Nightwish – Once Reviews


You may not know Nightwish yet, but the Finnish goth-orchestral-metal band is a phenomenon throughout the rest of the world. The group’s fifth album, the platinum-certified Once, hit #1 over the summer on the Pan-European charts, and stayed there for three weeks. Behind them? The Beastie Boys, Avril Lavigne, Norah Jones and Usher, among others. So who or what is this band? On first listen, Nightwish seems to fall into the same genre as Evanescence, Lacuna Coil and the Gathering–fe (more…)

13 responses to “Nightwish – Once Reviews”

  1. Xantara says:

    It was to happen – Nightwish's recording budget increases, and the Finnish quintet adds a whole orchestra on her new album, then forge the epic and mighty fine album ever released. Like a child, everything he ever wanted, the band, we have to lose their boundless creativity. The album is very similar to its previous version, Century Child, but with strings, horns and woodwinds in absolutely every corner. Oh, yes, it is absolutely over-the-top, but in a band like this, it is fitting and great.
      The opening song, “Dark Chest of Wonders” begins with a pounding metal riff unlike others on the album – very reminiscent of “kill the Dreamer”, or a newer version in flames. It will not last. Soon thereafter, trademark Nightwish Power riffs kick in, and infectious energy, which together with them parading symphony that is not lost. The final chorus is absolutely beyond belief, with the band almost dueling * * with the symphony in a musical power struggle. “Wish I Had an Angel” is very much like “Dead to the World”, with bassist Marko Hietala, the vocals on the chorus in this serious piece. “Nemo” (published as two singles) and “Planet Hell Nightwish are staples, very accessible and melodic, while the latter showcases symphonic textures in a very remote, gothic atmosphere (” Carmina Burana “is no comparison stretched) .
      The album has two longer pieces, which are both exceptional tracks. “Creek Mary's Blood”, an 8-minute eulogy to the destruction of native Americans during the colonial era is woeful, slow and touching, building up to a horn-driven hard rocker.
      But it is nothing compared to “Ghost Love Score”, a near 10-minute mishmash of great melodic fireworks. The song made me speechless, and would certainly have impressed Carl Orff. Everything from the chorus of symphonic bombast of the choirs is absolutely hypnotic and forceful. The song makes every other song seems bright, ordinary and thoughtless, including the last two tracks on the album. It is the gut. Sometime after the 4-minute mark, the band stops playing, leaving the song in the hands of a passionate symphony, which culminated with the band of re-entry into the song. The choirs that aid in the choir delivery are mostly male, and absolutely Majestic. The song is really theater and unmatched.
      To be honest (and a little cynical), the Symphony in the album is a little too much credit. The guitar work on the album is anything but impressive, and if the orchestra were removed, many of the songs sound very similar. If it were not for Turunen's voice and the orchestral assault, once would be quite ordinary. Regardless, it's the symphonic album of the year, and the best career of Nightwish so far. My congratulations go to keyboardist / songwriter Tuomas Holopainen and his magnum opus.
      See also: Nightwish – Wishmaster, Nightwish – Century Child

  2. Linette says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fabulous . . . big sound, big production. A must for fans of the genre. Epic stuff.

  3. Zaida says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Nothing new or special here
    Evanescence meets Qntal. Nice production values, but the lyrics are trite and the music redundant.
    You want to listen to a great Finnish Goth Metal band?

  4. Estralita says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This band is where opera and classical meets up with metal..It doesn’t seem right together, right?? WRONG!

  5. Xexilia says:

    Nightwish has produced several exceptional albums, but if they managed to top itself. Once, that “it” … it is appealed bombastic, and yet still accessible. The album offers a wide variety of tones, moods and sounds, to satisfy every taste, and metal fans will love, the search for originality.
      From the opening number “Dark Chest of Wonders”, you hear the great orchestral arrangement that complements the music so good. It's basically like hearing a heavy film 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 break out here in the States, “Wish I Had An Angel” and “Nemo”. The brilliant, what about that title, while each of them maintains intense musicality, they both have great hooks, are provided by a mainstream audience. And at the same time, they meet even the jaded metal fan. The attack is “Planet Hell”, just the most albums hard songs, and goes through a roller coaster of changes as the album continues.
      opera and metal together in perfect harmony. Who would have thought?

  6. Adair says:

    First Part:
      Nightwish, the most successful Finnish band are back with their 5th Album, Once. Just like the import version, which is probably confusing many reviews so I will try to help.
      First about Nightwish.
      In the mid-90s, appeared as a Nightwish Symphonic Power Metal with elements that Tarja Tarun A professional mezzo-soprano as a front woman. Her first album, “Album in the first place,” is actually a good album, but do not have a good production. The next album “Ocean Born” is an excellent release with a better production. Tarja the performance is impressive.
      Their next release, “The Wishmaster” is considered by many their best album. Is certainly the “Power Metalish” but do not lose the atmosphere. After “The Wishmaster” Nightwish comes with “Century Child”, which was a big change. The guitar work has almost disappeared, the opera singing almost gone with a different style of Tarja and the band gets a little calmer and a second singer (Marko Hietala, who was also the bassist). Now to me, “Once” is a lot of “Century Child” with “The Wishmaster”, which is great. Tarja her voice fits the new style better than “Century Child” basically because Toumas Hollopien (Keybordist and songwritter the bulk of the material) wrote the music in a way that they deal with Tarja's voice.
      songs like “Dark Chest of Wonders” or “Nemo” are actually Power Metal songs, but the atmosphere of the new Nighwish. Epics like “Ghost Love Score” shows that the orchestra with Nightwish for this album more than the other tracks and “I wish I had an Angel” alternative ideas, a track with heavy riffs and a “techno – Beat “, which sounds like Industrial metal band.
      “Once” is a good album for old and new fans of Nightwish. I recommend it.
      Part Two: Now, “Once” is a very successful album. He got first place in European radio and it has a lot of copies. The most successful album to date from Nightwish. However, Nightwish has some opponents. The main opponents of Nightwish are some heavy metal music fans who do not like Nightwish, because they are not strong or fast enough. In terms of speed and virtuosity, Nightwish can not be combined with other acts such as the Finnish Melodic Power Metal band “Stratovarius” and “Sonata Arctica” (both very good bands) or the Power-Black Metal band “Children of Bodom “(Another awesome band), however, remember that virtuosity does not always mean the best music. I'm not saying that Nightwish does not have the technical quality. Sure, all their members more than the members of Evanescence and Nightwish is more than the technical incompetence of Nu Metal bands that you find in American radio. However, in comparison with other metal acts, they are a kind of weak, but they still play great music.
      The idea that the metal and classical music began before Nightwish, Nightwish is still original. Just like the import version, here are some reviews based on “Symphony X” (Another awesome band actually) as a better alternative. Symphony X is not even the same music. Sure, the members of the band are very talented, and they are monsters with the instruments. The guitarist is Michael Romeo, is one of the 5 best guitarists in the world today and all the other members to play more complicated material than Nightwish, but as I said, Nightwish is different and can play good music, without so much technical quality. There is the possibility that Nightwish is popular here in the U.S. (They are very important in Europe), however, the American music industry does not want foreign gangs to popular. Even the British bands do not receive any advertising. Ich persönlich bin der Meinung, dass das dem amerikanischen Volk nicht die gute Musik ist widerlich. Mainstream American music is in its worst time. It is nothing but crap and Nightwish is an excellent alternative. Unfourtunatly some rich forces try this album from the American people. How? They play the songs not on the radio (most of them against the two companies) and well, that's simply too good for MTV.
      buy this album and the word. It is fantastic that the music is much better than the lame Nu Metal. Nightwish is a great band, and this is one of their best works to date.

  7. Iphigenie says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Glory Glory Glory
    Many detractors of Nightwish slam the band for being threatrical, bombast, and over the top. Those descriptions are absolutely true and a great reason to like this band…

  8. Yu jie says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    When will I ever learn?
    Once again I’ve been suckered in by copious five star reviews. I’m always on the lookout for heavy metal I can stand.

  9. Tab says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    ‘Once’ really is my all-time favourite album by Nightwish. It is nothing short of magnificent. There’s such variety between the songs, the instruments, the composition.

  10. Gale says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Just when you thought they couldn’t top Century Child…
    I’ll get right to the point. When the London Philharmonic Orchestra joins forces with Nightwish, you get this masterpiece.

  11. Zeus says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    nightwish once
    typical cd from this group. if you like goth/operatic rock you’ll like it.
    didn’t like the the guy singing though

  12. Neha says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    a must have…
    how this band is not huge in the usa is beyond me. the sound, riffs,etc… are great!!! one can clearly hear the influence from bands such as: metallica, pantera,guns & roses,…

  13. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    New to NIGHTWISH
    I first heard the song “Wish I had an Angel” in the movie “Alone in the Dark” with Christian Slater, and I bought this CD, this was my first cd of their’s, and I fell in love with…

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