Friday, 2 March 2018

NIGHTWISH discusses why they remastered the tracks on Decades



Let's be honest; it doesn't take any overstated words to present this exceptional band to the world, for they are the undisputed pioneers of symphonic metal and the icons of a whole genre. Their virtuosity is consummate perfection, their inspiration lived passion. NIGHTWISH truly understand how to captivate and enchant within seconds. Since the beginning of their career which started on a mild summer night in July 1996, they have been regarded as the epitome of the most demanding, compositional music art and innovative sound ventures.

Now it's time to take a look back over the last 20 years of music the band has created. In keeping with their upcoming 2018 world tour, NIGHTWISH will release a carefully curated best of album, entitled Decades, on March 9th via Nuclear Blast. The album brings together both classic hits and personal band favourites on two CDs. The Suomi sound makers have always been recognised for their exciting journey of discovery and as a tribute to that, this release presents a phenomenal cross-section of this formidable career through the lens of their grandiose evolution!

Today the band have released a second album trailer, in which mastermind Tuomas Holopainen talks about why he chose to remaster the tracks on Decades, as opposed to re-recording them. 

Watch here:

Tuomas commented: "The Decades compilation features all original versions of the NIGHTWISH songs, it never even crossed our minds that we would go and re-record them. They're perfect as they are, they should be respected like they are with the original singers. The way we picked the songs for this compilation was, I just wanted to give the best possible overall picture of what this band has been about for the past 22 years. It's not a best-of, at least not for me, it's more like the most essential ones."

Pre-order the album: 

Decades will be supported by a 9 month tour across the globe. After kicking off with 34 dates in North America in March and April, the journey will continue across Europe. NIGHTWISH will be presenting a special set list featuring rare material from the early years of their career on the tour. The band will bring this special set to their Bloodstock headlining set this year.

Decades will be available as:
- 2 CD Digipack
- 3LP BOX (Gold, Silver and Black)
- 2 CD EARBOOK

Track Listing:
CD1
01. The Greatest Show On Earth
02. Élan
03. My Walden
04. Storytime
05. I Want My Tears Back
06. Amaranth
07. The Poet And The Pendulum
08. Nemo
09. Wish I Had An Angel

CD2
01. Ghost Love Score
02. Slaying The Dreamer
03. End Of All Hope
04. 10th Man Down
05. The Kinslayer
06. Dead Boy's Poem
07. Gethsemane
08. Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean
09. Sacrament Of Wilderness
10. Sleeping Sun
11. Elvenpath
12. The Carpenter
13. Nightwish (Demo)