Wow, just astonishing! What NIGHTWISH offer on “Once” is simply amazing. Already the number of the involved musicians, choir etc. must be three figure. The addition of a symphony orchestra isn’t nothing new today – but NIGHTWISH didn’t choose anybody. It’s rightly the London Academy of St. Martin In The Fields Orchestra, which made already the soundtrack music for “From Hell” and “Lord Of The Rings”!!! This sets new dimensions for the future in terms of combining Metal/Classic.
Then there remain the songs, appearing to me as “metalized” film music... there automatically arise pictures, movies in front of your spiritual eye as soon as you put in the CD. The variety is unbelievable, NIGHTWISH show what they are able of and offer a lot of surprises. This is like an adventure album, you have always to wait for what’s coming next. There’s nothing predictable here, apart from the voice and the typical NIGHTWISH trademarks. Also the male vocals parts with TAROT vocalist Marco were never better. What shall I describe any single song as you can read that in countless other magazines? I just can recommend this to every friend of music!
Concerning arrangements and songs, this is doubtlessly the peak of NIGHTWISH until today. Although this is their fifth album and the band grows more and more in terms of commercialism – they understand it to develop and they are more creative than ever... they are a progressive band! In any case. (Online June 10, 2004)