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3.81 | 202 ratings

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4 stars Eyeliner and leather capes sold seperately.

When it comes to symphonic metal, we are spoiled: Ayreon, Evanescence, Epica, Kamelot, After Forever and Within Temptation are legion wanting to grab a piece of the very lucrative genre. But let's be honest, the pionneers of the gothical emporium are certainly Nightwish: the guys look mean, the singer is a fan of bondage and leather redingote, everybody has eyeliner and a black cape. The marketing is set, our standardists are waiting.

But jokes aside, has a very efficient recipe to make your foot tap: super catchy choruses, huge and lushious orchestration topped by guitars with bite. This works for me, despite the obvious target of reaching a younger generation of romantic cravings. Eh, what do you want? A girl's gotta eat.

Every teen will find something to chew on, from orchestral romance to heavy passages to poppish songs like the very popular Amaranth. But something that got me is the celtic songs at the end of the record (Last of the Wilds for example). They' re well written and done with surprising virtuostiy, catchy and varied, those instrumental sections are welcome in a very condensed and heavy album.

Done a gazillion time since 10 years, this genre has been seriously exploited in the past by many, many, many artists. Similar to blend of Ayreon and Loreena McKennit, Nightwish's Dark Passion Play is probably the best bet to have your money's worth.

Perfect for Twilight movie lovers.

Menswear | 4/5 |


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