Nightwish ''Once'' The Best Symphonic Metal Album Of All Time? My Review

 

Nightwish ''Once'' The Best Symphonic Metal Album Of All Time? My Review 

Nightwish is a symphonic metalband from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and former lead singer Tarja Turunen[1]. The band soon picked up drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and then bassist Sami Vänskä after the release of their debut album, Angels Fall First(1997). In 2001, Vänskä was replaced by Marco Hietala, who also took over the male vocalist role previously filled by Holopainen or guest singers.

 

Once is the fifth studio album by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released on 7 June 2004 by Spinefarm Recordsand Nuclear Blast. It is the last album to feature Tarja Turunen on lead vocals. The album cost nearly €250,000 to make,[2] (1,000,000 including the videos[3]) which made it Finland's most expensive recording ever until the release of Nightwish's next album, Dark Passion Play, which cost over €500,000 to produce.[4] As of 2013, Once has sold 2.3 million copies worldwide, being Nightwish's most successful album to date.

 

Love the orchestra and symphony, great vocals and metal guitars, awesome clean production and amazing composition. I give it 5 stars. *****

1. Dark Chest Of Wonders 

Once I had a dream 
And this is it 

Once there was a child's dream 
One night the clock struck twelve 
The window open wide 
Once there was a child's heart 
The age I learned to fly 
And took a step outside 

Once I knew all the tales 
It's time to turn back time 
Follow the pale moonlight 
Once I wished for this night 
Faith brought me here 
It's time to cut the rope and fly 

Fly to a dream 
Far across the sea 
All the burdens gone 
Open the chest once more 
Dark chest of wonders 
Seen through the eyes 
Of the one with pure heart 
Once so long ago 

The one in the Big Blue is what the world stole from me 
This night will bring him back to me 

Fly to a dream... 

 

2. Wish I Had An Angel 

Deep into a dying day 
I took a step outside an innocent heart 
Prepare to hate me fall when I may 
This night will hurt you like never before 

Old loves they die hard 
Old lies they die harder 
I wish I had an angel 
For one moment of love 
I wish I had your angel 
Your Virgin Mary undone 
I'm in love with my lust 
Burning angel wings to dust 
I wish I had your angel tonight 

I'm going down so frail 'n cruel 
Drunken disguise changes all the rules 

Old loves they die hard 
Old lies they die harder 

I wish I had an angel 
For one moment of love 
I wish I had your angel 
Your Virgin Mary undone 
I'm in love with my lust 
Burning angel wings to dust 
I wish I had your angel tonight 

Greatest thrill 
Not to kill 
But to have the prize of the night 
Hypocrite 
Wannabe friend 
13th disciple who betrayed me for nothing! 

Last dance, first kiss 
Your touch my bliss 
Beauty always comes with dark thoughts 

[sighing and laughter] 

I wish I had an angel 
For one moment of love 
I wish I had your angel 
Your Virgin Mary undone 
I'm in love with my lust 
Burning angel wings to dust 
I wish I had your angel tonight 

[x4] 
I wish I had an angel... 

3. Nemo 

This is me for forever 
One of the lost ones 
The one without a name 
Without an honest heart as compass 
This is me for forever 
One without a name 
These lines the last endeavor 
To find the missing lifeline 

Oh how I wish 
For soothing rain 
All I wish is to dream again 
My loving heart 
Lost in the dark 
For hope I'd give my everything 

My flower, withered between 
The pages 2 and 3 
The once and forever bloom gone with my sins 
Walk the dark path 
Sleep with angels 
Call the past for help 
Touch me with your love 
And reveal to me my true name 

Oh how I wish 
For soothing rain 
All I wish is to dream again 
My loving heart 
Lost in the dark 
For hope I'd give my everything 
Oh how I wish 
For soothing rain 
Oh how I wish to dream again 
Once and for all 
And all for once 
Nemo my name forevermore 

Nemo sailing home 
Nemo letting go 

Oh how I wish 
For soothing rain 
All I wish is to dream again 
My loving heart 
Lost in the dark 
For hope I'd give my everything 
Oh how I wish 
For soothing rain 
Oh how I wish to dream again 
Once and for all 
And all for once 
Nemo my name forevermore 

4. Planet Hell 

Denying the lying 
A million children fighting 
For lives in strife 
For hope beyond the horizon 

A dead world 
A dark path 
Not even crossroads to choose from 
All the bloodred 
Carpets before me 
Behold this fair creation of God 

My only wish to leave behind 
All the days of the Earth 
An everyday hell of my kingdom come 

The first rock thrown again 
Welcome to hell, little Saint 
Mother Gaia in slaughter 
Welcome to paradise, Soldier 

My first cry neverending 
All life is to fear for life 
You fool, you wanderer 
You challenged the gods and lost 

Save yourself a penny for the ferryman 
Save yourself and let them suffer 
In hope 
In love 
This world ain't ready for The Ark 

Save yourself a penny for the ferryman 
Save yourself and let them suffer 
In hope 
In love 
Mankind works in mysterious ways 

Welcome down to my Planet Hell 

Save yourself a penny for the ferryman 
Save yourself and let them suffer 
In hope 
In love 
This world ain't ready for The Ark 

Save yourself a penny for the ferryman 
Save yourself and let them suffer 
In hope 
In love 
Mankind works in mysterious ways 

5. Creek Mary's Blood 

[Singing in Lakotan] 

Soon I will be here no more 
You'll hear the tale 
Through my blood 
Through my people 
And the eagle's cry 
The bear within will never lay to rest 

Wandering on Horizon Road 
Following the trail of tears 

White man came 
Saw the blessed land 
We cared, you took 
You fought, we lost 
Not the war but an unfair fight 
Sceneries painted beautiful in blood 

Wandering on Horizon Road 
Following the trail of tears 
Once we were here 
Where we have lived since the world began 
Since time itself gave us this land 

[Singing in Lakotan] 

Our souls will join again the wild 
Our home in peace 'n war 'n death 

Wandering on Horizon Road... 
Following the trail of tears 
Once we were here 
Where we have been since the world began 
Since time itself gave us this land 

[Poem in Lakotan:] 
Hanhepi iyuha mi ihanbla ohinni yelo 

Òn sunkmanitutankapi hena, 
sunkawakanpi watogha hena, 

oblaye t'ankapi oihankesni hena 

T'at'epi kin asni kiyasni he 
akatanhanpi iwankal 

Oblaye t'anka kin 
osicesni mitakuyepi òn 

Makoce kin wakan 
Wakan Tanka kin òn 

Miwicala ohinni - Hanhepi iyuha 
kici - Anpetu iyuha kici yelo 

Mi yececa hehaka kin yelo, na 
ni yececa sunkmanitutankapi 

kin ka mikaga wowasaka isom 

Uncinpi tuweni nitaku keyas ta k'u 

Unwakupi e'cela e wiconi 
wanji unmakainapi ta yelo 

Anpetu waste e wan olowan 
le talowan winyan ta yelo 

Unwanagi pi lel e nita it'okab o'ta ye 

Untapi it'okab o'ta 

Na e kte ena òn hanska ohakap 
ni itansni a'u nita ni ihanke yelo 

[Poem English translation:] 
"I still dream every night 
Of them wolves, them mustangs, those endless prairies 
The restless winds over mountaintops 
The unspoilt frontier of my kith n'kin 
The hallowed land of the Great Spirit 
I still believe 
In every night 
In every day 
I am like the caribou 
And you like the wolves that make me stronger 
We never owed you anything 
Our only debt is one life for our Mother 
It was a good day to chant this song 
For Her 

Our spirit was here long before you 
Long before us 
And long will it be after your pride brings you to your end " 

6. The Siren 

A lady with a violin playing to 
the seals 
Hearken to the sound of calling 

Who tied my hands to 
the wheel? 
The zodiac turns over me 
(Come to me) 
Somewhere there my fate 
revealed 
I hear but how will I see 

I tied myself to the wheel 
The winds talk to my sails, 
not me 
(Come to me) 
Somewhere there my fate 
revealed 
I hear but how will I see 

7. Dead Gardens 

The story behind the painting I drew is already told 
No more tearstains on the pages of my diary 
Tired but unable to give up since I'm 
Responsible for the lives I saved 

The play is done 
The curtain's down 

All the tales are told 
All the orchids gone 
Lost in my own world 
Now I care for dead gardens 

My song is little worth anymore 
Time to lay this weary pen aside 

The play is done 
The curtain's down 

"Where are the wolves, the underwater moon 
The elvenpath, the haven of youth 
Lagoons of the starlit sea 

Have I felt enough for one man's deed? 
Or is it time to challenge the Ancient of Days 
And let the virgin conceive" 

All the tales... 

8. Romanticide 

Godlove and rest my soul 
With this sundown neverending 
The feel is gone yet you ain't gonna see me fail 
I am the decadence of your world 
I am an eider covered in oil 
Happy hunting, you double-faced carnivore 

Tell me why 
No heart to cry 
Hang me high 

The music is dead, the amen is said 
The kiss of faith is what I beg 
A loving heart 'n soul for sale 

Tell me why... 

Leave me be 
And cease to tell me how to feel 
To grieve, to shield myself from evil 
Leave me be 
Od of lies is killing me 
Romanticide 
Till love do me part 

See me ruined by my own creations 

Leave me be... 

Dead Boy's alive but without sense 
I need a near-death experience 
Heart once bold 
Now turned to stone 
Perfection my messenger from hell 

Wine turns to water 
Campfires freeze, loveletters burn 
Romance is lost 
Lord, let me be wrong in this pain 

Temporary pain, eternal shame 
To take part in this devil's chess game 
Spit on me, let go, get rid of me 
And try to survive your stupidity 

9. Ghost Love Score 

We used to swim the same moonlight waters 
Oceans away from the wakeful day 

My fall will be for you 
My love will be in you 
If you be the one to cut me 
I'll bleed forever 

Scent of the sea before the waking of the world 
Brings me to thee 
Into the blue memory 

My fall will be for you 
My love will be in you 
If you be the one to cut me 
I will bleed forever 

Into the blue memory 

A siren from the deep came to me 
Sang my name my longing 
Still I write my songs about that dream of mine 
Worth everything I may ever be 

The Child will be born again 
That siren carried him to me 
First of them true loves 
Singing on the shoulders of an angel 
Without care for love n' loss 

Bring me home or leave me be 
My love in the dark heart of the night 
I have lost the path before me 
The one behind will lead me 

Take me 
Cure me 
Kill me 
Bring me home 
Every way 
Every day 
Just another loop in the hangman's noose 

Take me, cure me, kill me, bring me home 
Every way, every day 
I keep on watching us sleep 

Relive the old sin of Adam and Eve 
Of you and me 
Forgive the adoring beast 

Redeem me into childhood 
Show me myself without the shell 
Like the advent of May 
I'll be there when you say 
Time to never hold our love 

My fall will be for you 
My love will be in you 
You were the one to cut me 
So I'll bleed forever 

10. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan 

Kerran vain haaveeni nähdä sain 
En pienuutta alla tähtien tuntenut 
Kerran sain kehtooni kalterit 
Vankina sieltä kirjettä kirjoitan 

Luojani, luoksesi anna minun tulla siksi miksi lapseni minua luulee 

Sinussa maailman kauneus 
Josta kuolema teki minusta taiteilijan 

Luojani, luoksesi anna minun tulla siksi miksi lapseni minua luulee 

Oman taivaan tänne loin 
Anna minun päästä pois 

[English translation:] 

Death Makes Artists 

Only once I could see my dream 
Didn't feel the smallness under the stars 
Once I got bars in my cradle 
As a prisoner I write a letter from there 

My Lord, to you, let me become what my child thinks I am 
In you is the beauty of the world, of which death made me an artist 
My Lord, to you, let me become what my child thinks I am 

My own heaven I created here 
Let me get away 
My own heaven I created here 
Let me get away 

11. Higher Than Hope 

Time it took the most of me 
And left me with no key 
To unlock the chest of remedy 
Mother, the pain ain't hurting me 
But the love that I feel 
When you hold me near 

The hopes were high 
The choirs were vast 
Now my dreams are left to live through you 

Red Sun rising 
Drown without inhaling 
Within, the dark holds hard 
Red Sun rising 
Curtain falling 
Higher than hope my cure lies 

Passiontide 
An angel by my side 
But no Christ to end this war 
To deliver my soul from the sword 
Hope has shown me a scenery 
Paradise poetry 
With first snow I'll be gone 

The hopes were high... 

Red Sun rising... 

Your death saved me 

Red Sun rising... 

12. White Night Fantasy 

[bonus track] 

Enchantress came to me 
And said, meet me at the lake tonight 

I hunt this song to the white 
Through the shroud of snow I saw paradise 
Peace, no more lies 

Crestfallen soul 
Rest for this night 
Love is here 
Right here under my wings 

I dream of wolves 
With them I run 
For me she lengthened the night 
I am home 
I am in peace 

Crestfallen soul 
Rest for this night 
Love is here 
Right here under my wings 

13. Live To Tell The Tale 

[bonus track] 

A single grain can tip the scale 
Amidst the burden the scale will prevail 
Showing what's worth being here 
Storyteller by a hearth of stone 
A white little creature purring me 
My childhood kingdom gone in time 
The islands filling my mind with blue 
The one in speacial, heaven's court 

All the joy unforgiven by this task 

An errant soul, homeless and foul 
All gone but the will to 
Live to tell the tale 

The days are filled with anxiety 
Frustration, one right note a day 
Where to find a perfect tune 
Just do the work and take a step back 

All the joy... 

An errant soul... 

Dark chambers of my mind 
Locked around the neck of my love 
None of you understand 
And it doesn't matter 
To a broken marionette like me 

An errant soul... 

Oh how I hate my kind 
Have it all 
Yet wish to die 

Not mykind but the kind as you are 
Saints in Cain's mask 
I love you 
I just did

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