Wishmaster

Label
Universal Music Division Mercury
Release date
9 Jun 2008
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
65:15

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 She Is My Sin 4:46 217,886
2 The Kinslayer 3:59 247,568
3 Come Cover Me 4:34 166,547
4 Wanderlust 4:50 154,830
5 Two for Tragedy 3:51 129,434
6 Wishmaster 4:24 290,805
7 Bare Grace Misery 3:40 134,173
8 Crownless 4:25 140,592
9 Deep Silent Complete 3:57 169,717
10 Dead Boy's Poem 6:47 176,182
11 FantasMic 8:17 117,302
12 Sleepwalker (Eurovision Version) 2:55 371
13 Wanderlust (Live at Pakkahuone) 4:30 782
14 Deep Silent Complete (Live at Pakkahuone) 4:20 515

About this album

Wishmaster is the third album of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released on 19 May 2000 by Spinefarm Records.

Wishmaster’s sound continues the bombastic symphonic power metal approach originally featured on Oceanborn, albeit with more emphasis on atmosphere and melody versus powerful speed and heaviness. Perhaps even more so than its predecessor, Wishmaster has a very clear fantasy theme. While commonly considered to be closer to conventional power metal, there is still a great variety with slower songs like “Come Cover Me” and “Two for Tragedy”, and more epic pieces like “Dead Boy’s Poem” and “FantasMic”. “The Kinslayer” is written about the victims of the Columbine High School massacre. Wishmaster was inspired by the fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings and Dragonlance, mentioning Elbereth, Lórien, and the Grey Havens from the former; and Dalamar, Raistlin Majere (Dalamar’s shalafi, or “master”), Gilthanas, the Sla-Mori, and the Inn of the Last Home from the latter. “FantasMic” is a song about the Disney animated movies, particularly their fantasy and fable elements, taking its title from the Disneyland show Fantasmic!.

The song “Wishmaster” has remained one of Nightwish’s greatest hits, appearing on several best of compilations. Since its release, it has been a recurring track during live performances, and was featured on the live DVD End of an Era, recorded in 2005. As of 2013, it is still often performed live despite the band’s change of vocalists. A new orchestral intro for the track was recorded during the orchestral recording of Dark Passion Play. The song was brought back to the metal community’s mind by a cover version and video of metal a cappella band Van Canto in 2008.

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