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The only really good nightwish. - 90%

Shadow0fDeath, July 22nd, 2004

Nightwish's debut, Angels fall first, has proven to be a very powerful album. Like Covenant they released one album that is fucking great, a second that is mediocre and the rest plain suck. Angels fall first has a lot of diversity. A few tracks which depend heavily on orchestration, such as beauty and the beast, a few ballads like laplend, and angels fall first(which i might add is one of the best songs on the album) and the more heavier songs such as Elvenpath.

The orchestration on this album is pretty cool but only seems to make the overall sound have more feeling. Also Tarja's vocals were the absolute best on this album. On Oceanborn, wishmaster here vocals were mediocre and soon went to lame on later albums following a more lacuna coil style. On this album though she is able to pull off pretty good operatic vocals and they sound great on this album.

The guitar on this album reminds me of cradle of filth. Strong in the beginning but lost in the symphonic elements later throughout eachsong. Though the guitars aren't exactly necessary. Like the orchestration it's another tool to make the overall sound filled to the brim with musical power and feeling that makes you want to listen to the album over and over again. Great job with this album. Wish Nightwish would've stayed on the path with this type of sound.