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  NIGHTWISH ROLL BACK THE DECADES TO CELEBRATE THEIR LEGACY
Nightwish: The Myth, Maplewood, MN

16th April 2018

jeff kunze
Words and Pictures: Jeff Kunze



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Nightwish have embarked on the 'Decades' Tour in support of the two-disc album of the same name released on Nuclear Blast which is an archival of music from 1996-2015.

The band are currently making their way through North America and recently stopped at The Myth in Maplewood, Minnesota to showcase their legacy. The building belonged to Nightwish, as they were the only band on the bill.

The lights dropped and I was ready. The backdrop was an illuminated screen and that was our only light for fifteen minutes.

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Troy Donockley, made his way onto the stage and sat down on his platform playing a few different instruments that included pipes, whistles and a flute. It was not the usual big burst of sound that usually kicks off shows.

The fans roared with approval of the serenade as Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards) and Kai Hahto (drums) took their positions. Guitarist Emppu Vuorinen and bassist Marco Hietala followed and then vocalist Floor Jansen.

The sonic burst that I was expecting earlier now flooded the room as they launched into 'End Of All Hope'. Things sounded fantastic as they ripped into the crushing 'Wish I Had An Angel', one of my favourite tracks of the night.

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This tour is a celebration of Nightwish that focuses on early material in the band's history, many of which have been absent from set-lists for years, and it was clear how much the fans appreciated hearing that material.

This was a two-hour epic set played at an extremely high-level. The guitar tone captured my ears and the heaviness of the riffs broke through live particularly on 'The Kinslayer', 'Slaying The Dreamer' and 'Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean'.

Floor Jansen was impressive the entire night, commanding the stage with a huge presence and an undeniable voice as she put her own stamp on the songs. I was really impressed with her on 'Dead Boy's Poem', 'Nemo' and 'Ghost Love Score'.

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I loved when Hietala and Jansen changed off vocals as the dynamic between the voices played off each other beautifully and gave those songs a whole different flavour. 'I Want My Tears Back' was a good example of that dynamic.

The band was very entertaining, having fun and there was a lot of movement, with their smiles transferring right into the audience. People were singing along and dancing throughout the night. There is a real attachment between Nightwish and the fans which you could see and feel from the opening song.

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Hearing many of these songs live really brought the songs out on a much grander scale, and it has me going back and discovering those earlier records all over again.

Nightwish showed me why they are one of the top acts in the world in the symphonic genre. They've earned that spot and I don't see them being knocked off anytime soon.

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