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Nightwish Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 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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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00005A0N5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,469,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous and Fantastic in equal measures 7 April 2008
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This album stands as perhaps the first real classic in the increasingly crowded genre of symphonic metal and in some ways has never been equalled. In some ways this is just as well - very few bands could hope to pull it off.
The idea of trying to combine hard rock and classical music is certainly nothing new (Deep Purple's Symphony for Group and Orchestra came nearly thirty years before this release), and most major bands employ arrangers to add strings etc to their music, but by using a classicly trained opera singer and building the music around the dramatic and theatrical, Nightwish succeed in raising their music to a whole new level. The effect of operatic vocals over heavy metal is breathtaking - and a fairly logical combination if you think about it - and gives you the feeling that you are listening to something huge and special.
You would expect that by combining relatively specialist genres (with completely seperate fanbases) this would not be an accessible album, but Oceanborn is full of great melodic hooks from the guitars in 'Gethsemane' to the operatic bit at the end of 'Passion and the Opera' to the keyboards in 'Moondance', and somehow this album manages to be catchy. Tarja never appears to struggle with the demands of music, and utterly outclasses nearly every other metal singer out there, showing great control in the classical cover 'Walking in the air' and impressive power and range throughout.
The album is certinaly fantastic and unlke anything before, and in some ways unlike anything since. But it times it is downright ridiculous - simply reading the tracklist suggests some serious biblical and operatic pretensions, and these are more than borne out through the lyrics and the music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would give 100 stars 27 Nov 2005
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by mark ashton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
as described quick delivery
Published 3 months 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 7 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 7 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 13 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 18 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 19 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 20 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
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