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Century Child

4.5 out of 5 stars 191 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

"NIGHTWISH could very well have cloned their last full studio album, Wishmaster, and would have been guaranteed to sell as many copies without the fanbase batting an eyelash. Simply put, the band is that good. NIGHTWISH is not stupid, firmly believing in artistic integrity over sales and clearly having the balls to branch out, explore and experiment with their craft. For a start, the level of bombast seems to have been turned down a notch on Century Child in favour of a more metal approach, even singer Tarja toning down her all-out opera vocals somewhat and using her voice with much broader scope. Ironically, the band has become more operatic at the same time with the addition of bassist Marco Hietala - recently stolen from Sinergy - who acts as Tarja's male lead vocal counterpart on several tracks, making a huge impact on the band's sound. No question that NIGHTWISH would be just another band with out Tarja though, who shines brighter than she ever has before. ! Century Child is yet another firm step towards greatness." (9 out of 10 review) – BRAVE WORDS & BLOODY KNUCKLES

-1st new album in over two years! Massive anticipation! -Fourth full-length from one of gothic metal’s 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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bless The Child
  2. End Of All Hope
  3. Dead To The World
  4. Ever Dream
  5. Slaying The Dreamer
  6. Forever Yours
  7. Ocean Soul
  8. Feel For You
  9. The Phantom Of The Opera
  10. Beauty Of The Beast

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B0000C506H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Six months ago music like this was completely unknown to me. For fifty years my listening enjoyment was based on that offered by American radio - rock, pop, jazz, classical, country. During most of the past half century, it provided the emotional experiences wanted from music. But during the last few years, the emotion was slipping away, so much so that I considered turning it all off, which was not a happy thought. Then someone (one more time - thanks Jeff) gave me this CD. Unless you have experienced something similar to my 50 year musical history, you cannot imagine the shock of hearing something so powerful, so different, so beautiful for the first time. All of the reviews I have done here (except The Irish Volunteer), and all that I will do, are a result of listening to this one amazing work of art, which opened the doors to an amazing new world of listening pleasure.

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.)
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When you take the time to consider the more standout bands in the world of Metal nowadays, Nightwish is probably one of the first to come to mind. With each release Nightwish brings you into a diverse world that combines metal with arias and epic orchestrations. Tarja Turunen definitely has one of the best and most beautiful voices to come along in some time. She has led the way for modern metal women of today to find a stronger foothold in the music we love. "Century Child" was the first readily available releases in the USA courtesy of Century Media Records. This is a great CD, and it quickly follows up on the success of "Wishmaster". Beginning with "Bless The Child" you are quickly drawn into the sound of the band by Tarja's warm vocals and a very eerie haunting melody. When the "End Of All Hope" kicks in you find that the group can be heavy as they find the need. This number is full of incredible double drumming by Jukka and great guitar wizardry of Emmpu. For those who enjoy a hearty chorus the track "Dead To The World" might be most impressive. I admit that on the CD, these few are actually among my favorites. When Nightwish first played the States a little over a year ago, they performed some these and it made enjoying them all the more easier.

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.
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I had just gotten Nightwish's first CD "Once" and I soon rushed out to get another by the band. I picked out Century Child and was not disappointed...

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.
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