Amaranth

Amaranth

Summary
"Amaranth" is the second single from the album "Dark Passion Play", and real « first single » from the album, since « Eva » is considered (as Tuomas himself said) as a simple teaser for the album. Nightwish planned its big come back with this song and, among other things, a video that was directed by Antti Jokinen again (who also directed the video for “Nemo” and the DVD “End of an Era”).

Release date: August 24th 2007 & August 31st 2007 (depending on the version)

Written and composed by Tuomas Holopainen

Tracks on the different versions :
- Amaranth (album version)
- Amaranth (Reach - demo version)
- Amaranth (orchestral version)
- Amaranth (video clip - 5.1)
- Amaranth (video clip - 2.0)
- Amaranth (video clip - making of)
- Eva (demo version)
- Eva (orchestral version)
- While Your Lips Are Still Red (Theme from "Lieksa!")
- While Your Lips Are Still Red (video clip - 2.0)

 

Details...

Amaranth

As usual, Nuclear Blast made things big for Nightwish’s new single, and we can already find 6 versions of « Amaranth » in shops! You can see the list of all the versions on our special page! These versions contain demo and orchestral versions of the album’s two first extracts (“Eva” and “Amaranth”), and the song called "While Your Lips Are Still Red". The two main versions for this single are :

Amaranth Amaranth - CDS part 1 (24 Août 2007)
1. Amaranth
2. Reach (Amaranth Demo Version)
3. Eva (Orchestral Version)
4. While Your Lips Are Still Red (Theme From "Lieksa")
   
Amaranth Amaranth - CDS part 2 (31 Août 2007)
1. Amaranth
2. Amaranth (Orchestral Version)
3. Eva (Demo Version)


Anette

Groupe

Here you can see our special page about Amaranth
(in French only) :
Amaranth - page spéciale

More infos !

"Amaranth" history:
AmaranthWhat a long time we had to wait for the release of this new single! While the teaser “Eva” did not charm all the fans because of its simplicity and the fact that it did not represent the album and Anette’s voice, “Amaranth” came to reassure everyone: on May 25th 2007, Nightwish made an extract available for the fans: power, choir and catchy chorus were there! Needless to say that everyone was deadly impatient to listen to the whole song. This was reinforced by a new video uploaded on the band’s official VideoBlog that showed the band on the shooting of the video “Amaranth” and that ended with a few new seconds from the song. But the wait was eventually shorter than planned since, just like what happened with Eva, the song was leaked on the internet before its release and radio broadcast. The song was an immediate success; fans were delighted, but the band and its management a little less. Later, maybe because of a few critics read, the album was re-mixed one last time, and when “Amaranth” was officially broadcast on the radio for the first time, at the end of July 2007, people discovered a new version, with Anette’s voice and the guitars put forward.

The single "Amaranth" that almost never came out :
Groupe"Amaranth" as a single? The idea was not clear as water from the beginning. Indeed, while the band was recording the new songs, Tuomas and the band clearly considered “Amaranth” (which demo was called “Reach” at the time) as being the worst song out of the fifteen that had been recorded. So, until the last moment, it was planned to use the song as a simple bonus track. That was until the day when Anette recorded the song in such a way that the whole group was blown away by her performance. The idea of taking the song out from the album was immediately forgotten and, when the time came to choose the singles from the album, “Amaranth” had become an obvious choice to follow “Eva”.

While Your Lips Are Still Red :
While...As the only previously unreleased track on the single (if one does not consider demo and orchestral versions as unreleased tracks), "While Your Lips Are Still Red" is not really a song by Nightwish: this is most of all a musical theme, composed by Tuomas for the soundtrack of the movie “Lieksa!”, which is sang by Marco. This is a beautiful ballad with violins, which video was put exclusively and officially this time, on YouTube. One can see scenes with Tuomas and Marco, singing, and extracts from the movie. A nice and simple video that fits perfectly with the song.

Collection :

  • Finland 2007 - Spinefarm - 2CDS - has the same contents as the two CDS by Nuclear Blast - photo1
  • Finland 2007 - Spinefarm - PROMO 2CDS - has the same contents as the two CDS by Nuclear Blast - photo1 - photo2 - photo3
  • Finland 2007 - Spinefarm - DVD Single - photo1
  • UK 2007 - Spinefarm - 2CDS PROMO - reprend le contenu des deux CDS de Nuclear Blast - photo1 - photo2 - photo3
  • Europe 2007 - Nuclear Blast - CDS Promo Radio & Club - 1 track - photo1 - photo2
  • Europe 2007 - Nuclear Blast - CDS Promo Radio - 2 tracks with a previously unreleased radio edit- photo1 - photo2
  • Europe 2007 - Nuclear Blast - CDS - part 1 - photo1
  • Europe 2007 - Nuclear Blast - CDS - part 2 - photo1
  • Europe 2007 - Nuclear Blast - 2CDS Digisleeve -has the same contents as the two CDS - photo1
  • Europe 2007 - Nuclear Blast - CDS - 2 tracks version - photo1
  • Europe 2007 - Nuclear Blast - DVD Single - photo1
  • Europe 2007 - Nuclear Blast - MLP - 12" picture disc - photo1
  • Europe 2007 - Nuclear Blast - MLP - black 12" LP (Not a picture disc) - photo1
  • Abbreviation key :
    CD : compact disc
    LP : vinyl record (33-1/3 rpm)
    7" - 10" - 12" vinyl : 7, 10, 12 inches vinyl record
    MC : Cassette audio = audio tape
    2CD : Double CD
    MCD : Maxi-CD
    CDS : CD Single
    mini-CD : Single in an album-size box
    VD : Video-disc