Metal Hammer TV conducted an interview with keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen of Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH at this year’s edition of the Download festival, which was held June 8-10 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
NIGHTWISH will embark on a North American headlining tour in September with support from KAMELOT.
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NIGHTWISH released a limited-edition “Trials Of Imaginaerum” 10-inch picture disc for Record Store Day (April 21). The effort includes four previously unreleased demo recordings with Marco Hietala on lead vocals. It also comes with a download of the previously unreleased track “The Heart Asks Pleasure First”, a cover with lyrics from the movie “The Piano”.
“Trials Of Imaginaerum” features a picture of “The Crew, The Owl And The Dove” on one side, and the “Imaginaerum” grounds on the other side.
“The Crow, The Owl And The Dove”, the second single from NIGHTWISH‘s latest album, “Imaginaerum”, entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 1. The single features the title cut in three versions — radio edit, album version and instrumental — and the previously unreleased song “The Heart Asks Pleasure First” (theme from the movie “The Piano”) in two different versions.
NIGHTWISH released a special “tour edition” of “Imaginaerum”, on April 13 via Nuclear Blast Records. It is a 2CD+DVD digibook in slipcase.
“Imaginaerum” sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, 2007’s “Dark Passion Play”, opened with 11,000 units to land at No. 84.
“Imaginaerum” was released in North America on January 10 via Roadrunner Records.