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Very exploratory first steps,
This review is from: Angels Fall First (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 !