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3.96 | 269 ratings

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4 stars In this album, Nightwish sounds a lot heavier than on their debut "Angels Fall First". Tarja's voice is still perfect, and this time the occasional male vocals are not done by Tuomas but by a guess vocalist.

"Stargazers" opens the album with classic power metal. "Gethsename" is the first song to show some prog influences with a mix of operatic passages and fast paced metal. "Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean" and "The Pharaoh Sails To Orion" are two "beauty and the beast" type of songs with an angelic/devilish duet (I really like the second one, the clean dark male voice really fits well with Tarja's voice). After more fast power metal ("Sacrament Of Wilderness"), the second part of the album is simply outstanding: a beautiful ballad ("Swanheart" - really quiet first part and wonderful melodic guitar solo at the end - maybe one of my favorite songs ever), a folkish instrumental ("Moondance"), fast operatic songs ("The Riddler", "The Pharaoh Sails To Orion") and the well chosen ending track "Walking In The Air".

Rating: 86/100

zaxx | 4/5 |


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