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3.48 | 149 ratings

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2 stars NIGHTWISH's 'Wishmaster' is a much less convincing album than its predecessor, 'Oceanborn'.

Though they keep the cheese factor low, I find the songwriting somewhat lacking. 'She Is My Sin', the title track and the last two tracks aside, I find little to bring me back to this record. Having made two steps forward with 'Oceanborn', NIGHTWISH take one back with this. It is still operatic/symphonic power metal with a few progressive touches - the last track has more than a few touches, actually - but there's little to tempt refugees from the seventies to embrace the band. That temptation will come with later albums. This album barely raises its head above the soup of power metal bands.

A slight misstep in the band's career, but nothing that couldn't be fixed.

russellk | 2/5 |


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