Finnish Metal Act Nightwish Enter The IMAGINAERUM

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Finnish Metal Act Nightwish Enter The IMAGINAERUM
Based on the upcoming album of the same name, Stobe Harju's feature film Imaginaerum aims to put the music of Finnish metal act Nightwish on the big screen.

The protagonist of the film is a songwriter with an otherworldly imagination. He is an old man who still thinks he's a young boy. While asleep, he travels into his distant past where his dreams of old come back to him mixed to the young boy's world of fantasy and music.

In his dreams the old man fights to find the memories most important to him.


Readers may recall the Finnish backed horror film Dark Floors from a few years back - that one based on metal band Lordi - and, not surprisingly, this one shares a producer in Finland's Solar Films.  The first trailer has arrived online, check it below.
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CashBaileyApril 24, 2012 5:16 PM

The album has been out for a while. It's definitely a further step away from the gothic metal of their previous albums and is much more focused on the orchestral 'movie score' elements. There's plenty of metal riffing on it, but it all seems fairly lifeless and perfunctory. And no guitar solos, which is a bad thing.

Still, Tuomas Halopainen is a frighteningly talented musician and some of his arrangements could easily play in an epic fantasy film. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before he scores a high-profile film gig.

As for this movie, it looks like a perfume commercial. I wonder what the running time will be.

ElsaApril 24, 2012 10:26 PM

I think the song "Rest Calm" has a guitar solo. One of my favorite songs on the album.

ElsaApril 24, 2012 10:26 PM

I think the song "Rest Calm" has a guitar solo. One of my favorite songs on the album.

CashBaileyApril 25, 2012 9:09 PM

@Elsa: You're right. It does have a brief but unmemorable solo.

But really, Umppu's guitar tracks were probably done in two days. He's given no real chance to add anything to the songs.

I know from reading the book about the band that in the early days of Nightwish he and Tuomas clashed over that, but he seems to have settled into his role nicely.

But still, I can imagine him not being terribly satisfied with the drastic cutting down of the heavy guitar elements in the band.