Nightwish: Tarja Turunen (vocals); Emmpu (guitar); Tuomas Holopainen (piano, synthesizer); Sami (bass); Jukka (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Esa Lehtinen (flute).
Nightwish: Tarja Turunen (vocals); Emppuvuorjnen (guitars); Tuomas Holopainen (piano, synthesizer); Samjvanska (bass instrument); Jukka Nevalainen (drums, percussion).
Personnel: Hanna Wilska (vocals); Kaisli J. Kaivola, Plamen Dimov (violin); Markku Palola (viola); Erkki Hirvikangas (cello); Esa Lehtinen (flute).
Audio Mixer: Mikko Karmila.
Arrangers: Nightwish; Tero Kinnunen.
First of all, Oceanborn is a huge step when thinking about Nightwish's debut album, Angels Fall First. All the elements of folk music and ambience are forgotten, and instead Nightwish have concentrated on using Tarja Turunen's wide voice and playing pure heavy metal. Or, well, another description could be opera metal. Drama and a variety of melodies are used and effective, but overrule all expectations. Songs are catchy, but they have a long lifetime. Also, the whole band does great work: even though they seem like another Dream Theater-wannabe, Holopainen and Vuorinen use their instruments with patience and don't slope into unneeded tricking. So everything seems to be alright, but the album as a whole lacks a little bit of diversity, and sometimes falls into repeating itself. The songs are, however, very strong, and the album as a whole works great. Oceanborn is, so far, Nightwish's most successful album. ~ Antti J. Ravelin
Although it is not, in my opinion, Nightwish's best album, this is a master-piece that shows their musical genius. A clear difference from their first album, Oceanborn is undoubtedly beautiful, but also much heavier in design. If you have only heard later albums, be prepared for a shock as Marco's deeper voice is mission from the album!
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