Dark Passion Play [Bonus Disc]

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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. [Roadrunner's 2007 edition included one bonus track as well as a second CD of bonus "orchestral versions."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861797027
  • Catalog Number: 179702
  • Sales rank: 1,212

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nightwish Primary Artist
Lance Ellington Choir, Chorus
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
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
Cathy Thompson Violin
Allen Walley Bass
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
David Daniels [cello] Cello
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
Tim Grant Viola
Everton Nelson Violin
Perry Mason Violin
James Shearman Conductor
Rachel Bolt Viola
Emlyn Singleton Violin
Warren Zielinski Violin
Sarah Eyden 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
Patrick Lannigan Bass
Ann DeRenais Vocals
Samantha Shaw Vocals
Ian Balmain French Horn
Andy Crowley French Horn
Anne Marie Cullum 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
Anthony Lewis Cello
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 October 1, 2010

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    Dark Passion Play-Nightwish, starring the new singer Annette Olzon

    I think this is the best album Nightwish ever released! It made me reconsider whether or not metal really is screeching sounds. Yeah, some of it is a load of yelling, but come on! Who can resist the powerful melodies in that type of music (minus people who like the calming music. Can't blame you if you hate this 'cause of that....mesh) I have to say to the Tarja fans, give Annette a break! She's awesome, and truthfully, I like her music better because Tarja kinda sounds flat when she sings. Annette really brings out her voice, especially in Amarath.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love it

    I love this cd just because of the new blood that joined their group. I'm not saying that I don't like the old nightwish, all of their songs are good, no matter who's singing. The only thing that I wish that they have on this cd is their bonus song, The Escapist, which is the bonus track in Japan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rank this six stars

    After a four year absence Nightwish return with a new vocalist and an album that says loudly, and quite proudly: "We're BACK!!" Dark Passion Play is signature Nightwish from start to incredible finish. It's mnore powerful, emotional and symphonic than ever before which is a great thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yes, It's Still Nightwish

    First, I must say that I miss Tarja. Anette is a good singer, but she just sounds so ordinary and her vocals here are about 3 Db too quiet on many of the songs. I am not impressed by the first 2 songs, but the rest of this release is about what I expected. Very few bands are daring enough, or talented enough to put this amount of varied material on one release. Listen to "Seven Days To The Wolves" and then listen to "For The Heart I Once Had". Nightwish has made a career of doing this. This CD is the most complex that the band has ever released and the second disc of this set proves it. I personally thought that the band's last release was a bit over-baked and this release suffers from the same problem in places. In conclusion, this is typical Nightwish and they still do it better than just about anyone else.

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