CD review NIGHTWISH ‘Decades: Live In Buenos Aires’

‚Decades‘ was released in 2018 and is a comprehensive summary of Nightwish anthems taken from two decades. What followed next was a world tour with 82 shows in Europe, South America and North America. One of these concerts took place in Buenos Aires on September 30th, being the base for this live release from the highly successful Symphonic Metal powerhouse. 

On a day with light rain the Finns played a 21 songs comprising setlist, covering the entire musical history of the band. ‚Angels Fall First‘, the debut is represented by ‚The Carpenter‘ and ‚Elvenpath‘, while ‚Endless Forms Most Beautiful‘ shows the current era of Nightwish. A special moment is ‚Elvenjig‘, performed in a traditional version and it’s smashers like ‚Wish I Had an Angel‘ and ‚Nemo‘ being undoubtable highlights. If you want to get an idea about the vibe at Estadio Malvinas stadium you can check out the end of ‘Come Cover Me’ when Floor Jansen pushes the South American passion to the maximum.

The Grade Finale of the concert is the 17 minutes version of ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, with all three chapters, and the not much shorter eops ‘Ghost Love Score’.

When it comes to sound and production the album finds the sweet-spot of authenticity and power. Listening to this lively album is a treat for your ears. Since I only can refer to the CD version I can only assume that the DVD-/BluRay format is even more exciting, knowing that the show was captured by 19 cameras. All in all we can conclude that you can’t get much more Nightwish than what this album brings to the table.


  1. Swanheart
  2. End Of All Hope
  3. Wish I Had An Angel
  4. 10th Man Down
  5. Come Cover Me
  6. Gethsemane
  7. Élan
  8. Sacrament Of Wilderness
  9. Deep Silent Complete
  10. Dead Boy’s Poem
  11. Elvenjig
  12. Elvenpath
  13. I Want My Tears Back
  14. Amaranth
  15. The Carpenter
  16. The Kinslayer
  17. Devil & The Deep DarkOcean
  18. Nemo
  19. Slaying The Dreamer
  20. The Greatest Show OnEarth
  21. Ghost Love Score

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Release Date EU: December 6th, 2019



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