Nightwish has produced several exceptional albums, but this time they managed to top themselves. Once has that “it” appeal…it is bombastic, and yet still accessible. The album offers a great variety of tones, moods, and sounds that will satisfy any taste, and will thrill metal fans who search for originality.
From the opening number “Dark Chest of Wonders”, you hear the great orchestral arrangement that compliments the music so well. It is basically like hearing a heavy metal movie soundtrack. There is a lot going on, but somehow, it works. And it works to damn near perfection. This track alone is worth the purchase, but it continues with the 2 songs that could help the band breakout here in the states, “Wish I Had An Angel” and “Nemo”. The brilliant thing about these tracks is while each of them maintains intense musicianship, they both have big hooks that will be embraced by a more mainstream audience. And at the same time, they will satisfy even the most jaded metal fan. The assault continues with “Planet Hell”, easily the albums most fierce song, and goes through a rollercoaster of changes as the album continues.
Opera and metal meet in perfect harmony. Who would have thought?