Sacrament of Wilderness

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"Sacrament of Wilderness"
Single by Nightwish
from the album Oceanborn
Released26 November 1998[1]
RecordedAugust–October, 1998
GenrePower metal
Songwriter(s)Tuomas Holopainen, Emppu Vuorinen
Producer(s)Tero Kinnunen
Nightwish singles chronology
"The Carpenter"
"Sacrament of Wilderness"
"Passion and the Opera"

Sacrament of Wilderness is the second single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released as the first single from their album Oceanborn.

The single's cover art features the Oceanborn owl with the same scroll as in the cover of Oceanborn and Wishmaster.[2]

It reached the number-one spot in the Finnish charts during several weeks, as well as the subsequent, Walking in the Air. Both were certified with Gold Disc in Finland with more than 5,000 sold copies.[3]

The cover of the single features the same owl as in Passion and the Opera.

Live performances[edit]

The song disappeared from Nightwish' live setlist after their World Tour of the Century, in 2003, but returned again in late 2007, sung by their new vocalist Anette Olzon but otherwise the same musically. It is one of the few songs from their first two albums that has survived live and still is performed.

Current Nightwish bassist, Marco Hietala, doesn't like this song as much as he likes some others; when asked why, he said:

Track listing[edit]

  1. Sacrament of Wilderness
  2. Burning Flames' Embrace (by Eternal Tears of Sorrow)
  3. The Crow and the Warrior (by Darkwoods My Betrothed)


The music video is a live performance of the song at Kitee, the band's hometown, on November 13, 1998. The band members, except Sami, sported short hair in the video,[4] released as bonus material on Nightwish's first DVD, From Wishes to Eternity, in 2001.

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
Finland Gold[5]



  1. ^ ""Sacrament of Wilderness" single". Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  2. ^ a b - Nightmail Archived October 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "The band: Biography". Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  4. ^ Nightwish - "Sacrament of Wilderness" video
  5. ^ "IFPI Tilastot: Nightwish". Retrieved 2010-01-03. External link in |publisher= (help)

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