Nightwish Critics Miss Point Of Imaginaerum
Tuomas Holpainen insists critics of Nightwish’s 2011 album Imaginaerum have missed the point of it.
Instead of viewing it as in line with the band’s previous work, he says, they should see it for what it is. And when they do, they should be prepared to expect the unexpected for whatever follows that record.
He tells Artisan News: “We got some criticism for Imaginaerum, saying that this is no metal, it’s just soundtrack, there’s too much orchestra, all that.
“There is a lot of that – that’s what we wanted to do with this album, because it’s a soundtrack for a movie.
“Maybe the next album will be total black metal without any orchestras or keyboards – or totally acoustic. Who knows? The main thing is that you always need to do what feels right.”
The Finnish outfit are gearing up for the release of their Imaginearum movie, which gets its premiere on November 10 followed by a limited cinema release on November 23.
Holpainen says: “We thought we’d try to do a movie that looked like Nightwish. And do it for the right reasons – we don’t want to break into Hollywood. We just want to try something new and tell a beautiful story.”
And he wants the band to keep doing things for their own reasons – even if that means not playing encores.
“It’s one and a half hours and that’s it,” he says. “We’ve quit doing encores. This encore thing is such a cliche: you say goodnight and everybody knows you’re coming back. We like to break the rules.”