Nightwish – End Of Innocence

End Of Innocence, released in 2002, is not the typical band DVD. There are videos, concert performances, photograph galleries in the “Extra” option and there is an “Extra of the Extra’s” option. The main choice is a documentary, or interview, with Tuomas Holopainen, Jukka Nevalainen, Tapio Wilska (yes, he is not in the band but he has done guest vocals and is a friend and apparent drinking buddy as you see on this DVD).
The DVD has many humorous moments: the boat motor that won’t start, Tuomas musing over the lyric “The scent of a woman was not mine…” as being not something a man would write, Jukka still wondering about the oak leave pictures and still not getting the reason for them, Tapio thinking something was wrong with Tuomas on the release of Century Child because the lyrics seemed so sad…

The island they are on, owned by Tuomas’s family, is also the same place Nightwish came into being; the place immortalized in Sacrament Of Wilderness from Oceanborn. There is a small dwelling on the island where much of the interview takes place, the sky is overcast and from the chosen attire worn by the people the weather is growing cooler. Along with the booze and the intimate setting, the pace of the documentary is slow and mellow, and relaxed: just three friends taking a day out to reflect and muse.

There are outtakes from backstage, in the studio while making Century Child, on the tour bus, at hotel’s; the band and crew playing pranks on each other and other bands, Tuomas in the state of F.U.B.A.R. and being led to his hotel room where he is lain on his bed. The crew, having noticed something peculiar with Marco Hietala, put a camera on an amplifier and recorded just a single concert and what he was doing (I’m not going to say but the look on his face when he notices the camera is priceless), and what a concert sounds like behind the drums while playing.
The interview is informative, introspective, and a bit nostalgic to the point of sadness as the discussion goes back and forth from the earlier times of the band to the recorded present. It is this intimacy that makes End Of Innocence compelling, so much so that the extra content seems piddling by comparison.

This DVD is still in circulation in the United States and can be purchased, counting whatever retailer you patronize has a distributor that carries releases not widely known (my CD store here in Missoula, Montana does, yeah me! Got me Kiske/Somerville, but the owner carries a wide selection of metal music from Europe).

Listing for End Of Innocence:

01: “The Whole Story” Documentary/interview

Extra:

01: Videos: Over The Hills And Far Away
                   End Of All Hope

02: Photo Gallery
03: Interview with Mtv Brazil
04: Live performance in Oslo, Norway (4th of July, 2003)
      01: Sleeping Sun
      02: Wild Child (W.A.S.P. cover)
      03: Beauty And The Beast
      04: She’s My Sin
      05: Slaying The Dreamer

05: The Extra Of The Extra’s

Live performance at Summer Breeze Festival 2002
      01: End Of All Hope
      02: Dead To The World
      03: 10th Man Down
      04: Slaying The Dreamer
      05: Over The Hills And Far Away
      06: Sleeping Sun

Supposedly, there is a hidden outtake of Tarja singing an Acapella version of Sleepwalker. I have never been able to unlock this.

End Of Innocence is worth the money you will spend on it. If you attempt to download it you will not get anything but the documentary if pirating. If you like Nightwish buy the damn thing and support the band (that goes for any band you like. If they don’t make money how can they continue making music?)

Cradle Of Filth: Creatures From The Black Abyss tour

Cradle Of Filth headlined this travelling tour with three other bands playing with them Turisas, Daniel Lioneye, and Nachtmystium.
The show was at Knitting factory in Spokane, Washington.

By the time we arrived at the venue, after checking into a hotel, Turisas was finishing up their set. I cannot comment on them live but it sounded okay from outside the venue.

Daniel Lioneye, they who do the theme song for Bam Margera and are a side project of the band HIM, put out some good music. My only complaint was the guitar could not be heard over the bass and drums, but the singer growled and screeched with the enthusiasim and roused the crowd between songs.
As the second band for the night and being not very well known, they played to an audience that had no idea what to expect from them. As their set gained momentum the crowd clearly liked what they heard and reacted by forming a mosh pit (small… real small and too many high elbows) and screaming in return to the band.

Nachtmystium did their own soundcheck and, sorry guys, even I could tell from the audience that the main microphone was not properly teched. It sounded low in volume. When I say I could not here the first thing out of the vocal/guitarists mouth over the music, I am not lying and it was not until midway through the song that I could hear it along with the music playing.
Nachtmystium plays with a death metal sound but remind me most of the bands that play and are popular in Portland, Oregon’s death metal scene (kind of trippy death metal). The thing I really liked about this band was the rock and roll rhythym’s they used unbeknownst to normal listeners (I checked the chording and picking and was right; riffage from out the early days of rock).
Aside from the mic faux-pas the band is solid and performs tightly onstage. They do have history behind them and although extreme metal might never be accepted as the norm, this tour should see them attain more popularity in the genre.

Cradle Of Filth ruled the night! I personally have been wanting to catch a live show of this band since Cruelty And The Beast came out in the late 1990’s.
Dani and the Filth are seasoned touring musician’s who sound DAMNED GOOD live. The show included many songs released in the bands early career prior to the Midian album (they skip Midian and Damnation And A day entirely) and songs released on the Nymphetymine, Thornography, Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder, and their latest release Darlky, Darkly Venus Aversa.
Of course the crowd was in to it, screaming, fist pumping, and head banging. Another mosh pit started up (In all honesty I have to say the mosh-pit was weak. Missoula, Montana mosher’s make Spokane mosher’s look like they are playing in a sandbox at kindergarten.) and Dani Filth and band kept up the aggressive sounds.
I was impressed that Dani Filth actually screeches in the high pitch he does on studio albums rather than growling them out and that the band encourages the audience to get wild and does not just stand on stage and play.
I really need to see this band live again!

side note – I am guessing that there was around 500 people at the show. To the lady selling Cradle Of Filth merchandise; this show could have done that and likely better in turnout had it been held in Missoula. Check out 96.3 FM – The Blaze (Missoula’s Metal station) and see what we in Montana listen to.

Another SideNote: So Luke an I are jammin’ Nymphetamine in the parking lot of G-Funk… guy drives up and screams, “Cradle of Filth! F**k Yeah!”. Montana is made of METAL! (14 Feb 2011).

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