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Original album cover.

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, employing various orchestras and choirs to give the songs a more 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
01 Dark Chest of Wonders Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen
02 Wish I Had an Angel Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen, Marco Hietala
03 Nemo Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen
04 Planet Hell Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen, Marco Hietala
05 Creek Mary's Blood Tuomas Holopainen, John Two-Hawks Tarja Turunen, John Two-Hawks
06 The Siren Tuomas Holopainen, Emppu Vuorinen Tarja Turunen, Marco Hietala
07 Dead Gardens Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen, Jouni Hynynen
08 Romanticide Tuomas Holopainen, Marco Hietala Tarja Turunen, Marco Hietala
09 Ghost Love Score Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen
10 Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen
11 Higher Than Hope Marco Hietala, Tuomas Holopainen Tarja Turunen, Marc Brueland


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

Song Rank

This is the order in which I enjoy the songs from this album, and their individual song ratings.

Order Title Stars
1 Nemo 8
2 Wish I Had an Angel 8
3 Planet Hell 8
4 Romanticide 7
5 Higher Than Hope 6
6 Dark Chest of Wonders 6
7 Ghost Love Score 5
8 The Siren 1
9 Dead Gardens 1
10 Creek Mary's Blood 1
11 Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan 1

The album's total score is 532.


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