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 – Imaginaerum (2011) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nightwish - Imaginaerum - Album CoverFollowing the outstanding Dark Passion Play, Nightwish created this 7th studio album Imaginaerum. And vary we were. Because after such great results, one is never sure how to top the last edition of a band’s delights.

Now, to start, the band – together with director Stobe Harju (The Islander) – decided to accompany the album with a film created in tandem. The movie finally saw its light of day in 2012 and features re-interpretations of tracks on this current album, plus some new stuff. The tracks Slow, Love, Slow, an instrumental of I Want My Tears Back and Scaretale are directly played on the film.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Anette Olzon – Shine (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Anette Olzon - Shine - Album CoverI always find it interesting how these fabled, tough and usually black haired front chicks of Gothic Metal outfits embark on a solo career. And suddenly the style is totally different. Just check the stuff out Anneke van Giersbergen did after her departure from The Gathering. And it is not only the hair color that changes.

So, after her somewhat unconventional and forced departure from Nighwish – to say the least – Anette Olzon was looking for a new calling and identity in music for a considerable amount of time. Evil tongues were of course predicting a fall so deep that there would be no return possible.Got hooked? Raid this some more...