The Islander

The Islander

Summary
At the end of 2007 Tuomas had already announced in an interview that a single would be released after « Bye Bye Beautiful » and that a video would be shot for it.
Many fans wondered what song had been chosen for that new single but they had to wait until March 2008 to have an answer: “The Islander” would be the last (or so it seems) extract from the album “Dark Passion Play”. For your information, this song was the one that Tuomas would have released as the first single if they hadn’t changed their singer.

Release dates :
- May 21st 2008 in Finland (Spinefarm)
- May 30th 2008 in the rest of Europe (Nuclear Blast)

Composed by Marco Hietala.
Lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen.

Tracks on the various versions :
- The Islander (edit)
- The Islander (full-length version)
- The Islander – video clip (edit)
- The Islander – video clip (full-length version)
- The Islander – Making Of (documentary)
- Escapist (instrumental version)
- Meadows of Heaven (orchestral version)

 

Details...

"The Islander" is the second single from Dark Passion Play to be released both by Spinefarm and Nuclear Blast. The latter even offers the winning trio: CDs, DVDS and MLP. Yet, this time, the DVDS is only available in a digipack CDS+DVD version!

The Islander

CD Single + DVD (Spinefarm) :
CDS :
01.The Islander (edit)
02.The Islander (full-length version)
03.Escapist (instrumental version)
04.Meadows of Heaven (orchestral version)
DVD :
01.The Islander VIDEO (edit)
02.The Islander VIDEO (full-length version)
03.The making of the Islander - documentary


The Islander

CD Single (Nuclear Blast) :
01. The Islander (edit)
02. The Islander (full-length version)
03. Escapist (instrumental version)
04. Meadows Of Heaven (orchestral version)

The Islander

CDS+DVD Limited Edition (Nuclear Blast) :
CDS :

01. The Islander (edit)
02. The Islander (full-length version)
03. Escapist (instrumental version)
04. Meadows of Heaven (orchestral version)
DVD :
01. The Islander – video clip (edit)
02. The Islander – video clip (full-length version)
03. Making Of “The Islander“ – documentary

 

The Islander

MLP (Nuclear Blast) :
Face A: 1. The Islander (edit)
           2. The Islander (full-length version)
Face B: 1. Escapist (instrumental)
           2. Meadows Of Heaven (orchestral version)


 

The Islander

Nightwish

Nightwish

 

More infos !

"The Islander" history :
The fans waited for months before discovering the name of the 5th (already!) extract from the album "Dark Passion Play". Indeed, Nightwish likes it more and more to surround their cds with mystery and they give information about their release as late as possible. "Erämaan Viimeinen"’s release, for instance, was announced two weeks before it came out in Finland! For “The Islander”, Tuomas came up with the first news in the last trimester of 2007 when he announced that they had been contacted by the town of Rovaniemi in Finland (or more precisely in Lapland) to shoot a video in the beautiful and typical landscape of the area. Tuomas refused to say what song had been chosen but we knew that the video would be directed by Stobe Harju and that Troy Donockley, one of the gifted guests on "Dark Passion Play", would appear in the video. Since Troy played on several songs on the album, the doubt remained.
Lately, a new series of promo pictures showed Anette with a blue flame in her hand and fans thought that the song could therefore be "7 Days to The Wolves" ("Light The Fire, Feast!"). However, in March 2008, the name of the single was revealed - it will be "The Islander". This song is not really typical for Nightwish and it offers a nice performance by Marco who composed the song.

Five singles already ?
If one look at the discography for "Dark Passion Play", "The Islander" appears as the fifth single from the album. Gossip might say that it is way too many for a metal album, and that the band only is interested in commercial purpose. It is yet be a simplistic way to think. First, let us remind you that the number of singles is essentially chosen by record companies and not by the band. As Tuomas said, if he was the only one to decide, there would not be any single (apart from "The Poet And The Pendulum" that Tuomas would have liked to release) because he does not like to put more light on one song than another.
Besides, it is important to say that Nightwish has several record companies, in Europe only:
- Spinefarm, that deals with Nightwish’s releases in Finland.
- Spinefarm UK, for United Kingdom.
- Nuclear Blast for the rest of Europe.
Each of these record companies can choose their own singles! Therefore, when one look closer at the singles from "Dark Passion Play", one realize that "The Islander" only is the third single for Nuclear Blast! To sum up, we have:
- Eva: promo single only, no release in shops.
- Amaranth: single for both record companies.
- Erämaan Viimeinen: single in Finland only.
- Bye Bye Beautiful: single in the rest of Europe only.
- The Islander: single for both record companies.

The Islander, live :
For the first time, Nightwish plays an acoustic song during their show! This song is "The Islander", obviously! Marco sings the song sitting on a stool, with an acoustic guitar, accompanied by Emppu and Tuomas. Jukka takes advantage of that moment to rest and Anette joins the band halfway through the song to sing some background vocals (even though, she recently did not show up at all in order to rest too, probably). For your information, Anette appeared on stage several times with a crown for this song (“Princess in the tower...”). Lastly, Tuomas plays the theme from "The Piano" several times during this song.

Collection

  • Finland 2008 - Spinefarm - CDS - photo1
  • Europe 2008 - Nuclear Blast - CDS+DVDS Limited Edition - photo1
  • Europe 2008 - Nuclear Blast - MLP Picture LP - 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