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Release date: 24 February 2002
Style: Symphonic power metal


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01. Bless The Child
02. End Of All Hope
03. Dead To The World
04. Ever Dream
05. Slaying The Dreamer
06. Forever Yours
07. Ocean Soul
08. Feel For You
09. Phantom Of The Opera
10. Beauty Of The Beast
    1 - Long Lost Love
    2 - One More Night To Live
    3 - Christabel
11. The Wayfarer [bonus]
12. Lagoon [bonus]
13. Bless The Child [edit] [2007 Spinefarm re-release bonus]
14. End Of All Hope [live] [2007 Spinefarm re-release bonus]
15. Dead To The World [live] [2007 Spinefarm re-release bonus]

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Lyrics (12)

Tarja Turunen - vocals
Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards
Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen - guitars
Jukka "Julius" Nevalainen - drums, percussion
Marco Hietala - bass, vocals, acoustic guitars

Guest musicians
Sam Hardwick - voice
Mongo Aaltonen - orchestral percussion
Kristiina Ilmonen - tin whistle

Additional info
Produced by T. Holopainen & TeeCee Kinnunen. Co-produced by Nightwish.
Recorded by Tero Kinnunen at Caverock and Mikko Karmila at Finnvox between January and March 2002.
Mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox in April 2002.
Mastered by Mikko Jussila at Finnvox.

Cover artwork by Markus Mayer.

Guest review by

So here it is, the long awaited sequel to Wishmaster and it delivers the same power package but is it really something new? The clear answer is no because all the songs that Century Child delivers are already done on Oceanborn and Wishmaster. When you have an angel then you definetely need a Devil . The best aspect is that Nightwish's bass player Marco Hietala sings on this album.

published 11.09.2003 | Comments (14)

Guest review by

It's really difficult, if not impossible for my not so great musical maturity, to choose a best Nightwish album, and it's also thankless to do so in my opinion. But... if the world depended on a straightforward answer to the question "Which is your favourite Nightwish album?" I would probably have to say Century Child is that album. Century Child is definitely a departure from Nightwish's original power metal roots. (Despite what people say about the "new era" that Anette brought with her to the sound of Nightwish, that new era was born in Century Child; Dark Passion Play doesn't differ that much in sound from Once for example; only the change of vocalist obviously makes the difference, but the vocal lines written for the album are not that distant from what the band had been doing since 2002 when the band gradually started distancing itself from that operatic vocal register that became a sort of stamp the band had almost become forced to live with.)

published 13.12.2011 | Comments (16)

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nighowl - 13.02.2011 at 03:12  
The Shape 1973 - 13.02.2011 at 21:13  
Rating: 10 The album that started me on symphonic metal.
ErnilEnNaur - 13.02.2011 at 22:05  
  The best thing about Century Child was Marco. The music sounded a bit tired to me and Forever Yours might very well be the most boring song Tuomas has ever written. But this album's also got some great tracks like The Beauty Of The Beast and Ever Dream. A rather commercial album compared to the three that came before, but a good one still.
Kylin - 16.07.2011 at 09:43  
Rating: 10 This album marked their transformation between "Old" and "New" Nightwish. Not Tarja's departure.

Nightwish were already moving away from the Power Metal genre years before Anette joined the band. I am so sick of people accusing her of ruining the band. I honestly enjoy Tarja's delivery of vocals better than Anette's, but the world doesn't need to trash Anette.
musicalkaratekid - 16.09.2011 at 01:21  
Rating: 8 Good album,but not their best...
ChainOfSorrow - 08.12.2011 at 19:49  
Rating: 10 "Oceanorn" is a really mindblowing masterpiece, and its follower "Wishmaster" just quite as good. "Once" is also a really great album, that differs already too much from Nightwish's original routes but in a really good way ("Once" is actually an album I didn't quite get some time ago, but it just grew inside me and I came to love it just as much as all the others). I also love "Dark Passion Play", even if Anette's vocals are not as good as Tarja's she did a wonderful and corageous job in this album and Tuomas exceeded himself in the lyric writing department with "The Poet and the Pendulum"... My feelings towards "Dark Passion Play" are really hard to explain, I don't love it as much as I do love its predecessors (with the exception of "Angels Fall First") but there's something about this album that overwhelms me as well. Actually "Once" and "Dark Passion Play" are probably the most difficult albums for me to tell my opinion about them (but for the record I LOVE THEM). I would have to say "Imaginaerum" is the album that pleasently surprised me the most since "Century Child" and it's another one I absolutely love, even if my opinion about it is not quite formed yet given its recency. But even given all this, I would choose "Century Child" as my immediate answer to the question "Which is your favourite Nightwish album?".
AngelofDeth - 12.03.2012 at 00:15  
Rating: 9 Cant decide what i like better This or Once
Dead Eternity - 02.10.2012 at 16:34  
Rating: 7 It's good, but too commercial...
NocturnalStalker - 11.01.2013 at 16:33  
Rating: 7 The last Nightwish album I really liked. I wasn't and still am not too pleased with the direction they took from this album on towards more "hollywood" kind of metal which is not my kind of music. Still I must admit that this album is quite good. Marco Hietala's vocals compliment Tarja's softer vocals well, guitars sometimes sound harder than ever before and songs differentiate between the outcries of soul and soothing moments which, I think, sets it apart from other band's works.
serega25 - 02.10.2013 at 00:53  
Rating: 10 More gothic and melanholic and so gooooood! Beauty Of The Beast is amazing song
salah mustain - 10.02.2014 at 06:21  
Rating: 5 Hhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmm. Symphonic power metal ?
Warman - 09.04.2014 at 23:43  
Rating: 10
Written by salah mustain on 10.02.2014 at 06:21

Hhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmm. Symphonic power metal ?

salah mustain - 10.04.2014 at 03:48  
Rating: 5 It's not hard to compose
Unhealer - 10.04.2014 at 06:13  
Rating: 6
Written by Warman on 09.04.2014 at 23:43


Not really, only a few hints of the power metal era remain. Not enough for me to even mention it.
Warman - 10.04.2014 at 12:19  
Rating: 10
Written by salah mustain on 10.04.2014 at 03:48

It's not hard to compose

And that's what define symphonic power metal?
salah mustain - 12.04.2014 at 04:58  
Rating: 5 No i meant that evryone can do this work , do u see?
it's not as difficult as progressive or tecknical
Bad English - 04.06.2014 at 21:41  
  Boring album, album by album and you hear such sound and you're use to it .. same time we all remember how good was 1th one... so here are 2 good songs, others are average, some even boring ...and no not because female vocals, because of week more pop song writing and became mainstream ...

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