End of an Era

The End of an Era marks the final document of the Tarja’s Nightwish reign. I’m fairly certain fans held the original standard-def DVD in high regard, as the performance, track selection (“The Kinslayer”, “Bless the Child”, and Gary Moore cover “Over the Hills and Far Away”) and production values are very high. Well, kids it’s time to jump on the Hogwarts Express, ’cause the Blu-ray edition of End of an Era sends Nightwish (and all their latent problems) screaming into 720p and 5.1 Dolby Digital.

Outside of the move to high-def, End of an Era is exactly the same as the 2006 DVD. Bummer, I know. But adding new shit to product re-issues can be a bitch, especially with Tarja and the rest of Nightwish at physical and emotional odds. Anyway, there are 18 songs not counting intro/outros. Three of which are covers (Pink Floyd’s “High Hopes” is a highlight). There’s also the song (“Stone People”) by Native American musician John Two-Hawks. It’s so pleasant to hear something not ripped out of a Hans Zimmer piece or an Amorphis tune for once. And Two-Hawks is quite the personality.

The 50-plus minute documentary, “A Day Before Tomorrow”, follows Nightwish through airports, gang-type media interviews, fan-obsessed/semi-awkward signings, and pretty much everything else a band goes through while on the road. Tarja doesn’t appear too often with the rest of the band. When she’s with Tuomas and rest of the Finns, the tension’s palpable. Opposite of that the Two-Hawks moments were, in my opinion, the best parts. He’s stoned-faced, but often goofy. The dude should have his own Anthony Bourdain-style reality show dealing exclusively with Finns. Stoic vs. stoic.

I can hear the members of Nightwish’s international fan clubs (15 and counting) sprinting to their local electronics dealer for a Blu-ray player. If you’ve never seen Tarja sweat, well, now you can. In 720p. Technology is the best! The best!

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Written by Chris Dick
August 18th, 2009


  1. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    wow- a Chris Dick review here at this lowly site !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is that haleys comet????????????????????? :)

  2. Commented by: gabaghoul

    gah at first I got all excited cause I thought this was a new Nightwish album. is that what it takes to get you to drop a review? last paragraph made me LOL.

  3. Commented by: Chris Dick

    More like Hale-Bopp. And a little Unskinny Bop.

  4. Commented by: Biff Tannen

    Why would anyone waste their time with listening to this souless, plastic, bland,boring, vapid, generic, vanilla, faux emotional GARBAGE???

    What horrible,horrible ‘music’. Its completely devoid of any feeling or sincerity.

  5. Commented by: Carlo Dela Cruz

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