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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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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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Revamp And Aborted Added To Bloodstock Lineup

The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival are excited to announce four more bands to the 2014 bill.

East Coast metal/hardcore legends Biohazard join the Ronnie James Dio stage line up. The band is hard at work on a brand new album due for release this year via Nuclear Blast Records. Band leader Billy Graziadei comments: "We've watched some awesome Bloodstock line-ups over the past few years and we're very psyched to be part of this one! See you in da pit!”

Fronted by current Nightwish vocalist, Floor Jansen, Revamp also steps up for a main stage slot. Floor successfully juggles her commitments to both bands and is taking Revamp on the road across the US this Spring with Iced Earth and Sabaton. About the Bloodstock slot, Floor comments “Revamp is thrilled to play at Bloodstock this summer! It’s a great festival with a strong metal heart in a metal-loving country for which we have nothing but great memories. We can't wait to rock the British crowd again!”

Ground-breaking Israeli progressive metallers, Orphaned Land also join the bill. “I could never imagine in my wildest imagination that an Israeli band would be followed by thousands of Muslim fans from around the world,” commented frontman Kobi Farhi, but that is exactly what has happened. The band’s album, "All Is One," is available now.

Belgian death metal outfit Aborted also picks up an early main stage slot at Catton Park. The band has just entered the studio to record new album, "The Necrotic Manifesto," which is due for release this summer via Century Media. This April the band head over to tour North America with Kataklysm, before returning to Europe for the summer festivals.

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Recruits Floor Jansen

Timo Tolkki reported that the upcoming Timo Tolkki's Avalon sophomore LP (working titled Avalon II) will feature Nightwish/ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen as the main singer. In addition, Tolkki will bring Avalon out on the road for a European Tour in May 2014.

Jansen provides lead vocals on the upcoming first single and promotional video. The release date for both single and the video is planned for March 2014. The recordings are currently taking place in East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Jansen joins the cast that already includes Epica singer Simone Simons and the reunion of the early Stratovarius. Lineup: Tuomo Lassila on drums (the founder of Stratovarius) and Antti Ikonen on keyboards (the original keyboard player of Stratovarius).

The European Tour will coincide with the release of the album. More details on the album release date, live lineup and dates will be revealed later.

Timo Tolkki commented: “I am right now recording probably the best vocalist I have worked with in my whole career. This has been a jaw dropping experience and I thought I have already seen it all. Floor has proven me wrong. For example in the 10 minute title track of the album, she delivers in my opinion the best vocals of her career so far. This song is probably the biggest sounding of my whole career and Floor simply makes it an astonishing, almost breathtaking experience! We are both surprised of how amazing this has turned out to be and both very happy to hear how amazing it sounds.” More...

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Nightwish Posts "Ghost Love Score" Clip From DVD

Nightwish released an official live video clip of the song "Ghost Love Score" from the band's upcoming live CD/DVD/Blu-Ray release "Showtime, Storytime," which drops via Nuclear Blast on November 29th (EU), Dec. 2nd (UK) and Dec. 10, 2013 (North America). The song originally appeared on the 2004 release "Once."

The set list is:

1. Dark Chest Of Wonders
2. Wish I Had An Angel
3. She Is My Sin
4. Ghost River
5. Ever Dream
6. Storytime (see clip here)
7. I Want My Tears Back
8. Nemo
9. Last Of The Wilds
10. Bless The Child
11. Romanticide
12. Amaranth
13. Ghost Love Score
14. Song Of Myself
15. Last Ride Of The Day
16. Outro (Imaginaerum)

Check out "Ghost Love Score" here: More...

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Nightwish Posts "Showtime, Storytime" Trailer

Only two weeks ago, Nightwish announced plans to continue as a six-piece band featuring Floor Jansen (vocalist) and Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) as a full-time members.

During the promotion trip for the upcoming live / tour documentary DVD "Showtime, Storytime" (due out on November 29th), Nuclear Blast Records filmed the following trailer, featuring Tuomas Holopainen talking about their new family members:

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Nightwish Posts Live Clip From New DVD

Today Nightwish releases the first video clip off upcoming release "Showtime, Storytime," which is out on Nuclear Blast on November 29th, 2013.

Check out the live video clip below and an official release trailer after the jump. Both are directed by Ville Lipiäinen.

In related news, Nightwish recently recruited Floor Jansen as the band's permanent new vocalist. Check out the statement from the band right here.

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Floor Jansen Named Permanent Vocalist Of Nightwish

Finnish symphonic metal band has officially named Floor Jansen (ReVamp) permanent vocalist of the band. In addition, Troy Donockley - the purveyor of uilleann pipes on the latest tour - has now been made an official full time member. Jansen was the fill in vocalist following the departure of Anette Olzon just weeks into the band's North American tour with Kamelot in the Fall of 2012.

The statement from the band reads:

"Ms. Floor Jansen is a keeper.

"Also, we will be a six-piece band from now on, as Mr. Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) will become a full-time member of NIGHTWISH.

"Originally we were going to wait until 2014 to make a decision about the future line-up of the band, but the past year has clearly shown us that Floor and Troy are perfect matching pieces to our puzzle, and we are really grateful of the bond that has grown between all of us. We love you guys.

"Tuomas, Marco, Jukka, Emppu"

Floor Jansen commented: "Words cannot describe what I feel! This union is beyond everything and I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to continue this amazing journey with my new brothers! Once I had a dream…and this is it!!!"

Troy Donockley added: "`Imaginaerum World Tour´was a revelation to me and in that time, I became aware of a growing unity and then, finally, a transcendence of all the usual nonsense that affects bands. A beautiful process. And since the idea, the musical dream that is Nightwish has been a part of me since before I was born, I am delighted to officially sail into uncharted waters with my brothers and sister. Wondrous scenes Ahoy! "

The new line-up can be seen on the live/tour documentary DVD "Showtime, Storytime," which is scheduled for release November 29th. The DVD captures the band's performance at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany this past summer. More...

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