Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have male classical singer in Nightwish? This YT video will give you a bit of idea. I found it on official forum of Nightwish today and I have to say I don't like it at all. There are comments which are very positive but I can't understand why. I mean, I don't mind the fact that the song is sung by male, but the voice itself is bad. But whatever it is just my opinion after all. This guy calls himself Raevyn and has couple of Nightwish songs on his official YT channel.
"Reach", the demo version of "Amaranth" sung by Marco, sounds much better and it is no secret that I like it more than the album version "Amaranth".
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward have begun rehearsing for a tour and new studio album confirmed Tony Iommi today for birminghammail.net. The reunion has been kept under wraps for some time. In June this year vocalist Ozzy and Tony wrote new material for a record that will be released next year.
Update: In response to online reports claiming the original lineup is getting back together, guitarist Tony Iommi has issued the following official statement:
"I'm saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen
this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make
it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion.
At the time I was supporting the Home Of Metal exhibition and was
merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get
asked constantly, 'Are you getting back together?'.
Thanks to the internet it's gone round the world as some sort of
"official" statement on my part, absolute nonsense. I hope he's enjoyed
his moment of glory, he won't have another at my expense.
To my old pals, Ozzy, Greezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better.
Today RoF announced on their official site split up. Alex Staropoli and Luca Turilli decided to proceed to a friendly split.
“10 albums released and the end of the saga represent, musically and
lyrically, an important artistic goal finally reached, underlined by the
success of our last release “From Chaos To Eternity”, for which we want
to thank our wonderful fans once again. Now it came the time when new
artistic stimulations need to be found, in respect of both parts’
visions and perspectives and of our longtime friendship”
Due to the latest legal agreements actually in force, Alex Staropoli
will go on with RHAPSODY OF FIRE having, between the others, Fabio Lione
as singer, Tom Hess as guitar player and Alex Holzwarth as drummer. For
the same agreements and the original name’s common ownership, Luca
Turilli will release his future works with a new RHAPSODY band,
including the faithful band members Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers
and Alex Holzwarth.
In April, Tarja confirmed that she's going to release a classical album. Recently, Finnish yle.fi published update on Tarja's new album.
The album will consist both of very well-known and uncommon Ave Marias of
several composers. But there will be Tarja's own
The recording of several Ave Maria's was originally Kalevi
Kiviniemi's idea. The duo has made co-operation from the year 2006.
There will also be harp, cello, organs and female choir. Instrumentation
and song list are still seeking their final form.
Yesterday, Tarja announced on her web site a new musical group she started with a guitarist, organist, and drummer. The group is call Harus, which, according to Tarja's site "is a rather peculiar, uncommon Finnish word
that describes the four tensors that keep a tent together or the tensor
that keeps the mast from falling in a sailing boat." The project started in 2006, but is just now being revealed. You can read more about it here.
Wow! The site says that the music will "tie together exquisite classical music developed strongly and in a very stable way, with a taste of experimental, modern feel."
There wasn't any news about releases or performances, but this sound very cool to me, so I am looking forward to hearing what Harus puts out!
As I mentioned here, I'll be contributing CD reviews to Sonic Cathedrals' web zine, but I have also been invited to contribute to Black Wind Metal's site as well! The Protagonist, who co-founded the site, invited me last week, and today my first CD review was published there. It's a review of Dama's debut album, Eirwen, which I've blogged about here before and to which I am still steadily addicted. You can go here to read it.
we all hoped that at some point we would be able to say this aloud: The
Dream is about to become reality! It`s been a hard battle beyond all
measures, as it is in all projects this size, but finally creativity and
heart took over the evil called Money.
be shot in September in a location we still need to keep as a secret but
it will be quite far from our homely Finland & Sweden.
casting of the characters is now done. The cast is chosen not only
because of their talent but because of the personal passion of everyone
involved. The actors and their representatives have been overly
enthusiastic about the auditions after reading the script. We believe
many of you will be very surprised once you see the final result and the
story behind it. This long journey began more than 3 years ago, and
neither Nightwish or Stobe had a clear idea of where the path would
lead. The script is now fantastic. It`s about Life, and the little spark
of light you see during the darkest and most hopeless times. The same
spark we`ve had to find over and over again during the process of making
this film happen.
The production crew is a group of
professionals with one aim only: To realize the original vision of
Imaginarium that Tuomas and Stobe had. All the pieces of the puzzle are
now on the tables, and the building of the props, costume design,
schedule planning, special fx production, dialogue & band
performance rehearsals, etc. has begun.
It`s easy to shed some tears while writing this, since we now know the story will have an ending after all.
"She spins around elegantly, softly. The chords are now found and something that was broken never needed to be fixed."
According to the newest Nuclear Blast catalogue, Imaginarium is going to be released January 13. - this might be truth, but also might be not. Tuomas mentioned, that the album will be released in the middle of January, definitely before the first show in LA, which will be on January 21.
Imaginarium concept art table photo by Stobe Harju
I am addicted to Dama! I have moved on from playing their cover of "Live to Tell" over and over again and have switched to this supremely excellent ballad, "Rainy Roads." I have played this countless times today on my MP3 player during my travels. It's simple, but it's so beautiful and so emotional.
The lyrics are lovely, too.
Then the light and hunger between us A surrendered moment Take it if you like Then a step As a mark between us I'll be your own velevet If you'll give to me That bright new age
As I walk I breathe you in Through rainy roads An invisible line I follow In darkness Your sweet perfume Set myself free
Then comes pain Too much thirst between us Echoes of a sigh That will never die Then your look As wet drops between us I'll be shiny velvet If you'll lay Upon this age of mine
Hands of greed That run after each other To the core of the existence within You're the only one place in which I can live Will you ever love me?
They're really evocative and I love that line in the chorus "As I walk I breathe you in through rainy roads."
Here is the song, which, incidentally has an Italian version called "Ombre." This CD is released in North America August 9 and I'm fucking buying it.