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Wishmaster [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued]

NightwishAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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Floor Jansen - vocals
Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards
Marco Hietala - bass & vocals
Emppu Vuorinen - guitars
Jukka Nevalainen - drums
Troy Donockley - Pipes, flutes & whistles

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  • Audio CD (May 6, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • ASIN: B000WD66BC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Is My Sin
2. The Kinslayer
3. Come Cover Me
4. Wanderlust
5. Two for Tragedy
6. Wishmaster
7. Bare Grace Misery
8. Crownless
9. Deep Silent Complete
10. Dead Boy's Poem
11. Fantasmic

Editorial Reviews

2007 digitally remastered UK reissue of the third full length album with three bonus tracks from Finland's popular gothic metal band featuring Tuomas Holopainen of Nattvindens Grat and vocalist Tarja. This album peaked at #1 on the Finnish charts in May 2000 when first released in Europe. Tarja vocal style operatic and powerful with the deft ability to deliver heavy rockers and dreamy ballads. This edition includes three bonus tracks that didn't appear on the original issue: 'Sleepwalker' (a bonus track from a previous reissue), 'Wanderlust' and 'Deep Silent Complete'. The package includes an extensive booklet with new sleevenotes, photos and details about the band. Spinefarm

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning - gorgeous and powerful - don't overlook this! January 29, 2005
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Having been profoundly impressed by my first exposure to Nightwish, via "Oceanborn", the next step was to immediately procure their next three releases; obviously, right!? I was really curious to hear "Wishmaster", since there seems to be some difference of opinion about it; it seems to inspire ambivalence or lack of enthusiasm in some and sometimes seems to grade out lower than other Nightwish CDs.

I had no such reaction; I absolutely loved it from the start and it will probably end up being an all time favorite (like top 10) for me. My impressions - well everything I could want in music - power, beauty, passion, memorable melody, rhythmic drive, vibrant/positive/life-affirming attitude - its all there. To me, "Wishmaster" comes off more as classic melodic metal. Its somewhat reminiscent of vintage Iron Maiden, as opposed to the Dream Theatre type progressive vibe of "Oceanborn" or the heavier more modern flavor of "Century Child" and "Once". Not to suggest Nightwish is derivative - without a doubt they have a strong character all of their own - those comparisons are just a rough frame of reference.

"Wishmaster" is more guitar driven than "Oceanborn", a bit less grandiose, and not quite as bold or dramatic. Its also noticeably more polished; there aren't really any clunky elements in the music and sound quality is much better. "Wishmaster" doesn't have the harsh high-frequency issues "Oceanborn" did; this really helps the listening experience. It has a very balanced sound; no one element dominates, you get a strong impression of cohesion and synergy - everyone pulling together. I'd say the vocals benefit most from this. I've noticed that the vocals can sometimes get a little lost in the mix on other Nightwish CDs - not the case here.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic album - reissued April 3, 2009
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2000's Wishmaster was the third release from Finnish metal sensation Nightwish. The band quickly made a name for themselves with their unique brand of "operatic metal", and would inspire countless imitators. Nightwish was the first though, and with Wishmaster they pretty much set the standard that nearly none of their peers could hope to match.

The band showed incredible potential on Angels Fall First, and continued to develop their sound on Oceanborn, but with Wishmaster you're hearing a band who is completely confident in their abilities, and whose songwriting skills are the equal of their musical talent. It's a grand, sweeping majestic album that takes full advantage of Tuomas Holopainen's keyboard and songwriting skills as well as Tarja Turunen's majestic, opera-caliber voice. The symphonic elements are the perfect accent to the traditional metal sound. Highlights include "Wanderlust", "Deep Silent Complete", "Fantasmic" and the rousing title track, but there really aren't any sub-par songs on the album.

I still think 2004's Once is Nightwish's ultimate achievement, but Wishmaster comes pretty close. Nearly a decade after its original release, it's still the standard by which most other "opera metal" bands are judged.

NOTE: The 2008 reissue of Wishmaster does not feature digitally remastered sound, but there are some extras that might give you sufficient reason to replace your older version.
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Hybridized metal drawing from power metal, atmospheric, classical music,gothic and a touch of doom metal, "Wishmaster" should have more than enough of all these elements - performed masterfully - to satisfy fans of everyone from The Gathering to Blind Guardian to Angra. Led by the vocals of Tarja Turunnen, who's famous for being one of the first metal vocalists to sing the operatic style, but she also uses a number of other styles, some of them more traditional to metal and some not so. The music runs the range of whatever's required for the particular track: blazing speed metal guitars, progressive metal keyboards, slower, grand guitars & bass, varied percussion....

"Wishmaster"'s lyrics usually cover dark and sometimes terrible ground but do so without being depressing and hopeless, veering well away from the excessively nihilistic or satanic. And there's hope and brightness in the package too. The last 2 tracks - "Dead Boy's Poem" and "FantasMic", the latter a three part suite - form the apex of the album. Actually I think of it as a 4-part suite instead of a song and a three-part suite, all being linked together so seamlessly in theme and music. "Dead Boy's Poem/FantasMic" has both some of the saddest lyrics and tones of the album - the stuff on the album that's most likely to be the bringers of tears (fans of My Dying Bride and the other fine purveyors of doom metal's most tragically inclined corners, take note) but also some of the most sparkling and bone-shakingly inspirational and 'dawning brightness' material. The lyrics are wide open for interpretation and to go into all the images and concepts this cycle conjures up for me would take too much wordage.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A symphonic metal masterpiece of the highest order.
I've listened to a lot of metal in the last few years, from about every genre there is including black metal, prog, doom metal, metal core, thrash, Celtic, Nordic, Battle metal,... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 19 days ago by cs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great album by Nightwish!
Published 22 days ago by charles willis howard III
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music from Finland
This is a great Album and you can hear the band grow from album to album and love the extra tracks!!!
Published 3 months ago by Joshua Friedman
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Get It
Century Child is my favorite record by Nightwish, but you will not be disappointed by Wishmaster. This band is simply one of the best in the music business. Just get it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Maines
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album!
Awesome music. Nightwish doesn't disappoint. I really liked this album, as well as all their music. A must have for those who like their other albums
Published 9 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic songs.
nightwish are awsome as a band. please buy and enjoy this cd. you will not regret it. if you are a nightwish fan.
Published 10 months ago by elite
4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits
I gave this CD 4 stars although after listening to the album, I think it is Tarja who deserves the stars. Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. hogue Maurice
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wishmaster" Nightwish CD
This is a good quality CD and the time arrival was earlier than I expected, Thank you very much for excellent response.
Published 12 months ago by Pruliana Rahardja
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album!
This is symphonic heavy metal at its best! I enjoy listening to every song on the album and listen to it often. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jim Dalcourt
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