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Release date: 1 November 1997
Style: Gothic metal


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01. Elvenpath
02. Beauty And The Beast
03. The Carpenter
04. Astral Romance
05. Angels Fall First
06. Tutankhamen
07. Nymphomaniac Fantasia
08. Know Why The Nightingale Sings
09. Lappi (Lapland)
    1 - I: Erämaajärvi
    2 - II: Witchdrums
    3 - III: This Moment Is Eternity
    4 - IV: Etiäinen
10. Once Upon A Troubadour [2004 digipack Spinefarm re-release bonus]
11. A Return To The Sea [2004 digipack Spinefarm re-release bonus]
12. A Return To The Sea [2007 re-release bonus]
13. Nightwish [demo] [2007 re-release bonus]
14. The Forever Moments [demo] [2007 re-release bonus]
15. Etiäinen [demo] [2007 re-release bonus]

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Lyrics (16)

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

Session musicians
Esa Lehtinen - flute

Additional info
The original pressing by Spinefarm in 1997 was limited to 500 hand-numbered copies.

Recorded, engineered and mixed by Tero Kinnunen at Kitee Huvikeskus studio.
Tracks 3,4,5,7,9 - April-May 1997, tracks 1,2,6,8 - September 1997.
Mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussila.
Produced by Tuomas & Nightwish.

Cover photo by Gary Black.

Guest review by

Nightwish is the band among bands. The epic among epics. The... oh you get the point. This Finnish power/symphonic metal act has more or less acquired a status of having no truly bad songs. Even those who are not fully Nightwish enthusiasts (unlike me) often have a hard time finding something really big to complain about. That's partly what this album is here for! Angels Fall First, the first release by Nightwish was quite odd. The band lacked a bass player at this point and they were still pretty inexperienced, not to mention that the lyrics were very weird. I'd give you examples, but you wouldn't believe me. Let's take a dive in the world of 1997's Nightwish.

published 07.05.2004 | Comments (16)

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Bad English

Almost 20 years have passed since Nightwish released their debut album Angels Fall First. Many things have changed, but after their latest album Endless Forms Most Beautiful was released 2 months ago, I have been wondering which album is their best and who is Nightwish, what does this band stand for?

Listening to the latest one, and comparing it, I really think it is a masterpiece, because it brings us back to days when genre was young, when bands played what they felt, when they were influential, not inspired by others (mostly starters of genre). This is middle '90s gothic without unnecessary, boring and progressive keyboard parts. Keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen is the main man in this band - songwriter, poet, and lyricist - but in this album you don't hear anything that should not be there, because Tarja's stunning voice blows everyone away. Keyboard element flows like in one melody; a mix between guitars, drums, and Tarja's vocals.

published 27.05.2015 | Comments (37)

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Justicelust - 06.05.2010 at 13:56  
Rating: 6 Not a good debut but i'm glad they developed
Ellrohir - 06.05.2010 at 15:19  
  I think it was an excellent debut...but followed by even better albums
Valentin B - 30.09.2012 at 02:26  
  Definitely an odd debut, but compared to the ultra-polished later NW albums (from Once onwards) this sounds very... human. Imperfect, but very sincere and from the heart, especially Tuomas' vocals. His accent is almost ridiculous, but I can find the beauty in his performance on "Beauty and the Beast" for example. It's also far less pretentious than the next albums (and definitely 3 levels of pretentiousness lower than their last two).

I also like the fact that this album is devoid of the diabetes-inducing ballads of the next few albums like "Swanheart", "Kuolema Tekee Taitelijan" or "Away". The ballads and slow songs here are actually either quite twisted ("Nymphomianiac") or just plain folky like the "Lappi" suite.
Ellrohir - 30.09.2012 at 02:37  
  The biggest problem of original "Beauty and the Beast" is that Tony Kakko simply destroys Tuomas' performance with his live appearance regarding the songwriting it is one of best NW tracks ever

"Nymphomaniac Fantasia" has weird lyrics and the main riff is stolen from Running Wild's "Final Gates", but i like it too

also "Tutankhamen" and opening "Elvenpath" are strong songs that i keep enjoying

so overall i say, this album is good enough...of course later are better
Azarath - 03.10.2012 at 00:13  
Rating: 8 I really like this one and if I were to rank Nightwish's albums this would be in 3rd or 4th place. Some of the lyrics are a bit silly* but there's a sense of naivety and... um, "innocence" here that can be refreshing after listening to the later albums. Plus, this album has two of my Top 5 Nightwish songs of all time.

So, there's that.

*Waiting for someone to ask "Aren't they always?"
Milena - 03.10.2012 at 23:42  
Rating: 7
Written by Azarath on 03.10.2012 at 00:13

*Waiting for someone to ask "Aren't they always?"

Ohai Azarath

I went back a bit and our first conversation actually wasn't about DT, but about Nightwish's lyrics.
So uhm, to come full circle (for now!) aren't they always?
Azarath - 04.10.2012 at 23:00  
Rating: 8
Written by Milena on 03.10.2012 at 23:42

Ohai Azarath

I went back a bit and our first conversation actually wasn't about DT, but about Nightwish's lyrics.
So uhm, to come full circle (for now!) aren't they always?

Hi Milena

Yes, I remember that. I guess it depends on the person, personally I lack the ability to detect "cheese" (I must be missing that gland) so I can appreciate Nightwish's lyrics. Again, not in a "those are the greatest lyrics ever written" fashion, more of a "you know, that line/verse is actually pretty cool/clever". The earlier lyrics were sometimes silly/goofy but they had a certain naive charm - the more recent ones are much more serious (I don't want to use the word "pretentious" since that gets thrown around way too much), both in content and delivery, which can on occasion make them dumb and/or cringeworthy.
NocturnalStalker - 01.01.2013 at 17:31  
Rating: 9 They say that first love always remains in your memory. Well, in my case my first musical love was Nightwish, and it was this album that opened up a new wonderful world for me. For that reason it's hard for me to objective about this album. Moreover, I don't think there is any point in trying to be objective when it comes to art. Therefore I can confess that I still love this album and, despite its naivety (or maybe particularly because of it), it sounds more interesting both musically and lyrically to my ears that the band's recent efforts (yes, I don't like both "Dark Passion Play" and "Imaginaerum" ).
Bad English - 10.05.2014 at 00:12  
Rating: 9 What a masterpiece, best album from this band. excellent... true gothic metal, we dont use such therm nowadays, we say some bullshit ''female fronted metal'' what is NOT A GENRE, or some prog, symphonic, operatic what sucks, to much keys, to much prog, we all know it does suck big time , this ws pure gothic sound, great Tarja, less keys, well they were where they must have, not to much, not lame prog bullshit... seems century media and nuclear blast do aas ruin band ''demo'' sound... this simply was blast, we will not have such bands, and NW seems only what they have left is lyric writing.
Bad English - 28.05.2015 at 17:39  
Rating: 9
Ruchesko - 27.07.2015 at 21:35  
Rating: 6 Proof even Holopainen hasn't always had the Midas touch.
TrueMetalJope - 07.08.2016 at 20:01  
  Not sure if I've ever heard this one before; if not it must've been some shitty review that made me listen to something else instead and skip this album. Anyway, I'm listening to it now and it seems to be good stuff, probably even the most interesting NW album.

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