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Nightwish

Following in the footsteps of the Gathering and Lacuna Coil (goth-influenced "symphonic" metal bands with female vocalists), Nightwish were formed in Kitee, Finland, in 1997 by keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen. Initially attempting to create acoustic music, he recruited trained opera vocalist Tarja Turunen, but soon added full metal band instrumentation in the persons of guitarist Emppo Vuorinen, bassist Sami Vänskä, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen. Nightwish's demos landed them a contract with the Finnish label Spinefarm, which released their debut album, Angels Fall First, in late 1997 (it appeared in the rest of Europe the following year). The follow-up, Oceanborn, appeared in late 1998 and made Nightwish a bona fide mainstream success in their homeland; the album reached the Finnish Top Five and spun off three Top Ten singles.

Nightwish toured Europe heavily, consolidating their success, and in 2000 recorded their third album, Wishmaster. Not only did it top the Finnish charts, but it also became the group's first album to be released in the U.S. (by Century Media, which reissued their previous albums in 2001 as well). Released in 2002, Century Child proved a massive hit in Finland and around Europe, but 2004's Once saw them go one step further and conquer Europe. Number one in Germany and number one in the European Top 100, Once's success was the product of a band at the top of its game following years of hard work. Marco Hietala was now on bass, replacing Sami Vänskä, while in 2005 Swedish singer Anette Olzon replaced Tarja Turunen, who was fired for personal reasons. Dark Passion Play (2007) and the concept album Imaginaerum (2011) both featured Olzon before she and the band parted ways in 2012, halfway through the band's world tour.

At short notice, ex-After Forever frontwoman Floor Jansen stepped in to take over on lead vocal duties; the immense pressures on her were later revealed in the behind-the-scenes film Please Learn the Setlist in 48 Hours. Jansen's powerful voice was a perfect fit for Nightwish. She was embraced immediately by their passionate fans, and was soon made a permanent member, alongside English piper Troy Donockley. Nightwish's first commercial release with Jansen was 2013's live album Showtime, Storytime, which documented their triumphant show at that year's Wacken Open Air metal festival in front of an 85,000-strong crowd. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Ghost Love Score is one awesome but really long-a** song
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
I'm 10 I love old rock my cousin introduced me to nightwish ever since I've loved them
Where's the Love button?
this is one of the most beautiful sounding bands i have ever heard. i wish i could see them in concert!
Have you ever closely examined the lyrics of these operatic-met a l type bands? Generally, and this is just my discriminati n g take, the individual words are grandiose and sweet to the tongue, but the message is empty, nonsense. I am reminded of badly imitated Ezra Pound gobbly-gook. E.g. the case proved no adjunct to the muses diadem. I still like to listen to these bands, like Nightwish, but don't study the lyrics for sensibility.
*Bands* (god damn people snatching phones in the middle of s**t lol)
Definitely one of my favorite ba
Sami is the best part of Nightwish.
that reminds me! doctor who comes on retro tv tonight
have a jelly baby
courage05 u must be a doctor who fan
Great to listen to while kayaking.
Nightwish is amazing lol
the angels have the tomstone. don't blink don't even blink if you blink your dead.
One of my favorites
Floor is the absolute WORST thing to happen to Nightwish. She needs to go back to her own s**tty band
I actually like Floor with Nightwish, she brings a mix of Annette and Tarja that neither could bring before. Thats not to say I dont like Tarja or Annette, both were brilliant in their time.
Ocean Soul sounds like Sirenia
biggeev
Nightwish suck!!! Once they fired Tarja they went down hill, and I never follow them, unless it's to listen the great Tarja. The rest after her, SUCK.
warmingt9
This is my Bae's song!!!
Looking for Josh. Lol.
Nightwish is awesome!!!!
Bye Bye Beautiful is my favorite Nightwish.
Tarja turunen
I grew up in the 70's listening to ELP ... and for forty years I never thought any band could ever surpass ELP's fame... Nightwish has done the unthinkable ... Kudos to NW, Tarja, Annette and Floor ... a job well done!
samripsam
Incredible all I can say about them
riclc2
According to this bio, Nightwish followed in the footsteps of Lacuna Coil. How is this possible if Nightwish released its first album in 1997 and Lacuna Coil released their first album in 1998? Not bashing Lacuna Coil here (i actually love them), just want an accurate bio for Nightwish.
Kinda Celtic! Oh yeah!
Great band no matter who the singer is, Tarja was the master of opera, Anette was a great rock singer and Floor can do both.
Awesome band and i love the song last of the wilds
U will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by your true love. Howevere, if u don't post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes u will die in 2 days after u do that press f6 and your lovers name will be on the screen in big letters.
One of favorite bands
klswin5
I love this band it's an amazing blend of rock and symphony it's fantastic I love last of the wilds on dark passion play
Nightwish's Moondance at times almost sounds like Turisas Rasputin.
I love love love love love Nightwish! My favorite band with Celtic music.
faithe.walke r 1 0
never thought I'd fall in love with finnish opera singing...
faithe.walke r 1 0
totally love their celtic vibes too! not all celtic is as good as theirs...
Tarja forever
i get a distinct Celtic vibe from their Last Of The Winds. i like celticness. makes everything sound better imo.
k_aspelund
nightwish is amazing
Ghost love score- all I can say is YouTube stupid Mario bros season 2. Start of every episode
Targa in really Kara...Elven S t a r -Previence
I really wish, I could have seen Nightwish live before Tarja left, I really love her singing. I enjoy Anette too, but I wanna see Tarja live:)
Next toSharin den Adel of course .
Tarja...rule s !
I like the beginning. It's beautiful
Nightwish with Tarja was awesome, Nightwish with Anette was awesome, Nightwish with Floor is awesome. I wish people would stop arguing about the singers. They each bring (or brought) something special to the band, and you can't really compare them.
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It's good to see and hear Nightwish still cranking out the progressive tunes ... Nightwish ... Floor ... Tarja ... they ALL ROCK!
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