is the third Wishmaster studio album by the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released on 8 May 2000 through Spinefarm Records in Finland. The album was released in Europe by Drakkar Entertainment on 29 May 2000 and in the US by Century Media on 6 February 2001. 
Wishmaster peaked at No. 1 in the official Finnish charts; the album also debuted in the European charts at No. 21 in Germany  and No. 66 in France.   Wishmaster has sold more than 79,000 copies in Finland alone. 
Most re-issues 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 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." 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, because the music had leaked onto the Internet.  
Music style [ edit ]
Wishmaster's sound continues the bombastic symphonic power metal approach originally featured on , albeit with more emphasis on atmosphere and melody versus speed and heaviness. Perhaps even more so than its predecessor, Oceanborn Wishmaster has a very clear fantasy theme. 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. "Wishmaster" was inspired by the fantasy novel series  and The Lord of the Rings , mentioning Dragonlance 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. "  FantasMic" is a song about the Disney animated movies, particularly their fantasy and fable elements, taking its title from the Disneyland show . Fantasmic! 
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 , recorded in 2005. As of 2013 , it is still often performed live despite the band's change of vocalists. A new orchestral intro for the track was recorded during the orchestral recording of End of an Era Dark Passion Play. Other recurring live songs from the album are "She Is My Sin", "Dead Boy's Poem" and "Come Cover Me".
The song "Wishmaster" was brought back to the metal community's mind by a cover version and video of metal a cappella band
van Canto in 2008. The song "Wishmaster" was remade as a
bluegrass version by the Finnish country band Steve 'N' Seagulls and appears on their album "Brothers in Farms" released in 2016.
Track listing [ edit ]
All lyrics written by
Tuomas Holopainen; all music composed by Tuomas Holopainen, except where noted.
"She Is My Sin"
(featuring Ike Vil) 3:59
"Come Cover Me"
(music: Holopainen, Emppu Vuorinen) 4:34
"Two for Tragedy"
"Bare Grace Misery"
(music: Holopainen, Vuorinen) 3:39
(music: Holopainen, Vuorinen) 4:25
Deep Silent Complete" 3:57
"Dead Boy's Poem"
(featuring Sam Hardwick) 6:47
Personnel [ edit ]
Nightwish [ edit ]
Guest musicians [ edit ]
Production [ edit ]
Tero Kinnunen - producer, engineer, arrangements with Nightwish
Mikko Karmila - engineer, mixing
Mika Jussila - mastering
Certifications [ edit ]
Platinum (+ 40,000)
References [ edit ]
^ Ravelin, Antti J. "Nightwish - Wishmaster review". . AllMusic Rovi Corporation . Retrieved . 29 August 2014
^ Gromen, Mark (6 June 2000). "Nightwish - Wishmaster". Bravewords.com. Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles . Retrieved . 29 August 2014
^ Palmerston, Sean (February 2001). "Nightwish - Wishmaster". Exclaim! . Retrieved . 29 August 2014
^ Wee, Alvin (10 January 2001). "Nightwish - Wishmaster". Chronicles of Chaos . Retrieved . 29 August 2014
^ "Nightwish - Wishmaster" (in German). . June 2000 Metal Hammer . Retrieved . 29 August 2014
^ "Nightwish releases to hit the USA". Nightwish's Official Website. 22 February 2001. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010 . Retrieved . 25 August 2014
^ a b "Nightwish - Wishmaster (album)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts . Retrieved . 29 August 2014
^ a b "Album – Nightwish, Wishmaster". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts . Retrieved . 29 August 2014
^ a b "Nightwish - Wishmaster (album)". Lescharts.com (in French). Media Control Charts . Retrieved . 29 August 2014
^ a b "Tilastot - Nightwish" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland . Retrieved . 25 August 2014
^ a b Bonutto, Dante (2007). Wishmaster (CD Booklet). Nightwish. London, UK: Spinefarm Records UK. p. 14. 0602517449350.
^ a b c Holopainen, Tuomas (2007). Wishmaster (CD Booklet). Nightwish. London, UK: Spinefarm Records UK. p. 3. 0602517449350.
^ "New Album: Wishmaster". Nightwish's Official Website. 1 May 2000. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010 . Retrieved . 29 August 2014
^ a b Holopainen, Tuomas. "Lyrics - Wishmaster". Nightwish Official Website . Retrieved . 26 August 2006
^ "Nightwish – Deep Siulent Complete (song)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts . Retrieved . 29 August 2014
External links [ edit ]