17 April 2013
Nightwish - Once
For a taste of symphonic metal, Once, as an album, has all the hallmarks all musicians in this genre should be looking up to - drama, theatre, dark chills and probing the depths of the soul. This was the fifth album from the Finnish quintet and the last with female vocalist Tarja Turunen before her very much publicised dismissal. By then bassist Marko Hietala was only in Nightwish for less than two years but he had established himself very comfortably in the band but also as a firm male accompaniment, adding some kudos in the mix.
His vocals feature prominently in Once, probably named after the opening lyrics to Dark Chest of Wonders "Once, I had a dream, and this is it..." then almost immediately everything kicks in with gusto and impact. For newer listeners of The 'Wish, it gives a very good perspective on how the whole album is going to be laid out. Their following tracks, I Wish I Had An Angel, and Nemo (it's Latin for Nobody apparently) are of a more commercial direction and possibly lacklustre. They don't really lend much flavour to Once, especially as Nemo is rather too sugar-coated for my liking and Angel tries to break away from its classical roots. However, the self-explanatory Planet Hell redeems a sense of purpose and vigour as well as a one way ticket to Hades.
The ten minute epics, Creek Mary's Blood and Ghost Love Score are much finer examples, lengthy but full of content. The former features heavily a Lakota flutist John Two Hawks though I suspect his last two minutes ode in his Native American tongue won't be to everyone's taste. There are however, some pleasing fillers in the form of Dead Gardens (excellent rhythm and riffs here) and Romanticide, Hietala's vocals bringing its frenetic proceedings to an end right to the last. Higher than hope and Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan (Death Makes An Artist, in Finnish) rounds off the album with a sense of guilt and poignancy.
The only problem I see with this album is the vocals from Tarja Turunen. It just sounds a little out of place. Classically trained but she has some limitations. She is more adept to opera than metal and her vocal range isn't ideally suited to Emppu Vuorinen's deep riffs. But that's not to say that it doesn't come together. Here we have an album where metal and classical music can marry, but if Turunen could focus more on the midrange, Once would've easily been an even bigger statement than it already is. M. Richardson 17.04.2013
7.5 out of 10. This is good and well worth a check.
You can purchase this album here
You can listen to the album here on Spotify
You can follow all of Nightwish's activities here
- ► 2017 (149)
- ► 2016 (249)
- ► 2015 (267)
- ► 2014 (309)
- Erica Nockalls - Imminent Room
- Museum - Traces Of
- Guns N Roses - Use Your Illusion 1
- Overkill - The Electric Age
- Justice - †
- The Offspring - Americana
- Type O Negative - World Coming Down
- Stormtroopers Of Death - Speak English Or Die
- Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Last Smoke Before The ...
- Therapy? - Troublegum
- The Wildhearts - P.H.U.Q.
- Rufio - MCMLXXXV
- Living Colour - Vivid
- Another new member and a scoring system for EP's a...
- Cough/Windhand - Reflection of The Negative
- Grinderman - Grinderman
- Superjoint Ritual - Use Once & Destroy
- New Power Generation - Exodus
- Bathory - Under The Sign of The Black Mark
- Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasur...
- Kittie - Spit
- Nightwish - Once
- Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
- Metallica & Lou Reed - Lulu
- The Breeders - Last Spalsh
- Rival Schools - United By Fate
- Pixies - Doolittle
- Anthrax - Sound of White Noise
- The Smiths - The World Won't Listen
- Guster - Goldfly
- Rush - Clockwork Angels
- Day of Rest - General update
- Slayer - World Painted Blood
- Zero 7 - Simple Things
- Exhorder - Slaughter In The Vatican
- The Vandals - The Quickening
- Ginger Wildheart - 555%
- Rob Dougan - Furious Angels
- Far - Tin Cans With Strings To You
- Sepultura - Roots
- Dislocated Styles - Pin The Tail On The Honkey
- W.A.S.P - W.A.S.P
- Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
- Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark
- House Of Pain - House Of Pain
- Jeff Wayne - War Of the Worlds: The New Generation...
- Symphony X - Paradise Lost
- Nightwish - Imaginaerum
- The Cooper Temple Clause - See This Through And Le...
- Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus
- Frank Turner - Sleep Is For The Week
- Frank Zappa - Apostrophe (')
- Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - Cruising ...
- Meet the team....almost.....
- Airhead - Boing!!
- ▼ April (55)
So, we have reached the end of the year and it's been an eventful 12 months! So much has happened, the standard of the records rel...
Who doesn't like an end of year list? No-one! They tell you they don't, but inside they secretly do. So, as we approach the e...
Rightly or wrongly, They Might Be Giants will always be viewed as a ‘One Hit Wonder’ in the UK, which is a shame. If you mention thei...
Ryan Hamilton is an all-round legend in my books. I recently conducted an interview with him for my radio show on NE1FM called Attentio...
Alice Cooper is a legend that really doesn't need any introduction, if you're new to the game then you've got a little bit ...
Has it really been that long ago since I started this blog? The first post (cleverly linked here) was posted on the 2nd December (o...
New Language (stylised NEW LANGUAGE) is a band I found out about early this year whilst looking for songs for my radio show. As with a f...
Ghost//Signals are one of my favourite groups in Newcastle right now, together with The NX, Dunes and Waheela. Last year, their second s...
Seems like an apt image for the year (the other was the Grim Reaper laughing), 2016 has been a bit of a shit year in some ways and in oth...
Welcome to the final round-up review of 2017! Similar to the Round-Up posts I put up earlier in the year, I’m going to be posting some bull...