Nightwish – Once (2004) – Review

Last updated on 12 January 2021

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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

Last updated on 12 January 2021

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Hey, fans and friends. This is an amazing record! I absolutely love it.

I am not sure if this was the first record I ever listened to from Nightwish. But Dark Passion Play definitely beats everything out of the sky that the band produced so far.1)

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 who makes the difference. But here Anette [...] Click to raid more!