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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 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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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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