Century Child

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Century Child
Studio album by Nightwish
Released 25 May 2002
Recorded Caverock Studios, Kitee and Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland, December 2001-April 2002
Genre Symphonic metal, power metal
Length 57:20
Label Spinefarm (Finland)
Drakkar (Europe)
Century Media (US)
Toy's Factory (Japan)
Producer Tuomas Holopainen, Tero Kinnunen and Nightwish
Nightwish chronology
Over the Hills and Far Away
(2001)
Century Child
(2002)
Once
(2004)
Singles from Century Child
  1. "Ever Dream"
    Released: 3 May 2002
  2. "Bless the Child"
    Released: 21 July 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Sea of Tranquility 4.5/5 stars
4/5 stars[3]
Metal.de 9/10 stars[4]
Metal Hammer (GER) 6/7 stars[5]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[citation needed]

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

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.[6] The bonus tracks are "Nightwish", "The Forever Moments" and "Etiäinen", all from the band's first demo of 1996.

The album was certified double platinum in Finland with more than 60,000 sold copies,[7] the second most sold Finnish album in Finland in year 2002.[8] Century Child has sold more than 80,000 copies in Finland alone.[7] It sold more than 350,000 copies worldwide between 2002 and 2003.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tuomas Holopainen, except where indicated. 

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Bless the Child"       6:12
2. "End of All Hope"       3:45
3. "Dead to the World"       4:19
4. "Ever Dream"       4:43
5. "Slaying the Dreamer"     Holopainen, Emppu Vuorinen 4:31
6. "Forever Yours"       3:51
7. "Ocean Soul"       4:14
8. "Feel for You"       3:54
9. "The Phantom of the Opera"   Tim Rice Andrew Lloyd Webber 4:10
10. "Beauty of the Beast"
I. "Long Lost Love"
II. "One More Night to Live"
III. "Christabel"
"  
  I. Marco Hietala; II. Holopainen, Vuorinen 10:22

Personnel[edit]

Nightwish[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Joensuu City Orchestra
  • Juha Ikonen - orchestra leader
  • Riku Neimi - orchestra conductor
  • Mongo Aaltonen - orchestral percussion
  • A chorus mostly consisting of members from the St. Thomas chorus of Helsinki[citation needed]
  • Hilkka Kangasniemi - choirmaster
  • Sam Hardwick - spoken parts on tracks 1 and 10
  • Kristiina Ilmonen - tin whistle
  • GME choir - additional noise

Production[edit]

  • Tero Kinnunen - producer, engineer
  • Mikko Karmila - engineer, mixing
  • Mika Jussila - mastering
  • Veijo Laine, Riku Neimi - orchestra and choir production and arrangements
  • Terhi Kallio - orchestra recordings engineer

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
Finland IFPI 2003 2x Platinum (+ 60,000)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Nightwish - Century Child review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Butler, Nick (14 January 2005). "Nightwish - Century Child". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Glenday, Duncan; Pierce, Ken (23 November 2003). "Nightwish: Century Child". Sea of Tranquility.org. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Gregori, David. "Nightwish - "Century Child"" (in German). Metal.de. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Nightwish: Century Child" (in German). Metal Hammer. July 2002. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Band Discography - Century Child". Nightwish Official Website. Archived from the original on 14 April 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Tilastot - Nightwish" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Myydyimmät levyt - Vuosi 2002" [Bestsellers plates - Year 2002] (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nightwish – Century Child (album)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Album – Nightwish, Century Child". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Nightwish – Century Child (album)". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Nightwish – Century Child (album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Nightwish – Century Child (album)" (in French). Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Nightwish – Century Child (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Nightwish – Century Child (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Nightwish – Century Child". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nightwish – Ever Dream (song)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Nightwish – Bless the Child (song)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "infodisc.fr Note : You must select Nightwish". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Nightwish – Bless the Child (song)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Single – Nightwish, Bless the Child". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 

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