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CD - Finland - 1st edition.

Artist Nightwish
Published 2004-06-07
Type Studio
Genre Symphonic metal
Themes Introspection, desire, childhood

Once is a symphonic metal album by Nightwish, their fifth studio release, published 2004-06-07. The album has a much higher production value that previous Nightwish albums, adding orchestras and choirs to the symphonic metal songs, giving them an epic scope.


After learning about the band Nightwish, I began looking for more of their work and found several songs from this album. For awhile, I was smitten with the the songs Nemo, Planet Hell, and Wish I Had an Angel, playing them on repeat over and over again. A few of the songs on the album I haven't really given a chance, and I need to go back to listen to them to properly rank them.

I own this album on CD.

Track Listing

Track Title Composer Vocals Rank Rating
01 Dark Chest of Wonders Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen 6 Rating-6.svg
02 Wish I Had an Angel Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen, Marco Hietala 2 Rating-8.svg
03 Nemo Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen 1 Rating-8.svg
04 Planet Hell Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen, Marco Hietala 3 Rating-8.svg
05 Creek Mary's Blood Tuomas Holopainen, John Two-Hawks Tarja Turunen, John Two-Hawks 10 Rating-0.svg
06 The Siren Tuomas Holopainen, Emppu Vuorinen Tarja Turunen, Marco Hietala 8 Rating-0.svg
07 Dead Gardens Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen, Jouni Hynynen 9 Rating-0.svg
08 Romanticide Tuomas Holopainen, Marco Hietala Tarja Turunen, Marco Hietala 4 Rating-7.svg
09 Ghost Love Score Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen 7 Rating-5.svg
10 Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen 11 Rating-0.svg
11 Higher Than Hope Marco Hietala, Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen, Marc Brueland 5 Rating-6.svg

The album's total score is 528.


The album cover uses a photograph of the William Wetmore Story sculpture, Angel of Grief. Different graphical layouts were used by different publishers.


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