Review. Nightwish live album “Decades: Live in Buenos Aires”

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NIGHTWISH despite the distance play in “home” in a great show taht we can enjoy with this “Decades: Live in Buenos Aires”

From Argentina, not from Finland we get the last live album of the Nordic Nightwish. Recorded on September 30, 2018 at the Malvinas stadium in Buenos Aires, during Decades Tour.

Released back in 2018, “Decades” was so much more than a run-of-the-mill best-of. This comprehensive chronology of the band’s first two decades not only marked the band’s 20th anniversary; it was also the end of yet another era in the stellar career of Finland’s internationally most successful group. The consequent tour, too, was so much more than a regular anniversary run; from March 9th to December 15th 2018, the seventh NIGHTWISH world tour enthralled 82 cities across Europe, North America and South America – armed with a once-in-a-lifetime setlist.

I didn’t just want to pick out the most successful NIGHTWISH songs for this tour”, Tuomas Holopainen, symphonic metal’s most famous troubadour explains. “Instead, I asked myself which songs I would play to somebody who had never heard of our band. At some point during the preparation process, I realized that I was smiling all the time. I remembered the curious, innocent boy writing all of these songs.”

NIGHTWISH entered the stage to the rousing ‘End Of All Hope’ and took their bow to the unmatched epic ‘Ghost Love Score’. In between saw a set filled with pure trailblazing Finnish glory –  incorporating distinguished tracks ‘Wish I had an Angel’, ‘Sacrament of Wilderness’, ‘Elvenpath’, ‘Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean’, ‘Dead Boy’s Poem’ and many more… The evening saw countless goose bumps and unforgettable scenes, all enveloped by a monumental sound – captured for all eternity by 19 cams. Let’s put it like this, if you’re already familiar NIGHTWISH, you know why this concert film is essential; and if you’ve happened to stumble across them for the very first time, you will surely be asking yourself just how the heck this could have happened, after seeing it.

Related to the audiovisual aspect we have seen better shows (Wacken 2013 for example) but it is worth it just to see our Floor Jansen with the appearance of a warrior out of any chapter of “Game of Thrones”.

Also spectacular as always Tuomas Holopainen (keyboardist and composer), who downloads his performance aboard a Norman Drakkar (only the bow is seen in front of his keyboards).

Finally, just say that it is a very good concert of the Finnish group, in the country where they have legion of fans, with a spectacular sound, good staging and setting (although I repeat that you can get better shows of them) and an amazing repertoire (in my opinion there is something missing like “storytime”).

Get comfortable in your living room, leave the underworld and get ready to enjoy the “storytellers” of metal.


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