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Wishmaster is the third album of Finnish symphonic power metal quintet Nightwish, released on July 18, 2000 by Spinefarm Records.

Perhaps even more so than its predecessor, 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 "Come Cover Me" and "Two for Tragedy", and more epic pieces like "Dead Boy's Poem" and "FantasMic".

"The Kinslayer" is written about the victims of the Columbine High School massacre. Wishmaster was inspired by the fantasy novels 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, 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!.

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 on live performances, and it was featured for example on the live DVD End of an Era, recorded in 2005. As of 2008, it's still often performed live despite the band's change of vocalists, and is featured a new orchestral intro recorded during the orchestral recording of Dark Passion Play. The song was brought back to the metal community's mind by a cover version and video of metal a-cappella band Van Canto in 2008. Other recurring live songs from the album are "She Is My Sin" and "The Kinslayer".

Track list Edit

  1. She Is My Sin (4:46)
  2. The Kinslayer (3:59)
  3. Come Cover Me (4:34)
  4. Wanderlust (4:50)
  5. Two For Tragedy (3:51)
  6. Wishmaster (4:23)
  7. Bare Grace Misery (3:39)
  8. Crownless (4:26)
  9. Deep Silent Complete (3:57)
  10. Dead Boy's Poem (6:47)
  11. FantasMic (8:18)
    1. Part 1
    2. Part 2
    3. Part 3
  12. Sleepwalker (bonus track) (2:56)


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