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Nightwish confirm Most Beautiful tracklist

Nightwish have revealed the tracklist for upcoming eighth album Endless Forms Most Beautiful.

The 11-song follow-up to 2011’s Imaginaerum will be launched on March 30 via Nuclear Blast, with lead single Elan to be released next month.

It’s their first record with vocalist Floor Jansen, and with piper and whistler Troy Donockley as a full-time member of the band. Drummer Jukka Nevalainen was replaced by Kai Hahto in the studio as a result of ongoing health issues.

Mainman Tuomas Holopainen recently cited a Charles Darwin quote as his inspiration for the album: “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.”

The bandleader said: “This classic quote is where it all began. We set sail for the ultimate journey in March 2015 – join us!”

Endless Forms Most Beautiful is available for pre-order in a number of formats – standard CD and download plus plain double vinyl, picture disc double vinyl, 2CD digibook with instrumental tracks and 3CD earbook with instrumental and orchestral tracks. Limited edition double vinyl splatter and gold editions are also on offer.

Nightwish begin a world tour in the US on April 9 and return to Europe on June 6, with more dates to be confirmed in due course.

Tracklist

  1. Shudder Before The Beautiful

  2. Weak Fantasy

  3. Elan

  4. Yours Is An Empty Hope

  5. Our Decades In the Sun

  6. My Walden

  7. Endless Forms Most Beautiful

  8. Edema Ruh

  9. Alpenglow

  10. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula

  11. The Greatest Show On Earth

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.