Nightwish – Once (2004) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nightwish - Once - Album CoverYes, it is! The 2004 release Once of Finnish metallers Nightwish really is … typical Nightwish fare after all. But with a real hard-edge Heavy Metal twist that I have not seen displayed yet by this band; before and after this record. ‘Cause the ones that came before – for instance Oceanborn and to a lesser extent Century Child – ended up being some sort of a uniform amalgam of stuff. Power Metal and Gothic Metal – yes to an extent – but nothing really knocking the socks off my feet. And the albums following this here release are of a different style in a sense.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2015) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful - Album CoverIt is indeed and undeniably ‘Nightwish‘ as we know it. My fears that this time we would be faced with something entirely different did not materialize. But this very same and familiar style is presented with an added edge to boot. And it is not more metal. It is darker, more direct, a tad louder than before. There is a distinct or – shall we say – pretty heavy use of symphonic and folk elements that is another hallmark of their 8th full length studio album ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful‘. So, undeniably ‘Nightwish‘, but refreshingly different from their last record ‘Imaginaerum.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Nightwish – Dark Passion Play (2007) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nightwish - Dark Passion Play - Album CoverGuys, this is an amazing record! I absolutely love it. Not sure if this was the first one I ever listened to from Nightwish, but ‘Dark Passion Play’ definitely beats everything out of the sky that the band produced so far. Very sorry, you Tarja fans, her records just ain’t that good. But only just, I admit, judging by her performance on her last and final album Once. It is of course not only the front woman, but here it needs to be noted that Anette Olzon really delivers on Dark Passion Play.

In addition, one can really feel the passion and energy behind the making of the album – goes with the name, doesn’t it – or the feeling of liberation, how Tuomas explained it. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Nightwish – Imaginaerum (2011) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nightwish - Imaginaerum - Album CoverKind of seamlessly (in style, not in time) following Dark Passion Play, Nightwish created this 7th studio album ‘Imaginaerum’ with the idea to have it accompany a film that should have been created in tandem. This, however, did not quite work out that way it seems, but never mind.

The music is fast, rocky and very well structured  – Symphonic Metal at its best. As usual, equally great lyrics and good story play, perfectly created by Tuomas Holopainen.

Anette Olzon – at that time lead singer of the band – always finishes to astound me with her very good capabilities as a vocalist. It looks like she fell from grace with Tuomas (for reasons undefined…) and the band shortly after they started touring and got chucked out rather unceremoniously.Got hooked? Raid this some more...