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Oceanborn [Vinyl LP] [Import]

Nightwish Vinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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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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Product details

  • Vinyl (6 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Vertigo Berlin (Universal)
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,979 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting 16 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
I cannot praise Nightwish enough.They are beyond amazing.Lead vocalist Tarja will put you into a trance with her Haunting,soul piercing voice.Backed up with a symphony of Guitars,Keyboards,flutes,drums,etc...How gothic do you want it? Nightwish delivers you music that would bring the dead back to life.Music that makes every single hair on your body stand to attention.Not many bands around can do that.I am proud to have Nightwish as part of my music collection,and you would be to.I strongly recommend you buy any one of Nightwish's albums.You will not regret it. 10/10.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly accessible Symphonic metal 24 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was blown away the first time I heard this band, and now months later, after delving into the genre in a big way, I've yet to hear better. Nightwish are a Finnish 5-piece with standard rock line-up except they use an operatic soprano as lead vocalist. First released in 1998 this is exceptionally powerful and colourful music.

The soprano vocals may take a little getting used to (I've been raised on classic rock) but Tarja sounds absolutely wonderful on the big ballads (one of which is a great version of "Walking in the Air") On some of the more metal-type numbers I can't help wishing from time to time that Ronnie James Dio or Glenn Hughes was singing that material. In other words she has a beautiful big voice but I'm not always convinced it suits the music. Where she really scores is when she turns on the power when a song has a key change.

Tuomas the keyboard player writes all the material but somewhat surprisingly it is very guitar-oriented with great riffs that fairly leap out at you, and are driven along at quite fast tempos by their drummer Jukka. Drum sounds are excellent, the machine-gun bass drum is not overdone and the group are augmented from time to time by strings(orchestral accompaniment was to be enlarged in later releases especially "Once" and "Dark Passion Play")

The best tracks are "Stargazers", "Sleeping Sun" (Tarja's vocals doubled up are sublime), "Walking in the Air", "Sacrament of Wilderness", "Gethsemane" and Swanheart" (the first 4 are also on their "Best of"). The longer tracks are not quite as good as on later releases and some of their endings aren't as well thought out as their intros so I've docked a star from what is an exceptional album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I've always been a fan of Death/Black/Doom Metal, but no other band can compare to Nightwish. I've all their albums and can hardly wait for the next album Oceanborn and Wishmaster are the best albums of Nightwish. With the beautiful voice of Tarja, the female vocalist, excellent lyrics and carefully made songs, this is a band you just can't afford to miss.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would give 100 stars 27 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is Nightwish's best album and one of the best albums of all time. This is an EXTREMELY talented band who never fail to be original and fresh in their ideas. There isn't one song on Oceanborn that you feel you have to skip ~ you have to just start from the beginning and NOT even touch the skip buttons ~ if you hear all the songs together all the way through as a whole, you will appreciate their individual raw talent and origonality much more. For me I loved this album more and more every time I put it on ~ this is a must have!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent album! Great songs & arrangements, top notch musicianship and a crystal clear production. The much missed Tarja really pushes her operatic lungs to bursting point on this 1998 release - before adapting more standard 'power metal' vocals on later releases (and sadly losing the Scandinavian accent, so wonderfully present here!). Solid guitar and bass work adds bite with powerful drumming. And special mention of the sterling keyboard work which creates a majestic and symphonic atmosphere.
Highlight tracks:
Gethsemane, Devil And The Deep Dark Ocean, Riddler, Pharaoh Sails To Orion.
Also The cover of Walking In The Air is 100% Nightwish
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Now that Evanescence has made 'gothic' music not only acceptable, but openly desirable, again, perhaps the bands that influence the million-selling GothLite of Amy Lee and co will finally get the attention they deserve.
Musical heroes in their home country of Finland, and with a rapidly growing European and American fanbase, Nightwish are in a position to become a massive rock force in their own right and it's a position this band truly deserves after so many years releasing stunning albums of scope and diversity. Oceanborn is one of the earlier items in their back catalogue but the band have yet to come up with anything that can match it. Here the opera is grander, the metal heavier and the music just plain better than anything that came before or since.
Opening straight into the crunching 'Stargazers' with a power that turns your head, the album spirals up and down until the closing seconds of 'Sleeping Sun'. Tarja's voice is as beautiful as ever as it floats above the murky metal undertones (Sami and Jukka make up one of the tightest rhythm sections in the world) and Tuomas's melodies are constantly inventive, surprising you with sudden changes of pace and direction but never becoming confusing. Although many people may be put off by the sheer lack of raw emotion on display, they have no idea of what Nightwish is about. This is not a band who write weepy self-pitying emo ballads, this is a band who write soaring metal songs and nothing else will do.
Although on a large scale Nightwish change their style little (each song follows the same ethereal vocals-synthesised orchestral arrangements-heavy metal guitars and rhythm pattern) within the confines of their chosen style the inventiveness on display is incredible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Iain Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars music for good dreams
The combination of a beautiful and high female voice and enchanting music never fails.
Highly recommended, makes you eager to collect all albums of this group.
Published 4 months ago by ruud meijer
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
A superb album. Constantly on in car. The quality of music from this band is sublime and this album is no exception.
Published 4 months ago by Nigel Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Night wish never let you down
I always enjoy night wish's varied music, this is magic to my ears. My collection is growing and I hope to see them live again some time.
Published 11 months ago by Mr King
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Nightwish!
A real must for all Nightwish fans -cannot be disappointed with this fine purchase. Had to wait for import from either USA or Hong Kong but so worth the wait
Published 16 months ago by The Rum Pirate
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing !!!!!!
I dont know how they keep making these amazing tunes, but Nightwish has restored my faith in powerful music. Read more
Published 17 months ago by AshTheGreat
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Best album of nightwish discography. Heavy metal 1st quality. And vinyl artwork is very beautiful. I recommend to lovers of heavy metal.
Published 18 months ago by Jair Elias Amim Jśnior
5.0 out of 5 stars The sound that defined Nightwish
"Oceanborn", Nightwish's second album, takes a dramatic turn from the accoustic folklore of their debut, "Angels Fall First". Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars sheer bliss
I listen to a lot of metal; mostly death metal and melodic death metal... ... for people who don't know what that is, well is doesn't really matter. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightwish-Oceanborn
What a brilliantly composed album! The drumming is outstanding. The Lyrics also powerful and the group work well together. Definately Nightwish's finest piece of work. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by Turton
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