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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. Endless Forms Most Beautiful, the group's eighth studio album and first with Jansen on board, followed in early 2015. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Imaginaerum (Limited Edition)

Disc 1

1. Taikatalvi

2. Storytime

3. Ghost River

4. Slow, Love, Slow

5. I Want My Tears Back

6. Scaretale

7. Arabesque

8. Turn Loose The Mermaids

9. Rest Calm

10. The Crow, The Owl And The Dove

11. Last Ride Of The Day

13. Imaginaerum

Disc 2

1. Taikatalvi (Instrumental)

2. Storytime (Instrumental)

3. Ghost River (Instrumental)

4. Slow, Love, Slow (Instrumental)

5. I Want My Tears Back (Instrumental)

6. Scaretale (Instrumental)

7. Arabesque (Instrumental)

8. Turn Loose The Mermaids (Instrumental)

9. Rest Calm (Instrumental)

10. The Crow, The Owl And The Dove (Instrumental)

11. Last Ride Of The Day (Instrumental)

13. Imaginaerum (Instrumental)

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Track List: Dark Passion Play

2. Bye Bye Beautiful

3. Amaranth

4. Cadence Of Her Last Breath

5. Master Passion Greed

6. Eva

7. Sahara

8. Whoever Brings The Night

9. For The Heart I Once Had

10. The Islander

11. Last Of The Wilds

12. 7 Days To The Wolves

13. Meadows Of Heaven

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Track List: Highest Hopes

1. Wish I Had An Angel

2. Stargazers

3. The Kinslayer

4. Ever Dream

5. Elvenpath

6. Bless The Child

7. Nemo

8. Sleeping Sun

10. Over The Hills And Far Away

11. Deep Silent Complete

12. Sacrament Of Wilderness

13. Walking In The Air

14. Wishmaster

15. Dead Boy's Poem

16. High Hopes

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Track List: Once

1. Dark Chest Of Wonders

2. Wish I Had An Angel

3. Nemo

4. Planet Hell

5. Creek Mary's Blood

6. The Siren

7. Dead Gardens

8. Romanticide

10. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan

12. White Night Fantasy

13. Live To Tell The Tale

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Track List: Century Child

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Track List: Wishmaster

1. She Is My Sin

2. The Kinslayer

3. Come Cover Me

4. Wanderlust

5. Two For Tragedy

6. Wishmaster

7. Bare Grace Misery

8. Crownless

9. Deep Silent Complete

10. Dead Boy's Poem

11. FantasMic

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Track List: Oceanborn

1. Stargazers

2. Gethsemane

3. Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean

4. Sacrament Of Wilderness

5. Passion And The Opera

6. Swanheart

7. Moondance

8. The Riddler

9. The Pharaoh Sails To Orion

10. Walking In The Air

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Track List: Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Deluxe Version)

1. Shudder Before The Beautiful

2. Weak Fantasy

4. Yours Is An Empty Hope

5. Our Decades In The Sun

6. My Walden

7. Endless Forms Most Beautiful

8. Edema Ruh

9. Alpenglow

10. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula

12. Shudder Before The Beautiful (Instrumental)

13. Weak Fantasy (Instrumental)

15. Yours Is An Empty Hope (Instrumental)

16. Our Decades In The Sun (Instrumental)

17. My Walden (Instrumental)

18. Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Instrumental)

19. Edema Ruh (Instrumental)

20. Alpenglow (Instrumental)

21. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula (Instrumental)

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Track List: Showtime, Storytime

1. Dark Chest of Wonders (Live at Wacken 2013)

2. Wish I Had an Angel (Live at Wacken 2013)

3. She Is My Sin (Live at Wacken 2013)

4. Ghost River (Live at Wacken 2013)

5. Ever Dream (Live at Wacken 2013)

6. Storytime (Live at Wacken 2013)

7. I Want My Tears Back (Live at Wacken 2013)

8. Nemo (Live at Wacken 2013)

9. Last of the Wilds (Live at Wacken 2013)

10. Bless the Child (Live at Wacken 2013)

11. Romanticide (Live at Wacken 2013)

12. Amaranth (Live at Wacken 2013)

14. Song of Myself (Live at Wacken 2013)

15. Last Ride of the Day (Live at Wacken 2013)

16. Imaginaerum (Outro) [Live at Wacken 2013]

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Three Nails in it.
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In to faith. Can you feel me
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Teach young ladies that they can, and they will...just see here!
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It's a beautiful song
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rosanne_hump h r e y
End of all hope is my favorite song
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I saw Nightwish live on Tuesday (March 15) Along with Delain and Sonata Arctica and let me just say they were all AMAZING! It was the best concert ever xD I got a guitar pick from Emppu! Hopefully I can go see them again next time they are in the U.S.
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gdleighton
What a disappointin g concert. They over amped the system and their voices were drowned out by bass and speaker hum. Hope all their performances are not that poorly produced. Would love to see them with better sound.
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Tarja Trunens Voice... Miracles
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If you love the anime Fairy Tail then listen to their song Last of the Wilds. You'll see what I am talking about.
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Yes yes yes (^O^)/
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gdleighton
coming to Detroit.. about D..... time.. can't wait to see them
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bicrn
Exquisite musical artists!
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Interesting Band
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best band ever!
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tckasse
Love the Music
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EXCELLENT, BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. As for angels, they are all around us.The real war of good & evil rages on everywhere. Again, truly righteous talent.
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I wish I had an angel
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Meadows Of Heaven, Eva: my Nightwish favs
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who notices the rampant grammatical errors in these biographies. . . They should hire us to fix them lol
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hmmmmm
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firegod001
I do support personal preference and even breaking the rules when the rules make no sense, but this is just grammaticall y ridiculous.
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firegod001
*Nightwish WAS formed... If you're talking specifically about the people in a group then yes, you go plural, and you can even do that if the name is a plural name. However, when you're specifically referring to a band with a singular name, you always use singular terminology. I wouldn't be so picky about this in a comment, a Facebook status, or even some amateur reviews and such; however, these are biographies written by people who are supposed to be professional s . Come on, guys.
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Tuomas is a creative genius through and through. Nightwish wouldn't be the same without him.
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Ishdrop, Nightwish didnt need her, she needed them.
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irishdrop
tarja has the most amazing voice and she is doing very well on her own. she doesn't need nightwish!
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All this talk about which vocalist was best. Marco is the answer!
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Wow one of the few good metal/rock bands with a female vocalist I've heard.
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nephele512
Wow...*Looks up song and plays again*
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#awesome
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kate_e_cooke
They are cool not sure i like them though.
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brookssophia 7 4
I like them. There is a band like them. Can't think of the name
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Big fan���������
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jcymari.love
My love will be with you... Even if it comes to be a ghost story!!!
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could we get Endless Forms Most Beautiful Pandora? the album is epic, especially Weak Fantasy and The Greatest Show on Earth
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I grew up on these guys<3 best band ever
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Last of the wilds
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Last Ride Of the day
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You guys rock. My favorite song is phantom of the opera love the vocals and just wow
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L.o.t.w
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Just saw them on May 2nd. Amazing show. Especially when Sabaton took an 8 year old kid on stage
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Floor is a Goddess
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This band is just absolutely amazing!!
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Last of the wilds
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alabastervil l i s 0
too techno, like a dance bar in germany. lame
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Storytime
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I just saw them live last night and Floor is AMAZING! She totally fits the band with her wonderful, swooping and ever changing voice. Yet, she seems like the person who would go and get beers with you after the fact. LOVE HER! Also, Delain and Sabaton were fantastic supporting bands for Nightwish.
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Bst song evr
#Last of the wilds
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Bst song evr
#Storytime
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Tarja has an amazing voice, and olzon offered what she could. In all honesty though floor jansens live performance singing ghost love score sold me completely on her voice. Plus her stage presence is amazing.
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