Nightwish – Century Child (2002)

Album Review

Possibly the biggest success story in the history of Finnish heavy metal, Nightwish celebrated their second chart-topping album in their homeland with 2002’s Century Child, which eventually collected numerous awards and went double platinum (60,000 units in Finland) within a year of release. The group’s fourth LP overall, Century Child wisely repeated its predecessors’ winning characteristics: symphony-enhanced power metal laced with accessible pop sensibilities (mostly straightforward song structures and romantic lyrics), distinguished by the operatic voice of classically trained singer Tarja Turunen. Undoubtedly the key to Nightwish’s remarkable success (and since, hugely influential on countless followers like After Forever and Epica)… Read more on allmusic.com

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