Album 0119: Nightwish – Wishmaster

Release Date: 2000
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. She Is My Sin (04:46)
2. The Kinslayer (03:59)
3. Come Cover Me (04:34)
4. Wanderlust (04:5)
5. Two For Tragedy (03:51)
6. Wishmaster (04:24)
7. Bare Grace Misery (03:41)
8. Crownless (04:29)
9. Deep Silent Complete (03:57)
10. Dead Boy’s Poem (06:47)
11. FantasMic (08:18)
12. Sleepwalker (02:58)
13. Wanderlust (live) (04:33)
14. Deep Silent Complete (live) (04:20)

Total Length: 01:05:27

She Is My Sin kicks things off with a bang by having a great riff and bringing you in to its atmosphere. Tarja’s vocals work extremely well and the song is just great. The Kinslayer gets a bit cheesy during the spoken parts, but surprising it tends to mesh and the ending is great. Come Cover Me is a bit slower and still fantastic. The chorus and instrumental backing are extremely notable.

Wanderlust gets going fast though, and the bridge is a wonder to behold, just plain a good song. Two For Tragedy kind of trudges along and isn’t really done well. Wishmaster is pretty much awesome and the chorus just gets stuck in your head. Cool title track and a neat highlight for the halfway point of the album. Bare Grace Misery is almost forgettable but it has some good moments and is pleasant to listen to.

Crownless starts off pretty well but then just kind of staggers and doesn’t go anywhere with it. Deep Silent Complete builds up fairly well, but I’m not fond of the hook that is used again at then end. Dead Boy’s Poem tries to be big and epic but I really just find it boring most of the time. FantasMic works a bit better in that regard, as there’s no point where I dislike it but none of it really stays with me.

Sleepwalker is a little bonus track, and deservedly so. It’s short and has electronic influences and had no real redeeming qualities. The live tracks are performed well but there’s really not much to say about them. This album is very good but at times it feels like they reached too far, especially in the last couple tracks. While I absolutely love larger songs, if they’re not done well then they are just a pain to get through.

Final Rating: 7.5/10

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