-1st new album in over two years! Massive anticipation! -Fourth full-length from one of gothic metals leading acts. -NIGHTWISH have already received double platinum and gold album awards in their native Finland, as well as winning two Emma Awards (the Finnish equivalent of a Grammy) and scoring four Top 10 hits at radio. -Produced by Tero Kinnunen (Nightwish) and Mikko Karmila (Amorphis, Stratovarius, Avantasia) at Caverock and Finnvox Studios in Finland.
Top Customer Reviews
Being the first "new" music experienced may have something to do with it being in my top five list, but there is no doubt the music itself deserves the rating. Of all the other similar groups, only Tarja seems to have the true operatic sound. Every selection is excellent in all ways, making it difficult to pick a favorite; however my ear deems Dead to the World as having a slight edge over the others. Marco, who has a very appealing voice, provides a perfect contrast to Tarja in this song. He adds a whole new, and positive, dimension to a group that already had more dimensions than most. In fact, their version of Phantom of the Opera on this CD is by far the best I've heard, which leaves me wishing they would get back together to record the whole sound track. (Please see my profile for a brief discussion of my rating philosophy.)
Showcasing her softer side, Tarja serenades you with "Forever Yours", it is the closest thing to a ballad that you will find on the CD. There is also an unusual item on the disk and that is "Phantom Of The Opera". Now I am not speaking of the Iron Maiden song of the same name, but instead the version from the Broadway play. While I am aware of this plays wide and worldwide popularity, I admit I found it amusing that a band from Finland would choose to perform it.Read more ›
Bless the Child- 4/5: This song is a pretty good introduction track. There is a guy's voice in the beginning and end that adds some more character to the already beautiful music.
End of All Hope- 5/5: One of my favorite songs on the CD, this song continues directly off of Bless the Child with a really fast beat and interesting lyrics
Dead to the World- 5/5: This is also pretty fast paced with both Tarja and Marco singing in it. The tune is very catchy and the lyrics are also pretty good.
Ever Dream- 4/5: This song is a little slower than the others and seems to be more of a love song. Tarja's voice sounds very nice in this track and I like to listen to it over and over, not getting bored of it.
Slaying the Dreamer- 4/5: This song starts out pretty good, but I don't like the song at the end. It's like the band didn't know which direction they wanted to song to go in and they split it in half. Both Tarja and Marco sing in it.
Forever Yours- 3.5/5: For some reason starting at this song and through the next two, the three songs never caught on with me... Forever Yours is good and catchy but it never really captured my attension like the others did.
Ocean Soul- 3.5/5: I first I didn't like this song at all, but it eventually grew on me. The lyrics felt ackward with the music but once I listened to it a few times I got the beat better and the song wasn't as bad.
Feel For You- 4/5: I liked this song the best compared to the two previous. The lyrics were strange but I liked them. When Marco came in and began to sing, it added some more to the song as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Century Child has, and will always be a personal favorite of mine from the Tarja Turunen era of Nightwish. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Max Mech
It's music. If you want to know if you'll like it, go listen to a track on YouTube.Published 1 month ago by Tullo_x86
This is the first Tarja-era album that I listened to from start to finish. I would recommend it as an introduction to the band if you're a new listener. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chase Trautwein
Easily my favorite Nightwish CD. The only track I don't care for is Phantom of the Opera, but that is not because of Nightwish, but because I don't care for Phantom of the Opera in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrew H.