Dark Passion Play (Collector's Edition)

Special 2 CD collector's edition features an instrumental orchestral version of the album (DO I HEAR KARAOKE?) plus a bonus track.

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Tue, 2010-06-08 09:52
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Absolutely, and w/out a doubt, this will change Goth for the better. This is the best Nightwish has ever done. It will make you say Tara who? No more straining operetics. Buy this Cd, and enter the new realm of majesty in Metal. Ten Stars-jw
Tue, 2010-06-08 09:52
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This album is phenominal! The new singer is a completely different sound than Tarja but the music is still classic Nightwish... and Holopainen is at the top of his game on this one. I have never been so assaulted (in a good way) by such a massive wall of sound... it is an experience listening to this album! The new singer gives them more of a pop sound (which isn't bad) than a "gothic metal" sound which I find interesting since they were such an inspiration to many of the top gothic metal bands (like my personal favorite Epica). I was also very pleased to see such a strong presence by Marco both in songwriting and vocals. I have always loved his voice, which manages to be both beautiful and manly at the same time. This album has everything, from their signature epic length soundtrack-like songs, to radio-friendly hits, even an instrumental that sounds a little like bluegrass gone metal. Interesting tidbit about this album - their use of the London Philharmonic made this the most expensive record ever to come out of Finland. It was worth the money though - there is nothing like a real orchestra backing up a metal band!
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Tue, 2010-06-08 09:52
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Absolutely, and w/out a doubt, this will change Goth for the better. This is the best Nightwish has ever done. It will make you say Tara who? No more straining operetics. Buy this Cd, and enter the new realm of majesty in Metal. Ten Stars-jw
Tue, 2010-06-08 09:52
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This album is phenominal! The new singer is a completely different sound than Tarja but the music is still classic Nightwish... and Holopainen is at the top of his game on this one. I have never been so assaulted (in a good way) by such a massive wall of sound... it is an experience listening to this album! The new singer gives them more of a pop sound (which isn't bad) than a "gothic metal" sound which I find interesting since they were such an inspiration to many of the top gothic metal bands (like my personal favorite Epica). I was also very pleased to see such a strong presence by Marco both in songwriting and vocals. I have always loved his voice, which manages to be both beautiful and manly at the same time. This album has everything, from their signature epic length soundtrack-like songs, to radio-friendly hits, even an instrumental that sounds a little like bluegrass gone metal. Interesting tidbit about this album - their use of the London Philharmonic made this the most expensive record ever to come out of Finland. It was worth the money though - there is nothing like a real orchestra backing up a metal band!
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