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Floor Jansen - vocals
Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards
Marco Hietala - bass & vocals
Emppu Vuorinen - guitars
Jukka Nevalainen - drums
Troy Donockley - Pipes, flutes & whistles

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  • Audio CD (6 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition
  • Label: Spinefarm
  • ASIN: B0001K63IM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Martin Bigg on 26 Jan 2005
Format: Audio CD
Once upon a time in 1997, a Finnish group called 'Nightwish' emerged into the industry and were a gem that stood out amongst the piles upon of piles of useless rubbish. However, although this was the first album I listened to, it is undeniable that this album lacks the greatness of their later releases.
The element that stood out for Nightwish was of course their female vocals, performed by Tarja Turunen. But what could possibly be so unique about this? Well, although it is hard to believe, her lyrics are sung in an interesting opera style, and although I will be the first to admit that I cringe at the thought of most opera music, this somehow works. It's hard to really describe how it works, but it just does, resulting in a unique and wonderful style that only Nightwish can portray.
However, this being their debut album, things are not up to the standard they are in the present. This is still a good album, but lacks that power and epicness that plagues the majority of their releases.
In fact, every album Nightwish has produced so far has been unique to each other, all of them have a particular style about them - but Angels Fall First might as well be classified as a different genre. It is probably well known, but the majority of people would classify Nightwish as 'power metal' - you know all those fancy keyboards and effects in addition to guitar. Well this appears rather sparsely in Angels Fall First, and instead heavily relies on Tarja's vocals and the consistently strong guitars. And in my humble opinion, I think that the guitars sound best in the earlier albums, above the heavier and somewhat non-melodic guitars found in the most recent albums. Basically then, Angels Fall First is more of an honest to God Metal album, with a hint of Power Metal coupled with female vocals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tjs498 on 28 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that started it all, the understated arrival of Tarja et al. Whilst not as polished or heavy as some of their later offerings it is still a very listenable to album and is undeniably Nightwish, especially on stand out tracks such as `Tutankhamen' and `Astral Romance'.

If you are familiar with Nightwish, then you will certainly want to own this one, it is a different style to their later offerings, especially post-Marco. If you are new to Nightwish then you would be better off going for one of their later albums such as `Highest Hopes' (their greatest hits) or `Once'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
My first reaction to this CD was "am I listening to pretentious rubbish", but in fact Nightwish manage to carry it off pretty well. The writing here is excellant, and the songs are well structured, with some real emotion in those operatic vocals.
So, why only 3 stars? Because the writer and keyboard player (sorry, forgot his name) insists on singing! Fact is he simply can't do it - he'd be concidered a very poor rock singer at the best of times, but compared so directly to those fantastic vocals from the femail lead singer he is just plain embarrasing. Thus the songs without his voice warrant 5 stars, while those with get a big fat zero = average score 3!!!
I'm off to listen to samples from their other albums to see if any of those lose his noise. If they do they will be great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan 2005
Format: Audio CD
Nightwish are one of those bands you can never get bored of. Angels Fall First is a mind blowing album, especially the songs Beauty And The Beast and Know Why The Nightingale Sings.
I strongly suggest you buy it. Tarja's voice sounds quite different on this CD since her oparetic talents were limited then, but in a way it sounds even more beautiful. The instruments are perfect and in my opinion, this is as good as you get with Nightwish. You will fall in love with it, I assure you. This is one CD you will never regret buying!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fergal Woods on 30 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
"Angels Fall First" is the debut album by the current trend-setters in Symphonic Metal, Nightwish. It is nowhere near the standard of the rest of their output and is best left to the totally committed fan. The disc tends to highlight the weaker aspects of the band - Tarja's poor English and questionable handling of rock material, self conscious and sometimes silly lyrics, and songs that try to be too clever. Their excellent bassist, Marco, with the amazing vocals hadn't yet joined and keyboard sounds are not as attractive or effective as on subsequent releases.

"Elvenpath" is a strong number and is the only one that made it to their best of compilation (for good reason!) Nothing else stands out, though a few of the other tracks have their moments. "Beauty and the Beast" was to be rerecorded on a later album but none of the other tracks ever went on to become staples of their live gigs. Nightwish have such a great back catalog (all remastered and with bonus tracks) that you can well afford to give this rather lame effort a miss !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Twitch on 10 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
Nightwish are a band that was formed in the year of 1996 whilst Tuomas was sitting around a camp fire with his friends. At the time the band consisted of Tuomas, Emppu and Tarja. At the time they were supposed to be an acoustic band but because of Tarja's strong voice this idea had to be altered and metal elements were brought in to create music that would not be over powered by her strong operatic voice. Tuomas at the time said it sounded weird and the music couldn't exist in the acoustic form. Because of these needed changes and the metal elements that needed to be added Nightwish needed a drummer, this is when Jukka joined the band and the acoustic guitars were mainly changed to electric. It is also worth noting that at this point the band didn't have a bassist therefore guitarist Emppu played all the Bass parts. `Thank god' these changes were made otherwise the Nightwish of today may not exist and that would deprive the world of some of the greatest music ever written.

At this early point of their career they were obviously not as powerful as they are now and as a result it would be unfair to compare the music directly to what they are producing now because it simply isn't in the same league. This is the first album of a band with huge potential who are all new to the music business and with no experience of the recording process and other such things their first album I think is a very good attempt and is overall a good debut. Therefore the ratings below are for the songs as individual songs on this album, with no comparisons between stuff later in their careers (otherwise most of these songs would only be worthy of about 4 or 5.

1) Elvenpath- This is quite possibly the first Nightwish song you heard as it is the 1st track on their 1st album.
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