Amaranth (song)

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"Amaranth"
Single by Nightwish
from the album Dark Passion Play
Released August 22, 2007 (Spinefarm Records)
August 24, 2007 (Nuclear Blast Records)
Format single
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre Symphonic metal
Label Spinefarm Records
Nuclear Blast
Writer(s) Tuomas Holopainen
Nightwish singles chronology
"Eva"
(2007)
"Amaranth"
(2007)
"Erämaan Viimeinen"
(2007)

"Amaranth" is the second single from Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish's Dark Passion Play album, and also the second single with the former frontwoman Anette Olzon. The official debut date was August 22, but it leaked onto the internet before the official release, though the exact date it leaked is unknown.[1]

The title song features all the band members, but the single contains a bonus track called "While Your Lips Are Still Red", on which Anette and the guitarist Emppu Vuorinen don't play, and this song is also featured on the Finnish film "Lieksa!", released on September 2007. The official video for Amaranth was released on June 15, and has more than 60 million views so far.[1]

On August 24, 2007, the Nightwish's official website reported that "Amaranth" had already achieved gold status in their native Finland two days after its release, meaning sales of over 5000 copies, and on August 29 it was announced that the single had topped the Finnish Singles Chart.[2] On September 6, the official site also announced that Amaranth had reached the top of the charts in Hungary[3] and Spain too.[4]

Reach[edit]

Reach was the original title for Amaranth when Nightwish began recording the demos for 'Dark Passion Play'. After they had chosen their new female singer in February 2007, the lead vocals of the song was changed from Marco Hietala to Anette Olzon and the lyrics of the chorus and parts of the music was changed, becoming "Amaranth". "Reach" was later included as the second track on the "Amaranth" CD single.

Music video[edit]

"The Wounded Angel", by Hugo Simberg, inspired the story for Amaranth video.

The video for the song is the first from the Dark Passion Play album, succeeded by another, Bye Bye Beautiful; both were directed by Antti Jokinen, and shot in Los Angeles, USA, in spring 2007 and cost more than 270,000€. In June 2007, Anette Olzon said that the video, which was released together with the single, is based on a Finnish painting called "The Wounded Angel",[5][original research?] which was painted in the turn of the 20th century by Hugo Simberg[6] and voted Finnish national painting in 2006.[citation needed]

The video alternates between the band playing underground and scenes of a story of two boys who find a fallen angel. It begins with the two boys playing by a stream, having a good time, but when one of the boys looks up from his toy boat, he sees an angel lying on the other side, unconscious and bleeding from her eyes. The boy points out the angel to his friend, and they run to her aid. Subsequently, they are seen carrying the now blindfolded angel on a makeshift stretcher. They travel to a nearby village in order to treat her. Residents of the village are confused and some look upon her with contempt, possibly seeing her not as an angel, but as an object of evil. This may be a reference to Lucifer, who fell from Heaven during the great battle. Because of Lucifer's treachery, a fallen angel is often viewed as evil.[5]

The boys reach a hut and set the angel down on a bed. One of them touches the angel's wings, and she regains consciousness. The boy tilts her chin up, and a drop of blood falls from her eyes into his open hand, which closes. A mob of men, made up of some of the villagers who saw the boys bring in the angel before, barge into the house and drag the two boys out, away from the angel. A man outside sets the house on fire with a torch. The mob outside rejoice as the house burns down, but the angel escapes back to Heaven.[5]

Track listing[edit]

The first version of the single is presented by Spinefarm Records on August 22, 2007. The track listing was revealed on the website of Nightwish's official fanshop on June 21, as the pre-sales began.

Version 1[7]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Amaranth"   Tuomas Holopainen 3:57
2. "Reach" ("Amaranth" Demo Version, sung by Marco Hietala) Holopainen 3:57
3. "Eva" (Orchestral Version) Holopainen 4:28
4. "While Your Lips Are Still Red" (sung by Hietala) Holopainen & Hietala 4:22
Version 2[7]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Amaranth"   Tuomas Holopainen 3:57
2. "Amaranth" (Orchestral Version) Holopainen 3:51
3. "Eva" (Demo Version, sung by Marco Hietala) Holopainen 4:18

Charts performance[edit]

"Amaranth" is Nightwish's most successful single reaching number 1 in Spain,[4] Hungary, and Finland.[2] It went straight to number one in Finland and stayed at number 1 for 3 weeks, dropping to number 2 in its fourth week on the chart. "Amaranth" then returned to the top spot the following week and remained there for a further 6 weeks.[2] In total it spent 21 weeks inside the Finnish Top 40.[2] In the UK it charted at #120 on the mainstream chart but topped the Rock Singles Chart for 5 weeks.

Chart
(2008/09)
Peak
position
Austrian Top 40 Singles[8] 30
Australian Singles Chart[9] 38
Danish Singles Chart[10] 4
Dutch Singles Chart[11] 47
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles[12] 25
Finnish Singles Chart[2] 1
French Singles Chart[13] 62
German Singles Chart[14] 15
Greek Singles Chart[15] 4
Italian Singles Chart[16] 10
Hungarian Singles Chart[3] 1
Spanish Top 50 Singles[4] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[17] 13
Swiss Top 100 Singles[18] 14
UK Indie Chart[19] 5
UK Rock Chart[19] 1
UK Singles Chart[19] 120

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
Finland Platinum[20]

In popular culture[edit]

"Amaranth" was made available for download on August 14, 2012 to play in Rock Band 3 Basic and PRO mode utilizing real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NIGHTWISH - Amaranth (2007)". Komodo Island. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Extended Search: Amaranth". Allmusic. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Archive: Nightwish". Mahasz. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "Extended Search: Amaranth". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  5. ^ a b c Nightwish.com – Nightmail[dead link]
  6. ^ TuomasHolopainen.net - News[dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Amaranth". NWshop.com. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  8. ^ "Extended Search: Amaranth". Allmusic. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  9. ^ "Extended Search- Nightwish". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  10. ^ "Nightwish". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  11. ^ "Extended Search: Amaranth". Allmusic. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  12. ^ "Dark Passion Play- Nightwish". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on 17 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  13. ^ "Extended Search: Amaranth". Allmusic. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  14. ^ "Charts- Nightwish/Single". PhonoNet. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  15. ^ "Extended Search: Nightwish". Allmusic. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  16. ^ "Extended Search: Amaranth". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  17. ^ "Extended Search: Amaranth". Allmusic. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  18. ^ "Extended Search: Nightwish". Allmusic. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  19. ^ a b c "NIGHTWISH: More 'Amaranth' First-Week Chart Positions Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-09-14. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  20. ^ "IFPI Tilastot: Nightwish". Ifpi.fi. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 

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