Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Amberian Dawn Announces Release Dates For New Album, Magic Forest

Amberian Dawn has announced on their Facebook page the release dates for their upcoming album, Magic Forest! I am super, super stoked about this one.

Coming to the US/Canada on July 8th and the UK on June 27th. Imagine if you combined the music of Nightwish, Kamelot, Leaves Eyes and Within Temptation with a little extra heaviness and a Simone Simons -esque classical mezzo soprano on vocals. That's kinda what Amberian Dawn is all about, and YES, it is as awesome as it sounds.

If you never heard of them, check them out! You will not be disappointed.

I was terribly fond of their first vocalist, Heidi Parviainen, but they've apparently pulled a Nightwish and swapped out her beautiful voice for another, younger, rather plain-looking vocalist attempting to fill shoes that she herself might not fit in. I haven't heard new girl Capri's vocals yet, so maybe she won't be so bad.

However, I am still waiting for Nightwish to get over themselves and ask Tarja Turunen to come back. At least they got rid of Annette Olzon, who apparently favored breeding above performing and was fired after the guys of Nightwish dealt with her pregnancy-related illnesses and cancellations for a whole year, then were almost immediately informed by her that she was pregnant again. Understandably, they were all, "Fuck that" about it and dropped her like a hot potato for the fabulous Floor Jansen.

I love Floor, don't get me wrong, and she can actually sing all the good old Tarja-era Nightwish songs rather well. I just preferred how they sounded with her. For me, it was a perfect fit, and you can change what's perfect.. lest you risk ruining it.

Gaining Floor as a vocalist was a step in the right direction for Nightwish, but seriously, what the fuck was up with their last album? It's almost like they went pop and traded beautifully written poetry for lyrics with shit like "I Want My Tears Back".

And don't even get me started on Tuomas' little side project, "The Life and Times of Scrooge" - for fuck's sake, he put goddamn Daffy Duck on the cover in a Canadian mounty outfit and equipped him with a pickaxe. What the actual fuck, Tuomas? I won't even ever know if that album is any good, because I'm not about to buy something with a goddamn Looney Toon on the front flap.

Sometimes I think they should've just packed it up when Tarja left. You could literally hear them start slipping away into shadows of their former selves on the first album with Annette, "Passion Play". Oh well, they've always got Delain.

Anyway, sorry to turn that into a Nightwish rant. Amberian Dawn!!! Coming in July!!! This summer is going to be full of awesome new albums.

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