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‘10 to 15 years ago, it was a relatively new phenomenon, [in the late 90s], more ladies fronting metal bands. Of course, it’s not an entirely new thing, but there was a different type of music attached to it, a different vibe to it, compared to early 80s with Doro and Lita Ford and more the heavy metal genre. More and more bands came and maybe had a bit of the same sound in the beginning. First it was called gothic metal, a name I didn’t understand…’

Metal Frontwomen vs 'Female-Fronted Metal’ (Soaring Highs and Brutal Lows)
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THIS DAY in Nightwish history

Released February 13th, 2015 ‘Élan’ is the first single of their eighth studio album ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’.

According to Tuomas "the underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us. It's important to surrender yourself to the occasional 'free fall' and not to fear the path less travelled by."