Wishmaster


Wishmaster is the third album by the Finnish metal band Nightwish, consisting of songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, soprano vocalist Tarja Turunen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, bassist Sami Vanska, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen. The album was released on July 18, 2000 by Spinefarm Records and consists of twelve songs.

More than perhaps even its predecessor, Wishmaster has a very clear fantasy-theme. While commonly considered to be closer to more conventional heavy 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. Wanderlust and Wishmaster were influenced by the Dragonlance series of fantasy novels. The first refers to a trait the kender race have that leads them to venturing across the world, while the latter mentions Dalamar as the apprentice and his shalafi, Raistlin Majere. FantasMic is a song about the Disney animated movies, particularly their fantasy and fable elements, taking its title from the Disneyland show Fantasmic!. The track Away from Over the Hills and Far Away EP was a B-Side track from this album.