With a new Nightwish album released, their first since the extraordinary Imaginaerum in 2011, I thought it timely to delve into the archive and bring out a little known song from their 2000 album Wishmaster.
Fourteen years ago and since then Nightwish have only had three lead singers (five if you include the temporary arrangement during their US tour with Alissa White-Gluz and Elize Ryd replacing an ill Anette Olzon)
Fourteen years which means one of the stars of the Wishmaster album will be twenty-five years old now!
Sam Hardwick was eleven years old when he was asked to recite the poetry sections of the song Dead Boy’s Poem. Before you start moaning and groaning, I know what you’re thinking. Kids, actors, recitals = wooden, timber, stilted narrative lacking in any expressive emotion.
And that’s what makes Hardwick’s performance on this song so interesting, so unusual. There’s a weird maturity…
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