Note: This Nightwish – Élan single review is based on the iTunes download version available for instant download. The download version includes three versions of Élan (Regular, Alternative Version, Radio Edit) and a Digital Booklet. This release is also availabe as an Amazon MP3 download.
Dutch rock goddess Floor Jansen is handling lead vocals for the first time on a new Nightwish track – let’s check how it worked out!
As expected for a first single it is a little on the “poppier” of Nightwish. Élan is a mid-tempo number starting out with a keyboard/instrumental intro followed by a verse that has soft vocals by Floor standards. Build-up is nice, followed by a catchy chorus – but not as powerful as some previous Nightwish single releases. It gets a little more epic at the 3:30 mark and Floor’s vocal prowess really starts to shine there. Nice acoustic guitar outro following – interesting!
The alternative version is a nice take, different build ups and vocal variations, we like this one a lot! Thank you Nightwish for giving us different versions of Élan! The included digital booklet comes at four pages, with lyrics, lineup info and credits – just a nice little touch for this release.
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The album “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” (Deluxe Version) is expected to be released on March 31st, 2015. It is a must have for any symphonic metal fan since the deluxe version includes 11 songs, instrumental versions of all songs (for a whopping total of 22!) and a Digital Booklet. Moreover, one of the album tracks, “The Greatest Show On Earth”, is a crazy 24 minutes long!
The long awaited NIGHTWISH music video ‘Élan’ is finally here. 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) called “Urho” (“Braveheart”). – Tuomas Holopainen