Wishmaster (album)

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Studio album by
Released8 May 2000 (2000-05-08)
RecordedJanuary–March 2000
  • Nightwish
  • Tero Kinnunen
Nightwish studio album chronology
Century Child
Singles from Wishmaster
  1. "Deep Silent Complete"
    Released: 16 July 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles[2]
Chronicles of Chaos[3]
Metal Hammer (GER)[4]
Kerrang![citation needed]

Wishmaster is the third studio album by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. It was released on 8 May 2000 through Spinefarm Records in Finland. The album was released in the rest of Europe by Drakkar Entertainment on 29 May, and in Japan by Toy's Factory on 19 July. In the US, it was released by Century Media on 6 February 2001.[5]

Wishmaster peaked at No. 1 in the official Finnish charts;[6] the album also debuted in the European charts at No. 21 in Germany[7] and No. 66 in France.[8] Wishmaster has sold more than 79,000 copies in Finland alone.[9] In 2019, Metal Hammer ranked it as the 18th best power metal album of all time.[10]

Most reissues of the album contain the song "Sleepwalker", which was released in July 2000 to compete in the Finnish Eurovision Song Contest tryouts.

Background and release[edit]

The writing and recording of Wishmaster was very fast and devoid of complications, in contrast with what had happened for Oceanborn.[11] The main composer Tuomas Holopainen considers the album "the most distant and least personal (...) in the Nightwish catalogue", despite containing the "mother of all Nightwish songs - Dead Boys' Poem."[12] The image of the dead boy would reappear in several songs of the following albums. Wishmaster was issued on 8 May 2000, a few days earlier than its scheduled release,[13] because the music had leaked onto the Internet.[11]

Music style[edit]

Wishmaster's sound continues the bombastic symphonic power metal approach originally featured on Oceanborn, albeit with more emphasis on atmosphere and melody versus speed and heaviness. Perhaps even more so than its predecessor, Wishmaster has a very clear fantasy theme.[12] While commonly considered to be closer to conventional power metal, there is still a great variety with slower songs like "Two for Tragedy" and "Dead Boy's Poem", and more epic pieces like "FantasMic". "The Kinslayer" is written about the victims of the Columbine High School massacre.[14] "Wishmaster" was inspired by the fantasy novel series The Lord of the Rings and Dragonlance, mentioning Elbereth, Lórien, and the Grey Havens from the former; and Dalamar, Raistlin Majere (Dalamar's shalafi, or "master"), Gilthanas, the Sla-Mori, Silvara and the Inn of the Last Home from the latter.[14] "FantasMic" is a song about the Disney animated movies, particularly their fantasy and fable elements, taking its title from the Disneyland show Fantasmic!.[12]

Live performances[edit]

The song "Wishmaster" has remained one of Nightwish's greatest hits, appearing on several best of compilations. Since its release, it has been a recurring track during live performances and was featured on the live DVD End of an Era, recorded in 2005. It is still often performed live despite the band's change of vocalists and is the third most played song with 472 live performances as of December 2018.[15] A new orchestral intro for the track was recorded during the orchestral recording of Dark Passion Play. Other recurring live songs from the album are "She Is My Sin", "Dead Boy's Poem" and "Come Cover Me".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Tuomas Holopainen; all music is composed by Holopainen, except where noted.

Wishmaster track listing
1."She Is My Sin" 4:46
2."The Kinslayer" 3:59
3."Come Cover Me"
4."Wanderlust" 4:50
5."Two for Tragedy" 3:51
6."Wishmaster" 4:23
7."Bare Grace Misery"
  • Holopainen
  • Vuorinen
  • Holopainen
  • Vuorinen
9."Deep Silent Complete" 3:57
10."Dead Boy's Poem" 6:47
11."FantasMic" 8:18
Total length:53:30
Japanese bonus track
12."Sleepwalker" (heavy mix)3:10
Total length:56:40
2007 reissue bonus tracks
12."Sleepwalker" (original version)2:57
13."Wanderlust" (live at Pakkahuone)4:34
14."Deep Silent Complete" (live at Pakkahuone)4:24
Total length:65:25


Credits for Wishmaster adapted from liner notes.[16]



Country Organization Year Sales
Finland IFPI 2000 Platinum (+ 40,000)[9]


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  10. ^ Chantler, Chris (14 November 2019). "The 25 greatest power metal albums". Metal Hammer. Future plc. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
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  12. ^ a b c Holopainen, Tuomas (2007). Wishmaster (CD Booklet). Nightwish. London, UK: Spinefarm Records UK. p. 3. 0602517449350.
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  15. ^ Wishmaster by Nightwish
  16. ^ (2000). "Wishmaster liner notes". In Wishmaster [CD booklet]. Spinefarm.
  17. ^ "Nightwish – Deep Siulent Complete (song)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 29 August 2014.


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