Nightwish Release 'Imaginaerum' Next Month

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Nightwish have changed the date of their upcoming album, "Imaginaerum", from November to December 5th.

This will be the follow up to 2007's "Dark Passion Play" and is describesd as a 'concept album'.

Nightwish founder and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen speaks about how the shenanigans got started. “It all started during the spring of 2007 when we were finishing the mixings for `Dark Passion Play´. I remember vividly listening through the songs and thinking what would be the next chapter in Nightwish’s chronicles? When I look back at our catalogue, I see the evolution of the band, how the stories and musical landscapes evolve from one album to the next one, to the next one, to this present moment. During that time, I strongly felt we need the next chapter to be something no-one`s ever done before in music. Something so big, crossover, detailed, innovative and nuts that it would leave the band, and hopefully the people experiencing it, completely awestruck. Love it or hate it, but awestruck nonetheless.”

Also, the Finnish Film Foundation donated a bonus of $575,000 for the film based on the album- it is slated to arrive in theaters in 2012. Tuomas discusses how the idea for the film came up. “I presented him with my idea and he told me, I was totally insane, and that he would love the challenge. So we started to work on how to bring the idea to life. And now, after three years of working with it, I see the result as a mixture of something never done before in music or cinema.”

'Storytime' is the first single off the new record. The video is below.