Nightwish debut “Élan” music video

Nightwish have released a music video for their new song “Élan”. The track is off the band’s forthcoming full-length Endless Forms Most Beautifl. Bandleader and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen said of the video:

“The long-awaited Nightwish music video ‘Élan’ is finally here. Inspired by the untold stories of abandoned places around Finland, the video was nearly a year in the making and features some of the most loved Finnish actors and actresses. And also the legendary Nightwish symbol, a snowy owl (Bubo Scandiaca in Latin) called ‘Urho’ (‘Braveheart’).

On the meaning of the song, he adds:

“‘Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave. To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.’ This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt [Walt Whitman] was the starting point for writing ‘Élan’.

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 traveled by.”

Endless Forms Most Beautiful is scheduled to hit shelves on March 27th in Europe and March 31st in the U.S. through Nuclear Blast. You can pre-order the effort here.