In Review: Nightwish – Human II Nature

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Release Date: 10.04.2020

One of, if not the biggest Symphonic Metal bands on the planet right now –Nightwish are back in their third incantation and second album with former After Forever vocalist Floor Jansen.

“Music” starts us off on this Journey and is huge sounding in a Hollywood blockbuster movie way “Noise” is everything that’s great about Nightwish and is the sound that me fall in love with them.

“Shoemaker”, “Harvest” & “Pan” all follow the same path, the ballad comes in form of “How’s the Heart” with “Procession” “Tribal” caught me by surprise as it’s uncharacteristic and quite heavy in places. “endlessness” is a really good duet with Floor & Marco.

It was all going so well…

Tracks 10-17 are parts of one song: “All The Works Which Adorn The World”. which effectively makes this track 30 minutes long

Nightwish are a band I’ve enjoyed for a long time and I understand that creatively each new album will bring musical evolvements but I just couldn’t shake off the fact that one song has seven parts on the same album if this had been a separate CD I may have felt differently but honestly I struggled to enjoy them separately and it, unfortunately, tarnished my listening experience as it felt like a concept album I wasn’t expecting had been dropped into an album I was really enjoying which is a huge shame as the majority of the album was wonderful as I felt that Floor has been given the full trust of founding members and really made this album stronger because of it.

3.5 out of 5 Skulls.

*Edit* 10/04/20

It’s Friday the actual release of the album and what do I see? well, the album is, in fact, a 2 cd release but more importantly than that my main gripe with the album has been covered as the second cd has all the songs that form “All The Works Which Adorn The World” on it so being able to listen to in that way does change things rather than the original way I had it as 17 tracks.

In light of that, I think it only fair to amend my previous rating from 3.5 to 4 out of 5 Skulls.



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