Dark Passion Play

Dark Passion Play

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by Nightwish
     
 

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Judging from the way Dark Passion Play starts out, it's understandable to assume that it's some sort of opera aria. But hold tight, dear friends, because from out of nowhere metal guitar riffs come swooping in. That's Nightwish for ya -- a Finnish quintet that had been walking the line between symphonic and metallic for ten years bySee more details below

Overview

Judging from the way Dark Passion Play starts out, it's understandable to assume that it's some sort of opera aria. But hold tight, dear friends, because from out of nowhere metal guitar riffs come swooping in. That's Nightwish for ya -- a Finnish quintet that had been walking the line between symphonic and metallic for ten years by the time of this 2007 release. The album signals the arrival of new singer Anette Olson (who replaced longtime member Tarja Turunen), but for longtime fans worried that this lineup shuffle may alter the band's sound and direction, there's no reason to fret -- Nightwish are as bombastic and dramatic as ever. Understandably, there are quite a few similarities between symphonic metal and prog metal, and this is certainly the case on such tracks as "Bye Bye Beautiful," which contains a very Dream Theater-esque opening. Elsewhere, "Eva" focuses primarily on the vocal talents of Nightwish's new frontwoman, while the slow-building album opener, "The Poet and the Pendulum," proves to be a neat summary of Nightwish's style. Depending on which side of the metal fence you're on, Dark Passion Play is either a symphonic metal triumph or merely pretentious twaddle.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2007
Label:
Roadrunner Records
UPC:
0016861798420
catalogNumber:
179842
Rank:
19871

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nightwish   Primary Artist
Lance Ellington   Choir, Chorus
Tony Lewis   Cello
John Barclay   French Horn
Pete Beachill   Trombone
Mark Berrow   Violin
Catherine Bott   Vocals
Nicholas Bucknail   Clarinet
Andrew Busher   Vocals
Heather Cairncross   Vocals
Nollaig Casey   Fiddle
Michael Clarke   Vocals
Yona Dunsford   Vocals
Liz Edwards   Violin
Richard Edwards   Trombone
Andy Findon   Flute,Human Whistle,Soloist
Derek Green   Choir, Chorus
John Heley   Cello
Claire Henry   Vocals
Garfield Jackson   Viola
Alison Jiear   Vocals
Skaila Kanga   Harp
Carol Kenyon   Choir, Chorus
Gary Kettel   Percussion
Greg Knowles   Cymbalom
Chris Laurence   Bass
Martin Loveday   Cello,Soloist
Rita Manning   Violin
Kate Musker   Viola
Chris Pitsillides   Viola
Anthony Pleeth   Cello,Soloist
Johnathan Rees   Violin
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Faye Simpson   Choir, Chorus
Beverley Skeete   Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Sonia Slany   Violin
David Theodore   Oboe,Cor anglais
David Porter Thomas   Vocals
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Allen Walley   Bass
Ricci P. Washington   Choir, Chorus
Gavyn Wright   Violin,Soloist
Mary Scully   Bass
Ben Chappell   Cello
Peter Lale   Viola
Mary Carewe   Vocals
Troy Donockley   Bodhran,uillean pipes,Low Whistle
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Frank Schaefer   Cello
Jackie Shave   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Andrew Parker   Viola
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Stephen Henderson   Percussion
Andrew Crowley   French Horn
Tommy Blaize   Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Susan Flannery   Vocals
Helen Keen   Flute,Piccolo
Julian Leaper   Violin
Donald McVay   Viola
Anthony Pike   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Janet Ramus   Choir, Chorus
Lawrence Wallington   Vocals
Michael Dore   Vocals
Michael McMenemy   Violin
Richard Watkins   French Horn
Everton Nelson   Violin
Perry Mason   Violin
James Shearman   Conductor
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Sarah Eyden   Vocals
Cherith Milburn-Fryer   Vocals
Simon Preece   Vocals
Andy Wood   Trombone
Simon Fischer   Violin
Steve "Syco Steve" Williams   Bass
Eliza Lumley   Vocals
Tuomas Holopainen   Piano,Keyboards
Jukka Nevalainen   Drums
Marco Hietala   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals
John Tobin   Choir Master
Mike Thompson   French Horn
Bryan Chambers   Choir, Chorus
Tom Pearce   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gustav Clarkson   Viola
David Stewart   Bass Trombone
Jeremy Avis   Vocals
Gerard Bentall   Vocals
Owen Slade   Tuba
Joanna Forbes   Vocals
Michael White   Vocals
Patrick Lannigan   Bass
Ann DeRenais   Vocals
Samantha Shaw   Vocals
Ian Balmain   French Horn
Anne Marie Cullum   Vocals
Timothy Grant   Viola
Rosemary Forbes-Butler   Vocals
Thomas Bowes   Violin
Samuel Burkey   Vocals
Anette Olzon   Vocals
Helen Brookes   Vocals
Guy Elliot   Soprano
Senni Eskelinen   Kantele
Bob J. Harms   Vocals
Morag MacKay   Vocals
Helen Meyerhoff   Vocals
Sarah Ryan   Vocals
Catriana Sandison   Vocals
Sara Jane Skeete   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Tinkler   Vocals
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Viola
Julie Andrews   Bassoon,Contrabassoon
Tom Pigott-Smith   Violin
Christopher Tombling   Violin
James McLeod   Violin
David Woodcock   Violin
Gabrielle Lester   Violin
Caroline Dearnley   Cello
Jonathan Williams   Cello,Vocals
Jenny O'Grady   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Choir Master
Lindsay Wagstaff   Vocals
Richard Berry   French Horn
Helen Parker   Vocals
Jon Thorne   Viola
Steve Morris   Violin

Technical Credits

Jussi Tegelman   Soundscape
Pip Williams   Director,Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Walt Whitman & the Soul Children   Author
Mikko Karmila   Producer,Engineer
Mika Jussila   Mastering
Perry Mason   Orchestra Leader
Tuomas Holopainen   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Emppu Vuorinen   Composer
Jukka Nevalainen   Arranger
Marco Hietala   Arranger,Composer
Janne Pitkänen   Artwork
Gina Pitkänen   Artwork

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