The moment I saw this over at Cafe Philos, I knew I had to post it:
That, my darlings, is one of the members of Nightwish, and he is the BMILF. If you can’t figure out what that means, I applaud your innocence. Of course, I developed these fond feelings for Tuomas before Nightwish kicked Tarja out and hired someone for looks more than voice – but that’s a sad story, and we shan’t tell it here.
Instead, we shall celebrate the beauty in darkness. Before Tarja left (and wouldn’t I love to see her drawn by the artist who did the above portrait!), Nightwish was one of the best symphonic metal bands on the planet. They were my first. Before them, I’d actually never liked female leads too much, the closest I’d gotten to operatic sopranos was Sara Brightman and the cast of Les Miserables, and if you’d told me that a few years later that a plurality of my music collection would consist of fabulous females, I’d have laughed you out of the house. I listened to Dimmu Borgir, damn it!
Times and tastes change.
So kick back. Turn the lights down, the volume up, and come along on a little journey with me. We’ll start with some traveling music. There’s nothing like the album Oceanborn to drive an epic landscape to: