- Audio CD (March 6, 2001)
- Original Release Date: 1998
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Century Media
- ASIN: B00005A0N5
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Originally I didn't know what to think of "Oceanborn" on the first listen. There weren't songs that got to me as "She Is My Sin" from "Wishmaster" but on as I gave the cd another listen, I totally changed my mind about "Oceanborn" and fell in love with the music as I had with "Wishmaster". Tarja has the most amazing voice I've heard in a long time. It is refreshing to hear someone actually sing in the heavy metal genre as opposed to screaming incessantly until my ears bleed.
Songs like "Moondance" and "The Pharaoh Sails to Orion" transports the listener to another world. I love it how the band's songs are like little vignettes and actually has a story to tell, as if it was opera. You just don't get that with most metal bands today. Nightwish is a rarity nowadays to hear a band in the heavy metal genre that can blend both the heaviness of metal with the melodies of classical music. I can't get enough of this band.
It still boasts occasional riffing and drum beats in triple time. And there are still the odd growling male vocals (only on a couple of tracks, however). And the de rigueur juxtaposition of metal guitars with orchestration and synths accompanied by a crystal-clear operatic female vocal (from Tarja Turunen) is still the banner under which Nightwish proudly marches.
But whereas other Beauty & Beast/Goth metal bands (such as the dismal The Sins of Thy Beloved, or the aptly named Theater of Tragedy) wallow in the mire of doom and gloom, Nightwish takes the high road. Most of the songs are extremely upbeat, lively and seem to be full of -- dare I say it? -- joy.
Another difference is the presence of guitar solos. Many bands in this genre (even my beloved After Forever) eschew guitar solos for one reason or another, but Nightwish sprinkles their bombastic songs with an occasional fretboard flurry that ratchets up the excitment level a notch or two. Tastefully done.
The CD starts with a bang -- "Stargazers" -- and takes the listener on a brisk, but enjoyable, ride. This track has more in common with progressive rock's grandeur and majesty than it does with European Goth/symphonic metal. This is a great song, the perfect album opener. Lots of power and Dream Theater-like fast guitar/keyboard runs. (I love that synth change-up at 3:20 into the song!)
Some songs on Oceanborn are slower than others, and a flute plays a key role in a few (the beautiful "Swanheart," for one). But all are nicely done and worthy of repeated listenings.Read more ›
Much of the sound on this album is reminiscent of Finnish neoclassical power metal bands like Children of Bodom and Stratovarius, especially with the heavy emphasis on keyboard work. However, Tarja's vocals and Tuomas's beautifully-written melodies take Nightwish far and beyond any typical power metal!
Every track on this album is excellent! You MUST listen to the second song (Gethsemane) -- it is simply fantastic and beautiful! The third song (Devil and the Deep Blue Ocean) has an unusual twist with interspersed death-metal style backing vocals.
On a side note, I am hoping that this album attracts more female fans to the vast and diverse heavy metal genre (even though I happen to be male). The American "nu-metal" market has largely turned off female fans with their bad vocals and crude cliches, and it is refreshing to see a band like Nightwish add classy female vocals to music that is already great.
That being said, I am a long time metal fan, listening to and having just about everything from Metallica, to Hammerfall, to Kamelot, to Stratovarious, to Symphony X, to Iron Maiden, to Queensryche, to Fates Warning, and several others. Recently, one of my friends in one of the forums that I frequent clued me into Nightwish. While running errands around town, I decided to pop into one of the local record stores and see if they had any Nightwish albums. It turned out they indeed did. They had this one (Oceanborn), as well as Century Child, Wishmaster, and Angels Fall First. That particular record store lets people listen to albums before buying, so I asked the attendent if I can give this one a listen. I was completely blown away at what I heard. The hauntingly beautiful operatic female vocals was the biggest stand-out on this album. I also love the nice mix of hard-hitting guitars, and symphonic/ochestral parts. This is certainly one of the most interesting mixes of ochestral, operatic, and metal that I've heard. Not only that, it seems to have a bit of sophistication to it, which this 34 year-old really likes, not the typical "thrasing" and "screaming vocals" that grates on me like fingernails on a chalkboard. I am just so sick and tired of the drek that I hear on the local FM stations (to the point that I ended up getting XM Radio), that it is truly nice to hear something such as this for once.Read more ›
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I bought this for my daughter because Nightwish is her favorite band. We saw them in concert together. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great album to get if you're interested in listening to classic Nightwish, this is the album that defined their older style. Although I would still say get all of them.Published 8 months ago by Naveed
Terrific transaction!!!!!!!! Very pleased!!!!!!!!!!! Buy with confidence!!!!!!!!Published 14 months ago by Operaman