Nightwish - Century Child
24 February 2002

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]

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 [Tarja] then you definetely need a Devil [on Oceanborn Tapio Wilska played the devil's role]. The best aspect is that Nightwish's bass player Marco Hietala [who also plays in Tarot and used to play in Sinergy] sings on this album.

The songs themselves are nothing new. My guess is that Tomas needs to find some new inspiration and soon because if this goes then Nightwish will soon be dead and forgotten.
Century Child opens with 'Bless The Child', which is Nightwish at there best so you can't just stand still when you are listening to this masterpiece and Tarja sings like an angel. There is no other way to describe it, so just take my words. The follow-up 'End of All Hope' beginning makes you wonder are you really listening to metal or to an opera? And the same feeling follows you throughout the entire album.

'Dead To The World' is the first song that shows the power of Marco Hietala's voice, which is a bit weaker than Wilska's and here comes the differences between Oceanborn and Century Child. The main problem is that this album just doesn't reach the standard that Oceanborn reached a couple of years ago. Anyway, let's get back to the album on hands.

Next up is 'Ever Dream' ? you might think that this a slow song at first but then it hits you in the face with raw orchestral power that might knock you down. The melody goes up and down during this song and it's just so fucking powerful. Musical perfection is all I can say.
'Slaying The Dreamer' is up next and this song is easily the most powerful track on Century Child with the exellent male growling at the end of the track. 'Ocean Soul' is the same material. I don't know why but I think Tomas is obsessed with the oceans.

I'll skip the review of 'Feel For You' so you can discover this song by yourselves 'Phantom of The Opera' is the most surprising track on this album because there are just so many bands who try to cover this masterpiece but something is always missing when you listen to them. But now Nightwish has done a cover that surpasses them all. The voices of Tarja & Marco fit into this song perfectly and you can truly feel the power of The Phantom. The album concludes with 'Beauty of The Beast' ? a song that is divided into 3 parts. It's simply beautiful, I can't put it into words so just get this album.

Overall I would say that Century Child doesn't reach the same level that Oceanborn has set but it definetely comes second best.

Band profile: Nightwish
Album: Century Child


written by marco | 11.09.2003

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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.)

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Noel Sonic - 01.07.2007 at 08:36  
Yes,it's true: worse than Oceanborn. But I'm not disappointed.It's not an excellent album, but it sounds good for me.
Ellrohir - 01.07.2007 at 12:53  
Beauty of the Beast is fantastic song...and Dead to the World...and Bless the Child...and End of all Hope...and Forever Yours...and Feel for You

i like this album very much, though i think their best is Once
Bitch Boy - 02.07.2007 at 05:15  
For me this is one of the best albums by Nightwish along with "Oceanborn" and "Wishmaster". Also, I think that Marco's vocals are really cool. For sure he has improved since "Century Child", but he has always done a good job.
Uirapuru - 16.03.2008 at 10:49  
best nightwish album, even better than Angels Falls First. Dead to the world, Feel for You, bless the child are best tracks. 3 is the maximum number of good track that i found in a nighwish album
Land Of Doom - 25.10.2008 at 03:23  
The Best Album From The Best Power Metal Nightwish And Good Review
bayern - 18.03.2009 at 16:31  
Written by Land Of Doom on 25.10.2008 at 03:23

The Best Album From The Best Power Metal Nightwish And Good Review

I think it's a bad review and I think it's their best album till now, I don't see a bad song on this album
SatyriconChick - 23.12.2009 at 06:29  
I personally think the rating the reviewer gave is a bit low. It's hard to pick a favorite Nightwish album, but this one definitely ranks way up there for me and is the one I usually play when I'm in the mood to listen to them (Oceanborn used to have that honor). I agree about "Slaying the Dreamer" - definitely one of the strongest songs on the album. I'd say that, "Bless the Child" and probably "Phantom of the Opera" are my favorites.
CyberSymphony - 24.12.2009 at 20:24  
This was my first Nightwish album, and still a classic in my collection. End of all Hope is without a doubt my favourite track of the album. It has an incredible start to the song and very catchy. 2nd Fav is Slaying The Dreamer. I used to sing along to this all the time and Tarja's voice never fails to impress me.
The album that got me into this kind of music and a beautiful album cover.
3rdWorld - 02.10.2016 at 11:53  
So this is the first review on MS? Nice piece of antique here.

EDIT: Still not sure on that.
Darkside Momo - 02.10.2016 at 17:25  
Written by 3rdWorld on 02.10.2016 at 11:53

So this is the first review on MS? Nice piece of antique here.

EDIT: Still not sure on that.

I don't think so. Perhaps the oldest one kept...
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.10.2016 at 17:33  
Written by 3rdWorld on 02.10.2016 at 11:53

So this is the first review on MS? Nice piece of antique here.

EDIT: Still not sure on that.

This one by Jeff is older.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.10.2016 at 17:40  
Oh and this one by Marco is even a day older than the one by Jeff.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.10.2016 at 17:41  
Written by 3rdWorld on 02.10.2016 at 11:53

So this is the first review on MS? Nice piece of antique here.

EDIT: Still not sure on that.

Actually easy to find the oldest reviews. Here you go.
3rdWorld - 02.10.2016 at 17:58  
Ya there are a bunch of reviews on 25th of aug 2003 which are the oldest. Just wanted to see which bands got the first review. It seems they are mostly euro bands.

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