“We are one, we are a universe. Forebears of what will be, scions of the Devonian sea” -Nightwish.
One of the highlights of my winter break was getting to see my all-time favourite band, Nightwish, play the Wembley Arena in London. I first saw them 10 years ago at Manchester University, so what a phenomenal rise to go from what was essentially a student union to the legendary Wembley!
Their latest album is called Endless Forms Most Beautiful, and draws inspiration from Darwin, evolution, and the wonder of science. The final track is a whopping 24-minute long epic journey through the 4 billion year history of life on earth (with narration by the brilliant Richard Dawkins), and listening to it evokes a sense of awe, wonder and beauty that is as close as I get to a “religious” experience. Hearing the album while on a train through Norway’s fjords and forests was particularly moving.
Lyrically, the themes seem to me to be almost pantheistic (in a naturalist way) and speak to the sacredness of nature and the sheer joy of being alive. For me as a Druidic Pagan type, Nightwish seem to get to the heart of what life is all about: being part of this great interconnected “tapestry of chemistry” that is the universe.
So, if you have some time to spare, turn these videos up LOUD!