I've been a fan of Nightwish since 2007. I found them right after their split with Tarja and my first album was Dark Passion Play. I remember staring at my stereo mouth agape after listening to Poet and the Pendulum and saying wow. What a first impression. No band or song has been able to recreate that. Needless to say I was hooked.
Human Nature is different. Its a soft album. The last eight albums all had quintessential metal riffs and bombastic orchestral peices along with either Tarja's soaring soprano, Anette's rocking belting or Floor's hard heating vocal prowess. Not this one. Instead the majority of the songs are soft, gentle as snowfall.
Of course Noise, Pan, and Tribal are the exception as they are the heaviest songs but the rest are soft. And that's not a bad thing! It took me a while to get used to that but it's hauntingly beautiful. Tranquil and luscious. Shoemaker takes the cake, there is something haunting about it, especially at the end. I always get goosebumps and feel close to tears. Floor's operatic singing of laudato si ad astra (Latin for All praise be to the stars) is everything I ever imagined in symphonic metal. Procession is peaceful and hopefully, while Harvest reminds me of the Shire and villages getting together in the shadow of October.
Endlessness is... Eldritch in tone. I'm imagining it being sung from the pov of Death and it's the song that features Marko.
All The Wonders thag Adorn the World... Now this seems a little jarring and I had the same feeling before when Imaginaerum first came out with Song of Myself, but it works. I can't explain it but when you stop thinking of it as eight seperate songs but one big long one that wraps up 20 years of musical creativity and a lifetime of wonder it just works. It's beautiful, mellifluous and such a beautiful song.
Human Nature may not be a heavy metal album, but the fact that Nightwish dared to do this, this soft album that drifts along like falling leaves is spectacular. It shows daring and creativity, the pushing of the limits that Tuomas is known for since Oceanborn. It's a beautiful album. 10/10
- Original Release Date: April 10, 2020
- Release Date: April 10, 2020
- Label: Nuclear Blast
- Copyright: ℗© Nuclear Blast
- Total Length: 1:21:31
- ASIN: B083SNG2TD
- Customer Reviews: 120 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)