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!

Within Temptation – Hydra (2014) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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Well, who would have thought that! From great beginnings, starting with Enter right up to The Heart of Everything, we have seen superb work from Within Temptation. Yet, somehow their performance started to decline with The Unforgiving. And unfortunately their 2014 record Hydra did not stop this decline.

Their tune is not necessarily bad, but nothing that really rocked me out of my chair. It is as if they descended into the mean mainstream, where the ratings dwell. Couple this with a glittery on-stage performance. And there, you have your venue … [...] Click to raid more!