explosives, the band nailing 7 Days To The Wolves to within an inch of its studio equivalent. Their decision to abandon Bye Bye Beautiful is a sure sign that they've finally moved on from the Tarja fallout. Thankfully, it's only the unpleasantness they've turned away from and not the magical music they created with her. Tonight's rejuvenated set-list features a casket of old diamonds, albeit mostly from best-selling album Once. More importantly, it's the sort of set fans need to hear from Nightwish, a firm answer to rumours that they planned to abandon their classic material altogether. From that archive comes Romanticide and The Siren, both sung with icy determination by Olzon, Dead To The World and - towards the end - an evocative, moving Nemo.

Unsurprisingly, it is music from the current album that Olzon in particular performs with the greatest confidence - Amaranth a dazzling beauty, while the epic The Poet And The Pendulum reaffirms the great scale of Nightwish leader Tuomas Holopainen's vision. His stormy journey, his band's rage for perfection, continues to enthral.


Interview with Nightwish 9

Source: Karjalainen

Marco Hietala

Marco Hietalalla on monta rautaa tulessa. Hän on lupautunut myös Sapattivuosi-yhtyeen laulajaksi. Black Sabbath-musiikki kun kiinnostaa.

Translation from Nightwish Official Forum:

You have joined Sapattivuosi. Aren't your other bands enough?
- If you think rationally, they should be enough, but joining Sapattivuosi has nothing to do with rational thinking.

Do you have enough time for all this?
- Barely, but I'll try to manage.

You also recorded the song Hilma ja Onni (for the Jaakko Teppo tribute album). How did that go?
- I had to internalize the lyrics first, because the song is a sad story culminating in a revenge. But it suited well for me.

Did you use your Savonian (Eastern Finnish) accent?
- You can hear it in a couple of parts of the song.

Interview with Nightwish 8

Source: Karjalainen

Tuomas palasi lomilta

Tuomas Holopainen aloitti taas keikkailun, mutta teki lomallaan muun muassa nyt kiertueella lämppärinä mukana olevan Indican englanninkielistä levyä.
Video: Hannu Jarva

Translation from Nightwish Official Forum:

Did you have time to rest during the break?
- I spent two months in studio producing Indica's English album. I also had some side projects and spent two weeks in United States, visiting Disney World. The break was really restful and necessary.

So you didn't play in any band, like Kotiteollisuus?
- I didn't have a chance. Kotiteollisuus was in a studio too. I may play a couple of gigs with them in the spring.

How long is this leg of the tour?
- Three and half weeks in Europe, two weeks in United States, then summer festivals and some concerts in autumn. About 40-45 concerts in total.

And then you start to make the new album?
- Soon after the tour ends I start to plan the new album and start to put all the pieces together.

Interview with Nightwish 7

Source: Karjalainen

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Nightwish - Made In Hong Kong

Source: Kerrang!

3 K's (out of 5) = ***

Stopgap live release paired with suprisingly traumatic dvd.

This was the album Nightwish didn't want to make. Keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen makes no secret of the fact that he dislikes live albums, both listening to and making them. It's no suprise then that someone so driven by perfection would wince at the scraggy ends that inevitably make their way onto live records. That said, Nightwish are about as polished and elaborate a live experience as anyone this side of KISS, and the tracks showcased here do nothing but underline their majesty. On the downside, due entirely to tangles of red tape, the band weren't able to include any of their earlier material here, so what you end up with is no real representation of an actual Nightwish concert.

Of equal interest is the accompanying dvd which concisely documents 150+ shows on the Dark Passion Play world tour. As well as drunken humour, we hear a surpisingly candid admission from a band on the verge of meltdown. Singer Anette Olzon talks about feeling trapped in a prison, of walking off stage in tears. Holopainen recalls getting the finger from legions of ex-singer Tarja Turunen's fans in South America and raher sadly admits that there have been "some setback with Anette" and that he's "seriously pondered whether it's worth it all...there's always something." Thankfully, by the end he remembers that being well paid to do the thing you love best is no bad life. Which hopefully means this remarkable band's story has at least one more reel to run.

Review by Steve Beebee

Interview with Nightwish 6

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Interview with Nightwish 5

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Interview with Nightwish 3

Source: Helsingborgs Dagblad

 
  

16 mars 2009

Katarina Höije

Hon har växt i rollen som rockstjärna
Det var ingen lätt uppgift att ersätta Tarja Turunen, Nightwish sångerska under fem år. Förväntningarna när Anette Olzon presenterades som bandets nya sångerska var höga.


- När flera tusen har betalat för att se mig vill jag göra ett bra jobb. Jag är oerhört självkritisk och även om publiken gillar konserten har jag svårt att vara nöjd om allt inte var perfekt.


De senaste månaderna har hon njutit av att vara helt ledig för första gången på länge. Tiden har hon ägnat åt att vara mamma åt sin son. Det har varit mycket familjeliv i huset i Påarp. Sedan några dagar är hon tillbaka på turnén. Ett trettiotal spelningar återstår av bandets två år långa världsturné.


- Det är alltid jobbigt att åka iväg. Nu börjar jag i alla fall se att det finns ett slut. Den här gången var min son inte lika ledsen när jag lämnade honom. Jag tror att han börjar förstå att det här är mitt jobb nu. Det jag är rädd för är att han ska vara sur på mig senare och undra varför jag inte är som andra mammor.


Det första året var tufft för hela bandet. Svårast var det för Anette som var tvungen att övertyga fansen om att hon var en värdig ersättare.


Det första provet kom redan efter några månader när Nightwish sjätte platta "Dark, passion, play" landade i skivdiskarna.

Albumet hade spelats in i största hemlighet och det enda fansen hade hört av henne var första singeln "Amaranth" som släppts en månad tidigare.


Förutom några elaka kommentarer på hemsidan var mottagandet positivt. Bandet vann fyra kategorier vid Emmaa Gaala, Finlands motsvarighet till Grammisgalan, bland annat "Bästa band" och "Bästa album".


- Det var en otrolig lättnad. Nightwish är hjältar i Finland och det var de finska fansens reaktion jag var mest nervös inför.

Hon minns fortfarande de första dagarnas mediakaos. Fotografer från Finlands största kvällstidning låg och tryckte i buskarna utanför huset i Påarp och en förvånad Anette hittade bilder av sin katt i finska tidningar.


- Det går inte att förbereda sig på vad som ska hända när du tackar ja till det här jobbet. Det är verkligen så långt från ett kontorsjobb du kan komma.


När hon är ledig är det första hon saknar bandkollegerna.


- Vi har turnerat tillsammans så länge nu. Jag tror att Nightwish har blivit mer av en grupp sedan jag kom med och jag har vant mig vid att ha killarna där även om vi inte umgås hela tiden. De har sina intressen och jag mina, shoppa till exempel får jag göra själv. Då vill de hellre spela poker i turnébussen.


Det har tagit tid att växa in i rollen som rockstjärna. Nightwish har hundratusentals fans världen över. Störst är hysterin i Sydamerika där bandets senaste live-dvd "Made in Hong Kong" är inspelad.


Där knackar hotellpersonalen på dörren mitt i natten för att be om en autograf och fansen väntar utanför hotellet till klockan fyra på morgonen.


- Det var väldigt jobbigt i början, nästan panikångest. Då kunde jag springa iväg och svara tjurigt när jag ville vara ifred. Jag tycker fortfarande inte om när fans kommer fram och nyper mig i kinderna, men jag har lärt mig hantera det. Och jag förstår dem. Här får de träffa sina största idoler, då är det klart att de blir lite tokiga.


I ett klipp från live-dvd:n där de fem bandmedlemmarna väntar på att gå upp på scenen är det enorma trycket från tusentals åskådare påtagligt.


- Det är svårt att beskriva känslan när du står där, det är både förväntan och nervositet. När sedan publiken sjunger med under konserten sjunger de nästan högre än vad jag gör.

När hon kommer tillbaka till Sverige i augusti är hon inte Påarpsbo längre. Huset ska säljas och hon har redan köpt en lägenhet i Helsingborg.


- Jag ska påbörja flytten under turnén, vilket betyder att jag kommer bo med oupphängda gardiner i flera månader innan jag kommer i ordning.


Foto: Jouni Harala

För snart två år sedan handplockades sångerskan Anette Olzon till finska Nightwish. Nu släpps live-dvd:n som skildrar hennes första turné med bandet.

Arkivfoto: Britt-Mari Olsson

Senast publiken kunde se Anette Olzon var när Nightwish spelade i bandet 2007. Den aktuella live-dvd:n som skildrar Anettes första tid med bandet är inspelade under turnén i Mexiko.

Anette Olzon om...

...turnélivet: "Du vet vart du ska men ändå inte och plötsligt kommer någon och säger att du ska sitta i en intervju om en halvtimme. Jag har fått släppa lite på mitt kontrollbehov."


...Youtube-videon där hon gråtande lämnar scenen:
"Det var en liten scen och direkt när jag kom in på fick jag rökmaskinen i ansiktet. Jag får väldigt lätt torra slemhinnor och får jag rök på stämbanden tappar jag till slut rösten. När jag började sjunga märkte jag att jag inte kunde ta vissa toner. Vi hade turnerat i flera månader i sträck, alla var trötta, och jag kände att jag inte kunde fortsätta."


...nästa steg med Nightwish:
"Till hösten ska jag göra några egna framträdanden, då blir det inte så mycket Nightwish, men våren 2010 har vi bokat in studiotid."





English translation from Nightwish Official Forum:

"The Mother who is becoming a bigger and bigger star"

She went from a baking biscuits supermum home in Påarp to be a rockstar in front of thousands fans. For about 18 months has Anette Olzon toured with Nightwish.

It wasn't an easy task to replace Tarja Turunen, Nightwish frontsinger for five years (Eh, okay research please! It's 9 years!). The expectations were sky high when Anette Olzon was presented as the new Nightwish singer.
- When thousands of people have payed money to see me, I want to do a good job. I'm very self critical and even if the crowd enjoys the shows, I still have a hard time to feel pleased if not everything went perfect.
The last months she has enjoyed her time off and being on vacation for the first time in a very long time. The time has she spent with being a mother to her son. It has been alot of family life in the house in Påarp. Since a couple of days ago she's back on tour. An amount of 30 shows is left of the bands two year old tour.
-It's always hard to leave home. But now I can see a end of the tunnel this time. This time my son wasn't either so sad to see me leave. I think he's starting to understand that this is my job now. What I'm afraid of is that he's going to be angry with me later and wonder why I'm not like the other mothers.

The first year was the hardest for the band. Anette had the worst time because she had to convince the fans that she was a proper replacement.
The first test already came after a few months when Nightwish sixth album "Dark Passion Play" was released. The album had been recorded in biggest secretive spirit and the only track that the fans had heard her with was "Amaranth" which had been released a month earlier. Except for a couple of mean comments was the reception positive. The band won four catagories at the Emmaa Gaala, for example "Best band" and "Best album".
-It was an incredible relief. Nightwish are heroes in Finland and it was the finnish fans reaction I was most anxious about.

She still remember the first days media chaos. Photographers from Finlands biggest evening post was hiding in the bushes outside the house in Påarp and a suprised Anette found pictures of her cat in the finnish magazines.
- It isn't possible to prepare for what is going to happen when you accept this type of job. It really as far away from office work as you can come.

When she's free the first thing she miss is the band collegues.
- We have toured together for so long now. I think that Nightwish has becomed much more of a group since I arrived, and I have gotten used to to have the boys around me even though we don't spend time together all the time. They have their interests and I mine, shopping for example I have to do by myself. They rather want to play poker in the tourbus.
It has taken time to grow into the role as a rockstar. Nightwish has hundred of thousands of fans all over the world. The biggest hysteria is in South America where the bands latest live DVD "Made In Hong Kong" is recorded.
In that country the hotel staff is knocking on your door in the middle of the night asking for autographs, and the fans are waiting outside the gotel until four in the morning.
- It was very hard in the beginning, I almost got panic attacks. Then I could run away and answer grumpily when I wanted to be alone. I still don't like when the fans come forward and pinch my cheeks, but I have learned how to handle it. And I understand the fans. They get to meet their biggest idols and of course they get a bit crazy then.

In a cut from the live dvd where the five band members wait to enter the stage, is the enormous pressure noticable.
- It's hard to describe the feeling of how to stand there, its both nervous and filled with excitement. When the public later sing along at the concert they almost sing louder than me.
When she comes back to Sweden in August she doesn't live in Påarp any longer. The house is on sale and she has already bought an apartment in Helsingborg.
- I'm going to begin to move in during the tour, which means that I'm going to live with unhanged curtains for moths before I'm able to settle in.

*Anette Olzon about...

...tourlife
"You know where you're going but still not in the same time, and suddenly someone comes and say that you're having an interview about a half hour. I have been forced to relase a bit of my need to always be in control.

...the youtube video where she crying leaves the stage:
"It was a small stage and when I entered it I got the smoke machine in my face. I easily get dry mucous membrane and if I get smoke on my vocal chords I in the end loose my voice. When I started to sing I noticed I couldn't take certain notes. We had toured for months in a row, everybody was tired, and I just felt I couldn't do it.

...next step with Nightwish:
"In the autumn I'm going to perform by myself, and there won't be so much Nightwish then, but in the spring 2010 we have booked the studio.

Nightwish - Made In Hong Kong

Source: Kerrang!

MIHK review, Kerrang! Magazine, 3 K's (out of 5) = ***

Stopgap live release paired with suprisingly traumatic dvd.

This was the album Nightwish didn't want to make. Keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen makes no secret of the fact that he dislikes live albums, both listening to and making them. It's no suprise then that someone so driven by perfection would wince at the scraggy ends that inevitably make their way onto live records. That said, Nightwish are about as polished and elaborate a live experience as anyone this side of KISS, and the tracks showcased here do nothing but underline their majesty. On the downside, due entirely to tangles of red tape, the band weren't able to include any of their earlier material here, so what you end up with is no real representation of an actual Nightwish concert.

Of equal interest is the accompanying dvd which concisely documents 150+ shows on the Dark Passion Play world tour. As well as drunken humour, we hear a surpisingly candid admission from a band on the verge of meltdown. Singer Anette Olzon talks about feeling trapped in a prison, of walking off stage in tears. Holopainen recalls getting the finger from legions of ex-singer Tarja Turunen's fans in South America and raher sadly admits that there have been "some setback with Anette" and that he's "seriously pondered whether it's worth it all...there's always something." Thankfully, by the end he remembers that being well paid to do the thing you love best is no bad life. Which hopefully means this remarkable band's story has at least one more reel to run.

Download - Amaranth
For fans of - Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil.

Review by Steve Beebee

Interview with Nightwish 2

Source: Kerrang!

What are the UK fans going to see that we haven't seen before?
Tuomas - As it'll be our first show after a 3 month break you'll see slightly scared but refreshed and excited Nightwish. There will be the full light show and pyro, plus a different set-list. We've been playing the same songs for 14 months and the time has come to change things. We're gonna drop Bye Bye Beautiful and in fact we'll probably never play that song again. It's had its time and it just feels really corny to play it now. We're gonna bring some of the older stuff back. [Holly's note - And don't we all know it!! grin.gif]

Is that due to fans telling you they want to hear more old stuff?
T - The most important thing is to keep the set-list intersting for yourself. By changing things, you stay inspired and get the right vibes. That is then transferred to the audience and everyone feeds off it. If you play the same songs for weeks on end it becomes routine. We'll always have the same first and last song - that's tradition - but we'll change a lot of the others.

But don't you always open with BBB?
T - Yes, but we're having a five-day rehearsal in a few weeks and then we'll decide what the new opener will be. We've never played the Brixton Academy before but there is a legendary touch to its name, so of course we want to play the best show we possibly can. [Holly's note - And boy, did they play a heck of a show]

How close is the new live album MIHK to the true Nightwish sound?
T - I am positive about how it sounds but I wasn't sure at first because it was the record company's idea, not ours. I actually don't like live albums at all but I was happy with the result. To me, it sounds more like a live EP because for legal reasons we weren't able to include our earlier songs, just ones from Dark Passion Play. That was dissappointing, but I think the best part of it is the tour documentary. You will see how exhausted we got and how close we came to actually cracking up and checking into a mental hospital. There is plenty of hilarity also, so you'll see both sides.

Will the day come when you won't play anything from you Tarja-fronted era?
T - It's not something I've contemplated. I don't see any reason why we should stop playing the old material. Some of the songs have actually been reborn since Anette joined the band. For example, Sacrament of Wilderness and Ever Dream sound different now, but at the same time they sound refreshed. I think we'll keep doing older songs in the set for as long as we can do shows.

Pain are supporting you once more in London - you must really like touring with them?
T - I like Pain's music but I definetly like the people. When we choose support acts, the most important thing is that we can get along with them, and it certainly helps if we like the music. Pain are the perfect package in that sense and the same applies for the other band that are touring with us, Indica. I can say the same for Paradise Lost when we toured with them - great band, great people.

Do you ever wake up on long tours like this and wonder where the hell you are?
T - All the time. I don't use drugs but I imagine this is what it'd be like. You wake up in this surreal world that doesn't quite make sense. You go where they tell you to go and it's hard to make sense of what time is and where you actually are. The tour is still going on - we'll do about 10 festival shows in Europe this summer and carry on until September when we finally start making our new album. I feel like my head is exploding with ideas for it!

Interview with Nightwish 1

Source: Musikki-TV

13.3 2009

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Interview with Nightwish 19

Source: Classic Rock
Dave Ling
March 12. 2009

Nightwish Speak Out About Vocalist Problems


Nightwish's Tuomas Holopainen has admitted that vocalist Anette Olzen "might not be able to handle" the pressures of being in the band.

In an exclusive interview with Classic Rock's Dave Ling, Tumoas Holopainen has admitted that there have been signs of tension that are beginning to form within the band.


The Dark Passion Play tour began in October 2007. Is the finish line in sight?


Tumoas Holopainen:
"It's on the far horizon, maybe. There's only another five months to go. It's been the band's longest and most exhausting tour; a real rollercoaster ride."


By that you must mean Anette bursting into tears and walking off stage at a gig in Brazil last November, later claiming in an interview that "the stress and bad vibe within the band had reached a boiling point"?


Holopainen:
"Yes, but I disagree about the bad vibe part. It was a combination of many different things. Everyone was getting along, but the schedule was too hard. The whole band, the technicians, everyone, was on the verge of collapse."


What was meant by the explanation that Anette was "really not up to this kind of heavy shit right now"?


Holopainen:
"She was being affected by a smoke machine, which isn't great for a singer. There were middle fingers in the front row, and some jerks were screaming the name of our former vocalist (Tarja Turunen). It all kind of closed in on her. But everybody's relaxed again now. We went home and had three months off the road. As simple as that."


Did alarm bells ring when, echoing her predecessor, Olzon recently hired a personal manager?


Holopainen:
"At the beginning I had a feeling of déjà vu. But when we discussed it I understood that she needs somebody who speaks her own language [Swedish]. Her manager is a very, very reasonable guy."


How is she handling the fame?


Holopainen:
"She has told me a couple of times that she might not be able to handle it, on top of her divorce. I've seen her close to collapse and it has scared me, so we are protecting her. There will be no more interviews."


Nightwish - Made In Hong Kong

Source: the Mindview
March 2009

Nightwish - Made In Hong Kong (and various other places):

In 2007 the "New Nightwish" (featuring the brand-new vocalist Anette Olzon) released "Dark Passion Play" and
immediately there were lovers and haters. With this live-CD all doubts should be wiped off the table. Like with
most metal-bands the live-gigs are still better than the normal studio-recordings and this also the case here.
Anette's voice really sends the chills down your spine at pretty much every single moment. Just the screams of
Marko Hietala, whose voice is being used a bit more now, could've been so much better. No more bombastiv opera
vocals, but a heavy portion metal with some slight spirituality. Looooovely!

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Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Nightwish Interview May 2008 / New York City

Jason Levine sits down with Tuomas Holopainen & Anette Olzon




Jason: 
This is your second time coming to the United States with the new lineup. Today is the first day of the new tour. How did you enjoy the first trip?


Tuomas:
  The first one was really good. It was more like a rehearsal tour to be honest. We started off out here for a reason. So that we could kind of like introduce her (Anette) to the mysterious life of rock and roll. Because nobody really knows us here in the US. Hopeful yet. So it was kind of like an easy landing for the band. Especially for her to start it out here. Now when we came back, of course we have a little bit more expectations and like you said earlier we made a little bit of an evolution from that last tour. It was. It felt at least for me really fresh. Really good tonight.


Jason:
 (to Anette) In the first tour you had a get out there and sing vibe. Now you go out there with a whole show you bring to the table. How much have you worked on your performance aspect of the shows?


Anette: 
Well I just think that when I was here the last time I hadn’t played with the guys so much. It takes some time for me to relax and enjoy the ride. We have had so many shows now that I can concentrate not only on the voice. I can jump around and think about the people too. I think I did that before too. But you know. I was quite nervous and under a lot of pressure the last time we were here. So it’s much more easy now. It’s very good.


Jason:
  For the band it’s kind of important to break into the US. I know in the past you wanted to play more in the US and there were issues. Are you now wanting to concentrate and expand more in the States?


Tuomas:
  As much as we can actually. Yeah. Because for me it’s not all about breaking in the US. It’s more like this is the hardest market in the whole world. Especially for music like this when you come from outside a native English speaking country like from Finland and Sweden. So if we would make it out here at least on a smaller scale. You can give yourself a real nice pat on the head that you have achieved something that few people can do. So the US market. We take it as a challenge. Like this would be the ultimate goal. But it’s not like we’re out here to conquer the whole country. We just do the best we can. As many tours as we can and see how far it gets us.


Jason:
 When you play over Europe you’re used to playing to thousands of people a night. What kind of experience is it to play these more intimate shows over here?


Tuomas:
  Everybody in the band is in flames at the moment. I mean it is a whole different experience to play 10,000 people in Europe and it’s like equally good. You get the same kind of vibes. But here playing in Poughkeepsie for 700 people in a really small rock and roll club, you can really feel and smell the sweat and slime and beer and rock and roll. That’s also a whole new experience. Personally I enjoy these kind of small venues even more than big arenas.


Anette:
 Yeah. I think it’s more intimate. I can see all the faces almost. Even persons in the balcony. When there’s 15,000 it’s quite hard. I like to have this intimacy with the people. I want to take your hands. I would like to see them. Because I want to sing to them. Of course it’s nice to be in front of 15,000 too. But this is enjoyable like Tuomas said. This is how it should be in a way.


Jason:
 You came into a situation where you weren’t sure how the fans were going to react at first.


Anette:
 Uh huh.


Jason:
 Is it nice to be in these kind of places where you can really get in touch with the fans?


Anette:
 Yeah. And you know, when you have a nice feeling like tonight, you feel very welcomed. I think for me America is a bit safer of course than it was in Finland for example. I really like America. I must say. We go in the bus and it’s such a family thing.


Tuomas:
 Road trip.


Anette:
 It’s a road trip. This is how touring should be. When we’re in Europe we have hotels every night and then you don’t get so much together. Here you really have to sit on each other and that’s nice. Really nice.


Tuomas:
  There wasn’t a single working toilet today.


Anette:
 No (*laughs*).


Tuomas: 
You know, for example, that. No backstage. Nothing like that. That’s the beauty of it in a way.


Anette:
  In the first tour I had to make my, you know, needs in plastic bag like the second day or something. This is how touring is (*laughs*). I’m mean in a way this is how it should be. Even if it’s of course comfortable to live in nice hotels and stuff. But this is true rock and roll.



Jason:
  Stopping at the rest stops along the way.


Anette:
 Yeah, but really. Of course sometimes you feel like oh maybe we should have a good meal of food. But you know, there’s something nice with this really.


Jason:
 With Dark Passion Play you started off the album with a 14 minute song. That is very different than what most bands do. What was the thinking behind that?


Tuomas:
  I think the thinking behind that decision was that we didn’t think too much. It just felt like the right thing to do. You always try to avoid cliches to the maximum. A cliché would be to put the longest song as the ending track of the album. It just felt right to do it exactly the other way around. Putting it as the number one and it truly works.


Jason:
 The song you used to introduce Anette was Eva. Was there a choice behind picking a ballad rather than one of your more upbeat songs?


Anette:
 I think only Tuomas knows, because I didn’t have anything to do with the choice of songs.


Tuomas:
  I think it’s a nice song. To play it live, for me personally it is one of the most boring songs. But in a way this song I think introduces her, really fits with her voice really well. So that’s why we decided to put it as a teaser for the new album.


Anette:
  And it’s quite, you know. Even if it’s a very simple song many people can say. It’s very hard to sing it with emotions. I think a slow song really puts you to the test. Especially when there’s not so many instruments. You really have to lift the song. It may sound simple, but it’s not that easy. It’s easier actually to just sing. Scream and sing (*laughs*). You have to interpret it and go in with a feeling. It’s a very sensitive song with the lyrics too.


Tuomas: 
Yeah. This particular song is a perfect example of her at her best. Because what I like the most about her voice and singing is to be able to tell the story. Eva is a short, very short sad little story. She really brought it to life. I think that’s one of her finest moments on the album even though the song itself is not that outstanding in my opinion.



Jason:
 You have a few ballads on the album. Meadows of Heaven is another. In general it seems that you changed the style a bit for Anette. Had you thought about that when you decided to go with a new singer?


Tuomas:
 Personally I don’t think that we changed the style at all. The sole image of the band remained exactly the same as it has been for the past 11 years. One concrete example to prove this fact is that we had all the songs done and recorded and we still didn’t have a singer. So the whole Dark Passion Play was already recorded without the female vocals and we didn’t have a singer. Then we decided that she would be the one. Invited her over. Had a couple of rehearsals. Then she came to the studio and sang her parts. So in that way, there was no way that we could have influenced into the songs with her voice in our heads, because we didn’t know who was going to sing this.


Jason:
  It all worked out well, because your voice goes great with these songs.


Anette:
  Yeah. But this album I didn’t have any say. Luckily the range worked. Of course there were some parts where you had to sing with different voices, etc. I think next album will be easier because I will be there. But I just had to go and use my voice as an instrument like in an orchestra. I think that’s how many bands work on projects.


Jason: 
Have you guys started working on any new songs together yet?


Anette:
  I don’t know if Tuomas has any ideas.


Tuomas:
 I have some ideas but it’s far too early to talk about that because the preliminary plan is to go to the studio in 2010. Start rehearsals early 2010 maybe. Something like this. So it’s still very much in the planning stage.


Anette:
 And we have so much touring going on that I think it’s hard to find some inspiration at the moment. Still I must say I love all the songs from the new album. So it’s hard to think about something new because I still love to sing all of them. I feel them.


Tuomas: 
Yeah. It’s like when you’re a songwriter you think about it all the time. So I have this notebook with me and I think I have like 45 pages of text at the moment. Some riffs and some little stuff. But absolutely nothing concrete yet. So ask me again in about a year.


Anette:
  Yeah. I think in a year. Because then we’re going to end in September or something.


Tuomas:
  Yeah. This tour is going to end in September 2009.


Anette:
 Next year. So maybe it’s time to ask him them (*laughs*).



Jason:
  So you plan to go for another year and a half of touring for this album?


Anette:
  Yeah.


Tuomas:
 A bit over a year. Yeah.


Anette:
 September.


Tuomas:
  2009. Which will be the last shows.


Anette:
 Sometime there about...


Jason:
 Over your career you’ve put out quite a few live albums and DVDs. Is there any plan to do something similar for this tour?


Tuomas:
 No. We’re not going to do that. None of us actually is like a big fan of live albums or live releases. So we have already released two live albums in 11 years I think. That’s enough for a while. The big, big plan is to do a show with a full orchestra and choir sometime. We really, really want to do that with her. But I also think that we need another before that with her singing before we can do that. Also, what can we do after that. If we do like this massive, massive show with everything it’s going to be the coolest thing ever. So what would it be like.


Anette:
 Then we go to acoustic. Then we just play acoustic guitars (*laughs*).


Tuomas:
  It’s all about extremes. Go to extremes.


Anette:
 Yeah. I think we have to test everything. I think Nightwish is about trying things.


Tuomas:
  Yes.


Anette:
 That is what I have done for the band. I thing we all are a little bit crazy. Some crazy things we have to try.


Jason:
 It seems like there is a lot of good chemistry in the band now. It comes out in your stage performance as well. Do you feel more creative and passionate about things?


Tuomas:
 Yeah. I really, really do. What I love about this band is that the music in itself. It deals with some really heavy shit. It’s really dramatic. Majestic. Creates fantasy worlds. The whole image and concept of Nightwish is something really deep in a way. But then the guys and the girl in the band, we’re the most normal people. On stage we just fool around. Do a rock and roll show. Have fun. There’s nothing overly dramatic about it. These controversies that came up a lot about this band. You do music with the biggest heart and about some really, really serious issues. About killing yourself. About young girls getting teased at school. About love and death. God. Everything. But you can also perform all this stuff with a little bit of the tongue in the cheek way and you can see that on stage.



Jason:
 (to Anette) What has your experience been like? It’s been a whirlwind. There’s was a big, big deal made about an opening in Nightwish in the female metal community. What has your experience been through this journey so far?


Anette:
  Yeah. But I come from totally not metal (*laughs*). So I didn’t know so much about Nightwish. I’m quite happy about it. But of course it’s been turbulent for me. And also to tour and you know my voice. I didn’t sing every day and now I sing 6 days a week almost when we are doing heavy tours. So I have learned so much about myself and of course I’ve been a pain in the ass sometimes. Very negative and down and the pressure. I mean yeah, I have been. Of course we have had our blowouts. But I have learned and they have learned and it takes some time. I must say that it’s been a hell of a last year. I didn’t have time to think and now I’m really feeling that it’s so nice. I have time to think what I’m doing and I’m enjoying it now. Last year I was so stressed (*laughs*). I didn’t have any. Too much thinking. Now I’m enjoying the ride and having a nice time.


Jason:
 The band seems to be enjoying it as well.


Anette:
  Yeah. I think we have melted together as a group after some hard trials.


Tuomas:
 We hit the rock bottom a month or two ago.


Anette:
 Yeah, we did.


Tuomas:
 But it wasn’t that bad. In a way.


Anette:
 But you have to have some conflict on a bad day.


Tuomas:
  There were some conflicts and it wasn’t that bad. It took some talks and it took some realizing things from all the sides. That was inevitable as well. We knew it was going to come some day.


Anette: 
Yeah. And you know I’m a girl and I have been in the bus with them and there will be difficulties. Also since I’m Swedish and they’re Finnish. Even if we’re very close, there are some big differences. I think the main thing is that I’m a girl. I have my days (*laughs*). But they have their days (*laughs*). But I think it’s good because we have learned to talk about things.


Tuomas: 
What we take for granted because we have seen it for 11 years, she has no clue what to expect.


Anette:
 You know, just handling the fans and normal things like. I have never done that. I had to tell them how I felt, because for them it is normal after 11 years. They’re like “yeah, yeah”. For it me it was like “ah”. Being this singer in a big band it’s not so easy to just adjust from a normal person. Doing a normal job and getting into this situation.


Tuomas:
 She’s exactly like me when it comes to people. I’m really. I don’t feel comfortable with bunches of people. But I’ve learned to kind of cope with it in 10 years. Now I kind of enjoy it. But in the beginning it was really, really hard.


Anette:
 Yeah.


Tuomas: 
You know, get the attention. Get the crowds of people. Now she has to start from point zero. The same thing. So I really understand.


Anette:
 But maybe it was hard because I was quite tough in the beginning too. I was like “yeah, I can handle everything, you know I’m a strong girl outside”. I didn’t let them in. I didn’t tell them how I felt. Usually that is the thing you don’t do. So now they all know and I know. It feels good.



Jason:
  Coming to America is a training ground for the fans also, because you are getting smaller crowds than over in Europe that mob you.


Anette:
 Yeah. But like every crowd in every country is very different. We were in France and it was crazy. They were crazy. Wonderful. I mean they were like. I don’t think I. Like in Paris I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that.


Tuomas:
  It was the best so far.


Anette:
  It was so much love. So much people. And you know, France. You don’t think about France like that but I must say they are great (*laughs*). And here in America I feel very welcomed and people are very polite. I mean they are standing in line there. They don’t go here (near the bus). They can just go here but they are so polite. I really like them. People are really loving here and polite and well behaved. If I can say it like that.


Jason:
 So your future plans are to keep touring for the next year or so. Do you plan to come back here to America again?


Tuomas:
  In September, yeah. Together with some of our friends.


Anette: 
We start on the tour at the end of August.


Jason:
 Can we expect more songs, different songs. Are you going to change the setlist up a lot?


Tuomas:
  I think there is going to be some changes. You can get really bored with the songs yourself playing them over and over again. So two or three we change every now and then. It keeps the whole thing more interesting.


Anette: 
We don’t have so much time to practice (*laughs*). We are doing the same songs that we have done but we change now and then.



Jason:
 Hopefully the next time you’ll be able to play Eva.


Anette:
 Actually I have said for a long time that I really want to do both Sleeping Sun and Eva. The slow songs too. I think even if you know you want to rock. I think many people like to just stand and listen. You know Eva is a very special song for many people I think because it touches you in the heart here. There’s so many people that can feel that song. So I hope we will play it.


Tuomas:
 But we will.


Anette:
  I know the guys want to have their fast songs (*laughs*).


Tuomas:
  No, no (*laughs*). It’s not about the fast songs. I just think Eva is a bit boring.


Anette:
  Yeah, yeah, yeah. But people love it you know.


Tuomas:
 But it’s a personal opinion (*laughs*).


Anette:
 We will play it some day I guess. If I.


Tuomas:
  We will play it on the next tour.


Anette:
 I will harass them (*laughs*).


Jason:
 Whatever you choose is always great. The show tonight was great.


Anette:
  Thank you so much.


Jason: 
You guys do a great job on stage.


Tuomas:
  Thank you.


Anette:
  I was actually a little bit nervous today. I don’t know why. It’s so.


Tuomas:
  First show.


Anette:
  Yeah and it’s different.



Jason:
 It must have been tough. You had problems with getting your equipment over here so you missed a couple of shows. Did that get you off rhythm?


Tuomas:
  Well there was a lot of being pissed off. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Hotel rooms. Can we do a show. I don’t know. Stuff is not here. So the energy was compacting and it all got out tonight.


Anette:
  Yeah and like today also the crew bus broke down. So it was like another thing. But now we’re here and I think there will hopefully not be any more problems (*laughs*).


Tuomas:
 Thankfully.


Anette:
 But it felt very good and like I said we were very sorry that two shows were cancelled. We felt very bad and we hope we can make it up to the fans someday. Somehow.


Jason:
  Everyone will come back the next time and you will get bigger and bigger crowds here in America. We’re just glad to have you here.


Anette:
  And we are happy to be here.


Tuomas:
  Definitely.


Anette: 
Very much.


Jason:
 We’re looking forward to a good future for Nightwish in the US and thank you from everyone at Sonic Cathedral for the interview.


Tuomas:
 Thank you.


Anette:
 That would be very nice. Spread the word.



For more Information: http://www.nightwish.com/ or http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/


Intervju med Evanescence

Source: Sonic Cathedral

Evanescence Interview

Written by Jason Levine   
Sunday, 19 August 2007

Present - Jason Levine (SC), Amy Lee (Vocals) of Evanescence
Interview performed at PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ
August 8, 2007




Jason: It's been almost a year since the album came out. How have things been going both with the album and on the road?

 

Amy: Awesome. We've been all over the world. We've been to all six inhabited continents since then. We went to Europe, South Africa, South America, Scandinavia, Middle East, all over the place. It's been really great everywhere. It's been cool to tour so many places again and some new places too. The shows have been well received and big and it's been great. Almost like we never left.

 

Jason: In the US you have done a couple of headline tours in support of The Open Door. Do you plan to do a bigger arena tour after the Family Values tour ends?

 

Amy: Uh huh. Yeah. This would have been the time for us to do the bigger tour I've been talking about, but then the Family Values thing came up and we thought that it would be cool to do something with a lot of other bands during the summer time. It's festival season. I don't know. More bang for your buck. Besides Korn's amazing and there's a lot of other great bands on the bill. It's better this way because instead of doing two of our own tours right in a row. We can just do this and then have something different at the end of the year.

 

Amy Lee - Evanescence

Jason: Speaking of Korn, you did the duet of Freak On A Leash with them recently. You also play a lot of cover songs in concert as well. Would you think about a cover album or putting a cover onto the next album?

 

Amy: I don't think we've done that many covers. We actually hadn't been playing a cover the whole time we've been touring The Open Door until like two weeks ago. We started playing People Are Strange just for fun to change it up on the Family Values tour. No, I don't think I would do a covers album at all. I think it would be cool one day to maybe put out a b-sides and rarities, because I think there's a lot of songs that we've made that either didn't quite make the cut or didn't fit on the album for whatever reason. I don't know. Some day that could be really interesting. I always love when bands put out b-sides and rarities. Sometimes it's my favorite CD.

 

Jason: Yeah.

 

Amy: Because it's interesting.

 

Jason: And you get all the live and other songs that you can't put on a regular album.

 

Amy: Yeah. Totally.

 

Jason: How has it been going with the new band members?

 

Amy: Incredible. It's been really great. Troy and Will are very, very talented musicians. I want to only say the positive things about them. I want to be nice. (laughs) They're really, really great and it's given us a lot of ability. I've felt like we were kind of trapped before, because things kind of got to a stagnant point. Like when nothing was moving forward it was kind of like just barely getting through every show. There was some misery in the band and John and Rocky just didn't want to be doing it anymore. So it was really frustrating for the rest of us, because we love the band and love the new songs and want to be here rocking out in front of thousands of people. I mean, how can you not? So it's really cool to have not only two very talented guys in band, but also two people that really appreciate and love this music and this band. So we're having a lot of fun. We get along and we play scrabble together. We're going camping tonight. So it's been a really good time. It feels like a breath of fresh air.

 

Amy Lee - Evanescence

Jason: You have a good collaboration with Terry already. Do you plan to collaborate more with everyone in the band now?

 

Amy: I don't know. I don't want to jinx myself and say that again, because I said that before The Open Door and that didn't work. So you never know how it's going to be writing with people. We've successfully been able to make up little pieces here and there. Segways into other songs. I mean it just comes naturally for us. We're all pretty open minded and creative and we sort of think on the same page and like the same bands. So I can easily see us all writing together, yes. But there's no plan, just because by the time we finish not this tour but the one after that we were talking about. We're just gonna take some good time off for I don't know. Indefinitely. Until we figure out the next thing to do. So we'll see.

 

Jason: With The Open Door you had a lot of issues you brought out during it about your relationship with Shaun. Now that you're married and happier, can we expect a different style or different lyrics in your newer writing?

 

Amy: You can always expect a different style. I never want to put out the same record twice. I always want to be reinventing myself and pushing myself to the new limit. But as far as writing happy songs and putting out a Sarah McLachlan record. It's just not really me. I want to be doing something different, but I also still want it to be interesting and unique and challenging. I don't know. I like giving people the exact opposite of what they think they expect. (laughs) So we'll see. Maybe I'll just put out a clarinet record or something. (laughs) A whistling choir.

 

Jason: I understand there are talks of going solo down the road?

 

Amy: No. Its a rumor. My contract is like eternal. (laughs)

 

Jason: Have you thought about working with Wind-Up on something solo in addition to the Evanescence work, following such other frontwomen as Gwen Stefani and Fergie by releasing a solo album?

 

Amy: That's not me. I definitely think I could work by myself on something, but it wouldn't be in this music world. It wouldn't be in this sense of touring. I don't know. It would be completely different. Everything that I want to do as a rock musician I get to do with Evanescence. If I was ever to do something on my own or with different people, it would be because it was completely different. Such as I really have always wanted to get into scoring. I would love to score a film and I'm gonna try to do something completely different than Evanescence along those lines at some point. So there's that, but I don't know if that counts as being a solo artist. Definitely not in the sense that Fergie or Gwen Stefani are solo artists. I'm not really interested in that.

 

Jason: So more of using your piano skills to work on something?

 

Amy: Hopefully that and lot more. Hopefully a whole symphony. So we'll see.

 

Jason: That would be kind of cool.

 

Amy: Yeah.

 

Amy Lee - Evanescence

Jason: We've been seeing a lot more female fronted bands come over to America this year. Your band has paved the way so all of these bands can come over from Europe. Revolver just put on a female metal tour. Where do you see yourself in the female scene and how you fit in?

 

Amy: I don't know really how to answer that. I don't really look at it like it's a whole different genre because I'm a girl. I think that is something that I've always felt was an advantage for us because we had something different than most of the bands out there. It's cool to be on this bill and be one of two females total, because it changes it up and there's something that we have that they don't which is just this sort of passionate femininity. So it's cool to have that. I've always looked at it as a positive thing. But I don't know where I stand and all that stuff.

 

Jason: Would you tour with other female bands?

 

Amy: Absolutely. I would love to. How cool would that be. I definitely have always had a lot of female artists that I love and admire. A lot of them are older now or are in a completely different style of music so I don't know how the tour would work. (laughs) I think we'd be the heaviest band on the bill for sure.

 

Jason: Sort of like a Lillith Fair but for heavier bands?

 

Amy: That would be really fun. Yes.

 

Jason: So with your influence in the industry you can get something like that put together.

 

Amy: You gotta help me put that together. I don't know if it's possible. I don't even know who I would grab. But yeah, I would love to have a chick tour. But then how would the guys in the band feel? They'd be like "OK, but I'm a dude. Don't forget me". I don't know. There's more to it than that.

 

Jason: When you're done with this touring cycle are you planning to go right back into the studio?

 

Amy: No. I really don't want to do that. Even less than last time. Last time I was exhausted after touring. A lot more than we will be this time, because we were just being driven into the ground. But even still after just like one month I was so motivated. So many things had happened that affected me personally and I finally had the freedom to really write whatever I wanted, that I was just dying to write the new record. We just spent a long time on it. This time I'm definitely musically inspired and want to work, but I don't want to go right back into doing the exact same thing. I think I'm just going to take it easy. I just got married three months ago. Take a break. Be normal. Buy groceries. Go to the movies. You know.

 

Amy Lee - Evanescence

Jason: Has your marriage changed your attitude or views on life?

 

Amy: Um yeah. Absolutely. I don't know. You get a better perspective on what's the most important and it's not all about you and I think that's actually a big relief. It's a lot less pressure as far as messing up and the career is concerned. I think I was already starting to get that perspective anyway, but it just helps make it even clearer when it's not all about you all the time. So I like it. (laughs)

 

Jason: And how has the change been in terms of moving to New York. Do you plan to stay there?

 

Amy: Yeah, I love it there. I don't know what to say. I absolutely love it there. I haven't gotten to spend a ton of time there, because we've been just touring pretty much almost the whole time I've lived there. But it's a lot more me than Los Angeles. I lived in California for five years. Again I'm not there very much. And yeah, it was alright, but definitely not my personality. I'm laid back and everything, but it's a lot about who you know and the whole Hollywood thing. And I just. I don't fit into that at all. I'm just the girl in the corner wishing I could go home. (laughs) So it's a lot cooler to be in New York where there are so many different cultures and music and art and just people from all over the world. It's actually really cool and everybody has something that they think is a lot more important going on than looking at you. So I can completely blend in. Just walk down the street and be normal.

 

Jason: You said you wanted to do different things for the new album. What kind of direction do you see taking the band?

 

Amy: It's hard to say right now. I don't know. We'll just have to wait to be inspired to know what's really going on. It's going to be hard to say, because we don't write on tour. We actually. It's so much of this stuff that I have to wait until I'm done to zone out and be a writer. We'll see.

 

Jason: You've been doing a lot of meet and greets and other fan activities. How do you react to your fans and how do you feel about them?

 

Amy: I love the fans. How can you not love them. They are nothing but cool to us and they've supported us. Everytime I ask them for anything they do it. The first couple of Korn shows were OK and the fan response kind of sucked. Not that they were negative to us. They just weren't doing anything. I know our fans are out there, but I almost feel like they were intimidated by the Korn fans and didn't want to get too excited. So I talked to a couple of the fan club members when they came to the show. I was like "Hey. By the way. Go on the message board and tell everybody if you're an Evanescence fan then represent, because we need you out there and make some noise" and they were like "OK". Next show was like a completely different world and it's been cool ever since. So we definitely have a rad following and I have nothing but love for our fans.

 

Amy Lee - Evanescence

Jason: A lot of those fans consider you an idol. How does it feel to know all of those girls look up to you and what you have done to show that women can succeed in an industry dominated by men?

 

Amy: Um. That's a lot of pressure. (laughs) I am a big sister and I just feel like I look at our fans and I see my younger siblings. I love em. I'm not perfect, you know. But I will do my best to try to be a good example for them and hopefully leave them to think for themselves. I think that's the most important thing. I don't know. I guess that's the end of my answer.

 

Jason: If you had one message to get out for people who didn't know Amy Lee, what would the message be?

 

Amy: Um. It's so hard to explain yourself in one sentence. I don't know what people think of me. It's hard to understand what the perception of you really is. I guess you just have to come to the show to get a better idea. (laughs) I don't know. I'm a nice person and I love food and music and having a good time and people and I don't know. You gotta know what people think about you to know what to tell them that's different. Sorry. Not a good answer at all. It's gonna be unprintable. (laughs)

 

Jason: How is the interaction while playing to your fans at the shows?

 

Amy: It's great. Honestly we've played our songs a million times and if I was at home doing nothing, bored on a Saturday, I don't think I would blast my own CD. I've heard it. (laughs) But to get up there in front of the fans and actually have their energy and their excitement about Evanescence music makes playing the songs incredible. I love playing our music for them. It's like it is the first time. You get lost in it to the point where you almost forget what's coming. So it's a completely different experience and I love it. There's always, especially at these shows, there are always fans in the front. But there are sections. Either the left or the right or somewhere in the middle. Every night there is this one group of kids that are just freaking out. So that can be my comfort zone that every time I start to feel a little insecure I just keep going back to that spot. Drawing from them.

 

Jason: Are there any songs you are sick of playing or songs you really enjoy playing every night?

 

Amy: I love our whole set right now. We honestly have been changing it a little bit here and there for the past few months. Doing some new things. Doing some things we haven't done in a long time. It's cool. No. There's nothing that we play every night that I don't like.

 

Evanescence

Jason: What does the future hold for you?

 

Amy: For me?

 

Jason: Yeah.

 

Amy: You never know. There's always going to be music in it. For sure. It's my passion. But I plan on being happily married. Trying to do something new musically. I don't want to just go back into doing the same old thing like I said. I guess these are all answers I have already given. But I don't know. Maybe start taking lessons on a new instrument and just kind of educate myself a little bit in the time off. Then come up with something totally weird. Change everybody's mind again.

 

Our sincerest thanks to Amy for taking the time to perform this interview with Sonic Cathedral!


For more information visit www.evanescence.com or www.winduprecords.com.


Interview with Nightwish 21

Source: Metal-Temple

Interview with Tarja Turunen of Nightwish,
by Yiannis
posted on 2004/10/05


It’s no secret around here that I am a big fan of female vocalists in metal bands and Tarja Turunen from Nightwish is my favorite lady. The interview was taken a couple of days before the band leaving for the North America tour and it’s really interesting with info about their next album, the 2005 tour, her future plans and much, much more.


This summer (2004) you were in Greece for the Rockwave Festival and performed between Metal legends like Queensryche and Judas Priest. How did that feel?

Oh, it was an amazing experience to be playing in Greece. It was our first time there and the audience and everybody were really surprised with our live show, I think [laughs]. Every time you visit a new country you’re always a little bit suspicious about how it will be but so many Finnish bands had already played in Greece and they told us it would be amazing, and it was! I’m very happy about our first live show in Greece.

You didn’t play any songs off “Angels Fall First” and “Oceanborn” during your live appearance at Rockwave Festival. Was that due to your short time you had for your set-list?

Yeah, it was very short and we also had some technical problems in the beginning. We really had to cut the short list a bit shorter. Then of course, one hour available to perform your set-list is not enough…

So you were supposed to play more, right?

Yeah, of course.

Your latest album, “Once”, has topped the music charts around the world and in my opinion it surely deserved it.

Thank you!

It was a huge success especially for a heavy metal band. What were the elements in your opinion that made “Once” so successful?

Oh, that’s a good question. Well I believe that it has to do with our background that we’ve already worked for like 7 years. We had created a fan base in so many countries around the world, so they already knew us but basically it’s a music business and there are new companies working with us very well. With the promotion and the hard work we have done, traveling around the world promoting the new album etc. All these campaigns you can get with the TV, the media generally. Then of course, we have a great album in our hands, so…[laughs]. So I guess probably that also has something to do with the media. It’s a package you know, it’s a package and I think that we were ready to take this challenge.

You’ve conquered Europe and the band is bigger than ever. Do you feel that perhaps your destiny lies with Nightwish after all? I mean, a few years ago your top priority was to be an professional opera singer.

Not actually that. I’m a chamber singer, a lead singer when I’m making that kind of church music, I’m on my own lead concerts but my goal with Nightwish is still as long as we’re having a good time, as long as we’re doing this music with Nightwish I’m going to be the singer of the band. But on the other hand Nightwish needs to give me time to do my own classical career, I mean the thing with the concerts because I’m not studying anymore in order to be free and concentrate on all the concerts, the touring and stuff like that on my own. So this means that I’m still concentrating on those things too because they keep me going, they keep me healthy – mentally. I don’t think I’d be healthy if I only were a Heavy Metal singer. I am still concentrating on both things. Of course priority number one is Nightwish now.

I know Liv Kristine (Leaves’ Eyes) is your favorite female Metal vocalist. She’s taken part in various projects. Would you consider taking part in any projects if you were proposed to do so?

I’ve been requested by hundreds of metal bands to be part of their albums or side projects. Basically I’m not into that because I already am a singer of a Metal band so I don’t think I’d do something Metal again. But I am planning to do something that has to do a bit with Pop already. I feel my voice can fit in many things so it’s very interesting to combine things and music styles.

In “Once” you’re using a much softer voice, less operatic. In my opinion it sounds much better than “Century Child”. Considering though that your area of expertise is operatic vocals, did you feel weird or perhaps uncomfortable?

I feel very comfortable with “Once” because I have tried to change my singing style with Nightwish already since “Century Child” because Tuomas requested that, the songs requested that. Also it’s easier for more people to listen to this kind of voice. It has been hard work and I didn’t manage to do that on “Century Child”, I was not very happy with it. On “Once” it’s all very natural, how I’m singing and what I’m singing. But as I said, it has been really hard work because I’ve been a classical singer for the last ten years so it was hard to start over again and think of different styles. Of course I’m always singing with my classical techniques, I never sing with my poor speaking voice – I cannot do that anymore[laughs]! So now I’m very comfortable with what Tuomas has done because he was able to write for my voice; it was also a lesson for him as it was for me.

Many people consider “Once” to be a once in a lifetime album. How easy do you think it will ever be for Nightwish and especially Tuomas to top “Once” in the future?

He has already written three new songs for Nightwish! [laughs]

Really?!

Yeah and he has told me that it’s going to be a really better album than “Once”. “Do you believe me???” he asked me and I said “Yes I do! If you say it’s going to be a better album, I do!”. [laughs]

If people have rated it with a perfect 5/5, like I did, what will we do if the next one’s even better? [laughs]

He told me! He told me! I don’t know! [laughs]

Are there going to be any singles released with those new songs?

Oh we’re releasing a single called “I Wish I Had An Angel” from that song because we made a video. There are going to be some surprises too but not any complete plans for the future right now.

Speaking of videos, “Nemo” was a great video and now “I Wish I Had An Angel” is on it’s way. Should we expect any other video clips? Do you think that video clips are the best way to promote the band’s music?

This way of promotion is a quite expensive way. “Nemo” for example required an incredible amount of money and time. “I Wish I Had An Angel” is about a Hollywood movie that’s coming out this autumn. The movie’s called “Alone In The Dark” [Horror movie starring Christian Slater]. It’s a quite spooky movie and this video has these picks from the movie…

So it will be part of the soundtrack.

Yes.

That would definitely help “Once”’s North American sales…

Yup, we hope that.

So no more video clips after “I Wish I Had An Angel”, right?

Yes, no more video clips after that.

I couldn’t help noticing that the entire theme and lyrics of the album were a lot darker than the previous ones. What inspired Tuomas and perhaps the rest of the band to take that turn?

Well yes, the album’s completely more heavier and darker yet still I think that “Century Child” was like a shock for everybody to read the lyrics because it was really rough writing and deeply darkly emotional album. I think “Once” has more light in it. The lyrics are mostly from Tuomas’ diary; he’s really very honest with his music – he’s writing from his diary, his own experiences, ambitions, his own dreams. He’s like an open book! It’s amazing that somebody can write like that.

Do you feel “Planet Hell” is the title that fits our world better nowadays?

Exactly! [laughs]

My idea of a perfect Nightwish DVD would include the band performing with the London Session Orchestra and I bet this has crossed your mind too. Any chance this might happen in the future?

The London Session Orchestra is an amazing orchestra! They’re working so hard with soundtracks and things like that…so if it could work out, well it’s definitely our dream! We’re planning on having a world tour in 2005, in autumn, with the orchestra and the choir though! Nightwish is alone with the technicians, traveling; the crew will be working all over the world with the orchestra and the choir in big cities in Europe, South America, Japan etc.

That would be amazing!

Yeah and it would certainly be part of a DVD.

Hopefully Greece will be in that tour too. [laughs]

Hopefully, yeah, I would love to! But I don’t know anything more about it! [laughs]

How do you feel that metal fans have been towards you all this time?

Amazing. I mean, as a female singer in Heavy Metal…it’s not easy being a female singer in Heavy Metal. It’s not easy being a woman in Rock or Pop; you need to take care of your looks, you need to take care of your attitude. But for me when I entered the Heavy Metal “circle” people already knew my background, that I was not a Heavy Metal singer or Rock singer, they knew that I was a classical singer. I have kept that attitude and I have kept that classical side besides Nightwish and they know that. They really respect me and that’s amazing. It has been an amazing experience for me to be with Nightwish and tour around the world and meet people. They really appreciate what I’m doing and that’s what keeps me going!

So do you think that people would have the same attitude towards you in other kinds of music, if you were Pop or just Classical?

If you think about Classical, there are many Nightwish fans coming to my Classical concerts. It’s interesting for them to really hear my real voice.

The full capability of your voice…

Yeah and they go “wow, this is your voice? We only hear 1/3 of your voice in Nightwish concerts”, so it’s interesting for them.

So you see people with Nightwish t-shirts in your Classical concerts?

Yes! Exactly! [laughs] In a church concert…yes, exactly! [laughs]

I made some lead concerts in spring 2004, in three South American countries and yeah there were a lot of Nightwish fans attending these concerts!

Have you ever felt jealous of any Pop singers who always seem to make more money with much less qualifications and almost always have an inability to sing even decently? Lots of Pop singers out there worth nothing…

Yeah, I know. They’re like a selling product. They make something in a very short time and then they intend to be the very best in the world. Of course this is nothing I admire. I admire singers that are really hard working and decent in what they do. Studies always worked for me and I really do not envy people with a lot of money! [laughs] I’m not such a kind of person myself so…nature is more near to me.

Like most Finnish people I guess.

Yeah, I think so.

Who are your favorite singers?

I can mention some of my favorite Classical singers for you. There is Anne Sofie von Otter from Norway, she is a mezzo soprano and she is very good. Now Rock singers…hum…

Other than Liv Kristine! [laughs]


Oh yes. [laughs] So well…my mind’s stuck! You know how it can happen when someone asks you all of a sudden something! [laughs]

It’s ok, I’ll take Liv Kristine as an answer! [laughs] Happens to me all the time. So something else now. Some of the people who probably discovered Nightwish a couple of months ago, compare you a lot to Evanesence, which has pissed off a lot of your fans. They even compared the cover artwork of "Once" to that of an Evanesence single…

It was not meant to be like that, it did not have anything to do with Evanesence’s cover. We just realized that afterwards, you know. Hey if people think that this is similar, so let them think. It has nothing to do with that really. I can also mention that when Tuomas heard Evanesence’s music for the first time, he was completely pissed off. He was pissed off by the fact that it’s a totally different style (that of Evanesence) and because they had a woman singing and because it had a little bit of metal inside it…but it’s a totally different style and kind of music. People tend to compare our music to Evanesence and it’s very funny because there are not that many elements there that we have in common. [laughs]

I’ve even heard journalists even say that you’ve copied Evanesence and I was like “what the hell are you guys talking about?”…

Yeah, sure, sure…we’ve been around six years more than they have! [laughs] That was very funny of them to say.

With your North American tour on mind, how are things there? (The interview was taken a couple of days before that tour).

It’s a very hard market area. Our albums have been released in USA but nothing big happened there...

Perhaps it’s due to the MTV industry of nu-metal.

Yes and you should really be there to work hard for three or four months in a row and we have time to be there one month. It has to do a lot with promotion, it’s very hard for European bands to win the US.

Can you see yourself having a family and still touring with Nightwish in say… ten years from now?

Not touring like this, I don’t think so! [laughs] We have been thinking about it, talking about it with the other guys in the band and well…some of us already have kids and wives waiting at home so like if Nightwish is still alive in the future…it’ll probably be like two concerts every year or something like that! [laughs]

Maybe you’ll be just a studio band?

Yeah, maybe that or everyone of us will be doing something different and we’ll just be getting together again for some concerts or who knows. Nightwish has always been a band that doesn’t look or think much ahead into the future. Right now we only know what we have to do until 2006 and that’s enough for us I think.

So should we wait for a next album soon? Next year maybe?

2005 is going to be exclusively touring…

So, in 2006?

…then have a bit of a rest… [laughs] Everybody will surely be needing a rest after touring. I think Tuomas is going to head to the studios in 2006 but that’ll only be for the first time by then…

Ok. The last words of this interview are yours. If you wish to thank anyone, now’s your chance! [laughs]

On behalf of the band I’d like to thank our Greek fans for our opportunity to play there and for their warm welcome. I don’t think we’d ever skip Greece from our European tour plans…[laughs]

I hope so!

We’ll really get back there, soon again I hope.

We’re really anxious to see Nightwish not playing in a festival but on their own, with a full set-list and no technical problems. Well, I wish you all the best and hope to see you next year.

Thank you, kind words mean a lot to us. See you all, soon!


[Some notes from Yiannis: When sometime ago a phone interview was arranged it was written in the stars that I would have to go through hell if I wanted to record the conversation. Cables didn’t work, the recorder refused to cooperate, my ancient dial-up modem wasn’t Voice enabled and a friend of mine rescued me with his own modem. After the interview was over, the recording software crashed too, but I recovered it from my temporary files. I think I even got some white hair when I saw the dreadful Microsoft warning. Anyway, it was definitely worth it since Tarja is the friendliest voice that has ever graced my phone. Thanks to Orpheus for transcribing the interview since personal problems kept me from finding the time.

Tarja’s official website was recently launched at: http://tarjaturunen.com/]

Interview with Nightwish 22

Source: Metal-Temple

Interview with Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish,
by Dimitris K.,
posted on 2008/06/09

This interview took place just before NIGHTWISH’s final concert for this US tour leg. I had a really nice talk with Tuomas Holopainen about almost everything! This excellent interview could not happen if there wasn’t the help of Amy Sciarretto from Roadrunner Records and the band’s manager Ewo (thanks for the t-shirt!)

I am from Greece so my first question is about your latest gig in Athens; how did it go?

Everything that could go wrong went wrong! But the fans and the people were really nice.

Did you have problems with the sound? Because some fans complained about its poor quality.


We had the wrong equipment there was no schedule; we started with a time delay of 2 hours and then they came and ask to shorten our setlist. There was no backstage no food or drinks for anybody during the whole day. If you have to work all day like the technicians and you don’t get al least a sandwich and this affects your mentality. I don’t know what happened because these guys had organized shows before so I guess the just had a bad day. Fortunately the people were very nice even though they had to stand there all day.

Ok, I think we can move on. How difficult was or still is for Anette to handle all this pressure from the fans and the media?


She is doing better day by day and I think she has really found her role when it comes to the live performances. She is really nailing it and having a lot of fun but she is very concerned and also a little bit scared about her privacy. She sometimes gets scared from people like for example when we are in a signing session some fans come to give her hug and she is kinda "why are the doing this to me?" So, this is what troubles her but if you think what she has gone through during the last year I say she had done great and I give an A+!

How difficult was the search for the new singer?


It was very long but relatively easy now that I look back at it. It took us about 14 months and two thousand demos...

You said "easy"?

(laughs) In a way it was easy. Every two weeks or so we gathered around a card box full of demos started listening to them. It was a lot of fun because there was a great variety.

Did you get any "strange" singers?


A lot of them, I mean between the ages of 12 and 66! There were some cute efforts there. We managed to narrow the search to ten persons with whom we personally met. There were three very strong candidates and we picked Anette by voting. All the band members were in favor for here.

The idea to change the vocal style for NIGHTWISH was a decision that you have made prior to the auditioning sessions?


Yeah we had decided to change from the very beginning. Although we didn’t know what we wanted to do exactly we were sure that we didn’t want to try to find another Tarja in the band. Because Tarja was so good in her singing style that it would be blasphemy to try to imitate her. So, the idea was to find something different with the same amount of power and emotions in her voice.

So, did you have all the music ready before the addition of Anette in the band?


Yeah and it is kind of funny; because not only the music was ready but it was already recorded. So, we had everything done except from the female vocals and some orchestras.  

I bet this should be very difficult for Anette to get her voice in your music. Usually it is the other way around; the music is built around the singer’s voice.

I know man and for the next album I am totally aware of her vocal style so it will be easier. But for "Dark Passion Play" I had prepared all the vocal lines, all the lyrics and the harmonies so when she came to the studio I told her exactly what to do and we did in about three weeks. She did an excellent job!

You had to cancel some US shows; what happened?


We canceled two shows in the beginning of the US leg and our stuff was left in Mexico due to a flight cancellation. So there was no way that we could do these two shows.

You have been on the road for a long time, how difficult was being on a heavy tour program?


The start has been infernally hard! We started in October and we did 115 shows and this show is the last one for the US. It really gets to you and now you can sense the atmosphere in the band and the entire crew. Although everybody is tired I think is also relaxed and already drunk! We are gonna have a party tonight! Even though this time period was lot of fun every one is happy that we are getting home.

You also booked John Two-Hawks for a couple of shows. How did you contact him?


It all started we "Creek Mary’s Blood" that is about the massacre of the Native Americans. So I wanted to bring some live Indian music and chanting so I just googled native American musicians and the first link was about John Two-Hawks. So, I said him an e mail and he replied the next day! I then said him the lyrics of the song to see if he was interested in doing this and eventually he was. I think today will be the fourth time we are doing something together.

You are really interested in Native Americans’ history?


Yeah, maybe I was an Indian in a previous life... I like their respect to nature and their understanding to the circle of life. Nowadays we have totally lost our connection to nature.

So, how important are the lyrics for you?


I would say fifty-fifty with the music. Lyrics are very important to me. Nowadays, many bands put a lot of effort to the music and then somebody just writes something for the lyrics. I want to tell stories and create images. Actually, I am dealing with the same subjects with many other bands like love, hate, dreams wishes but there are so many ways to do that. You know language and poetry are two of the most beautiful things in the world; I think in the lyrics you have to find a kind of cryptic way to say things. For example, I really hate the lyrics of "Always" by BON JOVI; for me it lyrically represents the ultimate crappie way to talk about love. It’s a very good song but there are many way to talk about love and not just punch in the face with "oh baby I will always love you"

What comes first the music or the lyrics?

Actually, the theme of the song does come first and then I think about the music. What music fits better the story I wan to tell. So, the music comes always first and the lyrics very last.

You did a new video clip for "Islander"; were you in any way involved in the making?


We had some ideas about it; I wanted to have a lighthouse, the sailor dragging a boat and then the director had the idea of making the boat float. Actually this was a really cool idea! I also wanted to have a camp fire and the band to play around it but again the director thought to do this the other way around and this also turned to be very good.

I am wondering what is happening in Finland and the Metal scene is so strong?

I wish I had an answer for that. I think all the Scandinavian countries have strong Metal scenes. I think we have Metal in our blood; it comes naturally for us; like Hip Hop for the Americans or Reggae for the Jamaicans. I think that Scandinavian people are really honest in what they do and this is way they earn the fans respect.

Yeah I totally I agree with you. How did you decide to produce the new INDICA album?


I was asked! Simply as that (laughs) I knew this band from the start and I believe that INDICA are pretty underrated. During our Scandinavian tour they were supporting us and this is how we became friends.

Are you interested into the producing albums for other bands?


Absolutely not; and this is why it took me a lot of time to decide to do this with INDICA. I am not interested in producing anything except from NIGHTWISH!

In 2000 you participated in the semi finals of the Eurovision contest but you did not make it…


Thank god we didn’t!

Have you ever been proposed to do it again?


Actually yes! One time after 2000 we were asked for a song but we said no way!

Why?


The Eurovision contest is kind of stupid; it’s more like a political than a music contest. It’s really fun to watch but... name just one artist that became big after winning the contest since ABBA I guess.

Do you have plans to make a live DVD?


We were thinking of ending this tour with a live DVD but then we decided that we wanted to have another album with Anette before that. So this will not happen before the release of our next album.

Now that you mentioned it, do you have any thoughts about the next album?


We have booked the studio for the spring of 2010. I have a lot of lyrics and ideas, one song but the thing is that I a person that cannot work while on tour. I want my solitude and peace to work for weeks and weeks.

What differences can we expect in the new album now that Anette is with the band?


I don’t feel that there will be so many changes; I believe that it’s wrong to think what the music will be like before actually write it. You need to let the mind flow and create the music that just feels right. The only thing that I have already decided is about the last NIGHTWISH album. It will be totally acoustic because this is where we started as a band.

When did you decide to change from acoustic to electric?


It took a few months only because there aren’t many things that you can do with keyboards and acoustic instruments. It was just plain boring!

Have you ever thought of making a full acoustic live show?

It’s been asked so many times… maybe I don’t have the courage to do a full acoustic show; for some songs like the "Islander" or even "Nemo" I can work. But there are so many elements in the music that I don’t think we can pull it off.

My last question comes from a personal interest; I loved the vinyl edition of the latest NIGHTWISH album, so will you continue to release your music on vinyl?


Absolutely yes. It’s a a totally new visual aspect for us. I have all our albums on vinyl even though I don’t have a player to listen to them.

Not only they look better but they sound better!


Yeah people say so. I think I will buy one record player in the near future.

Thank you for your time please feel free to add anything here.

Well, I can take the opportunity to say I am sorry if we offended anybody in Greece with the last show that we did. Some bad things did happened and we got pissed off but not with the fans that were really great so I hope nobody was offended!

Interview with Nightwish 23

Source: Greek Metal Hammer

(Comments by translator)

NIGHTWISH – Once in a lifetime

Is there any doubt on who is the central person in Nightwish? Probably not. And when the continously rising finnish band release their best album, where do the highlights go to? To the singer, Tarja Turunen, who, on the way to some airport in northern Europe, tries through a mobile phone and a really bad phone line to give enlightening answers about “Once” and not only that. In a parallel universe, the drummer Jukka Nevalainen and the keyboarder Tuomas Holopainen visit Athens. Exhausted but pleasant, they dedicate some of their more and more precious time to the Metal Hammer. At least this discussion has no breaks.

Tarja Turunen as “The Beauty”

Where did you disappear? You weren’t in Finland last month nor did we see you here with Tuomas and Jukka.

The guys combed Europe for the first interviews of the “Once” promo-tour. During the past week I’ve taken over some of them, because earlier, for about 20 days, I was giving classical music concerts in Latin America and then Romania. We had a great time and now back to the hard work with Nightwish. Not that I don’t like it, hehe!

Tell me about these concerts, before we start talking Nightwish for good.

I was with a Japanese pianist, with whom we used to play in university, in Germany. There are two more sopranos with us, from Finland like me, with whom we also used to study in the same university. We went to Chile and Argentina for concerts for the first time exactly two years ago. This project is called “Noche Escandinava”, which means “scandinavian night”. At the start we used to perform songs from the whole Scandinavia, but now only finnish ones. This thing is really successful.

Good. As for “Once”, what are the first messages like?

Ah, really good! Both the journalists who have heard the album and many people, welcomed it in the best way. The burden on our shoulders is of course big, huge… We have to do many things from our side. I consider the album to be really good and for the first time in my life I’m totally satisfied with what I did on it. I’m very strict with myself and I didn’t really like the way I used to struggle with my voice in Nightwish. Think of it as an endless procedure of learning: you sing and learn and improve. So even if I improve year after year, I still have way to go. I finished my studies but I’m gonna have private lessons for many many more years. Now, though, I’m at last satisfied with what I hear in “Once”.

First of all, tell me which is your favourite song from the album.

“Creek Mary’s Blood” (interviewer’s comment: I bet!) creates an unbelievable feeling, mainly because of the Indian who sings and plays with us, John Two-Hawks. He has a very original voice and an equally original charisma. He adds the most important part to the song: his feelings about the facts, to which the lyrics refer.


Another track worth mentioning is “Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan”, as its lyrics are in finnish.

This track brings great sorrow. Its title means “death creates an artist” and lyrically it refers to life and what many happen after it. It’s ruled by negative feelings and consists a tribute of Tuomas’s soul.

Is it easy for you to interpret what Tuomas has in mind when he writes such songs?

Sometimes it’s quite hard, because Tuomas is very sincere and open when he writes lyrics. Get to think that he writes from his diary. On the one hand I like getting to know him better this way, but on the other hand I think that the best is that I put aside what he might be thinking, when singing Nightwish songs. If I thought of Tuomas, the whole process would be very hard. So, when I interpret a song, I have in mind another story, another person, so that I manage to get the meaning nd perform as better as I can.

Tarja, you had classical education and we had gotten used to you singing more in this style. But, in the albums “Century Child” and “Once’ your vocals are much more –let’s say- pop. Is this a challenge to you?

Things were definitely hard when I started trying to sing softer, to use my voice differently for the first time. I also was very ill during the recordings, I couldn’t even talk. So I don’t really like the result in “Century Child”. I wasn’t sure how to use my voice because there was no one there to teach or guide me. The thing is that, when you start singing classical compositions, then you can’t even talk like you did before. Consequently, it’s hard to sing in another way. But now I can say I’ve taken a big step forward, having managed to colour my voice in many ways. My teacher in Germany helped me a lot to this direction.

Two years ago, the band announced that they’d have a break because of your studies. How are things now that you’ve finished them?

Everything’s ok now, though then there were several problems in various levels. Without this short break, I believe that we wouldn’t be as “strong” as we are now as a band, which set the foundations for the release of a new album. In personal level, I now feel full of energy for new things and have more self-confidence concerning my voice. Now, on the one hand I want to see how much all this was successful and how far I can go, though on the other hand, the whole band really waits impatiently for the future. We want to try our skills, after this break that I consider to be defining.

This time you’re sharing the vocals with Marco again. It worked out well, didn’t it?

Yeah, I love this phase because it’s like a dialogue and it’s more pleasant to me and easier to feel that I have some special role in the track. I’m always the good character in the “play” that unrolls in every song and Marco is the “evil” one, the bad side. It’s very interesting, I think. Then, Marco is a very nice guy and I like the fact that there’s another singer in the band, with whom I can discuss the interpretation, the feeling… In general, it’s good to know that there’s someone beside you, to support you. Apart from that, he’s a good teacher from the aspect that he has a completely different background.

Tuomas has always been the basic composer of the band. Have you ever felt the need to contribute to the band as a composer?

No, because I honestly trust and respect Tuomas very much and I adore his music. I wouldn’t dare to stand in the way. I leave everything up to him and don’t feel the need to invade his domain. Besides, he gives us his “baby” and each one of us develops this treasure in the best possible way, as each member organises the orchestration about their own instruments. In the end, the tracks are very different –to the best- compared to what Tuomas had given us as a base. He is of course the brain, the soul behind the compositions, the man who gives us the motive to be the best of ourselves.

”Once” is probably the most “ambitious” Nightwish album up to now. What happens if it doesn’t have the success you expect?

I don’t know (laughter). If the band is satisfied by the album, that’s enough. We feel enormous pressure, so we have to gather material, record, promote the album to the media and the audience. We’re very nervous when we expect the first reactions. This time, I think we did something completely different in every way. It’s what we wanted to do and hadn’t managed to before. We are content and this is the most important to me now.

Tuomas told me that, when he first talked to the band about the idea of using an orchestra and a choir more extensively, you faced him a bit suspiciously.

Yeah, we all were a bit suspicious, mainly because many bands used an orchestra or a choir as well, but didn’t use it right. That means that the result wasn’t what it could have been when someone has this luxury. You need to have the necessary background in order for what you wanna achieve to work, and you also need very careful mixing. It’s anyway not easy to combine different kinds of music and get something good as a result. But fortunately, Pip Williams got in our way, who has a great experience, as he has helped many bands create albums that lasted in time. We trusted him, we invested in him and I think that it worked. His role has been more than defining.


Something else that’s extraordinary about the album, is the video you filmed for “Nemo”. It was the most professional that you’ve done so far.

Yeah, we had the chance to cooperate with experienced people, such as the director Antti Jokinen, a very nice guy and famous all over the world. It was obvious that the result would be satisfactory. But in general, we had a nice time at the shooting, and that’s what counts the most to me: it’s a plus for the band to have something to show people. Videoclips have evolved into a very important part of the whole thing.

We talked a bit with Jukka about the big concert in your hometown, Kitee, that’s gonna happen in a few days (the interview was taken on 12/5 and the gig was on the 22nd). How do you feel about playing “at home” in front of 4.000 people?

It’s unbelievable! We haven’t played in Finland for long and this case is very special, mainly since people from so many countries are going to attend it. Imagine how it is for so many people from all over the world to come to see you play where you were born. God! I just realised it’s next week! But, ok, we have started intensive rehearsals and hope that everything’s gonna be alright.

And this concert signals the beginning of a big tour.

Yeah, and this is extraordinary, because though we’ve played in the US, this will be the first time we’ll be the headliners. Let’s see what happens… We’re also gonna visit countries where we haven’t played before, Greece for example.

Jukka Nevalainen as “The Beast”

One can tell by the very first notes that there are basic differences. Which are they, apart from the orchestra and the choir, the presence of which is much more intense this time?

I think it has to do with the fact that, even though he first joined the band in “Century Child”, Marco brought a very friendly atmosphere with him. His ideas were also important, as a new approach of our music. After the release, we toured together for about a month and a half and spent a lot of time with him, so as a result we’ve all been tied with him. He’s the only one of us who lived all this madness of the 80’s, as an active member of the heavy rock scene of our country. He plays very differently compared to us and it was natural, from a moment on, that we got many elements from his playing and incorporate them in the new album: bass, guitars and drums are totally rock concerning the sound. The album creates much of a “rock feeling”. The basic difference is of course the more extensive use of an orchestra and choir, as well as the introduction of much more elements and ideas from Tuomas’s side.

In a few days, the long-promoted concert in your hometown, Kitee, is going to be held. How many people are you expecting?

Loads! There are already huge problems concerning the accomodation of all the people who are coming to see us. Kitee is a town of 10.000 inhabitants and there’s only one big hotel and some hostels. There are gonna be about 4.000 people at the show, that’s the capacity of the ice rink where the concert is gonna be held. Most of them are not native and this means that many of them will have to sleep under the sky (laughter), though fortunately the weather has been getting warm (2-3 degrees Celcius… terrible heat  ) so I don’t think things are gonna be that bad. The tickets were sold out since the very first day of presale, which surprised everybody, if you get to think that after the release of “Wishmaster” we played at the same place in front of 1.500 people. We knew that this time the audience would be bigger, but the response almost shocked us. The most extraordinary thing is that there are gonna come friends of ours from all over the world: Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, Russia, Japan and from most european countries. It’s gonna be an international night.

What will the ones who won’t come miss?

It’s gonna be the first show of the tour, so there are probably gonna be problems, mainly with the pre-recorded parts, those of the orchestra and choir. But the whole evening is gonna be a huge spectacle, with huge quantities of fireworks and amazing lighting effects. If everything goes as we wish, it’s gonna be an amazing audiovisual experience. Besides, I don’t think something can go wrong, as the crew consists of professionals, and we also know our tracks very well. In any minute we’re returning to Kitee to start the final rehearsals so that we’ll be prepared.

How does it feel like to be in a band that actually spins around one person, meaning that the lights are usually turned towards Tarja?

I don’t consider it bad nor does it annoy me that things are this way. Every band needs a face for their music. In our case, it’s obvious and natural that this face be Tarja, since Nightwish consists of four not-so-handsome men (  ) and a beautiful woman with an angelic voice (I smell someone’s in love  ), haha. It’s absolutely normal and actually satifying that she is the public persona so that we concentrate on the musical part.

The Rockwave is also near. First time in Greece for Nightwish…

The Greek fans who sent us e-mails asking us to come play at your country were many. We hope you’ll come to the Rockwave Festival to see us. I think it’s worth it. We also have a nice line-up: after Queensryche and before Judas Priest. I believe this is very good for the band. Isn’t it unbelievable that we’re playing after Queensryche? Especially “Operation: Mindcrime”, I’ve heard it countless times and I respect their work very much in general. Scott Rockenfield is one of the drummers whom I admire a lot. It’s a bit weird that we get the opportunity to play after them and I avoid thinking of it. We’re coming to play our music and if the audience appreciates it, even if such a band has preceeded, we’ll be satisfied. We anyway do something completely different.

Stay tuned for Tuomas’s and Jukka’s NW album reviews!


After Forever - After Forever 2007

Source: The Metal List

Intervju med Dimmu Borgir

Source: The Metal List

DIMMU BORGIR

This is our first phone interview! We are happy that our first interviewed band became DIMMU BORGIR. Who doesn't know DIMMU BORGIR? These Norwegian blackers are known worldwide and will release their follow-up to great 2001's "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" entitled "Death Cult Armageddon", which will be released 8 September through Nuclear Blast Records. Recordings were doing almost a whole month and recently were finished and now band is doing promotion. So, Thursday's (a week ago) morning Silenoz, one of the group's founder, called me...

Silenoz.: Hi, Scorpio! It's Silenoz.


Scorpio.: Hi Silenoz! Where are you calling from?

Silenoz.: From Promo Department of Nuclear Blast office.


Scorpio.: So, you aren't at home.

Silenoz.: Yeah, I am in Germany at our label office.

Scorpio.: And how is the weather today?

Silenoz.: Nice, It's looking good, we're going to walking later on today. Looking promising.


Scorpio.: Cool, and what where you doing last few days?

Silenoz.: We have been doing promotion, since Wednesday (23.07). We went first to London and Paris,Milano. On saturday (26.07) we came here, to Germany, and since that doing intervies every day.


Scorpio.: Am I first today?

Silenoz.: Oh, you are number three today :)


Scorpio.: :) An how many yet today?

Silenoz.: Oh just, I will have only fife or four interviews more today.


Scorpio.: So, I am just in the midle.

Silenoz.: Yep! :)


Scorpio.: Ok, let's talk about your new album. Will you say it's your the best work ever?

Silenoz.: I think so. I mean my feelings are the strongest, we did it not so far. I like everythingwhat it comes to production. I think it's the strongest album we have.


Scorpio.: You've spend a lot of time in the studio, what the hell it was so long?

Silenoz.: E-e-e, we always try to spend much time in the studio because, the more time wehave the more relax to can feel, you know, more time we have to mix.


Scorpio.: You have drunk many liters of bear in the studio?

Silenoz.: Ah, yeah, but only after we have done recording because we take music serious.Only after we've done recording than we can have fun, you know.


Scorpio.: Oh, yeah! Whose idea was to include to album songs with norwegian lyrics?

Silenoz.: Ah, I suggested like have original lyrics. I've wriiten it, showedthe guys, said"Do you like it?" - "Yeah, let's use it!". The recording was good, so that's nothing ridiculous why we used it.


Scorpio.: Will we hear orchestra too?

Silenoz.: Yes, as on "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" in recordings took part symphonic orchestra. (and together we are symphoblack orchestra! - auth.)


Scorpio.: Were there guest musicians?

Silenoz.: Yes, we wanted to have one more vocalist. It was Abbath. He told us, that would like totake part in recordings. We have loved IMMORTAL's music ever since the very beginning, so were very happy.


Scorpio.: By the way, what can you say about IMMORTAL's split up?

Silenoz.: Ah, Its very sad thing. I won't speek about this, because they probably had the resons for splitting up,It's their choice, I respect IMMORTAL, they made much for metal in general, thats realy sad, I think.


Scorpio.: Who else from Norwegian blackers are your friends?

Silenoz.: Oh, we are still friends with the most of the bands. I won't tell names, everybody knows them.


Scorpio.: And tell please, why the names of your albums consist always of three words?

Silenoz.: E-e-e, that's because we feel that in three words we can describe music and lyrics in one.Of corse, three puts has "six six six", so it's just symbolic.


Scorpio.: The exceptions are only the "Devil's Path"(two words) and "Stormblast"(one word).

"Death Cult Armageddon"Silenoz.: Yeah.


Scorpio.: Why did you decide to betray a Black Metal vogue, the is no girl on cover?

Silenoz.: No, because we wanted to have much simple cover, Yeah, less colours and no girls.We all like it, cause it's more dark, cold and more grim.


Scorpio.: Is it a turbine?

Silenoz.: Sorry? I haven't understood you.


Scorpio.: What is it on cover, a turbine?

Silenoz.: It looks like it, the turbine. But for me it's like kind of wheel, the will Abaddon, you know, it's like the vicious circle, that forces mankind soul destruction.


Scorpio.: Hellwheel, yeah?

Silenoz.: Aha.


Scorpio.: Who did make it, Luetke?

Silenoz.: Yeah, the same guy, who did "Word Misantropy" DVD cover.


Scorpio.: When will you make normal videoclip? The only - "Mourning Palace" is er... shit.

Silenoz.: Yep, I totally agree. But I must also say, that we didn't it.It was sourcing by the label, we even didn't know it comes to production.This time we shoot another video with a company from Sweden.And the video will be finished next week. Its gonna be looking really killer, and yeah, it's a very professional video.


Scorpio.: Can you tell what will we see?

Silenoz.: It will be clip for one of new songs - "Progenies of The Great Apocalypse". You will see its connection with the album.It's gonna look extremally good and we gonna use it for promotional first, then it also will be included on the additionsof the album in 5.1 Surround mix.


Scorpio.: Silenoz, I have nothing heared about your childhood, was you an obedient boy?

Silenoz.: Yeah, I think so, I've always been obedient. My parents teach me to not connect with people, whocan break my life. That's what I keep doing now.


Scorpio.: What marks did you get at school?

Silenoz.: I did quite well at scholl. I guess my favourite classes were Englih, Music and Religion.Silenoz


Scorpio.: Religion???

Silenoz.: Yes, you...


Scorpio.: Satanism?

Silenoz.: No, you got to know about enemy, right? :))


Scorpio.: Yeah! :)

Silenoz.: Ha-ha-ha!


Scorpio.: Did you fight often?

Silenoz.: No, I didn't. When I was younger, at school I had some fights, but Inever started first, only for my defence. Of corse fought till some teeth fall out, nose broken. :)


Scorpio.: So, words are the best power.

Silenoz.: Best power.


Scorpio.: And when did you met Shagrath?

Silenoz.: Well in 91, I think? 1991. (so, they didn't play together in e в песочнице вместе не игрались авт.)


Scorpio.: I always wanted to ask you. In the beginning of 90-s there was, so called,Black Inner Circle Of Norway in Oslo, there were musicians from MAYHEM,IMMORTAL, DARK THRONE, EMPEROR, BURZUM. And why haven't you were there?

Silenoz.: Because we were more interested in playing Music, becides we have met Euronymusbefore he died, we visited his record shop for buying some records, but we had never been members of BICON.


Scorpio.: What can you say about all these church arsons?

Silenoz.: It was a strong shock effect, when it happend... Religions people were frightened, ithave the opposite effect at the end.


(Here was a little "pincture" by author, but it has explanation. When I looked at promo photosof last album, I thought, that Silenoz has short hair. I haven't seen fresh ones, because their site had problems 3-4days before interview. So I asked...)


Scorpio.: Why did you cut your hair few years ago?

Silenoz.: Cut my hair?


Scorpio.: Aha.

Silenoz.: I've never cut my hair.


Scorpio.: Er... Ar... You was long-haired few yers ago.

Silenoz.: I have long hair still.


Scorpio.: But on promo photos of "Pritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" I saw you shorth-haired.

Silenoz.: No, it's just because I gathered it in pigtail, so...


Scorpio.: A-a-a! OK. :)

Silenoz.: Ha-ha-ha!


Look at Silenoz! It seems his hair is short!


Scorpio.: So, you will never be bald as Galder or Nick.

Silenoz.: Well, every day some hair fill out, so will see, how long I will have long hair. :)


Scorpio.: And what Galder and Nick currently doing?

Silenoz.: Galder is still doing OLD MAN'S CHILD and Nicholas plays drums for local band BRUJERIA.


Scorpio.: And you and Shagrath give interviews, yeah?

Silenoz.: Yes!


Scorpio.: After the releasing of "Death Cult Armageddon" album, your tour begins. What songs willyou include to setlist?

Silenoz.: We haven't decided yet. We gonna to take songs from every album, that we have done.Of course, we gonna concentrate on the new record mostly, but we will also play tracksfrom older albums.


Scorpio.: About 50% - new stuff, and other 50 - old one, yeah?

Silenoz.: Yes, something like that.


Scorpio.: You tour will end with show in Moscow on the 1st of November. That will be your firstgig in CIS, yeah?

Silenoz.: Yep!


Scorpio.: Will you prepare something special?

Silenoz.: Yes, we will of course play long set. As long as we can manage, you know. This is the first time we're in Russia, so we try to play a lot of various stuff. You really won't be disappointed.


Scorpio.: Special show with effects, fireworks?

Silenoz.: Will see, if we will have permission, so, I think, it will be possible.


Scorpio.: Do you know some Russian words?

Silenoz.: Spasiba! (Thanks - auth.) :) Nyet! (No - auth.) :))


Scorpio.: :)) Maybe some other, "Hi!"?

Silenoz.: Er... no, I think we'll learn some other words when get to Moscow.


Scorpio.: So, maybe I teach you some words now?

Silenoz.: No, I don't think so. I probably will forgot 'em before we come to Russia. We'll make it there.


Scorpio.: And can you tell me some words in Norwegian.

Silenoz.: Yeah, I can give you some norwegian words, when we'll come to Moscow.


Scorpio.: Maybe two or three now? (Far you can see my variations of what I have heared, so will not say, that it's correct - auth.)
"Hi!"

Silenoz.: Sit-ta.


Scorpio.: "Thanks".

Silenoz.: Pok'


Scorpio.: "Death"

Silenoz.: Deth (or like "Doth" - auth.).


Scorpio.: Almost the same as English, yeah?

Silenoz.: Yeah.


Scorpio.: "Satan"?

Silenoz.: This word is the same. (international word :) - aut.) We'll see in Moscow, alright?There I'll give you another words.


Scorpio.: OK.

Silenoz.: OK. :)


Scorpio.: Norway is N1 in the world by "best conditions for life". Do you like your native land?

Silenoz.: E-e-e, yeah, of course I do. Norway is reach country. You should spend money on the rightthings, you know. A well country. But there is also a lot of stuff, that I don't like.


Scorpio.: Many Skandinavians know English well. Does it exist a program "English for babies"?

Silenoz.: Oh, you can to learn English in fisrst or second grade, so...


Scorpio.: A, heh... I must tell you, that one my friend showed me a pirate cassete of your"Enthroned Darkness Triuphant". So, these pirates wrote on cover - "The Kings Of Swedish Black Metal".

Silenoz.: Alright, :) I hope, will see you in Moscow on the first of November, and you'll show me it.


Scorpio.: I've heared Bruce Dickinson from IRON MAIDEN likes your music. And do you like IRON MAIDEN?

Silenoz.: Yeas, of course I do.


Scorpio.: Maybe you will make cover one day?

Silenoz.: Perhaps, will see.


Scorpio.: And what is your favourite album?

Silenoz.: "Powerslave"


Scorpio.: And what is the worst MAIDEN's song, you think?

Silenoz.: Worst song? I think something form the Blaze Bayley's albums. I don't know.


Scorpio.: I think that's all for today. Your final words.

Silenoz.: Hell awaits, when we come to Moscow!


Scorpio.: So, thanks a lot, Silenoz

Silenoz.: Thank you!


Scorpio.: Good bye!

Silenoz.: Good bye!


 

Scorpio
31-07-2003


Interview with Therion 2

Source: The Metal List

THERION are back with their new Wagner-esque twin release on Nuclear Blast. Including both huge musical installment and referring to topics given nowadays so much publicity (partially due to the success of Erich von Daeniken's books), "Lemuria" and "Sirius B" are more than enough to get Christofer Johnnson for a short good talking. Especially when we know what present is to be granted Russian fans this time...

This autumn THERION will make their first coming to Russia...


THERIONYes, we really thought about it. We know that we are popular in Russia. We are looking forward to it. I think it is particularly a good opportunity this time because the new album has some Russian influences. We have that Russian balalaikas and domras on the song 'Quetzalcoatl' and there are two lyrics related to the Russian thing, about Gurdjieff, the mystic, and Rasputin. And in the song about Rasputin there are some lyrics in Russian language. I must say that when it comes to opera I've intended to prefer German composers like Wagner but when it comes to classical composers without words I've intended to prefer the Russian ones, like Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Rakhmaninov, Prokofiev, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, of course. That's why I've started to admire Russian culture. I hope that the show in Moscow will be very successful, because if it would be successful we'd have a chance to return again with a big orchestra. We want to make a show with a really big symphonic orchestra, with a really big choir. And I think Russia would be the best place there is, because it's the country which to western opinion is quite affordable, not too expensive, but in the same time you have very good musicians. If you take other countries, like in South America, for instance, I don't think the orchestra there have a quality which is comparable to European (It's not a mistake, that I compare them to European because a half of Russia belongs to Europe). So if we would make a really successful show, pulling really a lot of people, we can manage to raise the money we need to make one more show maybe half a year later with full orchestra and choir. I guess it would be recorded professionally for our next DVD so it would be cool to do... If we would have few free minutes before our Moscow show I would like to visit Bolshoy Theater, the Kremlin and also places where action of Mikhail Bulgakov's 'Master and Margarita' has taken place. I like Bulgakov's literature a much. At first, 'Master and Margarita' but 'Diaboliada' and 'Fatal Eggs' also. I also like Soloviev's 'The Tale Of Antichrist', you know. But when you come with the band you haven't much free time so you just cannot be like a tourist asking 'Oh where is that place?'. Certainly, we often see the most common sites but when it comes to such special places I fear I would need to go there one day as a simple tourist. Anyway if there is any opportunity to see that places that would be incredible!..


'Lemuria' vs. 'Sirius B'...


LemuriaActually, it is not a twin album as the most consider. It is two different albums that will be released as a double album in next three months as a present to our fans. The recordings mostly were completed in November last year. They took ninth months up to that. Actually the recording period has been eleven months long but we made a two month vacation in the middle. 164 musicians and singers were involved in the production of the album, including producers and sound engineers there was 172 people. We've got much experience this time working with a full orchestra. Our first intent was to go to St. Petersburg to work there but then our management had some contacts in Prague (there is a very good orchestra too) so it turned out to be. And after all there was rehearsing with the band and doing interviews, over 145 interviews so far.


N. B. Haven't guys from the Guinness Book tried to contact you to fix all that documentary?..

Huh, I don't know if it's a record. Maybe it is, hehe... In fact, I don't care so much. If this record is worthy to be written, why not?..


THERIONEach of two albums includes traditionally eleven songs. Eleven is not a simple number for me. It's a number of Kliffoth, the dark side of Quaballah. Actually we had over 30 songs we wanted to put on the album that's material for three whole albums. But we didn't want to record them one by one - it would have taken too much time. We decided to lay down two albums now and save material for the third album. So, these albums are Number One and Two out of the Trilogy. How soon will the closer follow depends on how much we gonna tour this time. When we would stop touring and get a proper vacation to rest we will start the recording again. What to concept, the 'Sirius B' one is pretty complicated - Sirius B is a twin to Sirius A which is the ordinary star. When you look up to heaven and see Sirius you actually see Sirius A. And Sirius B orbits around Sirius A and these two stars shine together so you see the one star there where two are. And there is very interesting thing that a tribe in Africa, in country Mali, knew about this long before we knew about it in Europe. And according to their folk-tales there were people from this stellar system coming to them in the past and telling them about their starhome. I don't believe in UFO's and this type of things so I'd rather think that the shamans of this tribe long time in the past had some kind of spiritual or astral contact with those entities. I don't think it's much less controversial than the UFO theories, but it suits the world in my view much better. So this is what this title is referring to...


Costs...


The recordings have cost us a bit over 100,000 euros. That's what we had from the record company. Also we spent a lot of money on the listening session. We were renting a castle in Germany this time. And there were some medieval entertainers and things like that. We even made our own beer, huh! We called it 'Sirius Beer' with the latter's front cover on a label. That was the royalty that Nuclear Blast paid completely but when we record an album we get them advance because everything that spent on the recording is coming from the record sales. Actually we ever used each penny given to us to make our record better. I think there is no enough money on a planet to limit the THERION's budget...


Dragon Rouge...


THERIONIt's an order society with an organization around it. It is opened primarily - more or less everybody can join it just need to make up vacation. I've joined them in January 1991. It was a very small group of people - 15 members or something - back then. We had common interests. I've been a part of building this up to a big organization. For me it's a kind of spiritual training. Besides that we publish our own material, we publish our own technique, so we hold lectures and seminars, we also have initiation courses... Meditation... It's more like a way of focusing. It's a way of taking control of your mind completely... Magical practice... We need words to communicate; we need to put names on different things to recognize them. Magical practice that's a way of learning how to use very effective tool to make things in accordance of your will... Martial arts... That's a physical version of it. We work also with their spiritual energies. They manifest in a physical way how to focus a mind and a body in accordance to each other to make things that would be physically impossible for untrained mind. I never practiced it myself but there are a lot of people in Dragon Rouge who do it...


Music & Spirituality...


That's something completely different. It's hard to say. There are many different types of music. What we get from punk bands, for example?.. They drink beer, they make noise... And on the other hand we have Richard Wagner who's been making the best music ever written on this planet. And there are myriads of things between these both! It could be anything from bullshit to gold... For me it's a link to spirituality, it's another way of expressing my visions from a higher plane into a physical world as a medium people listen to...


N.B. Alexander Skryabin, the Russian composer of early XX c., has been saying about his unaccomplished 'Mysteria' symphony, 'I discovered the secret of the universe'...

It has been like he interpreted that and I really respect that. I don't think he could say it in the universal way - maybe it was the most successful allegory to describe his highest perception musically...


When you are listening to the music it is like you are trying to find a radio station on your radio. If you can tune yourself in and find the same 'channel' as the composer sometimes you can say that his music is very beautiful. But sometimes you simply cannot find the same frequency as the composer because what you hear and what you like is not what the composer tried to say. It happens sometimes also to the THERION's music. People say what they think about a song, what they think is important in it and so on. I'm not saying that somebody's wrong but maybe these things were not at all the same things that our thinking was about. Music is very much about interpretation like every other piece of art. It's like someone makes an oil painting. After a hundred years somebody's watching this painting in the gallery, and even though the painter was very happy with it and said maybe that it was his best work and even though people who watch the painting say, 'Yes, it was his best work!', are they really see the same painting that the painter intended to do?.. These things we will never know because art and form and color - these all things are very open to interpretation. And it's actually one of the most interesting things about it - the creation of thoughts and emotions. But maybe it can be a little bit randomly, a little bit unexpected. Surely, if you have very simple stuff like a punk band it cannot be interpreted in so many ways. It's like making a drawing with a pen only. But if you make something that has a lot of dimensions into it - like few metal/rock bands do but almost every classical composer did - something you can also find in these really nice all renaissance oil paintings - symbols of the Romantic Age - then you really have something which is under the surface and some people don't see it, some people see it but all interpret it different ways...


THERION


If you had a time-machine...


Especially hard to say what I would do. Probably I would go to live 130 years back when Richard Wagner had been putting up his operas. To be able to hear his operas conducted by himself that would be really incredible. Or if not a time of Wagner, it would be the time of the First World War. I would try to stop it because I think that the biggest mistake of mankind is that two greatest culturally nations on this planet - Russia and Germany - are destroying each other. It is the biggest catastrophe we ever had on Earth. And of course without the First World War there wouldn't be the Second World War. Of course it all would be worthy only if I could bring there knowledge of today... And if I had a chance to bring one singer from the past to participate on the THERION's album, I would bring Gunda Layanovich. She's still alive but she's the best opera singer I ever heard. If there should be someone else it would be Jenny Lind, she was the Swedish soprano and was supposed to have the nicest voice any living person ever had heard. Or I would bring a great politician though I don't know what he would make on the album, hehe. Or I would bring Goethe or Schiller because they were writing very interesting lyrics. Or if I would make a concept album, Bulgakov of course - he would make a tale while I would make music. If seriously I doubt that any of these historical persons would have anything to deal with a rock band, hehe...


History Lessons...


If I start remembering the historical persons who made the today's world that what it is, only negative ones spring to mind. Of course, Stalin was one of them because he created a form of socialism in your country. Without this idea there wouldn't be world communism and the world wouldn't be divided before the fear of the Third World War. Stalin probably is the worst person I could imagine. Then there was Karl Marks who created communism, which is a very bad thing in my view. Russia has lost many of its cultural achievements during these years. And after all, there was the Roman Empire (I cannot mention somebody especially). Many people don't think of it but today the USA is based upon the old idea they had in the old Roman Kingdom. I mean that Roman warfare did things which made changes to the Empire, for good and for bad. I could say Julius Caesar but he was not responsible for that. He was just one out of many emperors...


The future...


Some time in the past I've been working on a book concerning THERION's history. But I haven't been writing so long because of the lack of time. Besides that, I really want these albums to become a part of the story. And about the show in Moscow I must say that it would be not just another gig for me. I'm really looking forward to it. And I think we would do a little special thing for Russian fans. Thank you for you've been listening to our music all these years...


 

Fawkes
20-04-2004


Russian:

Пионеры вагнер-метала THERION - спустя два долгих года, прошедших с выхода "Live In Midgard" - возвращаются к нам, неся под теплым крылышком целых два полноформатных альбома. Принимая во внимание поистине грандиозный масштаб музыкальных партий на "Lemuria" и "Sirius B", а также спекуляции на популярные нынче (отчасти благодаря успеху книг Мулдашева и Дэникена) темы в текстах, причин, чтобы поболтать за жизнь с Кристофером Джонсоном, накопилось немало. Особенно в свете того, какой подарок приготовлен для русских фэнов на этот раз...

Этой осенью THERION впервые приедут в Россию...

Да, мы много думали об этом. Мы знаем, что THERION популярны в России, и с нетерпением ждём этого концерта. Мне кажется, это очень удачное совпадение, так как на новых альбомах есть и русские влияния. К примеру, в песне "Quetzalcoatl" звучат балалайки, а в паре других - тексты песен, так или иначе связанные с Россией: одна посвящена мистику Гурджиеву ("The Voyage Of Gurjieff" - F.), а другая - Распутину ("The Khlysti Evangelist" - F.). В песне про Распутина часть слов написана на русском языке. Говоря об истоках моих увлечений русской культурой, я должен сказать, что когда дело касается оперы, я предпочитаю немецких композиторов: таких как Вагнер, к примеру, - но из классических композиторов я всегда больше любил русских: Стравинского, Мусоргского, Рахманинова, Прокофьева, Бородина, Римского-Корсакова и, конечно же, Чайковского. Я надеюсь, что концерт в Москве пройдёт удачно, потому что в случае успеха у нас появится шанс вернуться ещё раз и отыграть с большим оркестром. Мы очень хотим провести шоу с настоящим симфоническим оркестром и хором, и я думаю, что Россия - самое лучшее место для этого. Объясню почему. С западной точки зрения, Россия - не самая "дорогая" страна, и в то же время у вас очень талантливые музыканты. Если взять, к примеру, страны Южной Америки, я думаю, что тамошние оркестры и близко не стояли к европейским (в конце концов, Россия наполовину Европа, ведь так?). Таким образом, если концерт получится суперуспешным и на него приедет очень много народа, то, думаю, мы найдем немного зеленых денег для проведения ещё одного шоу, примерно через полгода. Скажу больше - было бы неплохо записать его для нашего следующего DVD... Теперь о моих ожиданиях. Если у нас будет несколько свободных минут перед концертом в Москве, я бы хотел посетить Большой Театр, Кремль и места, где проходили события, описанные в "Мастере и Маргарите" Булгакова. Я обожаю этого автора!!! Кроме "Мастера и Маргариты" я читал его "Дьяволиаду" и "Роковые яйца". Мне также нравится "История Антихриста" Соловьёва. Но, увы, когда приезжаешь с группой, у тебя так мало свободного времени, и ты не можешь просто разгуливать как турист и спрашивать: "Простите, как пройти в библиотеку...". Конечно, нам часто показывают самые известные места, но когда дело доходит до таких особенных мест, мне, скорее всего, придётся приехать к вам однажды как простому туристу. В любом случае, если появится хоть какая-то возможность посетить эти места, это будет незабываемо!..

"Lemuria" и "Sirius B"...

На самом деле это не двойной альбом, как многие думают. Это два отдельных альбома, которые, тем не менее, выйдут в двойном издании через три месяца, чтобы наши фэны могли приобрести их примерно за полцены. В целом, запись длилась 9 месяцев (прям как бебика рожали! - F.) и завершилась в ноябре прошлого года. Фактически, с момента входа в студию до выхода из нее прошло 11 месяцев, но мы взяли себе двухмесячный отпуск посередине. В создании альбома участвовало 164 музыканта и певца, а вместе с продюсерами и инженерами - всего 172 человека. В этот раз мы получили неоценимый опыт работы с настоящим симфоническим оркестром. Сначала мы собирались поехать в Санкт-Петербурге, но, как выяснилось, у нашего менеджера были связи в Праге - там тоже есть очень хороший оркестр. И уже по окончании записи мы репетировали и давали интервью - более 145 на данный момент.

N. B. Ого!!! А ребята из Книги Гиннеса на связь не выходили?

Хм, я не знаю рекорд ли это (смеется). Может быть, хе-хе... На самом деле мне всё равно. Если этот рекорд стоит того, чтобы стать частью истории, почему бы и нет?..

На каждом из альбомов по старой доброй традиции одиннадцать песен. Одиннадцать для меня - не простое число. Это число Клиффота, тёмной стороны Каббалы. Вообще-то, у нас в арсенале было около 30 песен - этого материала хватило бы на три альбома. Но мы не хотели их записывать по очереди - это заняло бы очень много времени. Мы решили сделать два альбома сейчас и сохранить песни для третьего. Так что, "Lemuria" и "Sirius B" - это Части Первая и Вторая планируемой Трилогии. Когда выйдет следующий альбом, зависит от того, сколько продлится наш тур. Когда только мы закончим с концертами и хорошенько отдохнём, то начнём запись снова. Что до концепции альбома, то идея 'Sirius B' довольно сложна. Сириус Б - это звезда-близнец Сириуса А. Когда вы смотрите на небо и видите Сириус, вы на самом деле видите Сириус А, в то время как Сириус Б вращается по орбите вокруг нее. Обе звезды светят вместе, поэтому вы наблюдаете одну звезду там, где их на самом деле две. И что интересно, одно дикое племя в африканской стране Мали знало об этих звездах задолго до европейцев. В их легендах и преданиях описаны истории о том, как люди из этой галактики прилетали к ним в прошлом и рассказывали о своём доме. Нет, я не верю в НЛО и подобную чушь, но мне кажется, что в далёком прошлом у шаманов этого племени был какой-то духовный или астральный контакт с разумом из системы Сириуса. Я не думаю, что эта теория сколько-нибудь менее спорная, чем бредни об НЛО, но она намного лучше вписывается в моё мировоззрение. В общем, отсюда и название альбома...

Затраты...

Запись стоила нам около 100,000 евро - ровно столько мы получили от Nuclear Blast. Помимо этого, уйма денег ушла на организацию публичного прослушивания. В этот раз мы арендовали замок в Германии. Это было что-то вроде средневековой вечеринки: с шутами, скоморохами, прочим хламом. Мы даже варили своё собственное "Сириус-пиво" (в оригинале "Sirius Beer" - А.), на этикетке которого красовалась картинка с обложки "Sirius B". Nuclear Blast и здесь полностью оплатили расходы. Мы не чувствуем себя транжирами - ведь все затраты для фирмы окупаются многократно, когда альбом поступает в продажу. Мы всегда используем каждую полученную копейку, чтобы сделать альбом лучше. Иногда я думаю, что на всей планете не хватит денег, чтобы ограничить бюджет THERION...

Dragon Rouge...

Это магический орден и общественная организация вокруг него. Устав ордена предполагает открытость - почти каждый может вступить в него, просто нужно найти свободное время. Я присоединился к ним в январе 1991 года. Тогда это была совсем небольшая группа людей - полдесятка людей, не больше. У нас были общие интересы. Я был одним из тех, кто помог Dragon Rouge превратиться в солидную и уважаемую организацию. Для меня это нечто вроде духовного тренинга. Помимо, собственно, духовных практик, мы публикуем свои материалы, разрабатываем собственную технику, проводим лекции и семинары. Кроме того, у нас есть подготовительные курсы для желающих вступить в наше общество. (ниже Крис перечисляет некоторые из духовных практик, входящие в программу ордена - F.) Медитация... Это как метод концентрации. Это способ полностью контролировать своё сознание... Практическая магия... Нам нужны слова, чтобы общаться; нужно давать вещам имена для их распознавания. Практическая магия представляет собой очень эффективный инструмент для того, чтобы изменять мир вокруг согласно собственным желаниям... Боевые искусства... Это физическая версия предыдущих практик. Мы также работаем с их духовными энергиями. Они показывают, как физическим способом сконцентрировать сознание и тело по отношению друг к другу. Это дает человеку способность совершать вещи, физически невозможные для неподготовленного разума. Я никогда серьезно не практиковал это направление, но многие члены нашего ордена активно занимаются этим...

Музыка и Духовность...

О, это абсолютно разные вещи. Тяжело сказать. Есть много стилей музыки. Взять, к примеру, панк-рок: они пьют пиво, шумят, хулиганят. И, с другой стороны, есть Рихард Вагнер, который написал самую замечательную музыку, ныне и присно. А между ними - ещё тысячи и тысячи примеров!!! Ведь это может быть что угодно: от полнейшей чепухи до чего-то гениального и потрясающего... Лично для меня музыка - это все-таки связь с духовной сферой, способ выражения моих видений из иных планов бытия в образах физического мира, доступных обычным людям...

N.B. А.Н. Скрябин, выдающийся русский композитор начала ХХ в., говорил про свою незаконченную симфонию - "Мистерию" - так: "Я открыл секрет Вселенной"...

Подобным образом он интерпретировал собственное видение, и я очень уважаю это. Я не думаю, что он произнес эти слова, подразумевая что-то глобальное или космическое - возможно, это было самое удачное сравнение, чтобы донести до остальных свое восприятие этого мира...

Когда вы слушаете музыку, вы как бы пытаетесь найти радиостанцию на своём радио. Если вы можете "настроить" себя и найти ту же "волну" что и композитор, вы можете сказать, что его музыка до неземного прекрасна. Но иногда вы просто не можете найти ту же частоту, что и автор, и поэтому не понимаете того, что пытался сказать композитор. Иногда то же самое происходит и с музыкой THERION. Люди говорят о том, что они думают о песне, что в ней важно и т.д. Я не говорю, что кто-то не прав, но часто люди приходят совершенно к иному, нежели что я вкладывал или пытался сказать своей музыкой. Ведь здесь очень важна интерпретация - так же, как и для каждого произведения искусства. Это все равно, что кто-то пишет картину масляными красками. По прошествии ста лет люди смотрят на эту картину в Эрмитаже, и, несмотря на то, что художник был очень доволен своей работой и говорил что это, наверное, одна из его лучших картин, даже несмотря на то, что и сами люди говорят: "Да, это его лучшая картина!" - действительно ли они - художник и воспеватели его таланта - видят одно и то же?.. Мы этого никогда не узнаем, потому что искусство, форма и цвет - всё это открыто для интерпретации. И это, кстати, одна из самых интересных вещей - создание мыслей и эмоций. Часто истинная суть оказывается немного неожиданной, хе-хе... Само собой, если взять, к примеру, панк, то его сложно трактовать сотней различных способов! Это как если бы вы рисовали картину, имея под рукой одну лишь шариковую ручку. Но если создать что-то разностороннее, объемное - то, что очень немногие метал-рок команды делают сегодня, но делал почти каждый классический композитор (и что можно увидеть на картинах времен Эпохи Возрождения), - то тогда можно сказать так: у нас есть земля, у нас есть что-то, находящееся под ее поверхностью. То, что некоторые люди не видят, или видят, но воспринимают абсолютно по-разному...

Если бы у вас была машина времени...

Очень тяжело сказать, что бы я сделал. Наверное, отправился бы на полтора века назад, в те времена, когда Рихард Вагнер создавал свои оперы. Было бы здорово послушать, как он сам дирижирует оркестром, исполняющим его оперы. Или, если не во времена Вагнера, то во времена Первой Мировой Войны. Я бы попытался остановить её, потому что считаю, что самой большой ошибкой человечества было то, что две величайшие в культурном плане страны - Германия и Россия - испокон веков уничтожали друг друга. Это самая большая катастрофа на Земле!!! И конечно же, без Первой Мировой не было бы и Второй Мировой Войны. Впрочем, игра стоила бы свеч лишь в том случае, если бы я мог привнести в то время знания сегодняшнего дня... И если бы у меня была возможность забрать из прошлого одного певца для участия в THERION, я бы забрал Гунду Лаянович (Gunda Layanovich). Она ещё жива, но она лучшая оперная певица из всех, что я слышал. Или, если можно было бы забрать ещё кого-то, то я бы забрал Дженни Линд. Она была певицей сопрано из Швеции, и у неё был самый прекрасный голос на земле (именно ей Г.-Х. Андерсен посвятил свою сказку "Соловей" - F.). Или я забрал бы какого-нибудь великого политика, правда, я не знаю, чем бы он занимался на альбоме, хе-хе. Или я забрал бы Гёте или Шиллера, потому что оба они писали очень интересные стихи. Или я записал бы новый альбом вместе с Булгаковым: он бы написал историю, в то время как я - всю музыку. Но если серьёзно, мне кажется, что никто из названных личностей не стал бы связываться с рок-группой, хе-хе...

Уроки Истории...

Если начать вспоминать исторических личностей, сделавших мир таким, какой он есть, на память приходят только злодеи и негодяи. Сталин, к примеру, один из них, потому что он создал социализм в вашей стране. Без этой идеи не было бы мирового коммунизма, и мир не стонал бы в страхе перед Третьей Мировой Войной. Сталин, наверное, самый ужасный человек, которого я могу себе представить. Потом, был Карл Маркс, создавший саму идею коммунизма - ужасную идею, на мой взгляд. Россия потеряла много культурных достижений в те годы. И, наконец, была Римская Империя (я не могу выделить кого-либо особенно). Многие люди не думают об этом, но сегодня США построены на идее, существовавшей в поздней Римской Империи. Я имею в виду, что порядок во всем задавала римская армия: легионеры, центурионы и прочие - именно они стояли у истоков всех знаковых поворотов истории. Говоря об упадке Рима, я могу назвать Юлия Цезаря, но ответственность за это не на нём. Он был лишь одним из многих императоров.

Будущее...

Некоторое время назад я работал над книгой - историей THERION. Но я уже очень давно не пишу из-за нехватки времени. Кроме того, я очень хочу, чтобы эти альбомы стали частью истории. По поводу концерта в Москве - для меня это не будет просто очередной концерт. Я очень жду его. Я даже думаю, мы сделаем нечто особенное для русских фэнов. Спасибо за то, что вы слушали нашу музыку все эти годы!!!


Intervju med Finnvox Studios

Source: The Metal List

Finnvox Studios

Mika Jussila is responsible for mastering at legendary FINNVOX Studios, Helsinki, Finland. His name is mentioned in hundreds CDs and has really become a trademark. We didn't miss a chance to talk to this mastering guru, who is pretty nice in conversation as well.

Ind: It is really nice to meet you, thanx a lot for your wish toanswer our questions. Tell us a bit about your sound background. We know thatyou're engaged into mastering since 1983. It is a pretty long time!


Mika: Actually autumn '84. Yes, it's a long time, almost 20 years. I wasquite a young kid asking for job from every music studio in Helsinkijust because I was interested and keen on studio work. Finnvox gaveme an opportunity to try and put me into mastering suite to cut vinyland do disc mastering, remember this was before cd came. and in thatsame road I'm still traveling...


Ind: How did it happen that you got focused on mastering, not mixing, etc?


Mika: Quite soon I realized that mastering is just for me, not mixing norrecording. Working normally one day per one project was enough for mynerves... hah hah.


Ind: Some people don't think that mastering is so important. Theyeven do not know what mastering is and what for it is made. Couldyou tell in two words - what is mastering? - Some people say that mastering is a separate religion!


Mika: Yes, you can easily say so. To be a good recording or mixing engineerdon't mean that you understand mastering at all. At mastering I'mworking thru thinking the whole album all the time, not just onesong. It's sometimes difficult to make an album mastering as good asa thrilling book for example, which sweeps a listener/reader along.The whole album must be listenable thru without any disturbance. Andhow to achieve it. With equalizing, compressing, editing, listening,counting your ears, etc. Mastering is a last day in studio. It is as important day than a day in mixing studio.


Ind: How much time does it normally take to make a full length album?


Mika: It takes about 5 to 7 hours. It depends total track amount and atotal length of an album. If there are edits to in songs it also willtake longer. Sometimes I do a basic mastering in first day, burn acdr reference to producer and band, and then another day I makecorrections and necessary changes before the final master. That isabsolutely best way to work in mastering.


Mika (left) and IndInd: You are famous for your outstanding work with many prominentmetal bands. Do you like metal music? How much? Do you distinguishmastering metal music from mastering other stuff?


Mika: I like all kind of music which is good enough in it's own category. I will master all kind of music. Of course I do mostly metal, hard rockand guitar based rock because I'm quite good with that... hah hah....And you know, the more I master metal, the more bands want me to do the mastering and more you will get metal to master. That's ok for me and I don't complain about the situation, but I do master a lot of other stuff too.


Ind: We also know that you have worked with just a few bands from Russia. Do you work equally with every band, no matter if it comesfrom Finland or Thailand, if it is signed to a big label or unsignedat all?


Mika: Absolutely Yes! Every band is equal working with me. Only thing that could make me find short cuts is a low budget of a small band or label, but I really hate to do something with half lights on. I prefer always the best quality mastering and it will cost what ever, but if you can't afford finnvox, don't mind turn on us. Working with newbecomers and non-experienced bands is just fun for me, cause I cangive then so much advice and share my experience with them. 


Ind: Finnish metal scene has experienced a fantastic blow outrecently! We suppose Finnvox has played an important role in raising Finish metal scene!


Mika: Yes of course. But we have to give the recognition to those engineers working in our studio, Mikko Karmila, Hiili Hiilesmaa, Timo Tolkki, T.T. Oksala for example.


Ind: You meet a lot of music everyday. Have you got used to music in general or nevertheless it remains one of your core lifeinterests?


Mika: Music is in my everyday routine. I'm mastering all the time, all sounds I'm hearing, traffic, nature, radio, movies... you know like, too much low end, a nasty peak in 2,3 KHz... and so on. I listen nowadays music almost only in studio. I let my ears rest at home. It ease my hearing aid about 8 hours in every day and after that it's quite nice to have silence around you... if it is only possible because of noisy and loud family... hah hah.


Ind: Have you got your favorite bands and musicians then? Andyes, sound producers of course?


Mika: There comes times now and then when I crab my favorite records from naphthalene. AC/DC, Neil Young, ZZ TOP, THE WHO, THE ROLLING STONES,THE BEATLES, DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN... etc. and as you can notice all those favorites are from 60's, 70's and maybe 80's. About engineers and producers, anything goes. I'm really honored to have possibility to work with those engineers I mentioned above.


Ind: Mastering sometimes makes wonders. To what extend then? Arethere cases when mastering doesn't help?


Mika: I don't think so. We can always improve something.


Ind: Do you think that mastering leaves space for sound & artistic production as well?


Mika: Yes, for sure.


Ind: How often do you meet phonograms which you don't like from the point of view of mixing?


Mika: Not so often and I'm glad with it.


Ind: I suppose you are also responsible for editing, what else do you do?


Mika: Yep. Editing is just part of mastering, but in Finnvox...hmm.. I try to do some sales promotion and consulting.


Ind: You are not the only one responsible for mastering in Finnvox Studios.


Mika: No, I'm not. We are three really different sounding masteringengineers working full time here. I came '84, Pauli '89 and Minerva(she) '95


Ind: Tell us a few words about Arenate. It looks like industrial suburbs! Would you prefer a peaceful landscape?


Mika: Yes, I would. The area Finnvox is locating in a big industrial area in Helsinki. Of course it would be nice to work for exsample in countryside, but today Finnvox is a enormous complex of music studios which are not moveable anywhere.


Ind: Finnvox is getting more and more popular worldwide. Are youproud of yourself? Can you say that Finnvox is a friendly team or family?


Mika: Finnvox is absolutely all of that, a team, a family, a hobby, a job,whatever you name. What comes to popularity we can improve a lot in that scene. We are not so famous in worldwide yet.


Ind: Do you have any comments about world mastering standards? What is exact difference between world class mastering and amateurmastering?


Mika: Experience, human skills, equipment and studio environment. And weare proud to be in world class.

Finnvox inside


Ind: Can you remember any funny cases connected with your work?


Mika: A lots of, for sure, but they are mostly inside funny only to me.


Ind: Have you ever been to ex-USSR states? Yes, metal activity isfar from brilliant in our land. Most bands are unlabeled and canafford a decent recording. Of course it is also because ofeconomical situation. But do you think there's any ray of hope?


Mika: I have not been in Russia. But what comes to Russian metal scene,there is always hope and you just have to work hard.


Ind: How much do you work? And how do you like to spend your free time?


Mika: I normally do 8 hours per day. But in rush times even 10 to 12 hours. I don't work on week ends nor holidays. In one year I will masterover 200 albums ans several dozens of singles and separate tracks. In my free time i can really take easy, do nothing. I Just have fun with my family.


Ind: Thanx a lot for this interview. We really admire your work and I guess you know yourself that your name has become a trademarkof excellent sound!!!


Mika: Thank you for your kind words. You can always contact me and Finnvox, if you have something in your mind... and remember visit inour web site http://www.finnvox.fi/'

Ind
13-02-2004


P.C. Cast

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THE HOUSE OF NIGHT  Website

Marked              2007          ISBN: 0-312-36026-6
Betrayed           2007          ISBN: 0-312-36028-2
Cosen               2008          ISBN: 978-0312360306 
Untamed          2008          ISBN: 0312379838
Hunted              2009          ISBN: 031237982X

BETRAYED by P.C. & Kristin Cast

House of Night II : Betrayed

Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night finishing school. She finally feels like she belongs, even gets chosen as the Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, she actually has a boyfriend... or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world. Betrayed, the second book in the House of Night series, is dark and sexy, and as thrilling as it is utterly shocking.


Read chapter one here!

P.C. CAST is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. She lives and teaches in Oklahoma.


Her daughter, KRISTIN CAST, has won awards for her poetry and journalism. She also lives in Oklahoma, where she attends Northeastern State University as a biology major.



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Intervju med Tarja

Source: Metal Message

 

 

 

Kursdirektive: Genau geradeaus!

 

 

Mit ihrem allseitig medial erwähnten 2007er Debütlangspielwerk „My Winter Storm“ wagte sich diese weltberühmte finnische Vokalistin auf mutige Solopfade. Mit der betont bombastisch aufwändig produzierten Veröffentlichung verfolgte die attraktive Endzwanzigerin und passionierte Klassikliebhaberin gleich zwei für sie persönlich relevante Zielsetzungen: Zum einen nämlich die überfällige Abnabelung aus dem mächtigen Populärschatten der langjährigen Vorgängerband Nightwish, und andererseits die Inangriffnahme einer völlig individuell gehaltenen neuen stilistischen Schaffenslinie. Vor allem mit Letzterem erfüllte sich die sympathische Ausnahmesopranistin einen schon sehr lange gehegten Traum – was aus dem aktuellen Album ein unvergesslich eindringliches Hörerlebnis von seltener Klangschönheit und Gesangspracht macht. Jetzt präsentiert Tarja die zweite Auskopplung aus „My Winter Storm“ – nämlich die brandneue CD-Single „Die Alive“. Und diese verwöhnt die Fans mit betont rockig gehaltenen Klängen, da der Track eine sehr opulent-kämpferische Grundstimmung innehat – was auch Nightwish-Liebhaber ansprechen sollte. Zusätzlich zu ganz speziellen Song-Versionen ist auch noch ein aufwändig inszenierter Videoclip zum Titellied der Single enthalten.

 

„Meine vergangenen Konzertauftritte im Zuge der Tournee zum neuen Album waren glücklicherweise ein voller Erfolg. Was Ende November in Berlin für mich so verheißungsvoll begann, weitete sich anschließend gleich weiter aus: Und zwar nach Budapest, nach Moskau, in meine Heimat Finnland sowie nach Frankreich, in die Niederlande, nach Griechenland, aber auch in die Schweiz“, teilt Tarja mir höchst erfreut mit.

Als sie schließlich vier Tage vor Weihnachten in London auftrat, war sie schon ganz schön erschöpft, wie sie offenbart: „All die Strapazen haben sich jedoch vollauf gelohnt, denn ich traf stets auf ein toll mitgehendes und begeisterungsfähiges Publikum. Bei den Shows in Amsterdam und Zürich hatten wir die sich relativ neu im Musikgeschäft befindliche italienische Gruppe The Dogma als Vorband dabei, was insgesamt wirklich sehr gut und harmonisch geklappt hat.“

 

Und da ihr neues Album sich ganz besonders gut für die festliche Zeit des Jahres eignet, organisierte Tarja samt Begleitband auch eine weihnachtliche Benefizveranstaltung, das „Kummit“-Weihnachtskonzert 2007. Sie erinnert sich: „Dies war ein vornehmlich uneigennütziges Wohltätigkeitskonzert, um Geld für kranke Kinder und Jugendliche zu sammeln und um psychiatrische Behandlungen von Kindern zu unterstützen. Es wurde auch im finnischen Musikfernsehen übertragen. Ich trat dort am 21ten November in Helsinki auf, um das Lied `I Walk Alone`, welches als Vorab-Single ausgekoppelt wurde, vorzutragen. Eine sehr gute karitative und daher vollauf unterstützenswerte Sache, die ich nur allzu gerne wiederholen würde“, legt Tarja ihre ausgeprägte soziale Ader dar.

 

Ein Grund zum Feiern war für die begabte skandinavische Stimmbandartistin gegen Ende des Jahres 2007 auch ihr ganz spezielles Weihnachtsalbum namens „Henkäys Ikuisuudesta“. Nach dem großen Erfolg ihrer damaligen 2004er Weihnachtssingle „One Angel´s Dream“ wurde in Tarja der innigliche Wunsch immer größer, ein komplettes Album mit Weihnachtsliedern und anderen ähnlich besinnlichen Stücken aufzunehmen. Dies gipfelte im besagten „Henkäys Ikuisuudesta“. Ein reines Weihnachtsalbum ist diese Veröffentlichung trotzdem nicht – so finden die Hörer darauf beispielsweise auch den im Original von Sir Elton John geschriebenen Song „Happy Christmas (War Is Over)“, oder das eher poppig arrangierte Balladenstück „The Eyes Of A Child“. Tarja singt auf dieser CD übrigens nicht nur in ihrer Heimatsprache, sondern auch auf englisch, spanisch und sogar deutsch – wie im herrlich vokalisierten Sehnsuchtslied „Ave Maria“. Am Ende dieser genuss- und stimmungsvollen Scheibe trägt Tarja sogar noch die hochatmosphärische Nummer „Jouluyö, Juhlayö“ vor, welche die finnische Version von „Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht“ ist. Wir erfahren dazu von ihr: „Dieses Album schaffte es sogar für einige Wochen auf den zweiten Rangplatz der finnischen Albumcharts. Hätte der bei uns in Finnland so immens beliebte Schauspieler, Komiker und Schlagersänger Vesa-Matti Loiri nicht zeitgleich einen Tonträger auf den Markt gebracht, hätte ich mit meiner Weihnachtsplatte ganz sicher die Charts angeführt“, gibt Tarja lachend zu Protokoll, „doch zuvor schenkte der November mir als Solokünstlerin beziehungsweise meinem Herzblut-Album `My Winterstorm` glücklicherweise zum ersten Mal einen Einstieg in die finnischen Albumcharts auf den ersten Platz.“

 

Doch auch sonst war die singende Finnin sehr fleißig, deren neues Album bereits in über 70 (!) Ländern dieser Erde auf den Markt kam: Am Nikolaustag, also den sechsten Dezember 2007, feierte ganz Finnland den 90sten Jahrestag der Unabhängigkeit – und genau an diesem ganz besonderen Tag hatte die Sopranistin die ausgesprochene Ehre, zusammen mit Tapiola Sinfonietta, dirigiert von Tuomas Hannikainen, in der dortigen Tapiola Länsi Auto Areena aufzutreten. Sie berichtet dazu: „Das Konzert wurde vom finnischen Sender YLE TV2 um 15:45 Uhr dortiger Ortszeit live übertragen. Das Ganze führten wir kurz vor meinem einzigen Konzert in Finnland überhaupt auf. Mein Auftritt an diesem sechsten Dezembertag enthielt verschiedene modifizierte Versionen der finnischen Nationalhymne `Maamme`, übersetzt `Unser Land`. Einige dieser Versionen habe ich zuvor noch niemals zum Besten gegeben, beziehungsweise hat man das so wohl noch niemals gehört.“

 

Und was die deutsche Rocklady Doro kann, konnte Tarja schon lange – so spannte die deutsche Profiboxerin Regina Halmich auch die Finnin ein, um sich musikalisch am Abschiedskampf zu beteiligen. Tarja resümiert mit einem Grinsen auf dem Gesicht: „Das war Ende November in Karlsruhe – Regina ist ja bekanntermaßen ein großer Rockfan. Und da mein Songtitel `I Walk Alone` nicht nur thematisch einfach perfekt zu diesem Geschehen passte, entschlossen wir uns kurzerhand zur Zusammenarbeit. Das Ganze wurde sehr aufwändig gestaltet, was mir nur Recht war, und auch die betreffende Halle war von der Akustik her wirklich großartig.“

 

Doch ausruhen steht für Tarja erstmal nicht auf dem zukünftigen Plan. Sie verkündet noch: „Ich hoffe sehr, dass die neue Single `Die Alive` denselben Erfolg haben wird wie der Single-Vorgänger `My Winter Storm` – auf jeden Fall haben wir uns wieder sehr viel Mühe damit gegeben. Aber das aktuelle Jahr ist ja noch jung – ich freue mich daher schon riesig auf all meine musikalischen Taten in 2008. Die Fans werden also weiter von mir hören, und ich habe mir auch sonst so Einiges vorgenommen. Es geht voran!“

 

© Markus Eck

(01.02.2008)


Intervju med Tarja

Source: Metal Message

 

 

 

 

 

Wahre Leidenschaft ist unsterblich

 

 

Absolut turbulente Monate liegen hinter ihr. Mit Sicherheit auch so einige schlaflose Nächte. Und allzu Vieles gab es bekanntermaßen auch in den zahllosen sensationsgierigen Musikmedien darüber zu lesen. Doch wer über all die Jahre so hart an sich und vor allem an seiner Stimme gearbeitet hat, den wirft auch der unfreiwillige Abschied von einer absoluten Populär-Erfolgsgruppe wie Nightwish nicht aus der künstlerischen Bahn. Und schon gar nicht, wenn man Tarja Turunen heißt und hochgesteckte Ziele vor dem geistigen Auge hat. Apropos: Die Augen zahlreicher AnhängerInnen wollen die bildhübsche Finnin beziehungsweise ihre märchenhaft bezaubernden Sopranvokalisierungen sowieso nicht missen. Allerbeste Vorraussetzungen also für das kommende Tarja-Solodebütalbum „My Winterstorm“ – welches laut Interview-Aussage der sympathischen 29jährigen Ausnahmesängerin in vielen Klangpunkten einem bombastischen Film-Soundtrack gleicht. Vorab wird die Debütsingle „I Walk Alone“ die Neugier der Hörer ein wenig stillen.

 

Aus diesem erfreulichen Anlass heraus angespornt, sprang ich in hohem Bogen in den nächstenbesten Flieger und jettete im Direkttrip über München nach Berlin ins vornehme Hilton-Nobelhotel. Denn dort hatte sich Tarja an diesem zwölften Septembertag extra eingebucht, um der deutschen Musikpresse Informationen zu „My Winterstorm“ preiszugeben. Als ich schließlich an jenem Mittwochnachmittag endlich die Tür zur luxuriösen Mansardensuite öffnete, erwarteten mich jedoch gleich zwei Damen: Tarja hatte nämlich auch eine ihrer besten Freundinnen aus Finnland einfliegen lassen – eine professionelle Visagistin, welche die Sopranistin für die anstehende Sonic Seducer-Fotosession verführerisch zurechtmachte. So folgte eine halbstündige Bilder-Knipsserie, welche Tarja trotz aus USA mitgebrachtem Jetlag und allen Anstrengungen der letzten Tage mit souveräner Bravour selbstsicher zu meistern verstand.

Anschließend brach die enge Freundin auch schon wieder in die Heimat auf – und die Sängerin und der Autor dieser Zeilen waren nun ganz alleine in der beeindruckend noblen Räumlichkeit. Absolut optimale Vorraussetzung also für den nachfolgend tiefgehenden Dialog. Die aus finnischen Kitee stammende Tarja nahm auf dem Sofa Platz und schlug die Beine entspannt übereinander: „Als klassisch ausgebildete Sopranistin habe ich natürlich nie für lange Zeit damit aufgehört zu singen beziehungsweise auf der Bühne aufzutreten. Ich gab daher in der jüngeren Vergangenheit so einige klassische Konzerte, wie gut Informierte wissen.“

 

Nach der Trennung von Nightwish war ihr daneben auch schnell klar, dass sie unbedingt weiter machen wollte mit dieser speziellen Art von Musik, so Tarja. Sie erzählt mit impulsiv weit aufgerissenen Augen: „Schließlich habe ich ja einige Jahre aktiv mitgemischt im `harten` Musikzirkus – und auch wenn ich mir privat daheim sehr viel Klassik und andersartige Stilistiken anhöre, so gehört ein großer Teil meines künstlerischen Herzens doch auch dem melodischen Rock und Heavy Metal. Was lag da näher, als Klassik und Metal so gleichgewichtig als möglich zu einer Symbiose zu verquicken?“

 

Doch letztlich kam für die Sängerin nur eine Solosache in Frage, bei der sie die Geschickte weitgehend allein in der Hand hat, wie sie anschließend mit entschlossener Stimmlage bekundet. „All das viele erfolgreiche Touren und das Umherreisen in der ganzen Welt mit Nightwish war eine Zeitlang ganz schön – aber meine Kondition litt zuweilen schon arg darunter. All die nächtelangen Partys und all die sonstigen dementsprechenden Anstrengungen hinterlassen ganz einfach massive Spuren in der Gesundheit. `Harte Männer` stehen das sicherlich ganz gut durch. Wenn ich aber als Vokalistin auf die Bühne gehe, will ich in erster Linie meine eigenen Ansprüche an mich selbst erfüllen – und übermüdet und ausgelaugt kann man keine brillanten Leistungen erbringen. Genau das bin ich mir und den Leuten aber doch schuldig – ich bin ein Qualitätsmensch, der stets das Beste geben will. In allen Lebenslagen. Jetzt strebe ich eine Solokarriere an, bei der primär ich es bin, der die Dinge bestimmen kann.“

Stilistisch wagt sich Tarja samt eigens für sie zusammengestellter Band ganz bewusst an eine viel größere musikalische Bandbreite. „Das Ganze wird nicht wenige meiner Fans überraschen – es ist zwar immer noch teilweise knackig-harter Sound, aber mit einer immensen Vielzahl an ästhetischen, anspruchsvollen und frischen Einflüssen versehen. Durch die neuerdings für mich und meine Musik sehr guten Möglichkeiten in Sachen Produktionstechnik beziehungsweise die daraus resultierenden mannigfaltigen Klangnuancen ist das Endresultat atemberaubend bombastisch und auch anmutig operettenhaft geworden.“

Zur Seite stehen der ansehnlichen finnischen Grazie gegenwärtig und künftig handverlesene Musiker, wie sie mit großer Freude aufzählt. „Es hat mir riesigen Spaß gemacht, die neuen Kompositionen mit diesen wertvollen Menschen zusammen in solch wohltuender Harmonie zu erstellen. Die Bassgitarre hat sich für mich der Profi Doug Wimbish umgeschnallt, der die vier dicken Saiten auch schon für Weltstars wie beispielsweise Annie Lennox und Madonna gezupft hat. Für die hauptsächlichen Stromgitarrenparts zeichnet Alex Scholpp verantwortlich, welcher ansonsten bei der Stuttgarter Metal-Band Farmer Boys spielt. Als Keyboarderin konnten wir die fingerfertige Maria Ilmoniemi gewinnen. Gesanglich, an den Gitarren, den elektronischen Drums sowie am Keyboard half mein Bruder Toni mit. Tatkräftig assistierten mir auch die beiden superben Cellisten Max Silja, bereits bekannt als ehemaliger Apokalyptica-Musiker, und der begabte Könner Markus Hohti.“

 

Und auf dem Trommelschemel sitzt eine faustdicke Überraschung: Mike Terrana, der sein unmenschlich impulsives und kraftstrotzendes Spiel bereits bei Gruppen wie Masterplan, Rage und Savage Circus bestens darbot. „Mike ist ansonsten ein echtes Tier am Schlagzeug, doch er kann auch ganz anders – er besitzt ein unglaubliches Feingefühl. Daher war er die beste Wahl, um für `My Winterstorm` die Stöcke zu schwingen. Ich freue mich daher schon riesig, mit diesen tollen Musikern nach der Veröffentlichung des Soloalbums auf Konzertreise zu gehen. Es sind gegen Jahresende einige Auftritte geplant, welche uns durch Deutschland, Russland, Belgien, Finnland und einige andere europäische Länder führen werden. Ich bin bereit.“

 

© Markus Eck

(26.09.2007)


Intervju med Tarja

Source: Metal Message

 

 

 

 

 

Düstere Eleganz

 

 

Über den mutigen musikalischen Neuanfang dieser stimmlich so begabten skandinavischen Berühmtheit konnten sich Interessierte bereits mittels meiner letzten Berichterstattung dazu vorab über die wichtigsten Randdetails informieren. Denn große Ereignisse werfen ihre Schatten bekanntlich entsprechend voraus – und die weltberühmte 29jährige Tarja Turunen, einst stimmlich maßgeblich beteiligt am Riesenerfolg der Gothic Metal-Galionsfiguren Nightwish, hat gegenwärtig wahrlich nicht minder Großes vor. Der hochsympathische finnische Exportschlager hatte zum Interviewzeitpunkt gegen Ende November die umfangreichen Arbeiten an ihrem Solodebütalbum „My Winterstorm“ längst abgeschlossen. Mittels der ersten Single „I Walk Alone“ bewahrheitete sich auch gleich die gemachte Vorankündigung der hochattraktiven Vokalistin, dass ihre neue anspruchsvolle Liederwelt in einem gleichfalls opulent-bombastisch angelegten wie auch betont emotional strukturierten Klangkosmos kreist. Vom bisher mittels Nightwish langjährig gewohnten schwermetallischen Erscheinungsbild hat sie sich ganz bewusst überwiegend verabschiedet, denn als primär ausgesprochene Klassikliebhaberin befand Tarja es an der Zeit, zu neuen kreativen Horizonten aufzuschließen. Somit können sich passionierte und vorrangig ästhetisch veranlagte Anhänger von massiv klassisch inspirierten und betont episch-dramatisch zelebrierten Sopran-Darbietungen riesig freuen – nämlich auf ein operettenhaftes und orchestral arrangiertes Hörerlebnis, in welches auch mannigfaltige Rock- und Metal-Facetten eingeschliffen wurden. Dass die neue Plattenfirma der Künstlerin, ein breit etabliertes Majorlabel, bereits eine – in diesem stilistischen Bereich doch eher seltene – TV-Werbung für das aktuelle Debütalbum geschaltet hat, beweist den Fakt der hohen medialen Relevanz des Tonträger-Produktes. In selbem Maße werden damit aber auch hohe Erwartungen in den Reihen ihrer Fans geschürt – Erwartungen, welchen Tarja selbst inmitten ihrer neuen Imagekampagne laut eigener Aussage in hohem Maße neugierig gegenübersteht.

 

In ihrem gegenwärtigen Aufenthaltsort im argentinischen Buenos Aires, seit einiger Zeit Tarja´s Wahlheimat, genießt sie den vormittäglichen wärmenden Sonnenschein – und berichtet mir gut gelaunt, dabei erfrischend herzlich lachend: „Gegenwärtig bin ich sehr entspannt, was mir wirklich gut tut – denn die Anstrengungen der Aufnahmen zu meinem neuen Soloalbum haben mich teilweise schon sehr geschlaucht. Diese Veröffentlichung ist schließlich nicht nur mein totaler Neubeginn als Sängerin, sondern gleichzeitig auch eine musikalische Angelegenheit für Leute mit Charakter und Herz.“

 

Von daher legte die Sopranistin besonders großen Wert darauf, dass die Produktion der Lieder entsprechend feinklanglich wird, um die emotionalen Komponenten bestmöglich zu repräsentieren, wie sie offenbart: „Ich hoffe ständig sehr, dass die Welt da draußen meine Kompositionen genauso tiefgründig und niveauvoll empfindet, so wie ich mit immensem Tiefgang an meinen Songs gearbeitet habe.“

 

 

Eines steht dabei jedenfalls felsenfest: Die bisherige als auch die neu hinzukommende Hörerklientel wird einige positive Überraschungen erleben, denn die Finnin legt Wert auf Weiterentwicklung. Stagnation ist ihr ein Graus, wie sie den Autor wissen lässt. An umtriebigen und vielfältigen Werbeaktivitäten lässt es die Sängerin persönlich daher auch nicht mangeln. „Derzeit komme ich ganz schön herum in der Welt“, freut sich Tarja erzählen zu können, „denn Univeral Music schickt mich beinahe über den ganzen Globus, um Promotion zu machen, allerlei Pressekonferenzen sowie Interviews zu geben etc. Das ist für mich immer wieder genauso anstrengend wie schön, denn meine Fans samt ihrer riesengroßen anhaltenden Begeisterung sind mir solcherlei Mühen immer wieder vollauf wert. Schließlich liebe ich das, was ich da tue, noch immer aus vollstem Herzen und Bewusstsein heraus. Gestern beispielsweise hatte ich hier in Buenos Aires ein angenehmes Abendessen mit einigen Gewinnern eines speziellen Tarja-Wettbewerbs – was sich auch schon in Spanien so vollzog. Eine tolle Sache. Gerade mit den Fans aus Argentinien hatte ich bisher so eng noch keinen Kontakt, und ich muss sagen, diese Menschen sind schon sehr leidenschaftliche Gemüter – sie hören Musik nicht nur, wie ich bemerkt habe, nein, sie können sie auch mit Leidenschaft lieben.“

 

Und die feurigen Argentinier unter den Tarja-Anhängern haben sogar überhaupt keine Scheu, sich in die Gestaltung der Lieder ihres Idols möglichst konstruktiv einzubringen, so Tarja. „Das machen die eben, so gut es ihnen über die modernen Medien möglich ist. Für argentinische Fans ist das wohl völlig normal. Mir gefällt diese Art der inniglichen Anteilnahme sehr gut.“ Gerade Letzteres ist vielen Musikkonsumenten in Europa aufgrund der massiven Übersättigung aus diesem stilistischen Bereich leider abhanden gekommen, darin waren wir uns einstimmig einig. Im emotional eher gedämpft zugehenden Europa mag solcherlei frenetisches Gebaren daher eher ungewöhnlich anmuten, denn hier wird überwiegend entweder überspitzt trendgerecht zugejubelt oder notorisch gemeckert bis verleumderisch gehetzt.

 

Die sensible Tarja, in dieser Beziehung eine erfahrene Persönlichkeit, freut sich darum einmal mehr: „Ich finde es einfach großartig, durch meine Berühmtheit in der Lage zu sein, meinen vielen aufgeschlossenen Hörern stets so nahe sein zu können – und in zahlreichen Gesprächen ihre Freude an beziehungsweise ihre speziellen Meinungen zu meiner Musik an sich erfahren zu können. Das bestärkt mich jedes Mal so sehr, denn die Musikpresse ist ja nicht immer ganz so ehrlich in den Motiven der Berichterstattung. Ich höre die Ansichten der Leute über meine Arbeit daher am allerliebsten persönlich aus den mitteilungsfreudigen Mündern der eigentlichen Fans.“

 

Ihre vielen eingeschlagenen Wege führten die ausgebildete Sopranistin somit beispielsweise nach Großbritannien, genauer gesagt nach Newcastle beziehungsweise in die Hauptstadt des Königreiches, also nach London. Sie erinnert sich nur zu gerne zurück: „Dort gefiel es mir wirklich sehr gut, ich liebe diesen Teil der Erde sehr. Auch war ich mit Nightwish schon dort zugegen, so mutete es für mich an manchen Plätzen oftmals wie ein Wiedersehen voller erweckter angenehmer Erinnerungen an. Das Interesse der Leute dort an mir ist in den letzten Jahren wirklich enorm angewachsen, was mich als Künstlerin immens zu erfreuen weiß.“

 

Anschließend gibt Tarja jedoch auch unumwunden mit einem Lächeln auf den Lippen zu, dass sie vor solcherlei wiederholten Gegenüberstellungen, insbesondere denen mit der enthusiastischen Fan-Basis, jedes Mal aufs Neue hochnervös ist. Bei Konzerten verhält es sich auch nicht anders. So war dazu noch gleichfalls Interessantes wie Menschliches in Erfahrung zu bringen: „Ich bin eine gleichfalls seriöse wie so realistisch als möglich denkende Person mit nicht wenigen hohen Ansprüchen – allein schon von daher möchte ich immer alles so professionell wie nur irgend machbar abwickeln beziehungsweise erledigen. Und ganz egal, ob ich mich als Künstlerin nun einem Riesenpublikum oder einem Fan oder Journalisten offenbare, es handelt sich dabei immer um Menschen – Menschen, die mich dabei schon aus reiner Neugier heraus ganz genau beobachten und mich daraus resultierend in ganz individueller Erinnerung behalten werden. Das ist mir vollauf bewusst. Ich möchte diese ganz bestimmte Art der Nervosität ehrlich gesagt aber auch gar nicht ablegen beziehungsweise verlieren, denn so laufe ich meiner Ansicht nach am wenigsten Gefahr, jemals arrogante, selbstherrliche oder gar anmaßende Charakterzüge zu bekommen. Manchmal wurde mir ja eine gewisse Arroganz nachgesagt, was ich aber überhaupt nicht nachvollziehen kann. Ich meine, wenn ich jemanden – noch – nicht ausreichend gut kenne beziehungsweise als Mensch einschätzen kann, ist es doch völlig normal, mit entsprechend höflicher Zurückhaltung zu interagieren. Besonders, wenn sich viele Fremde um mich herum aufhalten, gehe ich eher weniger aus mir heraus. Ich sehe dies aber wie gesagt als Selbstverständlichkeit an, über die man auch nicht allzu viele Worte und Erklärungen verlieren sollte. Wer damit nicht klarkommt, muss wohl selbst noch viel über das Leben und die Menschen lernen.“

 

Man kann ihr in diesem Punkt nur Recht geben. Was Tarja´s bislang aufgebautes Image als Künstlerin und Identifikationsfigur anbelangt, so lässt sie die Leser hier gerne tief blicken: „Niemand hat mir über die Jahre gesagt, wie ich mich nach außen hin als Person geben soll. Alles das, was ich heute bin beziehungsweise für was ich heute stehe, habe ich mir selbst aufgebaut. Viele Neider und Denunzianten beiderlei Geschlechts wollten mich immer mal wieder als überaus leicht beeinflussbares Püppchen darstellen, mit dem die Band Nightwish sowie deren Berater, Manager und sonstige zusätzliche Verantwortliche gerne machen was sie wollen. Doch so naiv bin ich natürlich nicht – sonst wäre ich in diesem harten Musikgeschäft ja gar nicht so weit gekommen, wie ich heute bin. Ich lebte stets mein eigenes Leben und meine eigenen Ansichten – und genau so hielt und halte ich es mit dem Singen. Und genau dies präsentiere ich in aktueller Vollendung auf meinem nagelneuen Album `My Winterstorm`. Wenn die Leute die fertige CD in ihren Händen halten, dann werden sie das Frontcover und das Booklet, also die ganze visuelle Umsetzung meiner künstlerischen Anliegen selbst sehen, während sie meine ureigene Musik dazu anhören – und das alles entspringt aus dem tiefsten Inneren und aus der ganzen Hingabe meines eigenen Herzens. Das Ganze ist meine eigene künstlerische Wahrheit, genau so sehe ich mich im Moment selbst. `My Winterstorm` ist sozusagen der Spiegel meiner Persönlichkeit – meiner Sehnsüchte, Ängste und sämtlicher artverwandter Empfindungen. Ob und wie gut dies freilich letztendlich bei den Käufern und Hörern ankommt, darauf kann ich momentan nur hoffend warten.“

Sie resümiert: „Viele Leute traten in der Zeit vor dem Kompositionsprozess zu `My Winterstorm` immer wieder aufs Neue an mich heran und rieten mir eindringlich dazu, als Solodebüt doch endlich mal ein richtiges Heavy Metal-Album zu machen. Damit wäre mir als populäre Figur natürlich riesiger Erfolg geradezu vorprogrammiert worden. Ich entschied mich aus aufrichtigen Gründen jedoch dafür, viel lieber meinen eigenen Visionen zu folgen – heraus kam das aktuelle Ergebnis. Damit baue ich zwar bewusst auf ein nicht geringes Risiko, doch das ist mir allemal lieber als betriebsblind mannigfachen fremden Bestimmungen zu folgen.“

Doch das alles auch künftig genau so bleibt, wie es bei ihr derzeit ist, das kann und möchte die trainierte Sängerin nicht garantieren. „Obwohl ich absolut an das glaube, was ich als schöpferischer Geist gegenwärtig mache, behalte ich mir das Recht vor, mich in der Zukunft noch besser selbst zu finden beziehungsweise abermalig Neues auszuprobieren. Denn, wenn ich meine neue Platte mit den alten Nightwish-Sachen vergleiche, dann muss `My Winterstorm` genau genommen ja auch überwiegend als etwas Neuartiges eingestuft werden. Dennoch, im Moment und auch für einige kommende Zeit reflektiert das aktuelle Musikwerk all meine innersten Träume und all meine positiven Hoffnungen wie erwähnt die ganze Spieldauer hinweg mit 100%tiger Ganzheit. Und das macht mich glücklich, immer, wenn ich daran denke“, platzt es überraschend impulsiv aus der sich ansonsten überwiegend betont einfühlsam gebenden Person heraus.

 

Wie Tarja mit markant betontem, stimmlich beinahe vibrierendem Nachdruck anfügt, hat sie das von ihr gerade zuvor Geschilderte auch einen Großteil ihrer ganzen seelischen Kräfte gekostet. Den Mund der finnischen Sopranistin verlässt dazu erneut von Grund auf Ehrliches: „Ich musste für meine Verhältnisse wirklich unglaublich stark sein, um mich als schaffender Geist samt meinen kreativen Zielen nicht in Unergiebiges und Sinnloses zu verlieren. Und damit ich nicht gerade einen kurzen Zeitraum, nein, erst vor gar nicht allzu langer Zeit wurde ich sozusagen endgültiger triumphaler Sieger über mich selbst. Und das macht mich auch jetzt noch so oft zum glücklichsten Menschen auf diesem Planeten. Ich fragte mich damals ja oftmals selbst: `Wie machst du nun genau weiter?` Und nicht selten wusste ich mir darauf keine verwertbare Antwort. Doch ans Aufhören selbst dachte ich glücklicherweise nie, dafür ist meine Leidenschaft für Musik viel zu groß!“ Das glaubt man ihr als profunder Kenner ihrer bisherigen spitzenmäßigen Gesangsleistungen nur allzu gerne – denn für solcherlei Glanztaten muss man erfahrungsgemäß wirklich jahrelang hart an sich und seinen vokalistischen Fähigkeiten arbeiten.

 

Gerade nach der Trennung von Nightwish war dieser Zustand Kräfte zehrender Rückbesinnung und anschließender Selbstfindung sehr extrem ausgeprägt, so die nun im massiv angeregten Gespräch sehr erregte Tarja: „Somit war das Ganze aufgrund seiner Signifikanz natürlich auch sehr intensiv für mich spürbar – und so was vergisst man nicht. Als Mensch bin ich immens dankbar dafür, denn ich habe durch solcherlei Erfahrungen unschätzbare Lerneffekte für meine ohnehin gute Herzens- und Charakterbildung nutzen können.“

 

Und Letzteres kommt der finnischen Schönheit derzeit gerade recht – denn, wie sie eindeutig klarstellt, sieht sie ihre neue Musik als einen ersten Schritt zurück ins Musikgeschäft an. „Meine neuen Mitmusiker, die neue Plattenfirma und überhaupt jeder der aktuell Involvierten haben meine Wünsche und Ansichten bezüglich meiner neuen künstlerischen Direktive zu akzeptieren, darauf lege ich allergrößten Wert. Schließlich kommt wie zuvor verkündet alles tief aus meinem Herzen, von daher lasse ich mir auch künftig nicht dreinreden, welche Art von Songs ich mache. Man muss mich und meinen künstlerischen Horizont schon erschöpfend verstehen, wenn man mit mir konstruktiv zusammenarbeiten will. Zu meinem großen Glück ist dies gegenwärtig bei all meinen musikalischen Kooperativen der Fall. Nicht nur ich befinde mich also in einem ständigen Lernprozess, welcher mich schlauer macht, sondern auch meine gesamte zwischenmenschliche Umgebung. Ob das Ganze letztlich auch zum angestrebten großen Erfolg wird, werden wir ja erst noch sehen. Im Moment wäre es anmaßend, diesbezügliche Prognosen zu wagen. Wir haben uns vorgenommen, vernünftig zu bleiben und in Sachen Musikkarriere zusammen Stufe für Stufe zu beschreiten. Aber, mal ganz davon abgesehen: Ich könnte ohnehin keine Lieder zufrieden stellend einsingen, deren Art, Ausrichtung oder Stilistik mir nicht zusagt – denn meine Stimme funktioniert wirklich nur erwünscht perfekt, wenn ich mit vollem Elan und großer innerer Freude bei der Sache bin. Leute, die mich gut kennen, wissen sowieso um diesen äußerst relevanten Fakt.“

 

Daneben wird die skandinavische Sopranistin nicht müde, nach dem vorhergehenden Interview-Dialog einmal mehr darauf hinzuweisen, dass sie mit einem Fuß noch immer im Gothic Metal-Genre steht. Und das überaus gerne, wie zu vernehmen ist. „Mein anderes kreatives Standbein verweilt aber neuerdings mehr denn je in der Klassik. Und da ich mich auf musikalischem Sektor all die letzten Jahre so intensiv dem Gothic Metal-Metier hingegeben habe, ist mit dem Neustart auch eine Verlagerung zur klassischen Musik hin geschehen. Das eine habe ich also sozusagen zu meiner vollsten Zufriedenheit ausgefüllt und in gewisser Weise mein Diplom abgeschlossen – danach kann ich mich jetzt um das andere Betätigungsfeld kümmern, welches mir schon lange im Kopf herumgeht. Eine Vielzahl an Leuten und Fans haben mich immer wieder mit endlosen Fragereien gelöchert, wie sich das für mich wohl anfühlen möge, nach Nightwish im Alleingang weiterzumachen. Und da gab und gibt es für mich letztlich nur eine Antwort: Sehr gut, denn ich höre mehr und mehr auf die viel zitierten inneren Stimmen in mir, die wohl jeder Mensch in sich hat, welche mich dazu antreiben, jetzt endlich mein Innerstes vollends nach außen zu stülpen. Als Liebhaberin der alten zeitlosen Klassik-Meisterwerke gab es da für mich nur einen Weg, wie man sich wohl nur allzu leicht vorstellen kann. Das Allerwichtigste ist dabei aber auch, dass ich mir das alles auch wirklich zutraue. Hierbei vertraue ich der Kraft und Reinheit meiner Stimme. Und das gibt mir wiederum die nötige Kraft, auf solchen klassischen Pfaden zu wandeln. Doch will ich meine musikalischen Wurzeln dabei nicht gänzlich gekappt wissen, was für die epischen Gothic Metal-Parts in den neuen Liedern verantwortlich ist. Ich fühle mich damit rundum wohl. Und meine Fans stoße ich damit auch nicht vor den Kopf, insgesamt betrachte ich `My Winterstorm` als mein mögliches Optimum, als absolut runde Sache – als klaren Spiegel meiner Emotionen eben.“

Tarja ergänzt: „Von Anfang an gefiel mir das cineastisch anmutende Filmsoundtrack-Klangbild der Songs enorm gut, welches diese neuen Lieder zuweilen so immens machtvoll ummantelt. So etwas in der Art wollte ich schon immer mal machen, seitdem ich überhaupt professionell singe. Daher verfolgten ich und meine mir zur Seite stehenden Mitmusikanten genau dies mit allem Nachdruck. Und es hat sich vollauf gelohnt, wie ich finde.“

Sie legt gleich nach: „Denn all die hochopulenten, träumerischen und erhebend gigantischen Arrangements auf dem Album können die unzähligen epischen und düsteren Gefühlsstimmungen auf `My Winterstorm` mit ertragreicher Effizienz potenzieren. Perfekt. Ganz genau so habe ich mir das also von Anfang an auch vorgestellt – ich wollte das mögliche Maximum an ästhetischer orchestraler Noblesse um meinen Soprangesang herum haben. Genau diese entsprechend geschmackvoll austarierte Mischung entspricht meiner persönlichen Auffassung von düsterer Eleganz bestmöglich.“

 

Wie sich zu diesem Themenkontext im Weiteren herausstellt, liebt Tarja düstere, aber auch dunkle und vor allem majestätische Stimmungen noch immer sehr. Sie beginnt ihren Antwortsatz energisch mit einer Gegenfrage: „Wie könnte ich auch anders? All die Jahre habe ich die klassische Musik neben derjenigen von Nightwish immer gedanklich mit mir herumgetragen. Das eine hat wohl nicht zuletzt auch das andere bedingt. Ich schwärme inniglich für harsche und druckvolle Stimmungsmomente in episch-düsteren Liedern. Wenn Solcherlei in klangliche Schönheit verpackt ist, dann bringt mir das genussvolles Erleben. Und was das anbelangt, das wird sich auch garantiert niemals bei mir ändern, das ist schon viel zu lange viel zu tief in mir präsent. Ich würde sogar vorhersagen, dass diese Komponente sich in mir noch viel mehr ausbreiten wird. Ich fände das jedenfalls sehr reizvoll“, gerät sie nun in anhaltende Verzückung.

 

Dass ihre klangnobel umgesetzten Kompositionen beziehungsweise deren hochgradig niveauvolle Anmut auf dem neuen Studioalbum „My Winterstorm“ eigentlich doch eher für musikgeschmacklich geschulte Erwachsene denn für Heranwachsende geeignet scheinen, darüber hat sie auch schon nachgedacht, wie sie bekennt. Tarja wird jetzt merklich unruhig, dennoch kaschiert sie die prickelnde Dialogsituation sehr professionell mit schelmisch-gewitzter Stimme. Wir erfahren von der Finnin: „Das, was ich aktuell darbiete, ist wirklich schon sehr gefühlvoll. Für viele wahrscheinlich zu emotional. [lacht lauthals] Ich muss abwarten und bin schon sehr interessiert, wie die Hörer überhaupt mit soviel Gefühl umgehen können. Doch wir leben ja bekanntlich in einer schwierigen Zeit, in der für ehrliche Gefühle beinahe kein Platz in den Menschen mehr zu sein scheint – vielleicht sind mit viele Leute dankbar, sie mit meinem Debütalbum wieder an ihre Feinfühligkeiten erinnert zu haben. Ich kann es jedenfalls nur hoffen.“

 

Glücklicherweise hatte Tarja jüngst aber gar nicht allzu viel Zeit zur Verfügung, um sich in diesbezüglichen Gedankengängen zu verlieren, wie sie abschließend zu berichten weiß, weil die vielen und intensiven Vorbereitungen auf ihre kommenden Konzerte die finnische Sängerin sowieso mental mehr als ausreichend auf Trab halten. „Wenn ich daran denke, bin ich schon ungeheuer aufgeregt – ich kann das als eine Art Mischung aus Lampenfieber und hochfreudiger Erwartung beschreiben, was ich dafür empfinde. Gegenwärtig arbeite ich mit meinen Mitmusikern, dem Management und den Bühnenbildnern noch eine ganze Menge Details hinsichtlich der optischen Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten aus – wobei wir keinerlei Möglichkeiten aus- beziehungsweise unterlassen wollen, die neuen Lieder auf den Bühnenbrettern bestmöglich zu repräsentieren. Geplant ist irgendwann auch ein additionales Orchester, doch damit müssen wir leider noch warten – denn das hängt letztendlich alleinig vom Erfolg der neuen Platte ab. Vorstellen kann ich es mir jedoch schon jetzt, mit echter orchestraler Begleitmusik aufzutreten – damit würde sich für mich als neuerliche Solistin ein ebenso zauberhafter wie lange gehegter Traum erfüllen.“ Haargenau denselben Traum träumen mit an Sicherheit grenzender Wahrscheinlichkeit ganz bestimmt auch nicht wenige ihrer Fans, sodass beiden Seiten eine baldigst umfangreich angelegte Verwirklichung zu wünschen ist.

 

© Markus Eck

(29.10.2007)


Intervju med Tarja

Source: Metal Message

 

 

 

 

 

Mit voller Kraft voraus

 

Wenn die stimmgewaltige finnische Schönheit das sich nun stark dem Ende zuneigende Jahr in Gedanken Revue passieren lässt, geht eine Menge in ihrem Kopf vor. Schließlich bedeutet die Zahl 2007 für Tarja eine Zeitspanne höchst prägender Veränderungen in ihrem Leben, künstlerischer wie auch privater Natur. Ihr viel beworbenes Solo-Debütalbum „My Winterstorm“ ist jüngst gerade erschienen – doch einer ausgedehnten Ruhepause stellen sich der so sehr begabten Stimmkünstlerin all ihre anstehenden Konzerte in den Weg. In Letzteren bog auch ich gerne wieder ein, um der skandinavischen Sopranistin einige resümierende Worte zu ihrem ganz persönlichen Jahresverlauf zu entlocken.

 

„Ich versuche derzeit mehr und mehr, möglichst viel freie Zeit für mich in das ganze Tarja-Geschehen einzuplanen. Und ich habe endgültig realisiert, dass, obwohl mein ganzes Leben an sich eine Menge mit meiner Karriere zu tun hat, ich auch meine Pausen davon nicht zu kurz halten darf. Meine künstlerische Arbeit ist immer wieder stressig genug, und diesen Stress möchte ich so gut als machbar von meiner Privatsphäre fernhalten. Angefangen habe ich schon damit: Ich liebe es Sport zu betreiben, ins Kino zu gehen, Fernzusehen oder meine Freunde zu treffen beziehungsweise mit ihnen zu telefonieren. Hauptsächlich möchte ich privat in guter harmonischer Gesellschaft sein, und dabei nicht an meine Arbeit denken müssen“, legt mir die Vokalistin ihre Ansichten im erneuten Gespräch dar.

 

Die umfassenden vorausgegangenen Tätigkeiten für das Zustandekommen der aktuellen Liedersammlung „My Winterstorm“ waren hart für sie und sämtliche direkt Beteiligten. Tarja zeigt sich von Freude über das Ergebnis gekrönt: „Es war stets aufs Neue wunderschön für mich, miterleben zu dürfen, wie so viele professionell vorgehende Menschen ihre ganze Leidenschaft für meine Musik gaben. Daneben war es auch überaus schön, ihr Verständnis und ihre Unterstützung für mich als Künstlerin zu verspüren. Darüber hinaus gelangte ich im Zuge der Produktionsarbeiten an für mich neue Plätze auf dieser Welt, was die Sache neben all den Anstrengungen schon mannigfach interessant für mich machte. Trotzdem habe ich meine Familie dadurch des Öfteren wirklich enorm vermisst – ich hätte gerne mehr Zeit mit ihnen verbracht, doch alles kann man eben nicht haben.“

 

Wie die ehemalige Nightwish-Sängerin weiter zu erzählen weiß, war beinahe alles im Entstehungsprozess zum neuen Werk gänzlich neu für sie. „Ein Album wie `My Winterstorm` habe ich ja noch nie zuvor gemacht. Ich lernte, dass ich die Möglichkeit besitze, Dinge entsprechend zu planen und zusammenzuführen, sodass sie funktionieren und letztlich passieren. Und, mit das Wichtigste für mich als Charakter: Ich entdeckte an mir, dass ich viel mehr Courage habe, als ich von mir selbst bis jetzt immer dachte.“

 

Und diese Feststellung untermauert Tarja gleich danach im Anschluss mit der Aussage, keine Ängste vor Enttäuschungen im kommenden Jahr 2008 innezuhaben. „Warum auch? Der neue Schaffensprozess hat in dieser Art doch eigentlich gerade erst begonnen und ich habe die ganze Zukunft als Solistin vor mir. Und ich habe darin endlich die Freiheit auf künstlerischem Sektor zu tun was ich möchte.“

 

Solcherlei erfreulich zu registrierendes Selbstvertrauen wird zusätzlich vom bisherigen Erfolg ihres neuen Langspielers genährt, wie Tarja zu Protokoll gibt. „In meiner Heimat Finnland wurde die Platte bereits am Tag der Veröffentlichung mit Goldstatus versehen – doch das ist alles, was ich im Moment Definitives dazu sagen kann. Ich freue mich jedenfalls riesig auf meine gesamte Zukunft – und mein erstes Konzert zum neuen Album am 25ten November in Berlin war schon mal ein sehr viel versprechender Auftakt. Ich kann es kaum erwarten, noch viele schöne Fleckchen auf diesem Erdball zu besuchen und den Leuten auf der Bühne `My Winterstorm` darzubieten – ganz speziell natürlich dort, wo ich noch nicht hingekommen bin.“

 

Apropos, ihr schönstes und gleichzeitig emotionalstes Konzerterlebnis 2007 war bei dem anspruchsvollen britischen Populärmusiker Peter Gabriel, wie Tarja zu diesem Kontext noch mit positiv erregter Stimmlage verrät: „Ich habe seinen Auftritt im Juni in Dublin gesehen und war vollauf begeistert – für mich ist er einer der Größten.“

 

Nachfolgend wirkt Tarja massiv betroffen, ja, sehr traurig – denn sie berichtet mir abschließend noch von einem für sie sehr einschneidenden negativen Ereignis, welches sie 2007 tief berührte: „In Finnland erschoss ein irrer Jugendlicher mit einer Waffe einige Studenten direkt in ihrer Schule. Was für ein Wahnsinn – vollkommen verrückt, grenzenlos dumm und dabei absolut sinnlos!” Dem gibt es nichts hinzuzufügen, außer: Solange mit entarteten Humanperversionen wie beispielsweise Ego-Shooter-Spielen sehr viel Geld zu verdienen ist, werden auch nicht wenige solcher realen Verbrechen immer wieder passieren.

 

© Markus Eck

(27.11.2007)

 

 

 

Somewhat lousy english translation version:

Source:

 

With full power ahead

 

While the voice-forced Finnish beauty let happen now the self strongly to the end inclining year in thoughts to review, a quantity in her head advances. In the end the number 2007 means a time span of highly stamping variations in her life for Tarja, as same as artistic as also of private nature. Her much medial announced solo debut album „My Winterstorm” just appeared officially – yet an expanded break stand the so very gifted voice artist all its next concerts into the way. In latter also I turned gladly again in order to elicit the Scandinavian superior soprano-woman some summarizing words to her entirely personal end of year.

 

Tarja, this year 2007 has been doubtless very stressy for you as a professional singer. Did happen most of the time positive stress? How do you work hectic of your mind out?

 

„I try to plan private time for myself. I have realised that even though my life has a lot to do with my career I need to have some time off. The stress is connected to my work. I wouldn't like it to be appearing in my private life too. I like to do sports, go to cinema, watch TV, meet or call my friends, to have good company; nothing connected with work.“

 

Which were the most joyful experiences for you while working so hard for the new album 2007?

 

„To see many professional people giving their passion for my music and realise that they understood and support me as an artist.“

 

Did you learn more about yourself through the new situation around you?

 

„Everything has been new in the process of this album. I have never done an album like My Winterstorm before. I learned that I have the ability to plan things and to put them together so that I can make them happen. I discoverer that I have more courage that what I thought.“

 

Next year 2008 will be even more hectical for you and the band, I guess – what do you plan personally to avoid any disappointments in music biz?

 

„Why disappointments? This process just started and we have the future ahead. I have the freedom to do what I want.“



The new Tarja-record is finally released now – what can you report me about it´s success, etc. so far?

 

„It was Gold in Finland in the day of the release, but that is all I can say at the moment I am replying this interview. The success in the other territories is too early to say as the album has just been released in most of the countries just a couple of days ago. Let's see what the future brings.“

 

Which were the most positive aspects this year 2007 for you as an artist?

 

„The fact that I have been able to work for my album with lots of new and talented people and in new places. This definitely makes this a lot more interesting.“



Which were the most negative aspects this year 2007 for you as an human?

 

„Not to have enough time to share with my family as I would like to.“

 

Please tell me about your most emotional concert as an musician in 2007!

 

„Due to album recordings, my first concert is about to come November 25th in Berlin.“

 

Tell us about your most emotional concert as an visitor in 2007!

 

„Peter Gabriel, June, in Dublin.“

 

Please tell me about the most surprising happenings for you 2007!

 

„A very sad event that happened in Finland where a kid killed many students at school with a gun. Crazy and stupid way of ending life's. Nonsense.“

 

Which are your most important plans and goals for 2008?

 

„To visit as many places as possible to perform My Winterstorm. Specially those places I have never been before.“

 

© Markus Eck

 

(27.11.2007)


Interview with Nightwish 24

Source: Metal Message


Zielgerichtete Zukunftsvisionen

Mit der Veröffentlichung einer weiteren offiziellen Live-DVD, genau genommen ihrer dritten, namens „End Of An Era“ sorgen die weltweit erfolgreichen Finnenrocker einmal mehr für Fan- und Medienwirbel. Zur Vorab-Präsentation des erlesenen Bild- und Tonträgers lud das Label diverse Exklusiv-Gäste und Schreiber ein – so begab auch ich mich am Montag, den 24ten April bei schönstem Sonnenwetter ins typisch schwäbisch anmutende Örtchen Geislingen, genauer gesagt ins eigens für diese Veranstaltung gemietete Gloria-Kino. Für diesen speziellen Anlass wurden auch Keyboarder Tuomas Holopainen und Schlagzeuger Jukka „Julius“ Nevalainen eingeflogen, welche im Laufe der Session immer wieder um Fotos und Autogramme gebeten wurden. Da die beiden Musiker allerbester Laune waren, entstanden ebenso unterhaltsame wie lustige Gespräche mit den Anwesenden – dass die finnischen Symphonic Metal-Spezialisten trotz des riesigen Erfolges ihrer Band auf dem Teppich geblieben sind, konnte jedenfalls jeder bestätigen, der die beiden Sympathieträger an diesem Abend hautnah erlebte. Von der Plattenfirma üppig bereitgestellte Häppchen wurden neben allerlei gut gekühlten Getränken gerne von der Schar der Geladenen angenommen.

Für den erlesenen Ton- und Filmträger „End Of An Era“ wurde der komplette triumphale Auftritt von Nightwish verwendet, welcher bereits am 21ten Oktober 2005 in der riesigen finnischen Hartwall Arena-Halle aufgezeichnet wurde – bekanntermaßen der allerletzte für Sopranistin Tarja Turunen, den sie mit ihren Bandkollegen absolvieren durfte.

Als es sich das geladene Auditorium gegen 19:30 im Kinosaal gemütlich gemacht hatte, begann die herbeigesehnte Filmvorführung – in der Tat eine ganz besondere Sache, denn eine Band-DVD einer seiner Metal-Favoriten bekommt man auch nicht alle Tage in einem konventionellen Kino vorgeführt. Zu sehen waren dann nachfolgend alle 18 Songs, welche das damalige Konzertereignis umfasste, darunter die gehaltvollen Liederperlen „Dark Chest Of Wonders“, „The Siren“, „Nemo“, die Gary Moore-Coverversion „Over The Hills And Far Away“ sowie der abschließende Nightwish-Superhit „I Wish I Had An Angel“.

Ein Ohren- und Augenschmaus tat sich auf: Die zwar jederzeit intensive, jedoch spürbar ungezwungene und gerade dadurch umso ansteckender wirkende Performance des außergewöhnlich spielfreudigen Quintetts wurde hervorragend in Szene gesetzt. Auch das zahlreich anwesende und durchgehend sehr ergriffene Publikum kommt in allen Ehren zur Geltung – all die faszinierten Gesichter der Konzert-Besucher in Kombination mit den betörenden Kompositionen der Finnen zu erleben, hat bestimmt nicht nur mir eins ums andere Mal anhaltende Gänsehautschübe verpasst – feuchte Augen ehrlich gesagt auch. Tarja, oft mit gigantischer Leidenschaft zugange, zeigte sich sowohl stimmlich als auch in Persona von ihrer überzeugendsten Erscheinung – entsprechend den differierenden Songthematiken gewechselte Kostümierungen tragen ein Übriges zur hohen Faszination des Dargebotenen bei. Nach ungefähr zwei Stunden war die mitreißende Vorstellung vorbei, mit welcher bemerkenswert hohe Professionalität mit großer Spielfreude zur Schau gestellt wurde.

Anschließend zerstreute sich die Besucherschar ebenso schnell, wie sie in das Lichtspielhaus eingefallen war. Ich wurde mit den Musikern ins gebuchte Hotel zurückgefahren, wo ich mit den beiden noch einen abschließenden doppelten Whiskey-Cola einfuhr. Auch der rauschebärtige Hammer-Schreiber Gunnar Sauermann gesellte sich gerne noch mit an die Hotelbar. Müdigkeit machte sich alsbald bei Tuomas und Julius breit – die Betten lockten allzu sehr, besonders Julius, von den Aktivitäten des absolvierten Tages sichtlich ermattet, konnte da nicht widerstehen.

Am nächsten Tag stand im Fun-Room des Donzdorfer Nuclear Blast-Hauptquartiers ein Interview an – wir drei ließen uns auf dem riesigen zentralen Ledersofa nieder. Ein angenehmes und entspanntes Dreier-Gespräch konnte seinen Lauf nehmen.

Besonders Tuomas fühlte sich laut eigener Aussage an diesem Tage prächtig: „Wer nun speziell die Idee dazu hatte, genau dieses Konzert für eine DVD zu verwenden, kann ich beim besten Willen nicht mehr sagen. Ursprünglich war ja geplant, eine Show mit einem richtigen Symphonie-Orchester zu machen. Doch diverse Problematiken betreffend der Umsetzung hinderten uns fortwährend daran. Da unsere Tour im letzten Jahr und ganz speziell auch der Auftritt an diesem am 21ten Oktober in der Hartwall-Halle so große Erfolge mit sich brachten, entschieden wir uns dafür, die Aufzeichnungen davon zu verwenden – zumal es auch der letzte Auftritt von Tarja mit uns war. Daher auch der gewählte Veröffentlichungs-Titel `End Of An Era`, welcher für uns schon überaus symbolträchtig ist. Daher ist ebenfalls eine ausführliche Dokumentation über den bisherigen Werdegang von Nightwish enthalten sowie eine umfangreiche Bildergalerie. Von großer Bedeutung war für uns, diese für uns beileibe nicht unwichtige Veröffentlichung nicht mit allerlei Unnötigem zu überfrachten – wir wollten primär Qualität statt Quantität. Die Fans bekommen trotzdem auf jeden Fall einen absolut reellen Gegenwert für den Anschaffungspreis.“

Julius hierzu: „Die vorangegangene DVD von uns umfasste eine ziemlich lange Spieldauer, welche aufgenommene Konzerte rund um den Globus bot. Das wollten wir diesmal nicht gleich wiederholen. Daher bot sich das verwendete Konzert bestens an. Die Zuschauer können zuhause von Anfang bis Ende an einem einzigen Nightwish-Gig teilnehmen, ohne dass sie durch Ein- und Ausblendungen differierender Shots von einem Aufführungsort hin- und her gerissen werden. Eine exklusive Angelegenheit, wie wir finden.“

Bekannter Weise wusste die gesamte Band an diesem historischen Abend vom anstehenden Ausschluss ihres Aushängeschildes – der Frontfrau und Sängerin. Anzumerken war es ihnen auf der Bühne jedoch nicht im Geringsten. Laut besonnen getätigter Aussage von Julius hätte das männliche Line Up von Nightwish eigentlich eine Unzahl an gemischten Gefühlswallungen durchmachen müssen. Der Schlagzeuger erinnert sich mit Bedacht in der Stimme zurück: „Es war schon sehr seltsam, dies durchleben zu müssen. Die Umgebung, die großartige Akustik in der Halle sowie das frenetisch jubelnde Publikum ließen uns die bestehende gespannte Situation allerdings beinahe vollkommen vergessen für die Dauer des Auftritts. Alles entwickelte bei diesem Gig eine regelrechte Eigendynamik, der wir uns nur zu gerne vollkommen hingaben. Es erleichterte die Sache sozusagen enorm für uns alle vier, denn die Entscheidung über ihren von uns beschlossenen Ausstieg fiel ja bereits Monate zuvor.“

Tuomas ergänzt seinen Bandkollegen, diesmal mit Zukunftsplänen: „Momentan stecken wir noch immer mitten in der Suche nach einer Nachfolgerin für Tarja. Leicht wird es gewiss nicht. Bislang haben wir seit dem Aufruf auf unserer Webseite sage und schreibe über 400 Bewerbungen erhalten, also innerhalb von gerade mal zwei Monaten. Doch leider konnte bislang keine Aktrice unsere Gesamtforderungen erfüllen. Wir sind jedoch sehr zuversichtlich, denn aufgrund der mit Tarja gemachten zwischenmenschlichen Erfahrungen wissen wir eines neuerdings ganz sicher: Viel mehr noch als auf die Stimme legen wir allergrößten Wert auf die Persönlichkeit der Gesuchten. Wir möchten mit ihr eine absolut fest verschweißte Einheit bilden, menschlich, geistig und künstlerisch. An einem Strang ziehen, in allen Belangen rund um Nightwish. Anders wird es nicht funktionieren. Anders soll es auch nicht gehen. Und wir werden da keine Kompromisse eingehen, das steht felsenfest.“

Daher ist auch kein Zeitlimit vorgesehen, was die angestrebte Neu-Rekrutierung der Nachfolgerin anbelangt – die Fans sollten sich auf jeden Fall auf eine längere Wartezeit gefasst machen, so Tuomas. „Und wenn es noch so lange dauern sollte, wir machen auf diesem Sektor ganz bestimmt keine halben Sachen. Selbstverständlich hängt davon auch der Veröffentlichungszeitpunkt des nächsten Albums ab. Darum kümmern wir uns aber im Moment noch nicht, denn wir wollen uns in aller Ruhe auf die täglich neu eingehenden Bewerbungen konzentrieren. Glücklicherweise haben wir ja momentan den DVD-Release von `End Of An Era` stärkend im Rücken, von daher wird unsere Veröffentlichungspause nicht so lange anmuten.“

Anfänglich noch ziemlich skeptisch und sich ihres Könnens an den beidseitigen Spielknöpfen ganz und gar nicht sicher, ließen die beiden sich schließlich doch noch von mir zu einigen spannenden Flipper-Duellen animieren – da in besagtem Fun-Room eine Unmenge von den Eisenkugel-Spielgeräten herumstehen, entbrannten nicht wenige aktionsreiche Wettbewerbe zwischen uns dreien. Schlecht geschlagen haben sich die beiden Finnen nicht – als ich den Ort des Geschehens am späten Nachmittag verließ, daddelten sie noch immer wie die Besessenen.

Ich rief, ergänzend zum Interview mit Tuomas und Julius, die ausgeschiedene Tarja zu nächtlicher Stunde in ihrer neuen Teilzeit-Wahlheimat Argentinien an, wo sie derzeit bei ihrem Mann und Manager Marcelo Cabuli verweilt.

„Mir geht es wirklich prächtig hier, ich danke der Nachfrage. Dass ich eigentlich ziemlich weit weg von meinem urtümlichen Zuhause bin, macht mir das Herz nicht schwer – denn ich weiß ja genau, dass ich jederzeit wieder daheim bei meiner Familie und meinen Freunden in Finnland willkommen bin. Das hilft mir schon sehr. Hier in der Großstadt herrscht täglich reges Treiben, ich hingegen komme ja aus einer Kleinstadt, die lediglich circa 20.000 Einwohner hat. Soviel zum Nachdenken darüber komme ich aber ohnehin nicht, denn es gibt hier stets eine Unmenge für mich zu tun“, weiß Tarja mir höchst erfreut zu berichten.

Sie ergänzt: „Ich arbeite auch hier wie immer sehr hart an meiner Stimme, und das beinahe täglich. Schließlich möchte ich bei den anstehenden Shows in bester Form sein. Es tut mir außerordentlich gut, mich wieder dermaßen in die Arbeit zu stürzen, so komme ich mehr und mehr wieder auf meine `kreativen` Füße.“

Mit auffallend feminin klingender Stimme knüpft sie gleich daran an: „Es stehen eine Menge Klassik-Konzerte mit einem Symphonie-Orchester für mich an, worauf ich mich immens freue. Diese Aufführungen differieren ziemlich zu dem, was ich bisher so gemacht habe – sehr reizvoll, wie ich finde. Für Ende des diesjährigen Sommers ist auch die Aufnahme eines Christmas-Albums geplant, welches ich mit einer Band zusammen einspielen werde – eigentlich ziemlich verrückt, Weihnachtslieder im Sommer einzusingen. Dennoch freue ich mich auch darauf sehr. Nach der Veröffentlichung werde ich mit dieser Band auch einige wenige Konzerte in Finnland geben.“

Darauf darf man – nicht nur als Nightwish-Liebhaber – sehr wohl gespannt sein. Eine Art Spannung empfindet die attraktive Sopranistin hingegen eher nicht, wenn sie an die in Kürze anstehende Veröffentlichung der aktuellen Nightwish-DVD denkt – sie beschreibt ihre diesbezüglichen Emotionen eher gerührter Natur. „Um ganz ehrlich zu sein: Es war ziemlich schmerzlich für mich, mir den Konzertfilm anzusehen. Ich weiß auch momentan nicht so ganz genau, ob ich mir dieses Konzert jemals wieder ansehen möchte. All die vielen begeisterten Menschen, vor denen wir an diesem schicksalsträchtigen Abend aufgetreten sind, all die von tiefen Emotionen gezeichneten Gesichter – das ist für mich immens aufwühlend, und das wird es wohl auch auf immer sein. Nach all den Jahren mit Nightwish, nach all der harten Aufbauarbeit für die Band, so ein imposantes Konzert geben zu können, diesen einschneidenden Eindruck vergisst man nie wieder. Denn, dort in Finnland aufzutreten, in dieser riesigen Halle, mit einer derart prächtigen Bühnenausstattung und all den mannigfaltigen Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten, das ist nicht zuletzt wohl das Allergrößte, was man als finnische Band überhaupt erreichen kann.“

© Markus Eck

(06.05.2006)

Planet-Loud review » Nightwish - Highest Hopes

Source: Planet-Loud

Highest Hopes (Best Of)
(Spinefarm/Mercury)


Unless you’ve been living on Mars, you’ll know that Nightwish have now parted ways with their muse, the voice of Tarja Turunen, and that it is now, with some sadness, that fans find themselves having to contemplate this release as more than just an appraisal of the bands success with their home label, and more their nadir. Sure, they had another best of - the excellent Best Wishes, released in March - but this is much more. The album that will surely be their legacy whoever steps in.

And, they’re all here. Whether you’re looking for the hits you’ve missed - Nemo, Walking In The Air, or the tracks lifted from the very earliest releases ( Elvenpath (Angles Fall First) and Stargazers (Oceanborn), you’re sure to find at least one moment where this band really stood on the edge and gave fans a kick from which they never really recovered?

And, herein lies the success of Nightwish. Many a band has tried to go out there and be more confrontational, heavier, more shocking? But they simply took a very good formula and did it very well giving even the simplest riff a big kick, the simplest vocal a boost, the dullest keyboard more depth; all because protagonist Tuomas Holopainen believed that it simply wasn’t enough to compromise. Whatever happens to this band now, and personally, if I was Within Temptation I’d be worried, they’re still going to be a band by which many more will be judged in years to come.

Rating 8
Reviewed by Mike Exley
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Nightwish Live » Astoria, London

Source: Planet-Loud

Backstage at the Astoria there is a voice coming from one of the dressing rooms that is quite simply enchanting. Everyone that walks passed the door is spellbound as the operatic tones echoing from the room fill the air. The source of these sounds is Tarja Turunen, vocalist with Finnish operatic metal crew Nightwish and, for the second night, she is leading her band out in front of a sold out London Astoria.

It comes as no surprise to the extreme music scene that this is happening but it is a surprise that it has taken so long. By the bands own admission though, the success of Evanescence has helped bands like Nightwish and Lacuna Coil break through to play gigs like this one but you sense that the crowd here tonight are here because they appreciate the beauty of Nightwish rather than the fact that they "might sound a bit like Evanescence".

From the moment the band take to the stage, they have this London audience captivated. It's a mesmerizing sight watching them glide through each song with the balls and power of a metal band but with the sort of beauty and passion that most metal bands don't even come close to capturing. Obviously the source of this passion comes from the belly of their vocalist who leaves every single person in the room absolutely mesmerized as she slides around the stage like no-one you have ever seen. At times it would be fair to say that she shouldn't be fronting a metal band and, when they power through The Phantom Of The Opera, it becomes apparent why the singer is more popular than Pavarotti back home in Finland.

While it is fair to say that Nightwish might not be to everyone's taste, it is also fair to say that if you do want to give your ears a bit of culture, then this Finnish band will certainly provide you with that. And make you realise quite how much Evanescence really do suck.

Reviewed by Graham Finney
Posted on 0000-00-00

Interview with Nightwish 25

Source: Planet Loud

Finnish Symphonic Metal outfit Nightwish grabbed numerous headlines when singer Tarja Turunen was ousted from the band via a hand-written letter from songwriter and band main-man Toumas Holopainen in 2005. Fast-forward to March 2008 and the band return to the UK for a series of dates with freshly acquired Swedish singer Anette Ozlen and with latest album 'Dark Passion Play' garnering rave reviews across the world.

Planet Loud spoke to Tuomas moments before their performance in a sold-out Birmingham Academy to discuss the intense emotions involved whilst writing 'Dark Passion Play', how powerful having the chance to complete his musical vision can be, whilst uncovering the 'real' dreams of Mr. Holopainen..
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Planet Loud – Focusing firstly on the current UK tour, containing three dates at London's Astoria. The last time we saw you here with a full headline tour was 2005, over three years ago. An awful lot has happened in that time and there seems to have been a sense of a waiting 'expectancy' amongst the fans over here. What has it been like for you performing with that kind of feeling, that anticipation?

Tuomas – England has remained the same since I remember it being 3 years ago. It's always nerve- wracking to play in a new country with Anette on this tour. You never know how the people in different countries will react. The worst is definitely playing in Finland, as we have a Swedish singer! It was the same here when we played for the first time in London. We didn't know how English people would take her but it's been fantastic. Especially the second London show.

Planet Loud – For the UK stretch of the tour you've also had Uilleann pipe maestro Troy Donockley of Celtic/progressive rock group Iona and various other projects join you on stage. What has it been like performing with him?

Tuomas - Phenomenal. Glorious times. There is definitely something going on there. He has become a really good friend of mine as well on a personal level. We are in some ways soul mates. There's just something going on. It's fantastic when you have guest musicians of this caliber, it makes the show go to a different level. The same as when we had John Two-Hawks play for us live a few times.

Planet Loud - How did Troy's initial involvement with the band come about?

Tuomas – Through Pip Williams. They're good friends and he did a lot of the orchestral arrangements on the latest album and I asked him for some Celtic pipes, asking if he knew anybody. He said he knew just the guy. He was totally right.

Planet Loud – You're visibly immersed within the music whilst performing live. Is live performance an emotional 'release' for you?

Tuomas – Yes, it is. I consider myself as being quite a calm person, on the shy side. But when you are playing live you can release everything. I often sing the lyrics. I never sing in the band but I find it therapeutic to shout them out and I even curse a lot. Let it all out. Afterwards you feel like you've run a marathon.

Planet Loud - Does that high level of commitment and emotional involvement ever drain you? What keeps you going whilst on the stage?

Tuomas – It just feels so good every night. No matter how shitty the day is you have those 90 minutes on stage. Sometimes you can get a bit pissed if you're ill, or you're really tired. You have a bad hair day..you have a bad playing day, you just can't get it right. Nobody knows where it comes from. 9 out of 10 times though, it's really good.

Planet Loud – To the latest album 'Dark Passion Play'. The symphonic edge has always been a vital part of the Nightwish sound. For this release you worked with the London Session Orchestra and the Metro Voices Choir, as on the previous 'Once'. What is it like to have the opportunity to let free the ambitious ideas you have and work with such highly esteemed musicians?

Tuomas – I feel so blessed and privileged to be able to have this band in such a state that I can do almost anything. Live all of my dreams. If I was to have a classical orchestra with the best players in the world, who these guys really are, I can do it. I feel so happy about that. The band around me, everybody, they are so good at what they do. All the strings are available for me to pull, there are no restrictions. That I cannot fulfill this vision because we don't have the money or whatever..

Planet Loud – 'Dark Passion Play' thrusts the listener into the album with the sprawling, cinematic roller-coaster ride of 'The Poet And The Pendulum'. Lyrically and musically, is this the most intense song-writing experience you've undergone?

Tuomas – By far, yes. Song-writing has never ever been so easy, so fluent, so dramatic in a way. Roller-coaster ride is a good term. The whole album is a roller-coaster ride. A pretty dark one as well but there are more positive highlights too like 'Amaranth' and 'Last Of The Wilds'. Though you really swim in some dark waters, dark thoughts.

Planet Loud – 'The Poet And The Pendulum' itself is seperated into five individual 'chapters'. What sort of ideas and emotions exist within the song? It seems to follow a lot of shifting thoughts and feelings, presenting an ongoing personal battle that reaches a sense of almost mournful sanctuary, a sense of 'relief' at its close..

Tuomas – It's mainly about this alchemist and about the feeling that you have just fought enough, you can't keep things together anymore. Why are you such a bad person? Why are you just such a weak human being? I just felt like my life had come to a certain point in 2005, with all the crap going on with Tarja and stuff. I felt like 'let's kill myself'. Not in a concrete way, but in a song. Then maybe I can 'start over'. And talk about therapy in music.. this song is the perfect example.

Planet Loud – I read a fascinating comment you gave once regarding the whole process of the latest album. In that it gifted you the chance to immerse yourself completely within the music. Removing feelings of 'senselessness', hopelessness. Could you give me some insight into just how must strength you took from the music during that time?

Tuomas – It was like you enter your own little microcosm that you've created. Just this song you are writing. You just don't care about anything else. You don't even care about the other band members. It's a really selfish thing. Not egoistic. I've heard some comments about this song ['The Poet And The Pendulum'] that I'm being egoistic because it actually says Tuomas in the song. But I just want it to be a punch in the face and it's really there.

Planet Loud – Would you say that this album is the most lyrically 'raw' release we've seen from Nightwish?

Tuomas – Yes! There is also 'Bye Bye Beautiful', 'Master Passion Greed' which is pretty dark stuff.

Planet Loud – There's also a blending of a lot of different cultural influences to the music. You have the Irish influence on 'Last Of The Wilds', the middle-eastern drenched 'Sahara'. Is this a vital part of what you wanted to create within the new album?

Tuomas – Yeah... I'm a complicated person. It's also a blessing. That the concept of the band that I am in, from the very beginning we can do almost anything, so the music is really diverse. Somehow it manages to hold the same soul, the same' image'.

Planet Loud – There is this visual imagery to your music, and you have striking artwork that accompanies each album. Has this always been an important area for the band also?

Tuomas – I think it comes from the fact that I really love film music. I love the idea of combining 'visual' art with 'audio' art. We go to a lot of trouble with the cover artwork and everything. For this album I wanted to have a picture for every song.

Planet Loud – Who was responsible for the artwork for this one?

Tuomas – A guy called 'Toxic Angel' from Finland. Most of the songs I had an idea for but he came up with a few. For example '7 Days To The Wolves'. 'Bye Bye Beautiful' was his too. I think he worked with them for about five to six months. He always sent me sketches saying 'That's not 'quite' right'. I remember 'Cadence Of Her Last Breath' with the picture of the girl holding the butterfly, that was hard. I think he really tried everything!

Planet Loud – In terms of lyrics as a 'whole'. Are there any particular lines or passages that are dearest to your heart? Be it for personal reasons, maybe due to them fitting the music you had in mind so perfectly?

Tuomas – 'Beauty comes with dark thoughts'. Let's just say I take a lot of pride in that one..

Planet Loud – I'm striving to avoid some of the usual questions, one obviously involving the decision for former singer Tarja Turnen's departure. But what intrigues is how you felt after the hysteria gathered around her leaving had settled and you were faced with having to find a new voice for your music? Was that a fearful time for you, or one more of excitement, of new possibility?

Tuomas – Believe it or not the pressure was never there. That desperation. We just felt really relieved as a band. At the same time we felt really bad and just a little bit bitter. But the main thing was relief and we knew that the right person was out there somewhere so we were just going to take our time. We were in absolutely no hurry. It took about 14 months and then we decided who she was going to be, so that was never going to be a real problem.

But you know the first month, month and a half, after Tarja's departure was living hell. It really, really was. The biggest mistake that I made and the band made was not to realise the amount of hassle it would cause. We were really childish in that. Okay, maybe 'someone' will write about the singer not being in the band anymore, but God damn! Every single talk show, all the press, the prime minister of Finland was talking about it, everyone was talking for weeks..

Planet Loud – You now of course have new singer Anette fronting the band. With her around is there a different, fresh energy within the band?

Tuomas – Absolutely there is. We are trying to take really good care of her. I hope we have learned something as well from the past. The biggest problem is that she's been here in the business with Nightwish for little over a year now and she comes out of nowhere to be in a situation like this. The other guys in the band, we have had 11 years gradually dealing with this. So now everything comes to her at once. I cannot even imagine what it's like. So there are, as I like to call them, some big 'culture shocks', no matter how we prepared her for this. She said she was ready, she wasn't ready! So we are doing all we can to try and make it work.

Planet Loud – She's settled in now, in a sense, with her first album for the band. With that in mind do you have any insight into how the next Nightwish album may be approached, in terms of sound and lyrical content? Or is it too early to be talking about that?

Tuomas- I have an idea. I have quite a strong vision. I already have one song 'ready' and I believe the year is 2010 that we will go into the studio.

Planet Loud – When you re-listen and take in the albums in hindsight is there anything you wish had been done differently, maybe even within Nightwish as a whole?

Tuomas – I never do that. I believe that everything that you do leads to another thing and you have to make mistakes. So I wouldn't really change anything.

Planet Loud – If you weren't making music, what would you be doing in terms of a career? Or is that too hard a question to handle?

Tuomas – No, it's the easiest thing in the world to answer. I would be a scientist. A marine biologist. Making music is not a dream come true to me. This is not a 'dream' for me at all. From the age of 5 to 19 I always wanted to be a marine biologist. I even went to University to study for sixth months. I've always loved nature, biology. The oceans..

I wanted to be the one who found the new species. Then I went to university to study the sciences and it just wasn't 'there'. It wasn't in my heart. I felt like I was in a prison. At the same time Nightwish was making its breakthrough with the 'Oceanborn' album and I felt like this was the thing I wanted to do. At least now I'm getting to see the world, to see these oceans!

Planet Loud - The third single from 'Dark Passion Play' is released May 21st, entitled 'The Islander'. There's been a video filmed to go with the single, is it all ready to go?

Tuomas – It's filmed and ready. I just saw it for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It was phenomenally good. I think it's one of the best videos we've ever done by far. Marco saw it for the first time. He was hung over, it was early in the morning and there were many tears in his eyes. The video is really beautiful. The premier is going to be the 14th of April.

Planet Loud – So what else is in the pipeline for the future? Is it mainly touring for the moment? You seem to have a fairly intense schedule that takes you into 2009..

Tuomas – That's pretty much everything you want to think about at the moment. Trying to survive this tour and trying to enjoy the tour, whilst taking care of each other. The last show for this tour will be in September 2009 so it's about another year and a few months to go. It's a long haul but I think we'll be fine.

Planet Loud – In closing, a while ago you mentioned the possibility of a one-off special performance with a full live orchestra, in London. Have there been any progress with these plans and is it still something you'd love to do?

Tuomas – Absolutely. That will be the ultimate dream. If you have seen the Metallica S&M documentary you will know the amount of hassle is incredible. The organising. The money. Everything you need. We're just not up for that yet. I think we need another album with Anette behind us before we can do that. But I promise to do everything I can to make it happen. One day!

Planet Loud – Many thanks for your time Tuomas, good luck for the set later.

Tuomas – No problem, enjoy the show!

Interact -
Posted on 2008-04-24
Interviewer Jim Hall

Interview with Nightwish 26

Source: Planet-Loud

It’s seven o’clock and we’re backstage at the Astoria in London. The queue outside the venue snakes around with the back end of it touching the central part of Oxford St such is the anticipation and interest in Finnish operatic rockers Nightwish. Inside the venue though and vocalist Tarja is in her dressing room warming up her rather impressive vocal chords whilst, in the adjacent room, Planet Loud sits down to have a chat with the mastermind behind the band, keyboard player Tuommas.

Planet Loud - Second sold-out night at the Astoria. Pretty good eh?
Nightwish - It‘s amazing. They actually requested for us to do a third show but it‘s just cool for us to say we‘ve done two sold-out shows.

Planet Loud - You must be pretty pleased with the way things have gone for you in the UK recently?
Nightwish - I‘m very pleased. We never expected anything like this because practically nothing was happening for our first four albums but this album took us to the next level. It is the hardest market to break in Europe for this kind of music.

Planet Loud - Bands like Lacuna Coil are picking up a similar sort of interest despite a lack of extensive coverage. As you said it is the hardest market to break so why now?
Nightwish - I think there are three basic reasons. The first and simplest is that we‘ve done the best album so far and the single had radio play which we have never had before. The second is that we have a bigger label now and so they can give us more money for promotion. The third reason is that bands like Evanescence becoming so successful there is now a trend towards this kind of music.

Planet Loud - So you think the success of a band like Evanescence has helped bands like yourself then?
Nightwish - I couldn‘t deny it but I still think that, even though we have some similarities, we are really doing our own thing. We were there five years before them which I am proud of but, of course their success helps us. I like the band but we are different.

Planet Loud - You‘ve been hugely successful across mainland Europe and in your home country of Finland for years now. Has it been hard coming to the UK and essentially starting again?
Nightwish - Of course it is always a little difficult and I like a challenge. I personally love playing small intimate venues like this because that is ideal for me. I get a little bit scared when I see ten thousand people in front of me.

Planet Loud - Speaking of big gigs you have gig coming up with Iron Maiden?
Nightwish - Yes, we do. It was confirmed about a week ago and it is happening in Poland on 29th May. About a week after that we are supporting Motley Crue in Finland.

Planet Loud - Both bands have massive stage shows, is that something you would like to have?
Nightwish - Yeah, the music we are playing is very visual and theatrical. We have a massive light show and pyrotechnic show whenever we can do that. We are not allowed to do that in England but in Germany we have massive explosions and water coming down when we are playing and things like that.

Planet Loud - You‘ll be able to develop that side of the band with the support of your new label won‘t you?
Nightwish - Yes, definitely. It does always come down to money though but now we definitely want to develop that side of the show as well. The water idea is something that only Britney Spears and Garth Brooks has done and now we‘re doing it.

Planet Loud - Could you tell us a bit about it?
Nightwish - In front of the stage there is a water wall like rain and you can reflect lights through it and stuff like that. We want to expand those ideas and have more explosions and air bursts and stuff like that. I love that kind of thing..

Planet Loud - So you‘ll be looking forward to gigging with Motley Crue then?
Nightwish - Well…. It will be interesting to see. I‘ve never been their biggest fan but our drummer is a massive fan and he is really looking forward to it.

Planet Loud - Now you‘re becoming a household name outside Finland, will you be living the sex, drugs rock n‘ roll lifestyle like the Crue did?
Nightwish - Well, we never did and I can‘t really see us starting now. Ha! We are pretty easy going but, although we do have our fair share of fun, it‘s nothing like The Dirt. We like to drink and have fun but it‘s nothing like that.

Planet Loud - Has life changed for you because of your success?
Nightwish - Obviously we are never home but, as people, I don‘t think we have changed that much. We‘re still the same country boys. You can even call us rednecks, I don’t really care! I still live in the middle of the woods so life hasn‘t changed for us. We never imagined being this big so we never wanted the whole rock star lifestyle.

Planet Loud - A lot of the attention goes on Tarja although you write all the music. Does that bother the rest of the band?
Nightwish - Honestly it has never bothered us because, let‘s be truthful here, you always need a visual element to a band and you would rather look at her than the guys in the band so it is just natural because she is the face of the band. I also think that the people who listen to us know about the band, who does what, who writes the music so the real fans do see us as five people.

Planet Loud - She will obviously get more attention now the band are becoming more successful. Does that bother her?
Nightwish - She comes from the same town as I do so she is a country girl too. It has been the same learning curve for both of us and she is coping really well. She cannot walk anywhere in Finland without being recognised. Back home in Finland she is bigger than Pavarotti.

Planet Loud - Does it feel strange going back to Finland and being idolised like that?
Nightwish - It feels really weird but it is part of the job. It does feel weird but, of course, I am flattered by the attention.

Planet Loud - It‘s better than no attention..
Nightwish - Definitely.

Planet Loud - Going on to the record then, I believe you used the same orchestra used in The Lord Of The Rings?
Nightwish - That is something the label says because it sounds cool. It‘s partly true because all of the people who played on our album were part of the orchestra used in Lord Of The Rings - Return Of The King movie. There were fifty-two players playing on our album but, in the movie, there was like a hundred and ten. Still, it was the same orchestra and we recorded in the same studio that all of the music in the three Lord Of The Rings movies were recorded in.

Planet Loud - What was that like?
Nightwish - Incredible. One of the highlights of my whole life. To have people like that playing the music I have personally written and playing it so beautifully was amazing. I sat there on the couch watching them and it was just incredible.

Planet Loud - Are you a fan of the movies?
Nightwish - A huge fan..

Planet Loud - For a band like Nightwish, at the level you are at, using an orchestra like that is a massive step. Where now?
Nightwish - I have always been a fan of grand music so I would like to do things as big as possible. Finally I think we have the chance to do that now we have some money and so maybe we can do that on the next record.

Planet Loud - Would you like to compose music for a movie?
Nightwish - That is my biggest dream. When I am done with Nightwish I really want to try my wings in the movie music scene. I take most of my influence when writing the music for Nightwish from movie music.

Planet Loud - There are obviously a lot of expectations for the band now, what are your goals for the future?
Nightwish - To still be speaking to each other after this tour ends in October and then we hope to enter the studio some time in 2006 but that is as far as we have planned for now.

Planet Loud - Okay, well good luck with the tour and enjoy tonight’s show..
Nightwish - Thanks.


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CONTENTS Varför kvinnor alltid kommer ihåg och män alltid glömmer

Inledning
Grälets anatomi

1. män och kvinnor är olika
Rätt eller fel?

2. Får jag lov?
Varför vi dras till varandra och hur vi blir förälskade

3. Vad sade du?
Skillnaden mellan hur vi lyssnar och vad vi hör

4. Legatos lagar för att förbättra kommunikationen mellan könen

5. Vill du gifta dig med mig?
Att satsa helhjärtat (på gott och ont)

6. Tittut
Föräldraskapets nya ansikte

7. Vad är det för fel på mig?
Varför män och kvinnor reagerar olika på stress
- och varför det har betydelse

8. Vad är det för fel på dig?
Depression hos män och kvinnor

9. Var lade jag nycklarna?
Män, kvinnor och åldrande

Sammanfattning
Noter och litteratur

VARFÖR KVINNOR ALLTID KOMMER IHÅG OCH MÄN ALLTID GLÖMMER av J. Legato

~ Lär dig förstå det motsatta könet ~

Dr Marianne J. Legato tillsammans med Laura Tucker

Varför frågar han inte någon om vägen när vi kört vilse?

Varför måste hon ställa till med ett praktgräl för varje liten småsak?

Varför märker han inte att jag mår dåligt?


Svaret är enkelt: Det är de manliga respektive kvinnliga könshormonerna - testosteron för män och oxytocin för kvinnor - som är roten till det onda. Den övergripande frågan lyder: Varför är det så svårt för kvinnor och män att förstå varandra, och vad kan vi göra åt det?
      Enligt Marianne J. Legato finns det en kemisk och strukturell skillnad mellan mäns och kvinnors hjärnor. Tidigare har man framför allt utforskat den manliga hjärnan (som är tio procent större än den kvinnliga), men ny forskning har börjat intressera sig även för kvinnans hjärna.

      Förklaringen till skillnaden är alltså könshormonernas sätt att påverka vårt beteende och känsloliv som just styrs från hjärnan. Det är dessa hormoner som får oss att fungera och reagera olika i vardagen, vilket lätt kan skapa konflikter.
      Med många konkreta exempel ur vardagslivet presenterar författaren de nya rönen om mäns respektive kvinnors hjärnor och ger tips om hur vi kan lära oss att tänka som det motsatta könet. Insikten om hur det andra könet tänker och reagerar kan ge oss en bättre förståelse för vår partner och andra viktiga personer i vårt liv.

Män och kvinnor är verkligen olika, konstaterar grundaren av genusmedicin vid Columbia University, dr Marianne J. Legato, i sin nya bok. Här avslöjar hon de neurovetenskapliga orsakerna tii uråldriga fördomar och motsättningar mellan könen.

MARIANNE J. LEGATO
är professor i klinisk medicin vid colombia University. hon är en av världens främsta forskare och experter inom genusmedicin och har skrivit flera böcker i ämnet, bl. a. Eve's Rib, The Female Heart och What Women Need to Know.

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Why men never remember & women never forget
© Marianne J. Legato 2005
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Interview with Nightwish 27

Source: Nightwish France Forum

Eléa_D Jeudi 17 Nov 2005 à 13:17 Vu ici. 3 interviews de Tuomas.

QUOTE

This is a translation of an article i found in this month's Scream Magazine in Norway. I'm not a good translator though, so bear that in mind.


Nightwish- the End of an Era

Sunday the 23. October the Internet was boiling more than usual. The Official Nightwish web-site has several hundred-thousand hits, and fans worldwide were in shock. The bands next album isn't scheduled until 2007, but then it will ost likely be with a new lead singer...
It is never fun to carry a dark secret, and yours truly was informed about this situation months ago by the bands songwriter, Toumas Holopainen. Toumas made it clear to me that this was painful, and that the decision was an extremely difficult one to make. In september we had to work hard to prevent cancellation of the Rockefeller-gig, but thanks to the extreme effort of our co-worker Jan Erik Johansen, the concert was saved.
Friday 21. October the band will play their last concert in a sold out Hartwall Areena in Halsinki, where there will be approximately 14 000 spectators. Shortly after the show, Tarja will receive a letter signed by the band, and a day later this open letter will be published om the bands web-site.

( here the entire letter was opublished, for those without Internet access)

Yours truly spoke a lot with Toumas sunday after the concert, and even though the bands press-statement says a lot, he happily elaborates.

-It is not really Tarja who is the main issue, but her husband, Marcello. I think it is tragic that one of my best friends, whom i have known since we were in elementary school together, has been brainwashed by an Argentinian mafia-dude. Marcello is scary-he can wrap you around his little finger , and is a manipulator of a different world!

Toumas nods confirmingly to the statement that it is good for Tarja to have a person only she can relate to-a kind of free-zone from the fans and the music-industry, but that is still only a half-truth in Toumas' eyes.
-Ofcource, but why did she have to chose him of all people? She could have had anyone she wanted, and she is too good for this snake!

You're not going into the studio until the fall of 2006- is it unthinkable for you to continue with Tarja if she manages to keep Marcello out of the band?
-As of today, it is not possible. Tarja needs to understand that neither me not he other people is the band or our management want anything to do with him, and if they truly love eachother, then the ship has sailed for any further cooperation.

Toumas' phone rings none-stop this afternoon, and even though it is obvious that he is completely exhausted, he still does interviews constantly.
-It probably won't be long until a counterattack from Marcello, and i 'll make sure i say as much as possible until then.

Toumas confirms that further detail about this difficult situation will be answered in the official book, that will be published during spring 2006.
The bands concert at Hartwall Areena will be released on DVD in 2006, under the name "End of an Era".

There's always to sides to every story, and when i contacted Tarja to see if she is willing to comment, she simply replies by SMS that "right now there is nothing that works for me,so i'm leaving for Argentina to escape the media-pressure in Finland. This is still a shock to me. I'll be in touch later. Thanks for the support"

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A grave-looking Tuomas Holopainen is sitting in the kitchen of the Hästholmen country summer camp in the eastern Helsinki.
The closest ones of the band have rented a cozy location to celebrate the ending of the Once tour. One can hear merry, slightly drunken chattering from the other side of the house.
Holopainen -who prefers to stay in shadows even in normal situations- on the other hand is not in the mood for celebrating.
That's because only 18 hours have passed form the moment the Nightwish lads gave a letter announcing the end of their collaboration to their vocalist Tarja Turunen.

*A classic question: How does it feel now?

-"Fucking weird. I'm apparently suffering from a slight shock somehow.
I'm sure this thing will take a couple of weeks to really sink in. Mostly I feel like bursting into tears but I'm too embarrassed to do that. Well, maybe it's better to just try to laugh instead or something. Maybe there's this slight feeling of relief somewhere in the back of my mind but the topmost feelings are just utterly horrible. I still wish from the bottom of my heart that we could have solved this in a different way."

*Is there any specific thing or event that led to this?

-"Maybe the moment when Tarja snapped that legendary 'Remember, that I could leave this band at any time, giving you only one day's warning in advance.' sentence. It broke my heart and cracked my spine. On the other hand it also pumped into me this certain will to prove myself.
Last year I said many times that that if Tarja should leave, it would be the end of Nightwish. At the moment I however want to keep going more than ever!
Something as beautiful as this can't be torn apart only because of the sacking of our lead singer.
No way in hell I'm gonna give up."

*Did you inform Turunen at any point that she was moving on dangerous waters?

"We didn't dare to insinuate to Tarja that she might for example get fired.
We were afraid that she might hang up the gloves and cancel the rest of the tour immediately. We couldn't take that risk.
Tarja has often told us that Nightwish is wearing her down. According to her we don't even respect her. The truth, however, is very different; this year we did everything on her and her husband's conditions. I really can't think of anything else we could have done to make the touring easier for them.
She got to fly every time she wanted to, we surely would have even paid her a helicopter flight if necessary.
She could always stay in the finest hotels. No soundchecks, no obligations to do any interviews.
The passing year was just sheer John Lennon - Yoko Ono business. Someone who is not a part of the band butted in to the team and ruined everything.
-"It also hurt when Tarja was trumpeting around that she doesn't even sing with her real voice in this band.
So Turunen thinks she has wasted her own 'Karita Mattila career' by touring with a bunch of punks like us. So she has sacrificed herself for our sake... How can she think like that? Nightwish has given her a career.
She was the best and the most well-known female singer in a metal band there was. In certain circles she's considered a goddess to say the least.
How can she not appreciate these things?"

*Is there any way you can put yourself in the position of a Nightwish fan during these difficult times?

-"This must be an insanely tough pill to swallow, but... (long pause)
Nightwish will carry on with another vocalist and Tarja is going solo.
So people will still get new music from both Nightwish and Tarja in future.
Despite everything it should be kept in mind that Nightwish is just a band, not a religion or something like that.
I really hope that people will be able to take this sensibly after the surge of emotion has calmed down."

*So you're not going to take back the decision to fire Tarja under any circumstances?

-"I'm as sure about this as anyone can ever be. There's no going back.
I have seen now the opposite party's moral hierarchy and it doesn't match Nightwish's on any level.
A few moments we considered if we really have the right to do something like this.
After all even the City-lehti* said that 'Tarja Turunen will perform with her band on the Hartwall Arena.' Some people really do think that Nightwish is Tarja's band, even after all these years.
Well, she never came to rehearse with us and never took part in songwriting, making singing melodies or arranging.
We came to the conclusion that someone like that can be replaced."

(* City-lehti: An independent "cool" magazine that is published every other week and given to free distribution. It published an article about Tarja in the spring with a kind of "You don't need Nightwish." -tone. And now in the latest edition the editor called Tuomas a wussy and a lousy leader who doesn't realize he just destroyed the future of his band by sacking the only talented member in the band... )


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Tuomas Holopainen, the leader of Nightwish, is not going to lay down and enjoy his peaceful days off after the exhausting Once album tour.
The man is already composing new material for the next Nightwish album on the full speed.

I can't do anything else, really... Nightwish is constantly on my mind, this is purely a way of life. It surely sounds overly romantic but that's the truth.
I have no social life outside of the band stuff for example. I have no children, I have no girlfriend.
The only contact with so-called normal life I have is the house-building project. It's a concrete thing.
It really bothered me when some journalists contacted me and said they're going to make an article about the house.
I was like "Oh no, no you're not..." but then they informed me that there was going to be an article whether I collaborated or not.
And when that article was published there was all the possible information, address and everything. And then the afternoon papers called and wanted these great big interviews.
Stuff like that really makes you wonder where have all the ethics of journalism gone. The papers are playing around with serious matters.
A nasty headline can destroy a career or a marriage. That's damn frightening.

How did the world tour affect you?

At least I got more self-confidence. I also learned to forgive myself and the others more easily. Sharing my appreciation to others has also become easier for me.
The tour I did with Kotiteollisuus was a mental culmination point. I was in fact even frightened to take off with them but then I realized that I do get along with different people after all and that they may even appreciate what I do.
A kind of "I can do it!" thought clicked in my head.
However I am still damn lousy at receiving groundless criticism. Just think about walking down the street with your offspring when along comes someone who blurts out: "What an ugly brat, I hope it's not yours!". It does hurt.

How's the near future?

Music and lyric-writing, surprisingly. Whenever I'm home I spend at least six days per day at my synths.
And even when I'm reading Donald Duck or something I'm thinking about new lyrics.
In addition I've already written a string-based song called Hiljaisen lumen lapsi (Child of the Silent Snow) to the forthcoming solo album of Timo Rautiainen that will come out next year.
I will also try to compose a song for the forthcoming album of For My Pain.
The Nightwish rehearsals will already start in June but maybe I will still have time to do some festival gigs with Kotiteollisuus or Rautiainen's solo band.
The Petrax studio in Hollola is booked for Nightwish later on.
I have more music done than ever before in this point. Two finished pieces of music and dozens of melodies. I have also ordered riff-records from both Hietala and Vuorinen, I hope the gentlemen will be manage to make them. Marco has already showed me this song he's made and it was really impressive.
The tendency of the forthcoming album doesn't seem to be very different from Once. Although the songs often change in arrangement.
For example Nemo was practically turned upside down on the last minute. It was this grandiose six-minute boulder of music but something just wasn't right about it. Then Tero Kinnunen (the producer and a technician of Nightwish) said: "let's cut this and that off, move this part to there and put this part to half-tempo".
We experimented and polished until it finally found its course.

So composing a follow-up to the hugely succesful Once doesn't oppress you?

Not at all. I am positively burning to create something new.
Only thinking about the obligatory single piece annoys me already. The music business demands at least one single per album and I'm awfully lousy at composing songs of three and a half minutes. Let's just hope something like that will spring up relatively easily. Though it's more likely that after the mastering is done I realize that there'll be like six ten-minute epics on the album. *laughs* A couple of good single pieces ended up on Once but otherwise I think it's our most uncompromised and non-commercial album yet.
I'm unreasonably bad at saying "no" but there are situations where even I can't yield. Last spring the people at Nuclear Blast were thinking that "Greek Mary's Blood will become the number one summer hit in Europe if we edit it to single-lenght."
So they wanted to cut five minutes off an eight and a half minute song! And no, that was not a joke...
At first I thought it to be a joke too when we were given the script for the new video of Sleeping Sun. When I read it through I thought that no way in hell we were gonna do "a Hammerfall". A metal video with swords and battlefields.
Rhapsody is having a good spirit in what they do, but if you're going to make a warrior video with a budget of ten thousand euros it will not necessarily work. Well, the director then called me and managed to persuade me.
Then in the video shooting I was feeling quite desperate when the director told me: "So, in this part you will strike your sword to the ground, glance up to heavens and pray." I was like hell, I can't do stuff like this, I'm a musician!
The whole video is bordering absurdity, but its saving grace is the fact that Sleeping Sun is a ballad. The contrast between the tough video and the easy song is quite striking actually. And I can't deny that the video does have some great images. Some of the best parts remind me of Rembrandt's paintings.


The Dreamer Vendredi 18 Nov 2005 à 15:38 Et hop un beau dementi:

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I just removed a interview -topic which had comments about Tuomas´s interview for Scream -magazine. The whole interview was also published under the same topic. The reason why I did that was that a part of the interview was a total Bullshit. Tuomas just called me and he said that he didn´t say some things that was mentioned in a magazine.
Maybe editor wanted to publish his own thoughts or by mistake mixed them with Tuomas's thoughts.

Normally Nightwish don´t want to interfere on writings on discussion board, but this time it was necessary.

source: le forum nightwish.com; poste par le webmaster.

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