This article is about a music album. For the video game, see Angels Fall First: Planetstorm.
Angels Fall First
Studio album by Nightwish
1 November 1997
April-September, 1997, at Kitee Huvikeskus Studios
Symphonic Power Metal, Folk metal
Spinefarm, Century Media
Tuomas Holopainen, Tero Kinnunen
Angels Fall First,
Singles from Angels Fall First
Released: 1 November 1997,
Angels Fall First is the debut album of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. The original limited edition of which only 500 copies were released features seven tracks, two of which are not on the regular edition.
2 Musical style,
4 Track listing,
5 Charts performance
5.1 Sales and certifications,
8 External links,
In an 2008 interview with Kerrang! Tuomas Holopainen remembered:
It came about in August 1996, around a campfire. We were at my summer cabin, a bunch of friends camping out, barbecuing, singing songs, and then it just hit me that I wanted to start a band. But we were too far ambitious at that time for it to remain simply acoustic and making music with just acoustic guitar, keyboards and female voice, was just a bit boring, and we naturally started heading in a heavier direction. The funny thing about Angels Fall First is that it was only supposed to be a demo to send out to record labels. But then Spinefarm heard it and thought it was perfect, so they put it out as it was with no remixing or anything. I used to be a bit embarrassed but now I can feel proud and nostalgic about those songs.
The original pressing featured Holopainen's home contact address, an accident from reprinting the demo sleeve for the album.
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. 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 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.
As of December 2009, Angels Fall First has sold more than 36,000 copies in Finland alone.
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. In a 2011 interview, when asked what album other than Imaginaerum Holopainen wanted to make into a movie, he replied that it would be Angels Fall First, and that it would be "a black-and-white comedy".
Main article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Angels_Fall_First_editions
All songs written and composed by Tuomas Holopainen (lyrics) and Nightwish (music).
"Beauty and the Beast"
"Angels Fall First"
"Know Why the Nightingale Sings"
"This Moment Is Eternity",
"A Return to the Sea" (bonus track)
"Once Upon a Troubadour" (bonus track)
Finnish Albums Chart
Sales and certifications:
Main article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nightwish_members
Credits for Angels Fall First adapted from liner notes.
Tarja Turunen - Lead Vocals,
Tuomas Holopainen - Keyboards, piano and other male vocals,
Emppu Vuorinen - Lead guitar, acoustic guitar and bass guitar,
Jukka Nevalainen - Drums and percussion,
Tero Kinnunen - Sound engineer,
Mika Jussila - Mastering engineer,
Garry Black - Cover artwork,
Toni Härkönen - Band photography,
Esa Lehtinen - Flutes,
Samppa Hirvonen - bass guitar,
Marjaana Pellinen - backing vocals