Debut full-length album by the legendary Finnish Symphonic Folk Metal band.
The beginning of the story of Nightwish. “Angels Fall First” is very different from the later releases; it is much more Folk Metal and acoustically oriented than its successors. Its Folky sound is also more or less reduced on later albums. The male vocals heard on "Beauty and the Beast", "The Carpenter", "Astral Romance" and "Once Upon a Troubadour" are sung by keyboardist–band leader Tuomas Holopainen, as well as the whispers in the beginning of the demo version of "Etiäinen". Following this release, Holopainen never sang credited on an album again, because he thought that he was not good enough. He has however provided the background shouts on "Moondance" on the 1998 album “Oceanborn”, as well as some background growling on "Master Passion Greed" on the 2007 album “Dark Passion Play”. Also this is the only album on which Emppu plays the bass.
As of December 2009, “Angels Fall First” has sold more than 36000 copies in Finland alone. Even though the only single, "The Carpenter", reached number three on the Finnish singles chart, Nightwish only gained international fame after the release of their second studio album, “Oceanborn”, 1998. The songs of the album were played more and more seldom live leading up to the departure of vocalist Tarja Turunen in October 2005, and no songs from the album has been performed with the new vocalist Anette Olzon since. The band, and especially band leader and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen has since frowned upon the album.
Angels Fall First is the band’s first album but it contains songs which have become “classics”! While "Angels Fall First" pales drastically in comparison to the other albums in the Nightwish library, it’s still great album!!
Spinefarm Records, 1997 (SPI47CD). Made in Finland.
1. Elvenpath 4:40
2. Beauty And The Beast 6:24
3. The Carpenter 5:57
4. Astral Romance 5:12
5. Angels Fall First 5:34
6. Tutankhamen 5:31
7. Nymphomaniac Fantasia 4:47
8. Know Why The Nightingale Sings 4:14
9. Lappi (Lapland) Part I: Erämaajärvi 2:15
10. Lappi (Lapland) Part II: Witchdrums 1:18
11. Lappi (Lapland) Part III: This Moment Is Eternity 3:13
12. Lappi (Lapland) Part IV: Etiäinen 2:34
Total playing time: 51:39