Steve Harris Nightwish Dark Passion Play

In a new interview with Loudersound, IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris talked about NIGHTWISH‘s sixth studio album, 2007’s Dark Passion Play. It is the band’s first album with vocalist Anette Olzon, who replaced original singer, Tarja Turunen.

“When I heard Dark Passion Play, I couldn’t believe it,” Harris said. “I thought, ‘Now, this is a proper f*cking album.’ It’s got everything bar the kitchen sink in there. It was controversial because of the new singer [Anette Olzon], but she was brilliant. No disrespect to [original NIGHTWISH singer] Tarja, but Anette’s voice suited them a lot better. There’s heavy stuff, classical, even a bit of Disney — all kinds of sh*t in there. I think it’s one of the best-sounding albums I’ve ever heard in my life.

“Then I got the next one, [2011’s] Imaginaerum“Storytime” is a fantastic, instant song. The rest of the album took me a while to get into. Dark Passion Play was so good, I thought there was no way they could ever come up with an album that’s anywhere near that, but the more I got into Imaginaerum, the more I loved it.”

NIGHTWISH‘s latest album, Human. :II: Nature., was released in August 2020 through Nuclear Blast.