Nightwish Streaming New Song ‘Shudder Before the Beautiful’
Chief songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen told the Finnish newspaper about the song. He stated, “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 the Voyager 1 as a tiny oasis in the unfathomable vastness of space, or when listening to music momentarily which takes away all woe and time. And those sharing moments with people you love."[English translation from Finnish.]
“Shudder Before the Beautiful” is off the group’s upcoming studio album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, which comes out in the States on March 31. This will be the band’s first album to feature frontwoman Floor Jansen, while longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen had to sit out of these recording sessions because of his struggles with chronic insomnia. Kai Hahto took his place.
Interestingly, this disc also features preeminent evolutionary biologist, Professor Richard Dawkins as a guest. This isn't their only connection with science on this disc. As stated in a press release, Nightwish got the inspiration for their album’s title from another evolutionary biologist, Charles Darwin. In his famous book The Origin of Species he writes, "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, while 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."
Nightwish will kick off their 2015 North American spring tour on April 9, when they play in New York City. They're taking out Delain as their openers and both bands will tour through the middle of May, when they wrap things up in Silver Springs, Md., on May 14.