Holland's FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with keyboardist/mainman Tuomas Holopainen and bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala of Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH. You can now watch the chat in four parts below.
"Imaginaerum", the first album in four years from NIGHTWISH, entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 1.
According to Rytmi.com, "Imaginaerum" sold 50,000 copies in Finland in its first two days of release. The band's first CD since 2007's "Dark Passion Play" — which was then-new singer Anette Olzon's debut — is due in North America on January 10, 2012 via Roadrunner Records.
Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Finland has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach platinum status in the country from the pre-2010 level of 30,000 to the current 20,000.
"Imaginaerum" track listing (note that track 12 is broken down into four parts):
03. Ghost River
04. Slow, Love, Slow
05. I Want My Tears Back
08. Turn Loose the Mermaids
09. Rest Calm
10. The Crow, the Owl and the Dove
11. Last Ride of the Day
12. Song Of Myself
Song 1: From A Dusty Bookshelf
Song 2: All That Great Heart Lying Still
Song 3: Piano Black
Song 4: Love
NIGHTWISH will kick off the "Imaginaerum" world tour in Los Angeles. The very first show of the trek will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California on Saturday, January 21. This will be the biggest NIGHTWISH show production ever on North American soil and strictly a one-off — there will be no U.S. tour until later in 2012.