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Nightwish

Nightwish Biography

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Nightwish is a symphonic power 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), and Jukka Nevalainen (drums and percussion),Anette Olzon (vocals). Anette Olzon was announced to be the replacement for former vocalist and frontwoman Tarja Turunen in 2007. She has appeared on Dark Passion Play and Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places), and performed on 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... Official site: www.nightwish.com

Nightwish Metal Albums

Once Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

You may not know Nightwish yet, but the Finnish goth-orchestral-metal band is a phenomenon throughout the rest of the world. The group’s fifth album, the platinum-certified [...]

Oceanborn Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

2007 digitally remastered UK reissue edition with four bonus tracks. The Finnish symphonic metal band’s sophomore album comes with four pieces that didn’t appear on the [...]

Wishmaster Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

2007 digitally remastered UK reissue of the third full length album with three bonus tracks from Finland’s popular gothic metal band featuring Tuomas Holopainen of Nattvindens [...]

Dark Passion Play Thumbnail Image
★★★★☆

Although it is their sixth studio album,Dark Passion Play marks the beginning of a new era for Finnish symphonic metal masters Nightwish. With new vocalist Annette [...]

End of an Era Thumbnail Image
★★★★☆

Live 3 LP box set capturing the final concert recordings of vocalist Tarja Turenen and Nightwish before her departure from the band at the end of [...]

Nightwish: Made in Hong Kong (and in Various Other Places) Thumbnail Image
★★★☆☆

Equal parts epic metal and gothic symphony, Nightwish stand alone. They blend soaring keyboards and operatic vocals with shredding guitars and jagged rhythms for astyle of [...]

Angels Fall First Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

2007 digitally remastered UK reissue edition with four bonus tracks. The Finnish symphonic metal band’s auspicious debut album comes with four pieces that didn’t appear on [...]

Dark Passion Play Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Although it is their sixth studio album,Dark Passion Play marks the beginning of a new era for Finnish symphonic metal masters Nightwish. With new vocalist Annette [...]

End of an Era Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

Following the rather public dismissal of singer Tarja Turunen in late 2005, the remaining members of Nightwish decided to mark the end of this chapter in [...]

Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Not less than one of the leading bands of the Finnish music scene. The unique combination of heavy metal and female singing has made this ingenious [...]

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