The first Single of the seventh full-length album by the legendary Finnish Symphonic Power Metal band.
It was released on 9 November 2011, twenty days prior to the album, along with a music video. The song premiered on Radio Rock, a Finnish radio station at 9.00 GMT +2 on 7 November 2011, two days before its commercial release.
Composer and band leader Tuomas Holopainen has said of "Storytime" that it "is a single that pretty well represents the whole album", and that it give a better picture of the album than "Eva" and "Amaranth" did as the first two singles to the 2007 album "Dark Passion Play".
After a mere week, the band announced that the single was topping the Finnish single chart. On 18 November the lyrics to the song were released in a YouTube video and on the band's website.
The music video to "Storytime" features the radio version of the song, which is one and a half minute shorter than the album version. The video shows the band playing the song in the suits they wear in the "Imaginaerum" film, and with characters from the film briefly shown throughout the video. The video cuts between this movie-like scene and footage of the band dressing up, and behind-the-scene footage from the making of the film.
Nuclear Blast GmbH, 2011 (NB 2801-0). Made in Germany. First press.
1. Storytime (Radio Edit) 3:59
2. Storytime (Album Version) 5:28
3. Storytime (Instrumental Version) 5:28
Total playing time: 14:55
Despite being labeled as "album version", that version of "Storytime" is in fact different from the version presented on the "Imaginaerum" album. The version on the single has a more natural intro, while on the album there's a transition between the previous (intro)track and "Storytime".