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Nightwish - Wishmaster review


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Band: Nightwish
Album: Wishmaster
Release date: May 2000

01. She Is My Sin
02. The Kinslayer
03. Come Cover Me
04. Wanderlust
05. Two For Tragedy
06. Wishmaster
07. Bare Grace Misery
08. Crownless
09. Deep Silent Complete
10. Dead Boy's Poem
11. FantasMic
12. Sleepwalker [bonus]

Man, it's so hard when we are talking about my favorite power metal band, Nightwish. They are definitely unique with their gothic influenced orchestrated power metal and because they have the world's most talented female singer Tarja Turunen on their side. The album Wishmaster is the follow-up to Oceanborn, which was released 2 years ago. Over these 2 years, Nightwish has definitely evolved as a band and because of it this album is much more mature than any other album this far. But what is Nightwish all about?

It's definitely about the music and how it has changed our lives to the point where everything in the world seems perfect [remembering the song 'Dead Boy's Poem']. On Wishmaster Tuomas handles some rather difficult issues and because of it Nightwish has lost a bit of the trademark "power metal sound". But to make that up, Tuomas has concentrated on some more serious issues. For example 'Kinslayer' is a dialogue between a victim and her murderer, which is dedicated to the family and survivors of the 1999 20th April killing spree incident in Colorado when two teenagers killed 9 boys, 4 girls and finally themselves. The song 'Dead Boy's Poem' is about Tuomas' personal life, like he says it's his apology for those who he owns it to and also the ?fuck you all? statement for those who deserve it.

There are many heavy and catchy songs like my personal favorites 'FantasMic' and 'She Is My Sin' but also some slower songs ['Deep Silent Complete', 'Dead Boy's Poem']. It's a shame that there are no male vocals on this album to bring variety to the music and this is the only weak point in this almost perfect album. Overall I'd say that this is a good album but not so powerful - compared to Oceanborn - but definitely more mature. So for a power metal fan, Wishmaster is a MUST.

Written by marco | 18.09.2003


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Comments: 5   Visited by: 109 users
06.06.2009 - 09:11
Liver Failure
It is a good album, ''Wishmaster'' really sticks in my head.

member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/
30.09.2009 - 10:56
Heaven Knight
I think this is their "most powerful" album...on the other hand, though i more or less like all tracks from this release, i think i dont find it their best (Oceanborn is...)
My rest seems now calm and deep
Finally I got my dead man sleep

23.12.2009 - 06:31
Great review, I have to agree with it. The title track, "Deep Silent Complete" and "Wanderlust" are my favorites on this album.
16.12.2010 - 22:45
This is one of my favorite albums ever My favorite tracks are "FantasMic" (EPICNESS), "She is my Sin", "The Kinslayer", "Crownless" (this one kicks ASS) and "Two for Tragedy"
27.08.2016 - 00:32
For me, the best realease of the band by far.

Super strong and consistent. Amazing choruses, melodies and vocals.

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