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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Possibly the biggest success story in the history of Finnish heavy metal, Nightwish celebrated their second chart-topping album in their homeland with 2002's Century Child, which eventually collected numerous awards and went double platinum 60,000 units in Finland within a year of release. The group's fourth LP overall, Century Child wisely repeated its predecessors' winning characteristics: symphony-enhanced power metal laced with accessible pop sensibilities mostly straightforward song structures and romantic lyrics, distinguished by the operatic voice of classically trained singer Tarja Turunen. Undoubtedly the key to Nightwish's remarkable success and since, ...
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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Possibly the biggest success story in the history of Finnish heavy metal, Nightwish celebrated their second chart-topping album in their homeland with 2002's Century Child, which eventually collected numerous awards and went double platinum 60,000 units in Finland within a year of release. The group's fourth LP overall, Century Child wisely repeated its predecessors' winning characteristics: symphony-enhanced power metal laced with accessible pop sensibilities mostly straightforward song structures and romantic lyrics, distinguished by the operatic voice of classically trained singer Tarja Turunen. Undoubtedly the key to Nightwish's remarkable success and since, hugely influential on countless followers like After Forever and Epica, Turunen is actually more restrained in her delivery than one might expect, rarely belting her way overboard in an effort to match the metallic aggression of opening shots "Bless the Child" and "End of All Hope." Never losing momentum, she duets with bassist Marco Hietala on "Dead to the World," returns to center stage on the platinum-selling single "Ever Dream" which combines the group's commercial attributes to perfection, and leads the band towards commercial apotheosis on the gentle ballad "Forever Yours," which could fit perfectly well in any pop diva's catalog. "Slaying the Dreamer" and "Ocean Soul" resume the power metal with strings and choirs motif, and "Feel for You" curiously appears to draw its eerie riffs and strings from the theme of the Halloween movies! And before they embark on the album's final, ten-minute, three-part magnum opus, "Beauty of the Beast," Nightwish take a very competent stab at "The Phantom of the Opera" -- no, not the Iron Maiden classic, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical's title track. Which makes for an interesting tidbit when considering this album's appeal: fans of more aggressive heavy metal might find it simply too saccharine for the palate, but those with an affinity for straightforward rock and pop will not only eat it up, but ask for seconds.
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  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Century Media
  • UPC: 727701818924
  • Catalog Number: 8189

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nightwish Primary Artist, Track Performer
Steve Hardwick Vocals, Voices
Tapio "Mongo" Aaltonen Orchestral Percussion
Tuomas Holopainen Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Group Member
Tarja Turunen Vocals, Group Member
Emppu Vuorinen Guitar, Group Member
Jukka Nevalainen Percussion, Drums
Marco Hietala Bass, Vocals, Group Member
GME Choir Choir, Chorus
Juha Ikonen Leader
Kristina Ilmonen tin whistle
Joensuu City Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Hilkka Kangasniemi Choir Master
Riku Niemi Conductor
Technical Credits
Markus Mayer Cover Art
Mikko Karmila Engineer
Mika Jussila Mastering
Nightwish Producer
Tuomas Holopainen Composer, Producer, Art Direction, Creation
Tero Kinnunen Producer, Engineer
Caverock Engineer
Juha Ikonen Orchestra Leader
Terhi Kallio Engineer
Veijo Laine Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement, Percussion Arrangement
Riku Niemi Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement, Percussion Arrangement
TeeCee Kinnunen Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Heavy Metal Phantom of the Opera

    This is simply the best metal CD I've heard. Rich metal guitar rifts and crystal opera vocals. Very gothic sounding. This is one of their best works. Do yourself a favor and look up thier live version of, Phantom of the Opera, on Youtube. Tarja Turunen, can blow away Sarah Brightman. Watch the both singer's rendition and decide for yourself.

    End of All Hope, and Ever Dream, are 2 of my all time favorite songs. This is the only CD where I've given every song 5 stars! - seriously -

    Truly amazing CD by an amazing band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of their best!

    I really love this album. I got all of their CD's a few months ago and have just taken the time to really listen to each one and I find this CD to be fantastic! It's really one of their very best while still with their old lead singer. The originallity of the tracks is just amazing and it's just a great album all the way around!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    forever yours 5 ocean soul 5 bless the child 5 ever dream 5 wayfarer 4 beauty of the beast 5 end of all hope 2 the rest all sucks. feel for you have explicit lyrics, phantom of the opera sucks with marco's voice. or sound like heavy boring metal.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow.

    After listening to the CD, "ONCE" by Nightwish for nonstop, I knew I wanted to get their other works. So I bought this CD, "CENTURY CHILD". It is possibly my fave by them. The music is pounding and heavy, yet melodic. The opera singer's voice has more of a pop edge to it, but she still holds those amazingly high notes. This is a very good CD and one that shouldn't be overlooked. Heck! This awesome heavy metal Finnish rock band shouldn't be overlooked in general! If you enjoy Nightwish and do not have this CD, I highly recommend gettin' it. If you happen to be new to Nightwish, then this is a good CD to start out with. Nightwish is a very talented band and need more crediation. Listen to the samples: Like what you hear? Well, then buy the album: YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!! (I sure wasn't.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    This is an amazing album. I have to admit though, it took me a long time to get into it. Now I am hooked on it. My only problem is Forever Yours which sounds annoyingly like the Titanic song "My Heart Will Go On"... otherwise I love this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stunning

    If you don't know who Queensryche and Charlotte Church are, this CD might not be for you. The very idea of combining Heavy Metal and Opera is audacious enough, then to add some songs that any pop diva would be happy to call her own makes this CD even more facinating. The fact that the band is talented enough to pull this all off is what makes this CD a remarkable achievement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nightwish is the best power metal band ever!!

    They really are the best ever, in my opinion. My cousin suggested me to listen to them, and I haven't stopped since and that was about in March. I wasn't expecting much from the album, but it blew what little I had far away into hibernation. They have just the right blend of heavy metal and symphonic to keep everyone happy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy this album!!

    This is a great album. I'd never heard of them before and I came in contact with their music by an accident. Now I have ALL of their albums, and they're just fantastic. If you woul like to listen to "finnish melodic hardrock"... get this cd!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is an awesome cd

    Century Child is my favorite Nightwish album music-wise. The music and vocals are stunning on this album. The first time I heard this cd, I was in awe of the power behind the music. Tarja's vocals go unmatched. This cd is a must have!

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