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  • Vinyl (16 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Drakkar C212
  • ASIN: B003V99WYC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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First listen - what is this Iron Maiden sound doing next to this weird nordic operatic voice? What is walking in the air doing as a rock anthem? Why am I giggling sometimes but starting to tap my toes and lightly head bang! WHY?????

Second listen - a band so obviously influenced by the likes of Sabbath and Maiden - but incredibly as a huge fan of theirs I have to put my hand up - by the end of the 2nd listen I was loving it and thinking this is a great Finnish band who take that kind of sound somewhere a bit different, a bit weirder, and all in their own way.

Third listen (the next day) - had to put it on on my commute - needed to hear it - played Wishmaster (other album) straight after. Noticing some of the more immense riffs now - Passion and the Opera - oh my gosh - just have a listen and try not nodding to that - very hard.

To summise - I have listened 3 albums of Nightwish in one week and scrolled through the rest lightly - Oceanborn is a masterpiece and I NEVER thought Id see heavy metal being treated this way - but Im so pleased and thankful as a huge metal fan that some one has.

Maiden and Sabbath have that innate Britishness in their music which gives it that revealing element of cheesyness - heavyness - political angle - brilliant riffing and song structure/ writing. Nightwish take that and bring their own identity and originality and approach and move heavy metal forwards brilliantly too. This album is a brilliant treat and very addictive listening as all great metal albums are.....

I cant believe I missed it by nearly 10 years since it came out. Gobsmacked. Truely gobsmacked.
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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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Oceanborn still marks the pinnacle of what Nightwish are capable of. That is, hard, heavy, slightly proggy, and insanely catchy symphonic pop-metal. Quite a mouthful I know, but this is a band that have two major facets that set them apart from the rest. Firstly, they know (like all successfull rock bands of the past) that great rock is just as much about catchy melodies as it is about heavy riffs and a striking image.
Secondly, they have Tarja Turunnen. Either this was a girl who took the wrong turning at the musical careers office or singing at the Royal Opera House really was not for her. A truly remarkable voice that turns the already good into the utterly magnificent.
On Oceanborn, we have a band all to aware of what they can do and well prepared to carry it off. An utter blast.
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