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A Dark Chest of Wonders Awaits...,
This review is from: Once (Audio CD)
A world apart from the appalling nu-metal tendencies of Evanescence, 'Once' is Nightwish's 5th full length studio album. In my opinion the Finnish posse have outdone themselves on this one! Unlike their other albums, which could take a while to get used to, Once is far more accessible.
Opening with the extremely catchy 'Dark Chest of Wonders' the album goes from strength to strength. One thing that is noticeable is that Tarja's amazing operatic voice has been toned down slightly so that it no longer dominates the music. In fact, this change, combined with the grander feel of the tracks makes Nightwish sound even more amazing. 'Wish I Had An Angel' is the first song on the album to combine Tarja's operatic vocals with bassist Marco Hietala's deep growls...and it sounds awesome! 'Nemo' is a slower song but very catchy. Follwing this is the stomping 'Planet Hell', that includes some of the most over-the-top vocals on the album! 'Creek Mary's Blood' is one of this album's highlights, with a poignant message about the fate of the North American Indian. The next 3 songs are good but the album really picks up wth 'Ghost Love Score' which is, without doubt, one of the best songs Nightwish have ever done. The slow Finnish language 'Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan' follows before the album ends on a high note with 'Higher Than Hope'.
Nightwish took some stick from certain 'fans' who called them sellouts when this album was released. These people need to listen to this album again. Nightwish have stuck to their roots but refined their sound to create a more accessible album that fans of melodic metal will absolutely adore. It's criminal that such overrated bands like Evanescence are so popular in this country when truly talented groups like Nightwish go unnoticed. Just take a look at the continental metal scene and you'll see that Nightwish are huge. If you like Nightwish then you may also like After Forever and other Finish power metal bands such as Sonata Arctica.