Nightwish
Showtime, Storytime


4.5
superb

Review

by Trajan Paul Murphy USER (18 Reviews)
March 1st, 2014 | 10 replies


Release Date: 12/10/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Showtime, Storytime proves to be a superb live show, featuring the band at the top of their game, as well as demonstrating that Floor Jansen was the perfect choice for Nightwish's new singer.

Wacken Open Air is one of the largest metal festivals in the world, with nearly every high-profile metal act having played there at least once. The event draws nearly 80,000 people to the far reaches of Northern Germany every year. It's become common nearly to the point of cliché for bands to record a live album at the festival, but there's a very good reason why that is so. The crowd, as mentioned before, is huge, and the sound quality is absolutely superb. Nightwish have become the latest band to record their performance, and it certainly a good one.

The first thing one will note is the song selection. Most of the songs have come from their more recent material, with a few songs from Wishmaster and Century Child. While some might find this to be disappointing, they have done a very good job in not only selecting the songs, but also arranging them into a cohesive order. In addition, they bring in new elements to some of the tracks, such as adding a pipe melody to "Nemo", adding vocal harmonies to "Romanticide", and turning the ordinarily lackluster "Amaranth" into a crowd participation song. The band never lose their energy throughout the show, always putting their full effort into their performance. In spite of all this, Floor Jansen is easily the highlight of Showtime, Storytime, demonstrating that Nightwish made the right decision in sticking with her for the long run. Jansen performs with energy and conviction, handling both the operatic songs of the Tarja era and the more down-to-earth songs of the Anette era with equal competency, as well as putting her own interpretations on the songs. Most notable in this regard is "Romanticide". While the song is one of the lesser tracks from Once, Jansen's aggressive performance makes it one of the highlights of the set. She even adds new energy to the two weakest songs "Wish I Had An Angel" and "Amaranth". Jansen also interacts well with the crowd, keeping their focus both during and in between songs.

The best moment for both Jansen and the band is their amazing performance of "Ghost Love Score". This song admirably represents the best qualities of the Nightwish sound with its careful balance of instrumentation and emotional intensity. The band gives a top-notch performance, maintaining the original atmosphere and power. Jansen's breathtaking performance conveys the emotional substance of the song flawlessly, while giving it even more depth than it previously had. At the end of it all, it's easy to see why she states the song as her favorite to sing.

There are only two notable issues with Showtime, Storytime. The first is that the pipes (when they are used) are occasionally drowned out by the rest of the instruments, most notably on "Last of the Wilds". The second is that Marco Hietala is at first hit-or-miss with his vocals, with "Wish I Had an Angel" especially suffering from this. Fortunately, Hietala is completely on the mark by the time "Ever Dream" comes around. Overall, these problems do little to detract from the overall quality of the rest of the show.

Showtime, Storytime proves to be a superb live show, featuring the band at the top of their game, as well as demonstrating that Jansen was the perfect choice for Nightwish's new singer. This album will be easily enjoyed by both established Nightwish fans as well as newcomers. Even if one is familiar with these songs already, like I was, they are likely to find something new and enjoyable here.



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TPM731
March 1st 2014


239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I figured that this deserved a review. Feedback, as always, is welcome.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2014


16114 Comments


"Nightwish have become the latest band to record their performance, and it certainly a good one."

and it is
also usually you don't have commas before an 'and'

"The first thing one will note is the song selection. It mainly consists of songs from their last three albums Once, Dark Passion Play, and Imaginaerum, with a few songs from Wishmaster and Century Child. While some might find this to be disappointing, they have done a very good job in not only selecting the songs, but also arranging them into a cohesive order"

Too much, just say something like 'Nightwish have stuck mainly to their last three albums in choosing the material for this set.'

"The band never loses their energy"
lose

combine 2nd and 3rd paragraphs into one as the 3rd follows on from a topic ending the 2nd

"The song, with the many emotions conveyed within, the careful balance between the band and the orchestra, and its overall representation of the good qualities of the Nightwish sound, is considered one of their best. "

reads awkwardly, maybe say 'This song admirably represents the best qualities of the Nightwish sound with its careful balance of instrumentation and emotional intensity.'

"Jansen's performance is breathtaking, with her conveying the emotion of the song flawlessly"
Jansen's breathtaking performance conveys the emotional substance of the song flawlessly.


You obviously know a lot about the band which comes across well but maybe be a bit more careful with the phrasing.

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TPM731
March 1st 2014


239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the feedback. I made all the changes you suggested.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2014


16114 Comments


yeh it reads quite nice now, have a pos

PostMesmeric
March 1st 2014


397 Comments


This is a great recording. I especially like Troy Donockley's performance on "Last of the Wilds."

ASnideReturns
March 1st 2014


5242 Comments


Good review, have a pos.

Ayashi
March 2nd 2014


267 Comments


SO EXCITED to fall in love with this band again with Floor as their singer. Good times to come!

I remember when Tarja was fired in 2005 or something, I listened to Oceanborn and literally cried my eyes out. Shit was real, man, so real..

Onirium
June 11th 2014


2317 Comments


Just jammed this album and it sounds pretty damn great! Floor is definitely my favorite Nightwish singer now, and she blends Annette and Tarja's styles perfectly. So hyped for their new album in 2015

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pedro70512
June 13th 2014


3502 Comments


Very good review. Very much considering picking this up even though I haven't paid much attention to the band since Tarja left.

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Davil667
October 28th 2014


463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Floor is definitely my favorite Nightwish singer now, and she blends Anette and Tarja's styles perfectly. So hyped for their new album in 2015"

^
This

Floor totally nails it!
Good review!



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