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Release date: 7 June 2004
Style: Symphonic power metal

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8.5 | 1077 votes

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01. Dark Chest Of Wonders
02. Wish I Had An Angel
03. Nemo
04. Planet Hell
05. Creek Mary's Blood
06. The Siren
07. Dead Gardens
08. Romanticide
09. Ghost Love Score
10. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan
11. Higher Than Hope
12. White Night Fantasy [bonus]
13. Live To Tell The Tale [bonus]
14. Where Were You Last Night [Ankie Bagger cover] [bonus]
+ Nemo [video]

The best Power Metal album of 2004

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (14)


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

Guest musicians
Marc Brueland - voice
John Two-Hawks - vocals, flutes
Sami Yli-Sirniö - sitar
Olli Halonen - slide guitars
Jouni Hynynen - screams
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Metro Voices - Choir

Staff review by
Collin

Rating:
6.5
Before hearing the 'Nemo' single, I was looking forward to this new album of Nightwish (one of my favourite bands by the way). After hearing this single I was even more looking forward to the full-length. After listening to Once a good dozen times, I realize I was so better-off before. I hate saying that, like almost all the fans it twists my bowels to criticize Nightwish, but Once is to me terribly disappointing. Maybe I've heard too much about it, about the use of an orchestra, about the heavier riffs, Tarja's best performance everů

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published 30.06.2004 | Comments (63)

Guest review by
Spyroid

Rating:
9.5
I would say that this is something as uncommon as a perfect (when it comes to rating) album with flaws! I used to claim that every perfect album needs to have unity, and be totally free of any letdown songs/flaws. And Once, plus a handful other albums, are the exceptions to the rule of mine.

Nightwish are one of the most professional bands out there. When I listen to 'Once', I can't find any flaws at all in the musicianship. All the good songs are perfectly completed compositions and their lyrics are tastefull and interesting. The choirs and orchestra are perfectly blended with the really Heavy Metal riffs and drums, and the piano/keyboard pieces are great. Toumas is probably the reincarnation of Mozart and I would guess that his father is Howard Shore or Andrew Lloyd Webber. This is soundtrack metal at it's finest. Since I love cheesy epic soundtracks, this of course appeals to me!

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published 05.10.2007 | Comments (7)

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PsychoJuggler - 01.05.2010 at 22:09  
Rating: 7 Nice orchestrations but ok.... I prefer the old Nightwish style, it was more original
nighowl - 13.11.2010 at 07:42  
  This is the best noghwish album ever.ALL IS FIT IN VERY NICE FROM TARJA VOCAL,TO ORCHESTRA AND EXOTIC EMPUUS GUITAR RIFFS.I MISS TARJA VERY MUCH.IT IS NOT SAME NIGHTWISH,THE BEND HAD LOST ITS PASSION AND IDENTITY WITHOUT HER,BUT TUOMAS TALENT IS HUGE AND UNDENIABLE.
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 13.11.2010 at 12:50  
Rating: 8 No need to yell, jeez.
BloodFireDeath - 20.01.2011 at 07:11  
Rating: 9 Yeah I like this album a lot haha
Vivi' - 30.01.2011 at 12:37  
  Great album.
SimbelmynëAshes - 11.03.2011 at 04:04  
Rating: 10 Their best album imo. Definitely my favorite NW album, with my favorite NW song - Ghost Love Score
Troy Killjoy - 11.03.2011 at 04:15  
 
Written by SimbelmynëAshes on 11.03.2011 at 04:04

Their best album imo. Definitely my favorite NW album, with my favorite NW song - Ghost Love Score

Fantastic song, and I agree that it's their best album (although I personally don't care for any of their other releases). This was one of the first memorable metal albums I remember buying and liking.
Kenos - 02.08.2011 at 20:07  
  God, how I hate this album. Not because I think it ain't good (and however I've heard way worse albums), but just for the fact that there is an incredible suite ("Ghost Love Score") among vapid/cheesy songs... What a shame.
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 03.08.2011 at 21:24  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 02.08.2011 at 20:07

God, how I hate this album. Not because I think it ain't good (and however I've heard way worse albums), but just for the fact that there is an incredible suite ("Ghost Love Score") among vapid/cheesy songs... What a shame.

Wait, why did you, if you don't think it ain't good, rate it 5, aka "not good"?
Kenos - 03.08.2011 at 21:46  
 
Written by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk on 03.08.2011 at 21:24

Written by Guest on 02.08.2011 at 20:07

God, how I hate this album. Not because I think it ain't good (and however I've heard way worse albums), but just for the fact that there is an incredible suite ("Ghost Love Score") among vapid/cheesy songs... What a shame.

Wait, why did you, if you don't think it ain't good, rate it 5, aka "not good"?


I think you misunderstood: first of all, in my opinion this album isn't good. And I don't hate it because of its actual mediocrity, but because there is the best Nightwish song (and now that I think of it, also a good one, "Dark Chest Of Wonders") among other 9-10 meh tracks.
Got the picture?
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 04.08.2011 at 00:19  
Rating: 8 Yup, I misunderstood your previous statement.
Cynic Metalhead - 07.09.2011 at 01:26  
Rating: 8 My favorite song is "Nemo"!!!
Void Eater - 07.09.2011 at 03:43  
  I still remember watching the Runescape Falador Massacre video, which had Planet Hell as the song playing. An important song in my development towards becoming the annoying kid who talks to much about Overkill that you see today.
AngelofDeth - 04.12.2011 at 04:24  
Rating: 10 Dam dont know wat took me so long to check these guys out properly. prolly their current singer/music... anyway fantastic album and a symphonic metal masterpiece! ive only listened to it once and already almost every song was a standout song and unique but still maintaining the overall album style.(besides the end of the ghost love? one, that was a lil out of the box but i still enjoyed it) cant wait to re listen and check out the other Tarja albums.
JÄY - 04.12.2011 at 04:58  
 
Written by AngelofDeth on 04.12.2011 at 04:24

ive only listened to it once

O rly?
AngelofDeth - 05.12.2011 at 08:33  
Rating: 10
Written by JÄY on 04.12.2011 at 04:58

Written by AngelofDeth on 04.12.2011 at 04:24

ive only listened to it once

O rly?

Well now thrice... and im seein some flaws(some of its a bit too poppy) but overall still an amazing album.
musicalkaratekid - 16.01.2012 at 16:42  
Rating: 9 'century child' paved the way for mainstream success, but i guess it was 'once' that really did show off nightwish's penchant for catchy tunes. A couple of weaker tracks here, 'I wish i had an angel' and 'Dark Gardens', but with songs like 'ghost love score' and 'higher than hope' it more than makes up for it.
Theberzerker - 23.03.2012 at 21:06  
Rating: 10
Written by SimbelmynëAshes on 11.03.2011 at 04:04

Their best album imo. Definitely my favorite NW album, with my favorite NW song - Ghost Love Score


Totally the same, totally agree!
rogerfukleston - 26.12.2012 at 11:55  
  I hate nemo the song
Stunning Cactus - 20.07.2013 at 09:56  
Rating: 9 --------------> Ghost Love Score <--------------
serega25 - 02.10.2013 at 00:54  
Rating: 10
Written by Stunning Cactus on 20.07.2013 at 09:56

--------------> Ghost Love Score <--------------
And all another songs!!!
Stunning Cactus - 06.10.2013 at 01:31  
Rating: 9
Written by serega25 on 02.10.2013 at 00:54

Written by Stunning Cactus on 20.07.2013 at 09:56

--------------> Ghost Love Score <--------------
And all another songs!!!


For sure, buddy, absolutely killer album!

I even liked Dark Passion Play to be honest. Even for those that don't like Anette, the bombastic symphonies and exemplary songwriting are still present.
Bad English - 16.06.2014 at 20:01  
  Well this album just came out when i net became, well 1th part of i net addicts rise... song Nemo was on music TV but more and more we see that video online and one of 1th albums what was popular because of net and forums... well its start 4 strong songs bits at places 1,2,3,4 in album order..rest is week... they shoud not use those opara sound stuff and vouces as aaahhh, uhhhh . ohhhh ... it must be left for porno

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