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Review: Imaginaerum ‘The Score’ by Nightwish

Nightwish release the score to their long-awaited big screen outing, Imaginaerum, an epic chorus of strings written by the bands head scribe Tuomas Holopainen. The soundtrack is based on 2011’s...

Nightwish release the score to their long-awaited big screen outing, Imaginaerum, an epic chorus of strings written by the bands head scribe Tuomas Holopainen. The soundtrack is based on 2011’s seventh studios outing by the band and second with new singer Annette Olzon.

Imaginaerum is a movie based on a story written by Tuomas Holopainen, the long-haired, cheeky grin flashing keyboard twinkler and writer of symphonic metal band Nightwish. Now Holopainen is the kind of man that the cave-man in me tries to despise, threatened by his boyish good looks, extravagant keyboard playing and ability to write masterpieces. Women weep at his natural talent, and I should hate that, but I can’t, and I can’t because I love almost everything he does. I remember being a teenager and hiding Nightwish CD’s under my Metallica CD’s when walking through HMV in case I bumped into a friend. However, now they come with an air of cool, a sense of greatness in the metal scene in the UK, I stand proud at the counter now brandishing my Nightwish CD at the grumpy emo girl behind it..

Now not content with writing top selling albums and movies he’s knocked out the score to the film, all based on songs from the original album. The score itself is at first glance a classic film score, but listening you get drawn in, hopelessly hooked on the deep, dark tones of the music, intelligently constructed by the mastery of Holopainen. It’s obviously not your typical Nightwish album, and it doesn’t pretend to be, but still it has that same epic drive that we have become used to from these guys.

Now don’t get me wrong fellow mosh monsters, I’m not gonna be asking for the DJ to play any of this stuff when I go down the pub later, it’s purely atmosphere for the film and should be treated as such. There is nothing here to put on the car stereo and crank up in Tesco’s car park (yes I like to upset the great unwashed as often as I can with random screaming metal) and nothing for the ladies to sing along to, but that isn’t what this is about.

For anyone who bought the studio album, and loved it, you’ll recognise the various parts from it mixed into the score. If the film is as deep and imaginative as the score then I’m sure it will be fun, and fun seems to be the key word here with Nightwish. There’s a lot of talk about the band, people who love them and hate them, people who obsess over the members private lives and those who say they have had their best times. Honestly does it matter? Whoever sings and whatever they’re doing it’s always good fun, and this little adventure Tuomas Holopainen has been on is just that.

Words: Machine Steve

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