After 4 years of absence from the world stage Finnish symphonic gothic metal giants, Nightwish returned not only with Imaginaerum, a brilliant new album and a movie, that will be released soon revolving around the album concept, but also with a full world tour that started in Los Angeles, CA at the beginning of the year.
On September 12th Nightwish along side with progressive metal titans Kamelot opened their North American leg of the tour with two solid shows (September 12 & 13th) at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA that not only kicked off the tour, but also launched the celebrations for ProgPower USA XIII, the annual festival that brings together progressive and power metal fans of this side of the hemisphere.
The Age Of Metal traveled to Atlanta, GA last week not only to cover ProgPower USA XIII, but also to witness the return of Nightwish to the US stages, which was a powerful show. Not only the band sounded tight, and the new songs sounded amazing live. The musical arrangements of some of their classics are fantastic, but one thing that caught my attention was the chemistry level between them on stage was at its highest point.
Here are some photos we took at their show.
During our time in Atlanta we had the chance to sit down with Marco Hietala bass player of the band, and talked about Imaginaerum, the movie, the tour, the band’s state at the moment, and a couple other things, here is what he told us: