Dark Passion Play [Bonus DVD]

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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. [Nuclear Blast's 2008 edition included a bonus DVD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Int'l
  • UPC: 727361207021
  • Catalog Number: 2070

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Poet and the Pendulum (13:54)
  2. 2 Bye Bye Beautiful (4:14)
  3. 3 Amaranth (3:51)
  4. 4 Cadence of Her Last Breath (4:14)
  5. 5 Master Passion Greed (6:02)
  6. 6 Eva (4:25)
  7. 7 Sahara (5:47)
  8. 8 Whoever Brings the Night (4:17)
  9. 9 For the Heart I Once Had (3:55)
  10. 10 The Islander (5:05)
  11. 11 Last of the Wilds (5:40)
  12. 12 7 Days to the Wolves (7:03)
  13. 13 Meadows of Heaven (7:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bye Bye Beautiful
  2. 2 Amaranth
  3. 3 While Your Lips Are Still Red
  4. 4 Bye Bye Beautiful
  5. 5 The Poet and the Pendulum
  6. 6 Escapist
  7. 7 Bye Bye Beautiful
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nightwish Primary Artist
Derek Watkins Trumpet
Lance Ellington Choir, Chorus
John Barclay Trumpet
Pete Beachill Trombone
Mark Berrow Violin
Catherine Bott Choir, Chorus
Nicholas Bucknail Clarinet
Andrew Busher Choir, Chorus
Heather Cairncross Choir, Chorus
Michael Clarke Choir, Chorus
Yona Dunsford Choir, Chorus
Liz Edwards Violin
Andy Findon Flute, Human Whistle, Soloist
Derek Green Choir, Chorus
John Heley Celli
Claire Henry Choir, Chorus
Garfield Jackson Viola
Alison Jiear Choir, Chorus
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, Celli, Soloist
Johnathan Rees Violin
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Faye Simpson Choir, Chorus
Beverley Skeete Choir, Chorus, Soloist
Sonia Slany Violin
Cathy Thompson Violin
Allen Walley Bass
Ricci P. Washington Choir, Chorus
Kate Wilkinson Viola
Pip Williams Choir Director
Gavyn Wright Violin, Soloist
Dermot Crehan Violin
Maurice Murphy Trumpet
Mary Scully Bass
Ben Chappell Celli
Peter Lale Viola
Mary Carewe Choir, Chorus
Troy Donockley Bodhran, uillean pipes, Low Whistle
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Frank Schaefer Celli
Jackie Shave Violin
Bruce White Viola
David Daniels [cello] Celli
Tommy Blaize Choir, Chorus, Soloist
Susan Flannery Choir, Chorus
Helen Keen Flute, Piccolo
Julian Leaper Violin
Donald McVay Viola
Anthony Pike Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Janet Ramus Choir, Chorus
Lawrence Wallington Choir, Chorus
Michael Dore Choir, Chorus
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 Choir, Chorus
Simon Preece Choir, Chorus
Andy Wood Trombone
Simon Fischer Violin
Steve "Syco Steve" Williams Bass
Eliza Lumley Choir, Chorus
Tuomas Holopainen Piano, Keyboards
Emppu Vuorinen Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Jukka Nevalainen Drums
Marco Hietala Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Vocals
John Tobin Choir Master
Mike Thompson French Horn
Bryan Chambers Choir, Chorus
Tom Pearce Choir, Chorus
Gustav Clarkson Viola
Jeremy Avis Choir, Chorus
Gerard Bentall Choir, Chorus
Owen Slade Tuba
Joanna Forbes Choir, Chorus
Patrick Lannigan Bass
Ann DeRenais Choir, Chorus
Samantha Shaw Choir, Chorus
Ian Balmain Trumpet
Andy Crowley Trumpet
Anne Marie Cullum Choir, Chorus
Thomas Bowes Violin
Samuel Burkey Choir, Chorus
Anette Olzon Vocals
Helen Brookes Choir, Chorus
Bob J. Harms Choir, Chorus
Morag MacKay Choir, Chorus
Helen Meyerhoff Choir, Chorus
Sarah Ryan Choir, Chorus
Catriana Sandison Choir, Chorus
Sara Jane Skeete Choir, Chorus
Andrew Tinkler Choir, Chorus
Anthony Lewis Celli
Julie Andrews Bassoon, Contrabassoon
Tom Pigott-Smith Violin
Christopher Tombling Violin
James McLeod Violin
David Woodcock Violin
Gabrielle Lester Violin
Caroline Dearnley Celli
Jonathan Williams Choir, Chorus, Celli
Jenny O'Grady Choir, Chorus, Choir Master
Lindsay Wagstaff Choir, Chorus
Peter Hanson Violin
Richard Berry French Horn
Helen Parker Choir, Chorus
Jon Thorne Viola
Steve Morris Violin
Technical Credits
Haydn Bendall Engineer, overdub engineer
Jussi Tegelman Soundscape
Pip Williams Orchestration, Choir Arrangement, Orchestra Director
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Walt Whitman & the Soul Children Author
Mikko Karmila Producer, Engineer
Mika Jussila Mastering
Perry Mason Orchestra Leader
Masa Ito Liner Notes
Tuomas Holopainen Arranger, Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Emppu Vuorinen Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Jukka Nevalainen Arranger
Marco Hietala Arranger, Composer
Janne Pitkänen Artwork
Tero Kinnunen Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Gina Pitkänen Artwork
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