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Wishmaster
Wishmaster
Album info
ReleaseMay 19, 2000 (Finland)
May 29, 2000 (Europe)
February 6, 2001 (USA)
RecordedJan 2000-Mar 2000
GenreSymphonic power metal
Length56:03
LabelSpinefarm, Drakkar, Century Media
ProducerTuomas Holopainen, Tero Kinnunen

Wishmaster is the third album by Nightwish, released July 18, 2000 by Spinefarm Records.

Perhaps even moreso than its predecessor, Wishmaster has a very clear fantasy-theme. While commonly considered to be closer to more conventional Heavy 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. Wanderlust and Wishmaster were influenced by the Dragonlance series of fantasy novels, the first referring to a trait the kender race have that leads them to venturing across the world, the latter mentioning Dalamar as the apprentice and his shalafi, Raistlin Majere. 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 stayed one of Nightwish' greatest hits, featuring on several best of-compilations as well as climbing to a steady eight position at Last.fm. Since its release, it has been a recurring track on live performances, and it featured for example on the live DVD "End of an Era", recorded in 2005. It is still (2008) often played live despite the band's change of vocalist. Other recurring live songs from the album are for example "She is My Sin" and "The Kinslayer".

Track Listing Edit

  1. "She Is My Sin" – 4:46
  2. "The Kinslayer" (ft. Ike Vil) – 3:59
  3. "Come Cover Me" – 4:34
  4. "Wanderlust" – 4:50
  5. "Two for Tragedy" – 3:50
  6. "Wishmaster" – 4:24
  7. "Bare Grace Misery" – 3:41
  8. "Crownless" – 4:28
  9. "Deep Silent Complete" – 3:57
  10. "Dead Boy's Poem" (ft. Sam Hardwick) – 6:47
  11. "FantasMic" – 8:27
  12. "Sleepwalker" (Bonus track on the Spinefarm limited edition) – 2:55

PersonnelEdit

Nightwish
Guests
  • Sam Hardwick - Vocals
  • Ike Vil - Vocals
  • Esa Lehtinen - Flute
  • Ville Laaksonen - Tenor singer
  • Matias Kaila - Tenor singer
  • Kimmo Kallio - Baritone singer
  • Riku Salminen - Bass singer
  • Anssi Honkanen - Bass singer
  • V. Laaksonen - Choir arrangements

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