The contrast can be almost painful to hear; as can be her pronounced accent and the sharp tone of her singing. Angels Fall First is also, undoubtedly, the most difficult Nightwish album to understand the lyrics to without referring to the CD insert for help. A light mood reigns through most of this album, with the fantasy-based "Elvenpath", whimsicle "Nightengale", and the peppy [while slightly disturbing] "Tutankamen.
If nothing else, listening closely to the lyrics of "Nymphomaniac Fantasia" should be enough to bring a smile to anyones' face. Tuomas eventually stated in an interview that he regretted writing that particular song, and is also embarrassed by the presence of his voice, several times, on Angels Fall First. Tuomas Holopainen is certainly a great composer; the greatest, in my opinion. Still, I must agree that the singing would have been best left to Tarja for this album.
The production is raw, this being Nightwish's first release. Everything manages to be audible, however, which is more than enough for one who's used to early black metal production. If you're not in the same mindset about production, you may have to give this album more than a few listens before you'll catch everything, along with putting in the effort to enjoy the music despite the volume issues.
The music itself, however, is excellent. Flawless drums from Jukka, dependible guitar work from Emppu, and melodic, passion-filled keyboards, curtosy of Tuomas, make this album a great listen for all fans of metal. It also contains a large quantity of flute solos, which add a flowing beauty, and many acoustic guitar passages, which serve to build atmosphere and greatly enhance each song they're applied to.
Unfortunately, there is really no bass to speak of, though very little is lost because of this. Angels Fall First, though it suffers from the typical first-release problems, remains an important piece in any Nightwish collection.
I would not reccommend that you venture into Nightwish's music with this album, if you are unfamiliar with the band, but rather begin with the far more accessible Wishmaster.
If, however, you are an established fan with an open mind, do not overlook this masterpiece. It is a risky business, getting a group of musicians together and trying out an experimental approach to an established style.
An aspect of this album that shows the greenness of this outfit at this particular time is the obviously skewed vocal balance found in the duets. Although he does not sing poorly, the lack of depth and range in his voice makes it almost seem like he is a tiny pixie courting an Olympian Goddess. However, despite the occasional vocal imbalance and the somewhat weak production job, the songs on here are quite exceptional, if just a little bit too varied at times.
Nice dramatic intro featuring Tarja doing a spoken narrative, and overall a decent musical homage to J. The remaining tracks on here are inspired folk metal tracks, featuring a lot of acoustic guitar work that would be abandoned on Oceanborn and then slowly reintroduced in smaller doses on later releases. To fans of Folk Metal, this is not quite a pure version of your preferred music, but it is quite charming nonetheless. Power and Gothic Metal fans may also find some things on here to like, although I would recommend that the former look into the 2 studio releases after this one for most of what they want.
A lot of fans say that "Angels Fall First" is Nightwish's weakest album. I used to think that too, but after giving it a few spins, I changed my mind completely.
This is actually their best release yet. The reason is that the passion put into this album is absent from their later releases. I'm probably going to spend hours on this review, but I just want to find the exact words to explain it. One of the major things that make this album great is the vocals. Tarja is absolutely amazing. This is the only album in which her vocals are strictly operatic. From "Oceanborn" onwards, she sang 'normally' most of the time.
Although on "Oceanborn" she was still in the operatic range. Once you listen to "Angels Fall First" the song I assure you that you will consider Tarja as a goddess. I know that I am amongst the very, very few people that like it, but I strangely do. Sure it's not very powerful, and it's quite low, but it still delivers the same amount of emotion as Tarja's. It's also great to hear a poet sing his songs.
There's no song in which I found Tuomos to be irritating. It's especially soothing and gives you a break from Tarja's bombast vocals. Musically is where this album sounds very different from the other Nightwish releases. This album has more of a folk metal sound even ambient metal, if you will , rather than the later-established symphonic metal sound. The keyboards don't play the same big part of the music as on "Oceanborn", while guitars acoustic especially have a much greater role.
Overall, it's very simple music. No base guitar involved. It consists of guitars acoustic as well as heavy , drums, keyboards and the use of a flute on some tracks.
Lyrically, this album is quite interesting. They can go from the fantasy-filled lyrics of "Elvenpath", to the weird and even scary ones of "Nymphomaniac Fantasia". One song which is striking when it comes to lyrics is the title track. It's amazing and beautiful poetry. Quite possibly the best lyrics Tuomos has ever written. As for highlights, there are none. However, I have to point out the songs that remain Nightwish jewels till this very day; "Elvenpath", "Astral Romance" which sounds ten times better than the later-released remake , "Angels Fall First", "Lappi" and "Tutankhamen".
The last one mentioned is my personal favorite. It's an Egyptian-themed song that's heavy and catchy at the same time. In conclusion, "Angels Fall First" is a stunning and underrated release from Nightwish. None of their albums managed to strike me as much as this did. It's the last Nightwish album that you should buy given that the sound isn't very accessible , but it's definitely their finest hour. I know that they're all much heavier than this, but I'm a fan of those bands and I find this to be absolutely amazing.
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