Nightwish – Dark Passion Play (2007) (Japanese Edition) (2012)
FLAC (image+.cue) | Tracks: 14 | Playtime: 01:20:43 | Size: 662.57 MB
Genre: Symphonic Power Metal | Label: Universal Music | Cat#: UICN-15007
Dark Passion Play is the sixth studio album by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released on 26 September, 2007 in Finland, 28 September in Europe and 2 October 2007 in the United States. It is the first album without original vocalist Tarja Turunen, who was dismissed in 2005, as well as the first album involving future member Troy Donockley on uilleann pipes and tin whistle. It is the first of only two albums with vocalist Anette Olzon, who was eventually dismissed in 2012 after the release of the band’s subsequent album, Imaginaerum. Tuomas Holopainen has referred to it as the “album that saved his life”.
The first single, “Eva”, was leaked on the Internet six days before its official release, prompting the band to release the single earlier to boost downloads. Several other versions of the song were posted on YouTube and torrent sites a month later; the entire album with record label voiceovers had been leaked on the Internet by 2 August. The full album (without voiceovers) was leaked on 21 September 2007, as a result of several stores in Mexico selling the retail album much prior to the worldwide release date.
Pre-orders for Dark Passion Play had it certified gold in Finland before it had even been released. The album debuted at number one in 6 European countries, selling over 100,000 copies in Finland (triple platinum) alone. In February 2008, the album was certified quadruple-platinum in Finland, after having sold over 120,000 copies, which makes it one of the 40 best-selling albums of all time in the country. It has also sold 134,000 copies in the United States. Worldwide, Dark Passion Play has sold over 2 million copies since its release, being Nightwish’s most successful album to date.
01. The Poet And The Pendulum (13:55)
02. Bye Bye Beautiful (04:15)
03. Amaranth (03:51)
04. Cadence Of Her Last Breath (04:15)
05. Master Passion Greed (06:03)
06. Eva (04:26)
07. Sahara (05:47)
08. Whoever Brings The Night (04:18)
09. For The Heart I Once Had (03:56)
10. The Islander (05:06)
11. Last Of The Wilds (05:41)
12. 7 Days To The Wolves (07:04)
13. Meadows Of Heaven (07:11)
14. The Escapist (Bonus Track) (04:57)
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