I confess I haven’t been listening to Nightwish since
Tarja left the band. I always thought that
her vocals were vital to the sound. I’m not a metal-head, but I always liked Nightwish, because I
like the combination of oprea loke vocals and guitar riffs.
The latest single caught my attention though. The B-Side of their current single “Élan” is called
Sagan, and it is a tribute to the great Carl Sagan, and his contribution in popularising cosmology
to a wide public.
I think it’s wonderful, that Sagan has made such an impact to our society. that a heavy-metal band
makes a song about him. Sagan’s speeches still move and inspire generations, although his
groundbreaking series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
was fimed 35 years ago.
Swedish artist Erik Wernquist just recently published a stunningly beautiful short film called
Wanderes, based on one of Sagan’s texts.
Nightwish didn’t stop there however. Their new album is a conceptual album, dedicated to Charles
Darwin, and the theory of evolution. They have Prof. Richard Dawkins as a guest on this
album (probably not singing though), The album, which will be available in the UK on March 30th,
2015, is called Endless Forms Most Beautiful,
which is a direct quote from the finishing paragraph
in Charles Darwin’s On The Origins Of Species:
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several
powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms
or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling
on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a
beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful
have been, and are being, evolved.
Charles Darwin, On the Origin Of Species by Means of Natrural Selection
I think it’s great, that a rock band tries to tackle a scientific topic, and I’m really
looking forward to listening to the album.