Monday, March 22, 2010

Musical Interlude - Nightwish

Nightwish is a progressive metal/rock band from Finland. That description makes them sound weird but their music is oh-so-right. Believe it or not, Nightwish is Finland's most successful band, having sold more than 7 million albums worldwide. Never heard of them? Well, let me introduce you, by giving you the definition of progressive rock or progressive metal. I was going to write up my own definition, but turns out paraphrasing the definition from Wikipedia will work just fine:

Progressive rock expands past rock's technical and compositional boundaries by going beyond the standard rock or popular verse-chorus-based song structures. The arrangements often incorporate elements drawn from classical, jazz, and world music. Instrumentals are common, while songs with lyrics are sometimes conceptual, abstract, or based in fantasy. Progressive rock bands sometimes use concept albums that made unified statements, usually telling an epic story or tackling a grand overarching theme.

In the case of Nightwish, they have a female opera singer for the lead vocalist, are a traditional rock band full of electic guitars and pounding drums, yet they also encorporate a lot of orchestral/symphonic accompanyment, and each song tells a fantastical story. This music is the soundtrack for my happy place. I love it.

This week's Musical Interlude is a two-fer. I couldn't decide between these two videos, so I posted both. One is a harder, more metal song, while the other is more lyrical. I hope you enjoy them! :)

And here's the more lyrical song:

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