Nightwish - Showtime, Storytime (2013)

Here it is! The new Nightwish album with Floor Jansen. The dramatic turn of events between Nightwish and their singer saw them departed with singer Anette Olzon and replaced by Floor Jansen. This prove to be on the right track by now, because Floor Jansen kind of renew the world interesting once again to Nightwish. Their decision to release live album with Jansen, instead of new studio album, is sending few messages from the band. First its kind of testing the water before launching new music with her. Secondly, their need to keep the momentum high with this emotionally fans who just wanted to hear a new singer, and perhaps don't have enough time to compiled new works. Either way, their new Live DVD and CD, Showtime, Storytime is the best option for now, and the fans are happy.

This was recorded from Wacken Live 2013 on August, trivially, this mean Floor Jansen was still a 'hired' gun status in the band because she was only made 'official' in October 2013. The first number runs smoothly, it is Dark Chest of Wonders from Once album. Originally sung by Tarja, it's performed quite original. But the later songs are mostly re-new with Floor Jansen interpretation, as we can immediately feel in Wish I Had an Angel. Anette Olzon's number mostly from her Imaginaerum album. None from Dark Passion Play, (except the instrumental Last of the Wilds) is sending message to what I also believe. That Floor Jansen is very strong in Tarja's stuffs but when comes to Anette's the song, it will changed a bit. Tarja singing is heavily operatic,  F.J turn down the operatic element while increasing the metal 'sound'. For most of Anette's songs, they are specific written in Anette's style, more lending into clean Gothic Metal style.  In Ghost River and Storytime, we lost a bit of Anette's "wild" clean voice, replaced with heavier metal voice. So, it's comeback to your taste to decide which is likable for you.

The set was one hour and half time, the cinematographic is enjoyable. This is on pair with their End of Era live CD. Last comments, Floor Jansen is established singer with his ReVamp band and for many others. She has significant followers to merge with Nightwish fans. So the fans support is good and they got paid by the band in this enjoyable live release. Showtime, Storytime is not only prove the band manage to get the best singer fit to them, but also a promising start that lead to positive speculation on their next studio album.

Metal Harem class: ********* nine stars out of ten

Nightwish - Showtime, Storytime (2013)
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01. Dark Chest of Wonders
02. Wish I Had an Angel
03. She is my Sin
04. Ghost River
05. Ever Dream
06. Storytime
07. I Want My Tears Back
08. Nemo
09. Last Of The Wilds
10. Bless the Child
11. Romanticide
12. Amaranth
13. Ghost Love Score
14. Song Of Myself
15. Last Ride of the Day
16. Imaginaerum

Floor Jansen - Vocals
Tuomas Holopainen - Keyboards
Marco Hietala - Bass & Vocals
Jukka Nevalainen - Drums
Emppu Vuorinen - Guitars
Troy Donockley - Pipes, flutes & whistles

Nightwish Showtime, Storytime

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