Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish today revealed the title and concept of their upcoming seventh album Imaginarium. As the super fan I am, I am ofcourse incredibly psyched, and I’ve collected all information I’ve gathered on the subject.
Imaginarium is the seventh studio album by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, set to be released in 2012. The album is a concept album telling the story of an old songwriter with a very vivid imagination, and who believes he is a young boy still. The album is produced alongside a movie with the same name, directed by Stobe Harju, who previously directed Nightwish’ ”The Islander” music video.
Composer and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen describes the plot: ”The protagonist of the film is a songwriter with an otherworldly imagination. He is an old man who still thinks he`s a young boy. While asleep he travels into his distant past where his dreams of old come back to him mixed to the young boy`s world of fantasy and music.”
The album has been described as following a natural development from Dark Passion Play, inspired greatly by film scores. Alike Dark Passion Play as well as Once and Century Child it features a live orchestra, again orchestrated by Pip Williams. The orchestrations have been described as ”beautiful, twisted, tribal and cinematic”, but will not be featured on every track as it was on Dark Passion Play. Bassist Marco Hietala has empathised that the album is heavier than the predecessor, and composer Tuomas Holopainen has called one song ”a funeral march”, greatly inspired by the doom metal of Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride.
Holopainen has cited three major influences on the album – director Tim Burton, author Neil Gaiman and painter Salvador Dali. Musical influences include Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Ennio Morricone, Christy Moore, Van Halen and Pantera, and one song especially (called a ”funeral march”) is inspired by doom metal giants Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride. Another looks to be the longest Nightwish song yet, being close to 20 minutes and especially influenced by poet Walt Withman. One acoustic piece is also called ”a Moomin Valley Christmas carol”. One song, referenced to as ”the Nukkumatti song” (nukkumatti being finnish for sandman) is described as ”a pounding, twisted and chorusless ghost train ride is sure to bring a smile to your face. At least it has done so to everyone who has heard it. Danny Elfman goes humppa”, and another is described as ”something completely different from anything we`ve ever done. All of us need to find new ways to play our instruments and use vocals for that piece. A terrificly challenging and mind-expanding song.”