Oceanborn [VINYL] Import
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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.
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.
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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When I try to work out what my favourite Nightwish album I always struggle but this is right up there with them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark
The Finns have given us one truly great composer in Jean Sibelius, and here's a metal band that transcends the genre by the sheer force of their commitment to making music that has... Read morePublished 16 months ago by KaleHawkwood
Fabulous album, my favourite from Nightwish. All the classic Nightwish sounds, good crunchy guitars, strong bass, excellent strings, and of course Tarja's soaring voice. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer