Nightwish

Nightwish

Symphonic Metal Power Metal Gothic Metal Metal Female Fronted Metal
Nightwish is a symphonic metal band, formed in the town of Kitee, Finland in 1996. The band currently consists of Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards), Marco Hietala (bass, vocals), Emppu Vuorinen (guitars), Jukka Nevalainen (drums and percussion). On the 1st of October Nightwish made a statement Nightwish and lead vocalist Anette Olzon have "decided to part company, in mutual understanding, for the good of all parties involved". Olzon was vocalist for Nightwish from 2006-2012. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Dark Passion Play
    Dark Passion Play
  • Once
    Once
  • Wishmaster
    Wishmaster
  • Century Child
    Century Child
  • Oceanborn
    Oceanborn
  • Angels Fall First
    Angels Fall First
  • Over The Hills And Far Away
    Over The Hills And Far Away
  • End of an Era
    End of an Era
  • Amaranth
    Amaranth
  • Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish
    Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish
  • From Wishes To Eternity
    From Wishes To Eternity
  • Highest Hopes-The Best Of Nightwish
    Highest Hopes-The Best Of Nightwish
  • Nemo
    Nemo
  • Storytime
    Storytime
  • Bless the Child
    Bless the Child
  • Highest Hopes - The Best Of Nightwish
    Highest Hopes - The Best Of Nightwish
  • Tales from the Elvenpath
    Tales from the Elvenpath
  • Wish I Had An Angel
    Wish I Had An Angel
  • The Islander
    The Islander
  • The Siren
    The Siren
  • Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places)
    Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places)
  • The Sound of Nightwish Reborn
    The Sound of Nightwish Reborn
  • Ever Dream
    Ever Dream
  • Walking In The Air - The Greatest Ballads
    Walking In The Air - The Greatest Ballads
  • Bless the Child - The Rarities
    Bless the Child - The Rarities
  • Bestwishes
    Bestwishes
  • Sleeping Sun
    Sleeping Sun
  • Eva
    Eva
  • Once Finnish Double Platinum Edition
    Once Finnish Double Platinum Edition
  • Nymphomaniac Fantasia
    Nymphomaniac Fantasia
  • The Carpenter
    The Carpenter
  • Deep Silent Complete
    Deep Silent Complete
  • Walking in the Air
    Walking in the Air
  • Imaginaerum - The Score
    Imaginaerum - The Score
  • Kuolema tekee taiteilijan
    Kuolema tekee taiteilijan
  • Wishmastour 2000
    Wishmastour 2000
  • Sacrament of Wilderness
    Sacrament of Wilderness
  • HiFive - Nightwish Bonus
    HiFive - Nightwish Bonus
  • Demo
    Demo
  • Dark Passion Play (Collector's Edition)
    Dark Passion Play (Collector's Edition)
  • Wishes in the Night (disc 2: Of Passion and Serenity)
    Wishes in the Night (disc 2: Of Passion and Serenity)
  • Century Child [Japanese Bonus Track]
    Century Child [Japanese Bonus Track]
  • Ocean Born
    Ocean Born
  • Wishes in the Night (disc 1: Of Wishes and Dreams)
    Wishes in the Night (disc 1: Of Wishes and Dreams)
  • Nightwish: Famous Five
    Nightwish: Famous Five
  • She Is My Sin
    She Is My Sin
  • Live in Buenos Aires
    Live in Buenos Aires
  • Amaranth [Online Only]
    Amaranth [Online Only]

Nightwish. Artist Bio

Nightwish is a symphonic metal band, formed in the town of Kitee, Finland in 1996. The band currently consists of Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards), Marco Hietala (bass, vocals), Emppu Vuorinen (guitars), Jukka Nevalainen (drums and percussion).

On the 1st of October Nightwish made a statement Nightwish and lead vocalist Anette Olzon have "decided to part company, in mutual understanding, for the good of all parties involved". Olzon was vocalist for Nightwish from 2006-2012.

The statement continued on to say that "Nightwish has no intention of cancelling any upcoming shows, and as a result we have decided to bring in a substitute vocalist starting in Seattle 1.10.2012. Floor Jansen from The Netherlands (ex-After Forever, ReVamp), and she has graciously stepped in to help Nightwish complete the Imaginaerum world tour."

Anette Olzon was announced to be the replacement for former vocalist and frontwoman Tarja Turunen in 2007 after the latter was fired in 2005. She has appeared on Dark Passion Play, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places) and Imaginaerum, as well as the two-year Dark Passion Play tour.

The band's leader, keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, composes songs that are often classified as either symphonic metal or power metal; their musical style has also been described as a symphonic metal variant, called opera metal and even in some cases called 'epic metal'.
Nevertheless, Nightwish is considered one of the main developers of the symphonic metal genre, which encompasses similar bands such as Within Temptation, Therion, Epica, Edenbridge, Lunatica, and Visions of Atlantis.

The original idea of Nightwish was largely inspired by The Gathering, and the idea was to use keyboards, acoustic guitars and the operatic vocals of their then singer Tarja Turunen. This idea was changed in 1997, as a drummer was added, and the acoustic guitar was replaced by an electric guitar.

The idea of using operatic vocals was changed dramatically with their third album Wishmaster (2000), and more so on future albums, especially Dark Passion Play (2007). In 2001, Holopainen asked Sami Vänskä, their bassist since 1998, to leave, and he was replaced with Marco Hietala (Tarot, ex-Sinergy), leaving Sinergy. The bassist would, apart from playing his instrument, also perform male vocals.

Century Child (2002) marked a new change in Nightwish' music, as they used a live orchestra on several songs, to get a more present feeling of classical music. This was developed further with their US breakthrough Once (2004) and Dark Passion Play (2007), the latter being the first to use orchestra on all of the songs.

In October 2005, after touring for their Once, the four other members of Nightwish decided that it was best to continue Nightwish without Tarja, a feeling they expressed through an open letter.

This was due to the fact that they felt that her husband Marcelo Cabuli and commercial interests had changed her attitude towards Nightwish.
Tuomas Holopainen gave the letter to Tarja after the last concert of the tour. In spring 2007, 35-year-old Anette Olzon from Katrineholm, Sweden was announced to replace Tarja Turunen.

The band released a new single, Eva, featuring their new singer in May, 2007.
It was followed by another single, Amaranth, on August 22, and a studio album in late September entitled Dark Passion Play.
The third international single of the album was Bye Bye Beautiful, released on February 15, 2008, and the next was The Islander, released in May, 2008.

On February 10, 2011, Nightwish announced via their website that the title of their seventh studio album will be Imaginarium. The album released in late 2011, is a concept album telling the story of an old composer on his deathbed, reminiscing of his youth. The album is to be produced alongside a movie with the same name, directed by Stobe Harju, who previously directed the music video for "The Islander". The first single to be released was Storytime on November 11, 2011. (Storytime Songfacts).



Official site: www.nightwish.com
Their Label's Nightwish profile: http://www.nuclearblast.de/de/label/music/band/about/70948.nightwish.html

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