Nightwish have announced that they are to release a new single in the early part of next year.
“Elan” will be released on the 13th of February via Nuclear Blast and will be the band’s first song with new vocalist Floor Jansen and now full-time member Troy Donockley.
Speaking about the track, Nightwish man Tuomas Holopainen said the song was inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman:
“Elan is a wonderful teaser for the full-length album, giving out a little taste, but revealing very little of the actual journey of grandeur to come,” he says.
“The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us. It’s important to surrender yourself to the occasional ‘free fall’ and not to fear the path less travelled by.
“‘Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave. To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.’ This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt was the starting point for writing Elan.”
“Elan” is set to appear on Nightwish’s new album, expected to be released next year.
The tracklist for the “Elan” single is:
01. “Elan” (album version)
02. “Elan” (radio edit)
03. “Elan” (alternate version)
04. “Sagan” (non-album bonus track)