Century Child

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Century Child
Studio album by Nightwish
Released 24 May 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Symphonic metal, power metal
Length 57:20
Label Spinefarm, Century Media
Producer Tuomas Holopainen, Tero Kinnunen
Nightwish chronology
Over the Hills and Far Away
Century Child
Singles from Century Child
  1. "Ever Dream"
    Released: May 3, 2002
  2. "Bless the Child"
    Released: July 21, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[citation needed]

Century Child is the fourth studio album of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released in 2002 by Spinefarm Records. It is the first album with current bassist and male vocalist Marco Hietala.

The album is a notable departure from previous Nightwish releases, lyrically and musically. The overall musical scheme is slower and darker than the more light-hearted likes of Oceanborn and Wishmaster, with more emphasis on ambience and melodic leanings. It contains orchestral backing, an ethereal production, softer and less operatic vocal work from Tarja Turunen and vocals by Marco in songs like "Ever Dream", "Slaying the Dreamer", "Dead to the World", "Feel for You" and "The Phantom of the Opera"; furthermore, the lyrics depict the strongest concept album undercurrents yet. This could also be considered one of Nightwish's darkest albums. The album received strong positive reviews. Century Child is also the first album on which guitarist Emppu Vuorinen tunes his guitar to D tuning in order to match Hietala's D-tuned bass.

Spinefarm Records released a 2-CD special edition version of the album in 2002. It includes the CD, liner art with the band members' signatures, and a Video CD containing the music video for their cover of Gary Moore's "Over the Hills and Far Away". In addition, the booklet contains an ID code that allows the owner to download the entire album and three extra tracks from the Internet for a limited time. The bonus tracks are "Nightwish", "The Forever Moments" and "Etiäinen", all from the band's first demo (1996).

The album was certified 2x platinum in Finland with more than 60,000 sold copies, the second most sold Finnish album in Finland in year 2002. Century Child has sold more than 90,000 copies in Finland alone.[2] Worldwide, it sold more than 350,000 copies between 2002 and 2003.

Track listing[edit]

Title Writers Length
1. "Bless the Child" Holopainen 6:12
2. "End of All Hope" Holopainen 3:54
3. "Dead to the World" Holopainen 4:19
4. "Ever Dream" Holopainen 4:43
5. "Slaying the Dreamer" Holopainen & Vuorinen 4:31
6. "Forever Yours" Holopainen 3:51
7. "Ocean Soul" Holopainen 4:14
8. "Feel for You" Holopainen 3:54
9. "The Phantom of the Opera" Andrew Lloyd Webber 4:09
10. "Beauty of the Beast" Holopainen, Hietala, Vuorinen 10:21
11. "Lagoon" (bonus track) Holopainen 3:47
12. "The Wayfarer" (bonus track) Holopainen 3:25

2007 UK edition bonus tracks[edit]

Title Writers Length
13. "Bless the Child" (Edit) Holopainen 4:09
14. "End of All Hope" (Live at Summer Breeze Open Air) Holopainen 4:12
15. "Dead to the World" (Live at Summer Breeze Open Air) Holopainen 4:46


Chart Peak
Austrian Top 40 Albums 15
Dutch MegaCharts 41
Finnish Albums Chart 1
French Albums Chart 32
German Albums Chart 5
Norwegian Albums Chart 19
Swedish Albums Chart 39
Swiss Albums Top 100 50

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
Finland 4x Platinum[3]


The band[edit]


  • Mongo Aaltonen - orchestral percussion
  • Sam Hardwick - spoken parts (on tracks 1 and 10)
  • Kristiina Ilmonen - Tin Whistle
  • Joensuu City Orchestra, Juha Ikonen, leader
  • A chorus mostly consisting of the St. Thomas chorus of Helsinki - chorus, Hilkka Kangasniemi as choirmaster[4]


  1. ^ "Century Child: Nightwish". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  2. ^ "Nightwish albums". Ifpi.fi. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  3. ^ "IFPI Tilastot: Nightwish". Ifpi.fi. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Nightwish credits for Century Child". Nightwish. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 

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