Nightwish – Over The Hills And Far Away

This EP would be bassist Sami Vänskä‘s last recording with Nightwish. Released in 2001, between 2000’s Wishmaster and 2002’s Century Child. 
     The two new songs written, 10th Man Down and Away are both great songs, one heavy and one mellower and Tarja’s vocals are sang in low octaves, but these two songs are overshadowed by the infectious and fast paced title track – the song having been originally written and performed by Gary Moore, Over The Hills… became the most popular tune and a staple in the bands live performances.

    The fourth song, a remake of Astral Romance from their debut or demo, Angel’s Fall First, has a better production (I still prefer the original) and instead of male vocals by Tuomas Holopainen, Tony Kakko of Sonata Arctica sings co-lead on this remake and backing vocals on Over The Hills… And again, Tappio Wilska sings co-lead on 10th Man Down.

Track listing for Over The Hills And Far Away:
01: Over The Hills And Far Away
02: 10th Man Down
03: Away
04: Astral Romance
(these next six songs were recorded live @ Pakkahuone)
05: The Kinslayer
06: She Is My Sin
07: Sacrament Of Wilderness
08: Walking In The Air Live
09: Beauty And The Beast
10: Wishmaster

The studio songs alone are worth spending the money on (not much either. It is an EP after all) while the live recordings are gravy.

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