In anticipation of their forthcoming studio album “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” – out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US) – Finland-based symphonic metal masters NIGHTWISH now reveal the album opener ‘Shudder Before The Beautiful’ as the second track after the recently unveiled first singe ‘Élan’.
‘Shudder Before The Beautiful’ is premiered today at Finland’s biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.
Tuomas Holopainen comments: “We wanted to present our upcoming album`s opening track “Shudder Before The Beautiful” for everyone to listen to before the album`s release in cooperation with the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Bringing together the most trustworthy Finnish media with a song about universal awe was a match made in heaven in its uniqueness. The core of “Shudder Before The Beautiful” lies in moments such as gazing at The Milky Way on a cold winter`s night, seeing a photo of our Planet Earth, “a pale blue dot” taken by Voyager 1 as a tiny oasis in the unfathomable vastness of space, or when listening to music which momentarily takes away all woe and time.
And sharing those moments with people you love.”
The track list for “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” reads as follows:
- Shudder Before The Beautiful
- Weak Fantasy
- Yours Is An Empty Hope
- Our Decades In the Sun
- My Walden
- Endless Forms Most Beautiful
- Edema Ruh
- The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula
- The Greatest Show On Earth
“Endless Forms Most Beautiful” will be the first NIGHTWISH studio album to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen wasn’t able to take part in the recording sessions due to health issues but Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN) kindly stepped in and looked after the drumming duties for him.
NIGHTWISH also revealed the famed evolutionary biologist and writer Professor Richard Dawkins as a guest on this eighth studio album. The detailed cover-artwork was created by longtime collaborator Toxic Angel.