Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards) and Marco Hietala (bass) of Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH took part in a press conference prior to the Russian premeire of their “Imaginaerum” film — based on the band’s album of the same name — on May 28 at Cinema Center at Krasnaya Presnya, Moscow. Video footage of the question-and-answer session can be seen below (courtesy of GameScope.ru).
The “Imaginaerum” film was released theatrically in Finland on November 23, 2012.
The movie had its premiere on November 10, 2012 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, where the audience was treated to both a full-scaleNIGHTWISH concert and the first-ever public screening of the movie.
The “Imaginaerum” screening at Hartwall Arena waspreceded by a show by the musicians in NIGHTWISH themselves in what was their final concert in Finland last year.
The official soundtrack of the movie, “Imaginaerum By Nightwish: The Score”, was released on the day before the premiere — Friday, November 9. The album features 13 grandiose, unreleased re-interpretations of“Imaginaerum” tracks by Petri Alanko.
Eagerly anticipated around the world, “Imaginaerum” creates a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du Soleil. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music, an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination… and what’s ultimately important in life.
Shot and post-produced in Canada, the movie was directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films, and features appearances by allNIGHTWISH members. The screenplay is based on a wild vision thatTuomas Holopainen, the mastermind of the band, devised after the album “Dark Passion Play” came out in 2007.
“Imaginaerum” is one of the projects which received grants from the Finnish government institution called the Finnish Film Foundation. The movie, directed by Stobe Harju, about an old man on his deathbed who glimpses a childhood dream in which he refuses to grow old, and fights aging with his imagination, reportedly got $575,000 toward its $3.7 million budget.
During a September 2011 interview with Petri Silas of Finland’s Soundimagazine, NIGHTWISH mainman/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainenexplained that all the filming for the “Imaginaerum” movie was done in Canada with mostly Canadian actors/actresses. Post-production took place in Canada and Finland. He aso revealed the names of the actors who have two of the main roles in the film: Marianne Farley and Quinn Lord.
Speaking to Loudwire, Holopainen stated about the plot of the“Imaginaerum” film, “Basically it’s about this old guy who used to be a composer and he’s really sick; he’s lying on his death bed in a hospital and he’s going through his life, through his dreams — that’s the basic storyline. It’s all about praising life and life’s beauty, imagination and all the strife and the bad stuff we have to face.
“[The storyline] came from the director; I just had the twelve ideas, the twelve visions. He basically wrote the script and storyline around those originally visions and the only one we had to leave out was the ‘Ghost River’ part, because we didn’t have the finance to realize that vision.”
Asked if the band appears in the film at all, Tuomas said, “A little bit, we are seen in two different scenes as a band, playing in the background. That’s something that I really emphasized to the director, ‘Please don’t put the band into the movie,’ because we want to do a believable story and we have no idea how to act. We are not actors so if your give us some lines and we tried to act, it would look goofy. He insisted to put us into the movie because it’s our brainchild, so we’re just playing in there as a band; it’s a good compromise.”
“Imaginaerum” film cast:
* Francis X. McCarthy
* Quinn Lord
* Marianne Farley
* Joanna Noyes
* Ilkka Villi
* Keyanna Fielding
* Ron Lea
* Victoria Jung
* Hélène Robitaille
* Stefan Demers
* Anette Olzon
* Marco Hietala
* Tuomas Holopainen
* Emppu Vuorinen
* Jukka Nevalainen
Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen will release a new single,”Victim Of Ritual”, as a digital download, CD single and on seven-inch vinyl on July 12 via b>earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group..
An evocative snare-drum that sounds like it was coming from a mysterious place, the tender sound of an orchestra joins followed by a familiar and seductive melody played by an oboe. When Tarja’s distinctive voice resounds through the speakers, her warm timbre fills the room. Her melody is full of emotions and tender, before the song explodes into an epic, heavy chorus: “Hysterical, tragical, Victim of ritual, Cynical, critical, Victim of ritual, She’s a killer, killer, She’s a killer, killer.”
Inspired by the one-movement orchestral piece “Boléro” by Maurice Ravel, the almost-six-minutes-long “Victim Of Ritual” is the first single from Tarja’s forthcoming album, “Colours In The Dark”.
“No More Regrets”, the new video from Swedish / American / Canadian metallers ARCH ENEMY, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s new album, “War Eternal”, which is being released today (June 10) in North America via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.
ARCH ENEMY played its first show with new singer Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of THE AGONIST, on May 23 at Turbohalle in Bucharest, Romania. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now-classic “Wages Of Sin” (2001), has stepped down as frontwoman and will focus on management, while Alissa takes her place.
In a recent interview with Turk Gitar, ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott stated about Angela’s exit from ARCH ENEMY: “It was a sudden change for the fans; we know that. But, of course, these kind of big steps in life don’t come easily, and I believe this was a gradual thing that kept growing in Angela’s mind for some time.
“We had decided to take 2013 off from the road and any sort of band activity. The only thing we were doing was writing music and also there always the plan to go into the studio and record at the end of 2013. As the scheduled recording time got closer, Angela informed us last year that she would definitely be stepping down from her position in the band.
“To be honest, it was not such a huge surprise to the rest of us, as there were a lot of conversations of that nature leading up to that point. I made the changes in the band that were necessary for ARCH ENEMY to continue and keep the music alive.”
Regarding Alissa’s more versatile vocal approach compared to that of Gossow, Amott said: “Alissa has many different vocal styles that she can do very well… She is much more versatile in that aspect than Angela. But for ARCH ENEMY, we are sticking with the aggressive vocal style that we are known for.
“When I started the band in 1995, I had the idea to make the most heavy melodic band of all time, combining elements of extreme death metal heaviness and thrash speed alongside traditional heavy metal and hard rock influences with the harmonies, melodies and solos. We are very much staying true to these roots of the band on ‘War Eternal’.”
Speaking to Metal Underground, Alissa had the following to say about “War Eternal”: “The circumstances surrounding the creation of this album, writing the lyrics and recording it, I’m just happy to have it finally come out. I think people are going to like it. The production quality is amazing! I always wanted an album that would sound this full. I’m a really big fan of this album, myself. Even if I weren’t in the band and ARCH ENEMY put out this album, I would pick it up and say it’s great. I’m really excited.”
On the topic of the new album title, Alissa said: “This album ended up being a lot more personal than maybe some of my previous or Michael’s previous lyrics. In the past, a topic like war or a political or global issue was what we normally wrote about. We were writing in two different bands, but we happen to have similar topics in our writing. Then when we were writing for this album, we had a collection of lyrics for this album, but we found that we were actually writing on similar things. Fighting the ongoing war in your day-to-day life, everybody has their battle going on that nobody else knows about. And then there are song titles like ‘Never Forgive, Never Forget’ and on and on, I think it ties in very nicely. It wasn’t something we planned out, but that is the way it turned out, so it worked out really nicely. I think we really saw eye to eye and were experiencing similar things in our lives, so we ended up writing about the same topics even though we have different styles of writing lyrics.”