Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful
There has been a lot of speculation as to whether Floor Jansen is the right person to steer the Nightwish ship back on course, my answer to this is definitely YES! I believe she has the power and energy to go a long way with the band. I know a lot of fans are saying “she is not Tarja!” but, in all fairness I don´t think she is even trying to be the “new Tarja” instead, just be herself and add her style to the music. After watching the live DVD Showtime, Storytime a few years back in 2013, where Floor was introduced to the fans, which to me proved that Floor had the power, range and stage presence needed to be in Nightwish. That DVD itself, was enough to get me hooked and enjoy the Nightwish music again.
Endless Forms Most Beautiful starts of with an epic introduction, as is normally expected from Nightwish, then the anxiously awaited vocals from Floor begin to kick in, she has nailed it to perfection, this album sounds more complete, more defined and more distinctive than the previous two albums. The album has a more celtic atmosphere than their previous works, but, as expected each track is like a sountrack, epic in it´s own sound and unique style. The creative musical landscapes are very colourful and paint many images. I am really quite amazed at just how far Nightwish push the boundaries of symphonic metal, the future of the band looks bright again. With the new members in place, and certainly earning their places and touring hard with the band already, I am sure that this line up is solid enough to last.
This album is certainly going to be debated about by all Nightwish fans, but as a neutral I feel this is their best work in quite some time, and will be another landmark album that will be heard for years to come by all manner of metal heads.
1. Shudder Before The Beautiful
2. Weak Fantasy
4. Yours Is An Empty Hope
5. Our Decades In the Sun
6. My Walden
7. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
8. Edema Ruh
10. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula
11. The Greatest Show On Earth