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 [DVD]
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
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 [DVD]
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
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