Release Date: November 14, 2006
While some bands are studio bands, and other have great concerts Nightwish does both. End Of An Era is the recording and video footage of Tarja's last show with Nightwish befor they went their seperate ways, and what a way to go out.
End Of An Era
PiratexZombie, on january 24, 2007 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Sound: While some bands are studio bands, and other have great concerts Nightwish does both. End Of An Era is the recording and video footage of Tarja's last show with Nightwish befor they went their seperate ways, and what a way to go out. Tarja's voice sounds just as good if not better live, and the same goes to the rest of the band. Even if your not big into the Opera, Metal hybrid known as Nightwish, you should watch this just for the guitaring. Emppu gives us amazing solos that have a good mixture of class and speed, and Tuomas backing him on keys just sweetins the deal. Also while Tarja is taking a break the rest of the band does an amazing cover of Pink Floyds "High Hopes" with their bassist Marco doing the vocals. End of an Era is one of the best live DVDs to date and is well worth the money. // 10
Content: Now the content was the one area this DVD was lacking. It did have a photo gallery and a documentary "A Day Before Tomorrow" but that was it. Through out the documentary you could tell there was some tension between the band and Tarja. Most of the time they wern't together, and when they were they were kind of mean in a jesting way. The doumentary followed the band on their last tour and the shows leading up the Nightwish's last show with Tarja befor they fired her via Open Letter. I was really hoping for a happier documentary and mabey some more features like past music videos or downloadable content but I guess they couldn't make the DVD perfect. // 6
Production Quality: Production was any thing special. The production for the Documentary is what you'd expect for any band documentary. A shakey camera following them around while the band does what ever they are doing. The Concert on the other hand was great. The picture was clear, the focused on exactly what you wanted to see, and they didn't add cheese effects like so many concert like so many DVDs like to. // 7
Overall Impression: All and all this is the best concert DVD I own. While lacking in the content and having a some what depressing documentary, the concert is really what you buy it for and I got what I wanted and more. With impressive vocals, amazing guitaring, and being a great show period, this DVD is well worth the money. If I lost this DVD I would be most depressed not only cause it is so good but it is very hard to hind here in the states. I had to buy it online. So if you find a copy get it right away. // 9
End Of An Era
anna.rendell.1, on july 01, 2013 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: There is a constant feel of warmth created by the setlist that Nightwish choose for this concert. Listening to the first few songs, there is almost a story-like rhythm to how they move from one song to the next, with the change in mood produced by the music reflected in the wardrobe of their lead singer, whose outfit notably changes throughout.
The name given to the DVD was taken from the fact that this was not only the last show of the Once Upon A Tour world tour stretching form early 2004 to late 2005, but it was the last show where Tarja Turunen was to perform with them as their lead singer/frontwoman.
Shots of the audience taken from the cameras that were filming this concert show a rather emotional reception to the band throughout the show, with tears during songs like "Sleeping Sun" and a sort of karaoke during songs like "Phantom of the Opera."
This reception to the band during this concert helps to make this seem like an adequate farewell to a singer who changed a band that, at the start, was reviewed by a local newspaper as "shitty band, crappy equipment, no commercial potential." // 9
Content: The final show of the Once Upon A Tour and is what now known to be the final performance of lead singer, frontwoman and co-founder Tarja Turunen, this concert DVD brings power ballads and fantasy and film enspired music that brings tears to the eyes of the masses.
The classical training of the now ex-frontwoman/lead singer Tarja Turunen can be heard clearly throughout several of the songs on the 18-track setlist. However, the lyrics of some of the songs are drowned out by the other instruments, and can't be heard clearly - as seen in the first and fourth tracks, "Dark Chest of Wonders" and "The Kinslayer."
However, despite the unclarity of some of the vocals on some of the tracks, the band provides a well-thought-out setlist that includes a range of heavier songs such as "Slaying the Dreamer," and ballads such as "Kuolema Tekee Taiteilija" and "Sleeping Sun."
The setlist also includes three unique covers; the first of Andrew Llyod Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," which is played out as a beautiful duet between Tarja Turunen and bassist/male vocalist Marco Hietla; the second of Pink Floyd's "High Hopes" - a slower, moodier, more male-dominated song; and the third Gary Moore's "Over the Hills and Far Away" - an excellent show of how one melody can be changed by the almost competitive musical dual of the keyboards and the guitar.
The songs chosen for this concert flow nicely into one another, but there could've been a wider range of songs played, as with the exception of three songs, the 18-track setlist is made up completely of songs from "Once" and 2002's "Century Child."
There could also have been a wider range of extras provided on the DVD, as only a photo gallery and a 55-minute documentary showing the 15-days leading up the concert are available to anyone buying this DVD. // 8
Production Quality: The production of this DVD and the two concert CDs provided with it are very good, with clear audio input from the audience during the concert that doesn't threaten to overwhelm the music and that isn't meerly background noise that can be heard only in between songs. The visual input from both the audience and the band also seem to balance one another out too - the response to certain songs from the audience is more actively shown than the band during certain parts of the DVD, but this is balanced out by how the band is shown more often than the audience during other songs.
A set of screens were put up behind the stage in clear view of the audience, with either a slideshow, a piece of view or something else relevant playing on the screens throughout the show.
Also, the effects added to the DVD during the editing process after the concert and before the date of release seem to be focused around the two songs Bless the Child and Slaying the Dreamer.
The screens were more noticeably active during "Bless the Child" than during "Slaying the Dreamer," so more visual editing was focused around this song, with an almost complete ring of appearing on the screen towards the end of the song.
While the editing added to this performance after the show was nice, it would've been nicer to see it more evenly spread out over all of the 18-track setlist, instead of just being confined to a few tracks. // 6
Overall Impression: This was a concert DVD that I did enjoy watching at first, but quickly got tired of. There is some good musicianship in this performance, and knowing what happened only serves to make this a more bittersweet performance for hardcore Nightwish fans. However, the constant storytime feel of the music takes away some of the enjoyment as it can easily make the DVD quite boring to watch, no matter how much you love the band. Also, without the range of emotions inspired by the heavier songs and the more acoustic songs there to balance each other out, this concert DVD just doesn't hold the same magic as concert DVDs like Tarja's "Act 1" does.
The most impressive thing on this DVD is how, even after several years and despite how plain the music gets after the first five or six viewings, this can still envoke a range of emotions in the viewer. Also, with the departure of Tarja Turunen from the band, many would say that all of Nightwish used to be known for is gone - many still associate Nightwish with songs like "Nemo," "Ever Dream," "Wishmaster," and "Sleeping Sun."
However, despite the fact that I didn't like the DVD as a whole, and can now only listen to/watch part of this concert, it shows an important milestone in the band's history, and really does show the End of an Era. // 5