Nightwish – Once (2004) – Review

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Yes, 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.

Because 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 … [...] Click to raid more!

Nightwish – Dark Passion Play (2007) – Review

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Guys, 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.

And I am 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 frontwoman but here it needs to be noted that Anette Olzon really delivers on Dark Passion Play. And [...] Click to raid more!

Nightwish – Imaginaerum (2011) – Review

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Following the outstanding Dark Passion Play, Nightwish created their 7th studio album Imaginaerum. And vary we were, believe it or not. 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 reinterpretations of tracks on this current album, plus some new stuff. The tracks Slow, Love, Slow, [...] Click to raid more!

Anette Olzon – Shine (2014) – Review

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I always find it interesting how these fabled, tough and usually black-haired front chicks of Gothic and Symphonic 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 [...] Click to raid more!