Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers Nightwish have just released the official music video for “Elán,” the single off their eighth studio album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful (whose title comes from the writings of English naturalist Charles Darwin), out in North America on March 31st.
Shot in various locations throughout Finland last fall and directed by Ville Lipiäinen, you can watch the video on theNuclear Blast YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/zPonioDYnoY?list=PLB4brr7vf-P6LMpAuLbvvaskBkEUpbNuL
Founding member, composer, and keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen shares how this new video is also a loving tribute to entertainers who came before them:
“Inspired by the untold stories of abandoned places around Finland, the video was nearly a year in the making and features some of the most loved Finnish actors and actresses… and also the legendary Nightwish symbol, a snowy owl (Bubo scandiaca in Latin) named Urho (‘Braveheart’).”
Hugely influential, unique, and unrivaled in the heavy metal pantheon, Finland-based symphonic storytellersNightwish continue to expand the breadth and scope of their artistic vision with each successive release. Their 2011 studio album, Imaginaerum, arrived into the world with a visual counterpart “Imaginaerum – The Movie,” an album-length film directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films which created a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du Soleil. A journey between two different dimensions, the film tells an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination & memory and what is most important in life.
The keyboard-driven compositions from band leader & song composer Tuomas Holopainen surpass that of some of the most dynamic film scores and work brilliantly alongside their engaging and electrifying Dutch frontwoman Floor Jansen, who was announced as an official member of the band – along with British multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley – in October of last year. With more than 7 million albums sold worldwide and over 60 Gold and Platinum awards, Nightwish continue to be one of Finland’s most successful rock bands to date.
Soaring emotion, divine melodies, haunting choruses, and grandiose orchestrations are all part of the endearing and enduring magic of Nightwish.