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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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k_aspelund
this rifle lol
Ghost love score- all I can say is YouTube stupid Mario bros season 2. Start of every episode
canyoncolors
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:)
canyoncolors
Next toSharin den Adel of course .
canyoncolors
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!
The male voice sounds like Kamelot.
Please, for the love of Pandora, chillax on the chain comments!
Say iPhone 5 five times post this on another station then look under your pillow
Also this is my moms profile
I play dark souls 2 to this
saw them at the baumont club in KCK before it closed anette was vocals wish i could have seen Tarja and i want to see the new vocalist live
Tarja Turrunen for ever...but alas Nightwish shall always rock ;)
I got to see Anette in Philly for the 1st and last time ...

as soon as i started to get used to Anette's voice after Tarja, they got Floor Jansen !! seriously?
devoted2merc u r y
I got to see them in San Francisco shortly after Floor first joined up; it was epic.
NIghtwish ... the best of this genre ...
klswin5
I love I wish I had an angel and Last of the wilds this is an awesome band and their music is amazing so rock on nightwish
i wish floor jansen good luck, i hope to see them live sometime :D
I love everything about this band I got the pleasure and honor of seeing arkona live thats one band I can take off of my bucket list. Next is nightwish, blind guardian and darkmore :D
@BlackCat
Right when I read your comment I got I Wish I Had An Angel stuck in my head. �� Funny, such a catchy song
Pandora, PLEASE get Showtime, Storytime!! Floor is so amazing! Funny how I had I wish I had an angel stuck in my head and then that's the first song it played...
When u can sound like this u know ur a true singer.
steammouse70
I actually only know this group because of LittleBigPla n e t 2 (PS3). One of the tracks was the instrumental version of Whoever Brings the Night on Dark Passion Play. I saw the same album on Pandora one day, and now I'm a Nightwish fan! :)
This song is AWESOME!! love Nightwish and Marco
jlangkabel
Why is Marco Hietala only so Briefly mentioned?!? Marco is a Major Powerhouse in Nightwish!!!
Tara is on the new within temptation album. She does a duet with their lead singer Sharon on the song paradise. The album is called Hydra. The utube video is amazing. The video for the song the whole world is watching is awesome.
Why are they on Lindsey Stirling Radio?
ryuslayer
Who tied my hands to the wheel? I tied myself to the wheel!!
This is the only metal band with a female singer that I enjoy, awesome music \m/
Is the Imaginaerum limited edition album just Imaginaerum with Annette singing?
cooli.house6
Oh sure, they'll update the band bio for Nightwish but not Kamelot :P
Siobhanols, you have a point there, my bad
Cryptic Wintersun, while they are mostly from Finland, they do now have a member named Troy Donockly who plays Uillean pipes, tin whistles, and more. So 72094TRupp and MorganKell are imagining things. There IS a Celtic feel to Nightwish's music of late.
Now one of my favorite and the best with female singer band ever:D Tarja my favorite female singer, Annette is one of favorites but sucks both not with them anymore.Wish both could return singing with each other in the band or is that not a good idea?
imartynau... . y o u are an idiot! Chain letters have been bulls**t since they were invented! (as actual paper letters, how about that?!) Only children and superstitiou s fools believe this crap, which are you?!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you 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've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you 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've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Nightwish isn't even Celtic or Celtic based, they're from Finland...
Omg!!! I totally love this music and think I might have some Celtic in my blood cuz I feel like I got to get up and dance :)
I've been looking for, what is to me Celtic-esque instrumental , melodic metal for a long time. Having discovered the likes of Turisas, Stand Up and Fight being their best in my opinion, with Battle Metal close behind, Pandora soon linked me up with Tyr, Cruachan, Blackmores Night, and Nightwish. Thank you Pandora!
vandersondar o s
Come on jakeroc2... how old are you ?
I agree. As a general rule, all that superstitiou s CRAP that people post is stupid, moronic, and utterly foolhardy, and anyone who says otherwise is an addle-braine d chicken nugget.
steven.canna d a y
Dear jakeroc2: kindly go f**k yourself.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you 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've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
I can't wait for them to have albums featuring Floor to put up on Pandora, she'd amazing. I've caught a couple of vids on youtube that she's done with the band since she took over, and wow. I was totally a Tarja fangirl before this, and I still love what Tarja did with the band, but I'm looking forward to seeing where things go with Floor. Hopefully this won't start the flame wars, Anette just wasn't my thing, but it's cool those who did like her with the band.
ever since i heard this band nightwish has really great lyrics and love and i think they are cool and lovely and i love them and then, this one time, i was all like, i love them, and then the lyrics were all like... dammmmn... and i fell through a wall and the lyrics were so sweet and then i was introduced to nightwish ever sine that one day they have this one album thats like.. wow... i was all happy and s**t.... especially amaranth.. that song... whoooo-eeeee ! and ive been listening ever since
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