Soundtrack Month: “Imaginaerum” (Tuomas Holopainen)

A score for a small-budget movie you’re sure to have missed unless you follow Nightwish, frontman Tuomas Holopainen finally got a chance to flex the full strength of his orchestral muscles with this project. Nightwish has long been known for broad, sweeping sounds and epic flavors (I can count the metal bands I listen to on one hand, Nightwish being one of them), but Imaginaerum takes it up a notch. There’s plenty of gloomy, spooky texture here, perfect for dealing with death scenes or battles in your various writing adventures.