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Formed: 1996
From: Kitee, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Background

On first listen, Nightwish seems to fall into the same genre as Evanescence, Lacuna Coil and The Gathering – female-fronted metal band with symphonic and gothic overtones. But any similarities end there. Singer Tarja Turunen, a trained opera singer, adds a new dimension to the band and separates Nightwish from other bands. Then there's the rest of the group, led by keyboardist and primary songwriter Tuomas Holopainen. Listen closely, and you'll hear a group that's equally influenced by opera, classical music, Euro-metal, early thrash and even Kate Bush. Nightwish formed as an acoustic-based band in, but quickly switched to a hard rock sound.

Latest Nightwish News

Below is our complete Nightwish news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Nightwish Members Talk Being Openly Secular

Tuomas Holopainen and Troy Donockley of the symphonic metal band Nightwish explain in a new video clip why they are openly secular, embracing this wonderful world through the factual revelations of science and reason. Check out the clip below.

Nightwish also recently featured evolutionary biologist and secular author Richard Dawkins on newly released album "Shudder Before The Beautiful." A music video taken off that album can also be seen over at this location.

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Sabaton Kicking Off Tour With Nightwish

Next week, Sweden’s avid war historians from Sabaton will kick off their 27-date North American tour with headliners Nightwish.

The tour launches on April 9th in New York City at Hammerstein Ballroom and ends in Silver Spring, MD on May 14th. Opening each day will be Dutch symphonic metallers Delain.

Sabaton is touring in support of the 3-disc deluxe edition of "Heroes," the band's Billboard-charting seventh studio album from 2014. More...

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Nightwish Posts Video #15 For New Album

Finland's symphonic metal band Nightwish today officially releases "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" in North America, which was also just supported by a release party and signing session in Helsinki.

Nightwish captured those moments in episode #15 about the making of "Endless Forms Most Beautiful." Check it out below.

If you missed, the previously posted episode #14 can also still be seen by heading over to this location.

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Nightwish Posts Teaser #14 For New Album

Nuclear Blast just can't stop itself (and March 31st just can't come quickly enough): an absurd 14th teaser trailer is now online for Nightwish's upcoming album.

"Endless Forms Most Beautiful" will officially drop on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US).

In this 14th part of the never ending teaser trailer series, Nightwish talks about the band's own highlights from the album. You can also check out the recently released music video for "Élan" over at this location. More...

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Nightwish Seeking Fan Cover Videos

Finland-based symphonic metal outfit Nightwish has announced a worldwide video contest where fans can showcase their talent.

Sign language speakers, jazz flutists, cellists, ukulele & theremin players, expert whistlers, vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboard players, and more, you are all invited to create a video for your very own cover version of the Nightwish single "Élan."

For complete contest instructions & rules, visit this location. This contest ends on Thursday, April 10th. Winners will be announced on April 16th, 2015.

Nightwish's eighth studio album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful," will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US).

Produced by Tero “TeeCee” Kinnunen, the title for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful," was taken from the writings of English naturalist Charles Darwin and includes adult & children’s choirs, collaborative work with esteemed orchestral arranger Pip Williams, and a guest appearance by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. More...

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Nightwish Shudders Before The Beautiful

In anticipation of forthcoming studio album "Endless Forms Most Beautiful," due out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US), Finland-based symphonic metal band Nightwish now reveals the album opener "Shudder Before The Beautiful."

"Shudder Before The Beautiful" is premiered today via Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat - listen in at this location. Tuomas Holopainen comments:

"We wanted to present our upcoming album's opening track 'Shudder Before The Beautiful' for everyone to listen to before the album's release in cooperation with the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Bringing together the most trustworthy Finnish media with a song about universal awe was a match made in heaven in its uniqueness.

"The core of 'Shudder Before The Beautiful' lies in moments such as gazing at The Milky Way on a cold winter's night, seeing a photo of our Planet Earth, 'a pale blue dot' taken by Voyager 1 as a tiny oasis in the unfathomable vastness of space, or when listening to music which momentarily takes away all woe and time.

"And sharing those moments with people you love.”

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Amorphis To Enter Studio, New Album This September

Finnish metal act Amorphis started the year off by demoing new songs for their upcoming 12th studio album, which is tarted for release in September. The band will start pre­-production this month in Helsinki with producer Jens Bogren. The album recordings will begin in April at Bogren's Fascination Street Studio in Stockholm.

The lyrics are written by Amorphis' spiritual mentor Pekka Kainulainen: "Like Kalevala, they are descriptions of natural phenomena, seasons and the human mind. Recccuring situations where hope and uncertainty alternate. Attempting to gain advice from higher powers. The poems do not form a complete story per se, but they are drawn together by a certain theme. We live under a red cloud and once again, time weighs us.”

The new album will be released in September when Amorphis will embark on a world tour, starting from their native Finland. Amorphis will be touring Europe with Nightwish at the end of the year.

This past December, Amorphis completed a successful Central European "Retro" tour where the band played their legendary "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" album in its entirety to celebrate the 20th anniversary of said record. As a special treat for the fans, Amorphis also played songs from their debut album, which they haven't played in more than two decades. In Germany the media praised the tour of its authencity and its "time travel to 20 years ago" aspect.

"The tour set pays homage to the TFTTL album and did not include a single song released after 1995. It was great to see how boldly Tales... functions as a whole.”

Upcoming confirmed live dates are as follows:

Amorphis Summer Festivals in Finland:

06.06.2015 Tampere – Radio City South Park
27.06.2015 Helsinki – Tuska Open Air
03.07.2015 Turku – Ruisrock
17­-19.07.2015 Joensuu ­– Ilosaarirock More...

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Nightwish Posts Teaser #12

Finland-based symphonic metal outfit Nightwish recently released the first single "Élan" from forthcoming studio album "Endless Forms Most Beautiful."

The album will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK), and 31st (US), 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today sees the release of the 12th episode from the “making of” series in which the band explain the themes and inspirations for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful." With a month still until release, who knows how many more of these things there will be?

Nightwish keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen comments: “There’s a kind of scientific approach to a lot of things on the album. Songs like ‘Shudder Before The Beautiful’, ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’, ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’ or ‘Alpenglow’ all somehow reflect the bliss of existence. It’s temporary character. Evolution…Maybe you could even talk about the poetic nature of science. Natural science and its paradigm – seem to represent something cold and boring to a lot of people. Hopefully we can illustrate with this album – that science can even be something profoundly spiritual.” More...

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Nightwish Posts Teaser #11 For New Album

Sweet Satan, how many teasers does Nuclear Blast think it can release for one album? Trailer #11 is now online for Nightwish's upcoming "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" album.

The previously posted 10th episode is still available at this location. Anyone want to place bets on how many more come out?

"Endless Forms Most Beautiful" will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US). Nightwish also recently released a music video for the "Elan" single, which can be seen over here.

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Nightwish Releases "Élan" Music Video

Finnish symphonic metal giants Nightwish released a music video for the new single "Élan."

The song is the first taste from the upcoming new album "Endless Forms Most Beautiful," which is set to drop via Nuclear Blast Records on March 27, 2015 (EU), March 30, 2015 (UK) and March 31, 2015 (USA).

The track list for the standard release is (other versions see here):

1. Shudder Before The Beautiful
2. Weak Fantasy
3. Élan
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
11. The Greatest Show On Earth

Check out "Élan" here: More...

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Nightwish Releases Tenth Album Trailer

Finnish symphonic metal act Nightwish released the tenth trailer for the upcoming new release "Endless Forms Most Beautiful." The album is set to drop on March 27, 2015 (EU), March 30, 2015 (UK) and March 31, 2015 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

In the video, the band wraps up the album recordings and the members reflect on the album set to be released this spring.

The track listing is:

1. Shudder Before The Beautiful
2. Weak Fantasy
3. Élan
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
11. The Greatest Show On Earth

Check out the clip here: More...

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Nightwish Reveals Track List For "Endless Forms.."

Finnish symphonic metal act Nightwish have revealed the track listing for the various formats of the upcoming new album "Endless Forms Most Beautiful." The album is set for release on March 27, 2015 (EU), March 30, 2015 (UK) and March 31, 2015 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Prior to the album release, the first single called "Élan" will be out on February 13th. The 4-track single features the album version, radio edit and an alternate version of "Élan," as well as the non-album bonus track "Sagan."

"Endless Forms Most Beautiful" is the first studio release to feature vocalist Floor Jansen (ReVamp). It features a guest appearance by the famed evolutionary biologist and writer, Professor Richard Dawkins.

The album will be available in standard jewelcase, 2 LP black vinyl, 2 LP gatefold picture vinyl, digibook with bonus instrumental CD and earbook including instrumental and orchestral bonus CDs. Pre-orders for the various editions can be made at this location. The track listings are as follows:

Standard:

1. Shudder Before The Beautiful
2. Weak Fantasy
3. Élan
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
11. The Greatest Show On Earth More...

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Nightwish Posts New Album Trailer

Finland's symphonic metal masters from Nightwish have revealed the title of their upcoming new studio album will be "Endless Forms Most Beautiful."

The record will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US). Today Nightwish also releases a ninth album trailer. In this episode mixing engineer Mikko Karmila, as well as mastering engineer Mika Jussila, give an insight into their work on "Endless Forms Most Beautiful."

Tuomas Holopainen commented: “I guess mixing an album can be compared to editing a movie. We have to arrange the clips into a dramatic arc and find a good balance.” More...

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Nightwish Announces New Album, Release Date

Finnish symphonic metal act Nightwish have announced that the forthcoming new album, and first with vocalist Floor Jansen (ReVamp), will be entitled "Endless Forms Most Beautiful." The album is set for release on March 27, 2015 (EU), March 30, 2015 (UK) and March 31, 2015 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album's entire work was inspired by a quote from Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Tuomas Holopainen commented: "This classic quote is where it all began. We set sail for the ultimate journey in March 2015 – join us!"

The drum work on the album was completed by Wintersun drummer Kai Hahto.

The track list has yet to be revealed, but the album can be preordered in various formats over at this location. The first single "Élan" is set to be released on February 13, 2015. Details on the single can be found at this location.

Stay tuned for much more on the way. The album artwork can be viewed here: More...

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Nightwish Announces First Single "Élan"

Finland's Nightwish announced that the first single from the forthcoming new album (as of yet untitled) will be entitled "Élan." The single will be released on February 13, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records and will be available as a maxi single on CD and vinyl formats. The song is the first original track to be released with ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen.

The announcement reads:

"'Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave
To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.'

"- Walt Whitman

"Songwriter/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen commented: 'This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt was the starting point for writing 'Élan'. The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us. It´s important to surrender yourself to the occasional 'free fall' and not to fear the path less travelled by. 'Élan' is a wonderful teaser for the full-length album, giving out a little taste, but revealing very little of the actual Journey of Grandeur to come…'"

The track list for the single is:

CD:

1. Élan (album version)
2. Élan (radio edit)
3. Élan (alternate version)
4. Sagan (non-album bonus track)

Vinyl:

Side A:
1. Élan (album version)
2. Élan (radio edit)
Side B
1. Élan (alternate version)
2. Sagan (non-album bonus track) More...

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Nightwish Releases Eighth Trailer On New Album

Finland's Nightwish released the part eight in a "making of" documentary series for the upcoming, yet untitled, new album, which set for release in 2015. The clip features the band is visiting the rainy city of London to record the choir, orchestral parts and percussions for their new album at Angel Studios.

Commented keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen: "This must be the sixth or seventh time we’re working with these people. We’ve realized what they can do during these years. So it’s really not a surprise anymore but it hasn’t ceased to amaze me. The level of professionalism is just unbelievable. But even more importantly, they clearly like what they’re doing. The guys we’ve worked with for over 10 years are still up for it."

Added session-drummer Kai Hahto (Wintersun): "The professionalism is amazing. We were recording ethnic percussion yesterday. Some of the guys had played on Star Wars movies – and done Hans Zimmer soundtracks. I thought of myself as a humppa drummer. It was pretty amazing. They know their prima vista. You give them the notation, and they’ll nail it in no time."

Nightwish previously revealed the famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins as a guest on the album.

The clip was produced by Ville Lipiäinen. Check it out here: More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 38

This week, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) announces several upcoming concerts at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live - stretching well into next year - and would like to know who’d be interested in some more ticket giveaway contests.

Performances include: Crowbar and Unearth on Tuesday, December 2nd; August Burns Red, Miss May I, and Northlane on Tuesday, March 3rd; Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, and Aeon on Saturday, March 7th; and Nightwish, Sabaton, and Delain on Saturday, May 9th.

Any Floridians interested should let us know, so we can launch more contests and make the trip worth your while. Contact us at podcast@metalunderground.com.

Our Band of the Week is Pacto, a Spanish-speaking doom/black metal lot from Bogotá, Colombia, formed in 2007. After several years of work, they released the full-length album “El Reino De Los Hechiceros” earlier this year. We introduce and discuss the song “Senda Sin Fin” at the start, and stay tuned for the title track at our sign-off.

Then co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) recaps, with a scratchy voice, an intense weekend he spent recently in central Florida for the DeLand Rock & Metal Festival (co-sponsored by none other than MetalUnderground.com). He considers it an overall success, and wishes to say a few words on some of his favorite acts of the event, including Everthrone, Orbweaver, and Seven Kingdoms.

Listen in here, enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed.

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Nightwish Posts Seventh Album Trailer

The symphonic metal band Nightwish is currently working on an upcoming new album that will feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen and is set for a release in Spring of 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Today the band releases the seventh album trailer online. In this episode the band recaps the Summer recording. Check it out below.

Commented keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen: “We are actually ahead of our schedule. Incredibly, Floor has sung about two songs a day. Marco cut the final bass parts in 1.5 days and Emppu did the rhythm guitars in a week. I think it was because everything was so well-rehearsed this time. We’ve tried to work more like a band.”

Added vocalist Floor Jansen: “Tuomas challenged me, using everything I have to offer. High, low, soft, whatever, but definitely lower stuff and very soft and intimate things. Something that more by coincidence was something that I kind of missed doing. Something I haven’t explored much and Tuomas wrote parts where I have to use this completely, where I have to go into it entirely. I’m very happy with what came out there.”

The previously posted sixth video clip can also be found over at this location. More...

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Sabaton Announces North American Tour

Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton is returning to North America in 2015 as direct support to Finland's Nightwish.

Taking a moment prior to a headlining show at The Whisky in Hollywood, California tonight, Sabaton commented:

"After the amazing North American tour we’ve just done, it’s time to follow-up! And what is better than another tour? This time, it’s with our friends in Nightwish."

Sabaton will continue to support seventh studio album, "Heroes," which debuted at #99 on the American Billboard Top 200 album chart and at #105 on the Canadian Billboard Top 200 album. See the band live on these dates:

04/09/15 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
04/10/15 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/11/15 Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/13/15 Capitole Theatre – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/14/15 Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/16/15 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
04/17/15 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
04/18/15 Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL
04/19/15 7 Flags Events Center - Clive, IA
04/21/15 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
04/22/15 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
04/24/15 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
04/25/15 Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
04/26/15 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
04/28/15 Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
04/30/15 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
05/01/15 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
05/02/15 Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
05/03/15 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
05/05/15 Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
05/06/15 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
05/08/15 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
05/09/15 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
05/11/15 Marathon Music Work – Nashville, TN
05/12/15 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/13/15 Filmore – Charlotte, NC
05/14/15 Filmore – Silver Springs, MD More...

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Nightwish Posts New Video Clip

Finland's symphonic metal storytellers from Nightwish are currently working on their upcoming new album.

The yet-untitled creation will be the first Nightwish studio record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen and is set for a release in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast. Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen will sit out on the recording sessions due to health issues; Kai Hahto (Wintersun) will replace him.

The album also has a surprise appearance in the form of evolutionary biologist / author Richard Dawkins.

Today the band also releases a special clip for the song "Last Ride Of The Day ," with impressions of the "Imaginaerum" world tour. Check it out below. More...

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