- Mar 23, 2018
From the official site:
"When Finnish sextet Nightwish announce a new studio album people tend to take notice. They know that something special is brewing. Band leader Tuomas Holopainen once said that whenever he creates a new record he has the intention of capturing something rare and unique, a monument and a true album experience. In 2020 he’s certain to achieve his objective once again. Nightwish have completed the recordings for their 9th studio album and are proud to announce the title, artwork and tracklisting.
HUMAN. :II: NATURE. will be released on 10th April 2020. The long-awaited record, following 2015’s critically-acclaimed “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”, will be a double album containing 9 tracks on the main CD and one long track, divided into eight chapters on CD 2.The tracklisting will read as follows:
- How’s The Heart?
- All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Vista
- All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - The Blue
- All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - The Green
- All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Moors
- All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Aurorae
- All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Quiet As The Snow
- All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Anthropocene (incl. “Hurrian Hymn To Nikkal”)
- All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Ad Astra
HUMAN. :II: NATURE. was recorded from August to October 2019 at Röskö campsite, Petrax Studios and Troykington castle, as well as Finnvox Studios, by Tero Kinnunen, Mikko Karmila and Troy Donockley. The mixing was done by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox, with Tuomas Holopainen and Tero Kinnunen. Mastering was done by Mika Jussila at Finnvox."
ADDITIONAL INFO AND SONG TRIVIA:
- The band has been teasing the theme of the album in several tour posters featuring the Sumero-Akkadian cuneiform.
- The theme of the album seemingly continues the trend set by their latest album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, a semi-concept album inspired by science, evolution and the works Charles Darwin. As the last song, it also featured a 24-minute epic The Greatest Show On Earth, inspired by the book of the same name by Richard Dawkins. The last part of the song ended at the age of homo sapiens.
- According to yet unproven rumors, the entirety of the Disc 2 is instrumental.
- "Anthropocene" features the Hurrian Hymn, widely regarded as the oldest piece of recorded music in history.
- "All The Works of Nature Which Adorn the World" is named after a quote in The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci.