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Extraordinary and not to be missed.

If you're a fan of female-fronted, operatic, symphonic metal and you pass on this album, you're not a fan after all. If you like Within Temptation, Epica, Lacuna Coil, Edenbridge, Leaves' Eyes, Theatre of Tragedy, After Forever and similar bands, this album is a "must have." Dark Chest of Wonders opens this album in bombastic style, a ripping symphonic metal blast that flings the listener into the realm of the imagination like a child opening the object of the title. A fantastic track well worth enjoying. Wish I Had An Angel is a driving metallic journey into the realm of lust that intertwines vocal Tarja Turunen's soaring voice with bassist Marko Hietala's gruff tones. It's hard to decide which of them is more menacing given the superb lyrics meted out to them by composer Holopainen. Nemo is a work of art. The lyrics which another less lettered reviewer felt made no sense actually tell the story of Jules Verne's famous fictional character, Captain Nemo. Combined with Turunen's emotional vocals the superbly timed blasts of metal punctuate the tortured emotional content making this one of the best tracks. Planet Hell is another surging metal piece preceded by chorals, symphony and a Native American beat in the opener that seems out of place until the next track; from there it launches into a speed metal track that pairs Hietala's rage and Turunen's soothing in a track that is a favorite of many fans. Creek Mary's Blood is a slower piece revolving around the story of the Trail of Tears. It features Native American beats, and a poem spoken in a Native American language. As much a work of art in its way as Nemo. The Siren is Marko Hietala's opportunity to shine, contributing his own surprisingly emotional and soaring vocals around Turunen's non-verbal atmospherics. A superb piece that closes six good tracks in a row. The seventh track, Dead Gardens, leads the album into the rough. It starts well, but ends in a drawn out thrashing of the bass, guitar and drums that just can't seem to figure out when to stop. Prior to that it's a nice rocking tune sung sweetly by Turunen. The drawn out end of Dead Gardens leads into Romanticide, the least of the album's tracks. Simply put, the song attempts too much in five minutes, seeming to sample every element of this bands varied styles and collapsing under the weight of it all. However, Ghost Love Score is a wonderful apology for the previous track, ten minutes of beautiful music and singing that could easily have been dropped into the soundtrack of any of the recent pirate films seamlessly. This powerful piece shows the obvious influence of Hans Zimmer on keyboardist/composer Tuomas Holopainen. A great piece of music worth buying this superb album to obtain. Kuolema Tekee Taitelijan is a rare opportunity to hear the band's native language, Suomi ("Finnish" to English speakers). A charming and exotic piece courtesy of the language selection and one of the more mellow tracks on the album. Higher Than Hope builds slowly to a broad choral ending that marches to a soaring conclusion. Powerful and a contrast to the following track. White Night Fantasy display an interesting contrast of vocal styles within Turunen's own range, a combination of a lilting, halt falsetto narative style with her usual soaring vocals. Underlying all is one of the lighter musical scores of the album into which Holopainen somehow worked an opportunity for guitarist Emppu Vourinen to play some Spanish guitar. The closer, Live To Tell The Tale opens with a surging anthemic mix of guitars and drums overlaid with a keyboard part that would not have been out of place in any number of '80s movies. This deceptive opener nonetheless catapults the song into classic Nightwish style with Turunen soaring along over the usual driving drums of Jukka Nevalainen. Nonetheless the keyboard riff peaks out periodically, making the piece interesting and unique. Don't miss this album.

Best Nightwish Album With Tarja As Vocalist.

I've had this album for a few years now, and I LOVE it. It's really great. The best by FAR with Tarja as vocalist. The only real way to describe Nightwish's style is this: think of a movie-soundtrack orchestra crossed with a Soprano opera singer and crunching guitars. And don't forget the amazing lyrics. This band is the most unique band I've ever heard. Best songs: Wish I Had An Angel, Nemo, Ghost Love Score, The Siren, Planet Hell, Romanticide, & Dark Chest of Wonders. In that order. All of Nightwish's songs are sung in Elglish, except for number 10 on this album. Anyone who likes, Epica, Evanescence, Lacuna Coil, Xandria, Delain, Sirenia, Tristania, Etc. will love this Band. Note: Tarja was fired from this band soon after this album was released, and Nightwish have now got a new vocalist, Anette Olzon, who in my opinion is a much better vocalist for this band, and their new album, Dark Passion Play, is the best Nightwish album EVER to be recorded, and will come out in late-Sept. NIGHTWISH FOR LIFE! =D

Absolutely Extraordinary -- Easily the Best Album I've Heard

Few bands have really achieved the dark, epic sound that Nightwish has created. Blending the best of metal, opera, pop, gothic, ambient, classical, and even some world music, this isn't an album -- it's an experience. It's something that really has to be heard to be believed. And it's about time iTunes let this album out to the downloading public! Usually an album with half as many good tracks as "Once" is worth buying, so honestly -- don't let this slip through your fingers. Buy it now and buy another copy for a friend. Moods of the songs: 1. Dark Chest of Wonders -- One of overcoming and empowerment. Best line: "All the burdens gone/open the chest once more!" 2. Wish I Had An Angel -- A dark, gothic rock song with an electronic undertone. The most mainstream and accessible of the tracks. Best line: "I'm in love with my lust/burning angel wings to dust!" 3. Nemo -- A song of desperation with a hint of hope. Best line: "Oh how I wish/for soothing rain" 4. Planet Hell -- Absolutely creepy, very menacing. My favorite track. Best line: "The first rock/thrown again/welcome to Hell, little saint!" 5. Creek Mary's Blood -- Sadness and failure. It's a song about the Trail of Tears. Best line -- final chorus: "Following/the trail of tears..." 6. The Siren -- Dark and ethreal. Best line: Ahh's in the chorus. 7. Dead Gardens -- Hopelessness with a hint of hope. Best line: "Tired/but unable to give up" and "All the orchids gone." 8. Romanticide -- Rebelliousness and breaking away. Best line: "Leave me be/and cease/to tell me how to feel/to grieve/to shield/myself from evil" 9. Ghost Love Score -- Epic, epic, epic. It has to be heard to be believed. In a league of its own. Best line: All of them. 10. I rarely listen to this track 11. Higher than Hope -- Giving up, but, again, that dash of hope involved that makes Nightwish songs great. Best line: "Red sun rising/curtain falling/higher than hope/my cure lies." 12. White Night Fantasy -- Comfort and overcoming. Best line: "Crestfallen soul/rest for this night." 13. I rarely listen to this track Standout tracks are "Dark Chest of Wonders," "Nemo," "Planet Hell," "Dead Gardens," "Romanticide," "Ghost Love Score," and "Higher Than Hope." The rest, however, are all great, too, with the exception of "Kuolema Tekee Teiteilijan," which I could never really get into. "Live to Tell the Tale" is just alright. The rest are masterpieces. Buy this if you know what's good for you! It's not really fair that songs this good should be sold for 99 cents each. :)


Formed: 1997 in Kitee, Finland

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Following in the footsteps of the Gathering and Lacuna Coil (goth-influenced "symphonic" metal bands with female vocalists), Nightwish were formed in Kitee, Finland, in 1997 by keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen. Initially attempting to create acoustic music, he recruited trained opera vocalist Tarja Turunen, but soon added full metal band instrumentation in the persons of guitarist Emppo Vuorinen, bassist Sami Vänskä, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen. Nightwish's demos landed them a contract with the Finnish...
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Once, Nightwish
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Oct 04, 2004

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