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NIGHTWISH - “Once” (C.D. - Nuclear Blast - 2004) reviewed by: MetalKnight

Track Listing
1. Dark Chest Of Wonders
2. Wish I Had An Angel
3. Nemo
4. Planet Hell
5. Creek Mary’s Blood
6. The Siren
7. Dead Gardens
8. Romanticide
9. Ghost Love Score
10. Kuolema Tekee Taiteitijan
11. Higher Than Hope
At their 5th album “Once” is also the heaviest release by Nightwish. Here we find the Finnish quintet employing none other than the London Symphony Orchestra to embellish their songs. However this orchestra never steals the listener`s focus at the expense of the band.

On to the album: “Once” contains more riffing than previous Nightwish releases. The mixing of the C.D. is also different in that Tarja’s voice, great as ever, is not overshadowing many guitar passages. A few synthetic percussion sounds are used, such as on ‘Wish I Had An Angel’, and this shall certainly raise a few eyebrows.

In respect to the previous Nightwish album “Century Child”, bassist Marco Hietala`s vocal capabilities (Marco sang lead vocals in a number of bands including Tarot), are used to greater effect. And to be honest, he’s got quite a good voice.

Lyrics seem inspired by fables and myths to which the band tries to give a modern touch – `Creek Mary’s Blood` and `The Siren` are 2 such examples.

“Once” shall probably not go down well with all the band’s fans, and it might not be their best album. But I feel this album is a step in the right direction. It presents the band as mature, one not prepared to let its music stagnate.

MY RATING: 7/10

--Chris [MetalKnight] - luciferlament@yahoo.com 11.12.04
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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