Scrooge McDuck Getting the Metal Treatment
The keyboard player and founder of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish is taking a break from the band to work on his solo project, an entire album inspired by the life and times of Scrooge McDuck. I didn't think the guy was that complex but Tuomas Holopainen begs to differ,
"It all started with a story called Last Sled To Dawson, which was published in a Finnish Donald Duck magazine in the late ’80s. It instantly became one of my favorite Scrooge/Donald stories and also introduced Mr Don Rosa to my Disney universe. This story is not part of the actual 'Life And Times' opus, though, but ‘a companion story,’ set in between the chapters #8 and #9. Then when the massive 12-chapter piece was released in mid-’90s, I was completely and utterly hooked."
So what can listeners expect from an album that's all about the richest duck in the world,
"With Scrooge, there was also a much deeper level hidden between the stories and the gags. This is a book about life itself. What an unfathomable privilege it is, what are the things that truly matter during our existence. It’s about the immense beauty of the world and its possibilities seen through the eyes of a very relentless, honest and complex character. It’s about love and family, gain and loss, darkness and rebirth."
Sounds pretty deep. Holopainen recently sat down for an interview with Metal Hammer and revealed the details of the upcoming album. No firm release date has been set other than early 2014 but the Nightwish keyboardist says that he won't begin work on it until the band's Australian tour is over at the end of February. This will be the first solo release for Holopainen and also the first time Scrooge McDuck will be immortalized in the annals of symphonic metal. I just hope he covers the Duck Tales theme song.
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