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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861798420
  • Catalog Number: 179842
  • Sales rank: 34,980

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
Kate Wilkinson Viola
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
Dave Stewart Bass Trombone
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
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
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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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    awesome band but whats with the new female singer

    this new album dark passion play is awesome i have only thing against this album and its the new female singer shes not as good as tarja who was the heart and soul of the band anete brings nothing new to this band shes a terrible singer in my opinon she is

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    amazing new album by nightwish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing from begining to end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    Amazing CD

    I love this album. Nightwish is a nice blend of orchestral, and rock music. Very innovative. Love it!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    anette destroyed nightwish forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    anette destroyed this band forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Way Cool!

    This is an amazing CD! Amazing group for that matter! I had heard my room mate talking about these guys a while back, and I was just thinking about that recently, and decided that I would go ahead and check something out by them. I wound up getting this album for only about $10, and I must say...it's more than worth even the $10 I spent on it! The music is awesome, and it's lengthy too...over an hour long. It took me more than half hour just to get through 5 songs, and there are 13 total on this album. The group is female-fronted, but also has a male voice and some choir stuff thrown in here and there as well. There are heavier points and lighter points in the album, and there is also some great orchestral and guitar work in this album, and even some operatic moments in it as well, and the whole things fused all together makes up for one kick@$$ listen! If you are into the whole Goth rock scene at all and are not familiar with these guys or just are into checking out cool new & unique artists like me, then definitely check these guys out! I, for one, will be looking into more by these guys!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Anette IS Amazing.

    Stop whining about Tarja, she was nothing but a draw back to the band. Anette has an amazing voice, and even better... she's beautiful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    one very awesome intense album by nightwish

    one very talented band one very amazing album one very awesome new lead singer anetta = amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    one very awesome studio album by nightwish

    when i heard tarja was getting replaced i thought and said to myself its going to be very hard for a person to fill tarjas spot in nightwish anetta was the replacement and im now happy for both tarja and nightwish this album is very differnt from their first 5 studio albums its more well balanced now since tarjas no longer in nightwish this band is just amazing just simply amazing i love both anetta and tarja my favorite songs on this album are bye bye beauitful the islander 7 days of wolves tpatp amaranth all the songs on this album are just amazing this whole band is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT!!!!

    I found this CD so great! I found this band after getting really into this type of music with a virtual unknown in the US called Within Temptation. I heard about Nightwish and listen to 3 songs and was in love! I bought this CD and I adore it! I love EVERY song! The Poet and the Pendelum is so great! This whole CD is great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    toumas did it again!

    After listening to the new material and going to a couple of the new concerts IM glady to report that this band still breaks records delivering high quality rocking songs I miss tarja as many of the die hard nightwish fans but Toumas made an outstanding job adjusting to Annete's voice ...LOVE THE MUSIC...not really thrill for the voice but Annettes personality matches the band and having a healthy relationship always helps!...REMEMEBER U CANT NEVER HAVE ALL YOU WANT...NIghtwish's soul is Toumas after all. CHECK TARja's new songs they lack of music and lyrics...maybe someday they will perform together..I HOPE...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dark Passion Play

    I have all of Nightwish's albums and have been a huge fan for years, and when I heard that Tarja was being replaced, I did not think that it was possible. However, Anette has an amazing voice and sounds better with Marco's. Tarja used to overpower him and now it is a more balanced band. Anette haters can go buy Tarja's new album. Favorite songs on DPP: The Poet and the Pendulum, Sahara, Master Passion Greed, 7 Days to the Wolves, The Islander, and Last of the Wilds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cheesy

    I love the songs but get rid of Anette she does not do the band any favors in my opinion. They should have hired another singer with that had a similar voice like Tarja's.

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