Ranking the Discography: Nightwish Part III: Wishmaster (2000)

Wishmaster debuted at #1 in Nightwish’s native Finland, marking the first time the band did so. The band continued to be inspired by fantasy, but a few songs delved into other inspirations. The album was produced by Tero Kinnunen.


Tarja Turunen: vocals

Empuu Vuorinen: guitar, songwriting

Sami Vänskä: bass

Tuomas Holopainen: keyboards, lyrics, songwriting

Jukka Nevalainen: drums, percussion

  1. “She is My Sin”: The drums and keyboard are great on this opener.
  2. ” The Kinslayer”: This was written about the Columbine massacre. It’s one of my favorite songs.
  3. “Come Cover Me”: This starts with a quote from Shakespeare’s 9th Sonnet. The guitar sounds awesome.
  4. ” Wanderlust “: A beautiful ballad with stirring orchestration.
  5. ” Two For Tragedy “: This song alludes to the Fall of Eden.
  6. ” Wishmaster”: I love the backing vocals on this. The song references Lord of the Rings.
  7. “Bare Grace Misery”: Another song with a Shakespearean reference, this time “The Rape of Lucrece”. It also alludes to Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” and ” The Little Match Girl”.
  8. “Crownless”: Another Lord of the Rings song, referencing Aragorn and the fabled Sword in the Stone.
  9. ” Deep Silent Complete”: Tuomen calls this song his “tribute to the mighty power of the oceans.” It references two more Shakespearean Sonnets, # 93 and #17.
  10. “Dead Boy’s Poem “: This mournful tune references Shakespearean Sonnet #72
  11. ” Fantasmic”: This song quotes several Disney songs.
  12. “Sleepwalker”: This was originally included on the Japanese release, and performed at EuroVision.

Final Verdict: We’re getting close to where I first got into the band. I really enjoyed this album.

Grade: A


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