Just some shit on my mind and I have no idea where I'm going with this so it might come across as mindless ranting with no real direction.... I'd really love for Nightwish to strip it down next album. Kinda chill out with the orchestra stuff. The weird thing is that it's not even a complaint. I love Imaginaerum, it's a great album and one of my favorites. I'm also sure that Tuomas could top that if he wanted to. He writes music from the heart and yet always challenges himself while not letting money influence him so I always have trust in him when it comes to writing a great album. I just personaly, i guess selfishly want a stripped down version. Oceanborn, that album. Remember that album? That album is like getting a really good blow job while playing Castlevania during a crazy acid trip. There was no full blown orchestra in the background that was needed. Tuomas kicked that album in it's ass on keyboards and you know who else had a great showing? That blonde hair guitarist. What's his name? I forget, it's been so long since he stood out. Seriously, any regular session guitarist can come in and get the job done for Emppu and this point. It's to the point that the guitar riffs feel recycled, like you could swear you've heard them before. Whether this is Emppu being lazy or Tuomas not really needing it, I dont know. I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt to Emppu on this one though. The orchestra stuff is cool and it's well written and well done I just hope we can get an album where it's chilled out a little. Maybe only a few songs with a full orchestra. I know something like Oceanborn can't be created again without Tarja but I just want a stripped down version where the 4 guys in the band stand out. I want real guitar riffs and keyboards that mind fuck me. At the end of the day though, I'm not bitchin. I really do love Imaginaerum, it's one of my favorite albums ever from any band and I know that if Tuomas were to go with the full orchestra yet again, it'll be epic and well done. Hey, I'm just sayin.