Monday, September 26, 2011

Metal Mondays - Undoubtedly the most awesome metal musical theatre cover ever

The glorious Nightwish, now disbanded but fondly remembered, once did an incredibly epic cover of the main theme of Phantom of the Opera. And you have to admit, the original was halfway to metal anyhow. There were chromatic scales, it was huge and bombastic, there was an organ for gods sakes, it had all the hallmarks of a big old metal faceburner. There's no visuals to accompany it (no filmclip) but here is the audio accompanied by a dubious album cover:

There is admittedly some Scandinavian English happening, but I think we can all agree that it's pretty awesome and ridiculous. I found a clip of it live, which is worth watching for three reasons: a.) young goth girls losing their minds b.) the point at 2.40 where our leading lady demonstrates why she left Nightwish to do opera and c.) bass player/other singer proving a surprisingly awesome, beardy, sweaty Phantom. And he did it a helluva lot better than Gerard Butler.

R.I.P Nightwish, you were totally awesome.

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