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3.34 | 142 ratings

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3 stars The more I listen to "Nightwish", the more I feel that their music is closely related to "Ayreon". While the latter is probably more guitar oriented, the former is using more keyboards sounds, which probably can suggest a proggier approach (to be determined).

The daunting voice from Tarja Turunen is definitely a distinctive characteristic. Very little band (if any) can count on such a special "organ". Still, if one listens to several "Nightwish" albums in a row, this superb asset can become somewhat monochord.

The songs featured on this album, are close to the rock-opera sounds; and I have more the impression to listen to a (metal?rock) musical than a standard album. Don't get me wrong: the music is well crafted and powerful, the band is quite well surrounded by the orchestra. But too few songs really appeal to me. Very few moments do I have to say: gosh!

The heavy parts of a song like "Slaying The Dreamer" just leave me totally cold and alien to this type of music. Pure heavy metal for most of the song; press next to avoid indigestion. The weak "Feel For You" is not a great moment either. Flat and predictable.

The contrast with "Forever Yours" is quite brutal: this one is a soft folk rock composition closer to the sweet "Mostly Autumn" and I have to admit that this is not to dislike me. "Ocean Soul" is another bombastic rock ballad. Fine to break the global atmosphere for sure.

Most of the compositions are on the short edge (except a couple of songs). One of my fave is their interpretation of the title track of the West End / Broadway musical "Phantom Of The Opera". Powerful rendition (no wonder) but is this what we should expect from this sort of band? A cover of a musical?

The mini epic and closing track saves the bill and brings the album into good territories (from average). Some more passion, a deep bombastic feel, theme changes and not too many metal lines. A very good combination after all.

Three stars for this album. An improvement in comparison with their prior "Wishmaster".

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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