Review written by Nathan Gruenholz
Album release date: 8 April 2014 (USA)
Anette’s career with Nightwish was doomed from the start.
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When Tarja Turunen was
fired shitcanned in the name of business left in the frozen Finnish landscape gone from Nightwish Anette was chosen to be her replacement by Tuomas Holopainen. Immediately fans noticed the differences. She wasn’t the soaring, operatic frontwoman Tarja was. The new Nightwish sounded a bit different as a result. The Tarja-era tunes sung live sounded different. To make matters worse this happened during the era of Youtube.
In came the avalanche of Youtubers down-voting and hate-hate-hate-hating only Silky Johnson would appreciate.
Comments not unlike “Anette sux lulz” “bitch get of tha stage LOL” “WTF wuz Tuomas thnking” “RIP NIGHTWISH 1996-2005” would (and still do) flood many Nightwish Youtube videos. In October 2012 Anette got the Tarja treatment when she too was
fired shitcanned in the name of business left in the frozen Swedish landscape no longer with Nightwish. It would them seem like those commenters and “fans”(?) would finally be justified.
Except, looking back, they weren’t…and still aren’t. On that very same Youtube Anette’s debut video “Amaranth” for Nightwish has hit 68,000,000+ views…and counting. Nightwish was still a hit in Europe and the rest of the world. Nightwish’s two albums with Anette charted in the US Billboard Top 100 (something the Tarja-era albums did NOT do), with 2011’s “Imaginaerum” getting an impressive #27. Not bad for a Finnish symphonic metal band heavily ignored by US radio and MTV, with a singer that “sux”.
Nightwish with Anette was sucessful. Nightwish with Anette was GOOD.
But enough with history. Anette now has also followed in Tarja’s footsteps in pursuing a solo career (hey, a new tradition!) and her debut “Shine” was just released. Hey, what better way to christen this brand new site than a brand new album review!
(read the complete review after the jump)