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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 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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Sixth Trailer Available For New Nightwish Album

Nightwish released the sixth episode in an installment of trailers leading up to the new album, set for release in 2015. It marks the first for new vocalist Floor Jansen (ReVamp). Speaking of Jansen, the video features the vocalist - who has now moved to eastern Finland - coping with fitting into the Finnish lifestyle.

All the clips in the series were produced by Ville Lipiäinen. Check out the sixth installment here:

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Richard Dawkins To Guest On Nightwish Album

Finland's symphonic metal storytellers in 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.

Now the band reveals famed evolutionary biologist and freethinker Richard Dawkins as a guest to appear on the coming eighth studio album.

Nightwish keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen comments: “I already know now that since I have been so enthusiastic about this kind of literature for the past few months, and will be for the upcoming months, that it's going to come out somehow. I don't know how just yet, but it will come out. I know it from experience. Sometimes I come across interviews I did ten years ago and see that I am quite a different person. So something has happened say during the past five, six, seven years, and a lot of it has to do with the books that I've read, mainly Whitman, Hitchens and Dawkins." More...

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Nightwish Posts "Arabesque" Video

The Finnish symphonic metal storytellers from Nightwish are currently working on their upcoming new album.

The band was recently recording the orchestra at the London based Angel Studio's, along with Pip Williams. Floor Jansen commented about this experience:

"This was the first time I witnessed the recording of an orchestra and it was so enchanting! I was stunned by the professionalism of the players, the conductor, the studio engineers and by the amazing arrangements Pip made again. To hear it all come together is amazing, goose bumps all the way through!!!"

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

Today the band releases a special clip for the hymn "Arabesque," with impressions of the "Imaginaerum" world tour. Check it out below. More...

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Nightwish Releases Fifth Trailer For New Album

As Nightwish continues to prepare for the upcoming eighth studio album, the latest in an ongoing series of album trailers is available. In episode 5, vocalist Floor Jansen (ReVamp) and Uillean pipe lord Troy Donockley, the band's newest members, arrive at the secluded lake in Finland to take part in the writing and recording.

Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen, who appears in this latest episode, will sit out on the recording sessions due to health issues relating to insomnia, with Kai Hahto (Wintersun, Swallow The Sun) replacing him.

All the clips in the series were produced by Ville Lipiäinen. Check out the fifth installment here: More...

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Nightwish Announces North American Tour For 2015

Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers Nightwish are pleased to announce a 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015, launching in New York City on April 9th, hitting three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then closing out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14th. In support will be Dutch symphonic metallers Delain, who are currently on an extensive North American tour with Xandria in support of Sonata Arctica.

Checking in from the other side of the world amidst all the prep work for recording their new studio album, Nightwish bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala shares the following about the band’s return to North America:

"Hi to all! Our work on the new album has been going with serious productive speed and comfortable ease at the same time. It´s going to be great to get it out to you and play these pieces live. And with this announcement it will obviously happen quite soon! Here are the dates for the North-American shows. Come on over and we´ll raise hell and kick some arses together!"

EnterTheVault.com is the exclusive place to purchase VIP Meet & Greet tickets (which includes early entry + an official tour program) through October 11th.

Confirmed dates are:

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 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, 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 Fourth Album Trailer

Nightwish is currently working on a new album along with producer Tero “TeeCee” Kinnunen. The yet-untitled creation will be the first Nightwish studio record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen.

Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen will also sit out on the recording sessions due to health issues; while Kai Hahto (Wintersun, Swallow The Sun) will replace him. The album is set for a release in the Spring of 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Today the band has put up a fourth album trailer, available below. The previously posted third clip is available at this location.

Commented drummer Jukka Nevalainen on the first actual band rehearsal: “You have to remember that the last time we played together was about 11 months ago. It’s been quite a while. So, all things considered out initial stabs were pretty OK.”

Added guitarist Emppu Vuorinen: “You start to get into the songs when you rehearse them. We played a heavier tune, and it did get me moshing a bit. I don’t know if it has something to do with age – but the need to show off has diminished even more. It’s more like you want to do justice to the song and not strut your stuff.” More...

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Nightwish Posts "Last Of The Wilds" Video

While Nightwish is currently working on an upcoming new studio album, fans can enjoy a series of five special clips, all with impressions of the "Imaginaerum" world tour.

Today marks clip number two, with an a video for the Nightwish classic "Last Of The Wilds." Check it out below, and be sure to watch the previously posted video for "Planet Hell" at this location.

Nightwish has also been posting a series of making-of clips showcasing the creation of a new studio album. The latest video is available over here. The new album is expected out next year through Nuclear Blast. More...

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Nightwish Posts New Album Behind The Scenes Clip

Nightwish is currently working on a new album, and the yet-untitled creation will be the band's first studio record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. It’s currently set for a release in Spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Today the band has put up the third album trailer, available below, and main composer Tuomas Holopainen comments:

“When I come up with a subject for the song, I always see it as a short movie. Each song is like a soundtrack for that movie in my head… it takes at least 12-18 months to write an album.” More...

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Nightwish Posts "Planet Hell" Video

While Nightwish is currently working on an upcoming new studio album, fans can enjoy a series of five special clips, with impressions taken from the "Imaginaerum" world-tour. Today marks the start with a clip for "Planet Hell," which can be seen below.

Following the "Imaginaerum" album (reviewed here), Nightwish is gearing up to drop a new album through Nuclear Blast next year. You can see a making-of video covering the album's creation at this location.

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Nightwish's Jukka Nevalainen Forced To Take Break

In the midst of writing a new album, Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish announced that drummer Jukka Nevalainen is forced to step down and take a break from music activities due to ongoing health concerns. It seems for many years, Nevalainen has been suffering from insomnia. His replacement for the upcoming follow up to "Imaginaerum" will be Wintersun/Swallow the Sun drummer Kai Hahto.

Nevalainen posted a statement and a video (shown below):

"How to begin telling something that you wouldn’t want to have to tell, although you know that the decision you made is the only (at least the only right) one you could make at the moment? I face this dilemma now, and will do my best to find the right words.

"For a number of years, I have suffered from occasional but very difficult insomnia, something that has been my unwanted companion during many of our tours, too. I’ve done my best to try to control it or at least to cope with it. Still, we don’t even really know why we need sleep, so unfortunately there’s not much information available on why some of us suffer from sleeplessness. There is no 100% cure for the problem.

"During the last month, it has become evident for me that due to my insomnia, I can’t fulfill my duties as a musician in the way that I’d want and with the precision that the music deserves. Thus I have decided to step aside from my duties as the drummer of Nightwish during the recording of the forthcoming album and the subsequent tour. I will still be involved in managing the day-to-day affairs of the band, but the dearest and the most important thing, playing, is, for the time being, not possible. Time will tell what the future holds.

"On a personal level, my decision obviously feels indescribably sad. Fortunately, looking at it with some distance, it is “just” part of the constant, inevitable ebb and flow of life. The sad things are part of it as well as the beautiful, unforgettable experiences and adventures that I’ve already had the pleasure to experience in spades. Surely, there will still be many adventures ahead, too. More...

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Nightwish Announces North American Record Deal

Finland-based symphonic metal act Nightwish is proud to announce a newly-inked North American deal for the U.S. and Canada via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The band’s as-yet-untitled eighth studio album will be the first to feature new Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen, who has toured with the band since October 2012. The album will follow previous release "Imaginaerum" (reviewed here).

Expanding the territory of Nightwish’s initial European collaboration with Nuclear Blast‘s HQ in Germany since 2004’s "Once" album, NBE President and A&R Chief Monte Conner looks forward to the growth of the band’s new line-up and states:

"It was a pleasure to work with Nightwish at my former label, but now in my new capacity at NBE, I will be more directly involved with the band than ever before. I would like to thank Nightwish and their management for their continued faith in and loyalty to me. I am particularly excited at the prospect of hearing Floor Jansen’s debut studio recording with the band. Her performance on last year’s live release Showtime, Storytime completely blew me away and proved why she is the PERFECT singer for Nightwish."

Nighwish’s long-time co-manager Ewo Pohjola of King Foo Entertainment adds the following: "Having Monte Conner now back with Nightwish in North America makes us all really happy. And with Nuclear Blast we have always felt at home since Day One.”

Recordings of the new Nightwish material are slated begin this summer and the band members have already spent time in the wilderness of Hattula, Finland working on new song demos with producer Tero “TeeCee” Kinnumen.

“It’s proven to be a very effective arrangement,” states song composer & keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen. “We have our peace here, in the middle of nature. We can concentrate 24/7.”

“There’s stuff that sounds excellent already and stuff that clearly needs some work still,” adds bassist & vocalist Marco Hietala. “We have such a strong belief in the end result that we know if will work like alchemy: Scheiße [shit] will turn to gold.” More...

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Nightwish Posts Second Video Update On New Album

Deep in the Finnish forest, in the town of Hattula, Nightwish is tucked away from the distractions of humanity writing the follow up to "Imaginaerum" (see review here). The album will mark the first release for new vocalist Floor Jansen (ReVamp/ex-After Forever), who joined Nightwish in 2013 during the last North American tour when Anette Olson split with the band.

The video features composer/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and vocalist/bassist Marco Hietala speaking about the writing process. Check it out here:

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Nightwish Posts New Album Making-Of Clip

Sit back and fasten your fairytale seatbelts, because today Nightwish reveals a first glimpse into the band's 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. Check out a making-of teaser below, and Nuclear Blast also comments:

"Enjoy the ride, as Nightwish take you on a trip to where the magic happens - settled right in the middle of the beautiful wintery landscape of Eno, Finland, band members and sound staff gather round the long table of 'the Cabin' to discuss every aspect, relevant for the making of Nightwish album #8. So far the bands’ mastermind, keyboardist and visionary composer Tuomas Holopainen and sound engineer Tero 'TeeCee' Kinnunen recorded demo version of 12 songs."

Commented Tuomas Holopainen: “From the moment I start writing the song, I have the story in my head. I have a really clear vision how the songs should sound like at this point. Of course they will chance after band rehearsals and arranging. And they should change!” More...

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Documentary Coming Focusing On Women In Metal

Rising Moon Productions today releases the first teaser trailer for the upcoming documentary “Soaring Highs and Brutal Lows: The Voices of Women in Metal,” produced and directed by Mark Harwood.

The trailer can be viewed below, and more info is available at the documentary's website here. The film explores the experiences of female metal vocalists and combines interview, concert, and archival footage to highlight the growth in popularity of this music internationally.

Featured interviews include Floor Jansen (Nightwish/ReVamp), Doro Pesch (DORO/Warlock), Simone Simons (Epica), Charlotte Wessels (Delain), and Anneke van Giersbergen, among others. A release is scheduled for later in 2014. More...

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