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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 To Film South American Shows

Finnish symphonic metal favourites Nightwish has announced that they will be filming two shows in South America this month for a future DVD release. The performances in São Paulo, Brazil and Aires, Argentina on September 28th and 30th respectively. Speaking about the decision to film these sets, keyboardist / founder Tuomas Holopainen comments:

"The majority of these songs that we are doing on this tour are never gonna be played again, I think, so it's a good idea to immortalize them."

More information will be revealed when it becomes available.

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Bloodstock 2018: Day Three

All good things must come to an end, as they say. And so it was that after two days full of metal, the Bloodstock Open Air festival drew to a close with one last blast of high octane music. It's strange to say about a metal festival, but given the amount of children and seasoned rockers in the audience over the course of the weekend, it can honestly be said that Bloodstock is fun for all ages, not just in terms of the festival and its fairground attractions, but for some of the bands who performed over the weekend too.

As had unfortunately been becoming a tradition, I missed out on the opening band on the Ronnie James Dio stage and instead got to the main area to see progressive metal outfit, Evergrey. Having witnessed some of their set at 70000 Tons Of Metal this year, it was interesting to see the band in a different light, quite literally as the atmospheric lighting of the ship's ampitheatre had been replaced with the cold, grey skies of the East Midlands morning. Attending the festival with a group of prog metal fans, I can safely say that the Swedes delight their fan base and target audience. Their long, intricate pieces are a must see for fans of the style but for those who aren't so keen or consider themselves more of a casual fan, this brand of music might do a lot to excite and certainly doesn't help wake you from the night before. More...

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Nightwish Announces UK Tour Dates

Finnish symphonic metal veterans Nightwish released their brand new best-of compilation "Decades" on March 9th through Nuclear Blast to celebrate more than two decades of their career. It's only right, then, that this milestone should be celebrated with an extensive world tour! Currently touring North America, the band are pleased to announce that they will be bringing the tour to the UK in December. This will also be the band’s first UK tour since 2012, so these shows are absolutely not to be missed.

They have also revealed that special guests will be up and coming heavy metallers and label mates Beast In Black, led by former Battle Beast guitarist Anton Kabanen.

Of this latest tour news, the band comments:
"The NIGHTWISH Universe is Expanding. Let's light the British Beacons!"

The tour dates are as follows:

December 8 London - The SSE Arena, Wembley
December 10 Birmingham - Arena
December 11 Manchester – Arena

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At The Gates Confirmed For Bloodstock 2018

The organisers of the Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced some more names, including Swedish melodic death metal pioneers, At The Gates, as well as groove metal originators Exhorder, who will play the Ronnie James Dio stage and Sophie Lancaster stage respectively, while joining Exhorder on the Sophie stage will be sludge metal outfit Weight Of The Tide and death metal group Sangre. The festival will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire and will be held from August 9th - 12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Judas Priest (Headliner)
Gojira (Headliner)
Nightwish (Headliner)
Emperor
At The Gates
Suicidal Tendencies
Devildriver
Kamelot
Combichrist
Mr. Big
Jasta
Bloodbath
Venom Inc.
Septicflesh
Wednesday 13
Fozzy
Orden Ogan
Memoriam More...

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Nightwish Reveals Compilation Tracklisting

Tuomas Holopainen's 3-track demo earned him his first record deal with his freshly founded band Nightwish back in 1996. 20 years later, with over 2,000 shows played and more than 8 million records sold - Nightwish are the biggest European symphonic metal band. Reason enough for Nuclear Blast to celebrate this huge anniversary by releasing a 2CD compilation titled Decades, on March 9th, 2018.

Decades will be available as:
2CD-DIGI
3LP BOX (different colours)
2CD-Earbook

The trasklisting reads as follows:

CD1
1. The Greatest Show On Earth
2. Élan
3. My Walden
4. Storytime
5. I Want My Tears Back
6. Amaranth
7. The Poet And The Pendulum
8. Nemo
9. Wish I Had An Angel

CD2
1. Ghost Love Score
2. Slaying The Dreamer
3. End Of All Hope
4. 10th Man Down
5. The Kinslayer
6. Dead Boy’s Poem
7. Gethsemane
8. Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean
9. Sacrament Of Wilderness
10. Sleeping Sun
11. Elvenpath
12. The Carpenter
13. Nightwish (demo)

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3LP BOX (33 RPM)
Side A
1. The Greatest Show On Earth

Side B
1. Élan
2. My Walden
3. Storytime
4. I Want My Tears Back
5. Amaranth

Side C
1. The Poet And The Pendulum
2. Nemo
3. Wish I Had An Angel

Side D
1. Ghost Love Score
2. Slaying The Dreamer
3. End Of All Hope
4. 10th Man Down

Side E
1. The Kinslayer
2. Dead Boy’s Poem
3. Gethsemane
4. Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean

Side F
1. Sacrament Of Wilderness
2. Sleeping Sun
3. Elvenpath
4. The Carpenter
5. Nightwish (demo) More...

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"Hellfest Open Air" 2018 Full Lineup Revealed

The full lineup is in for the 2018 ‘Hellfest Open Air‘, which will be held from June 22nd-24th in Clisson, France. Check out the billing below:

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Nightwish Announces Compilation Album And Tour

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish has announced details for a new two disc compilation album, which will be entitled, "Decades." The record will be released on March 9th 2018 and will be promoted with a lengthy tour of North America and Europe, which includes a number of festival appearances, concluding with a headline set at the Bloodstock Open Air festival.

"July 6th, 1996 was the exact date marked on my family's summer cabin guestbook. On that date, by a campfire, a decision was made to form a band of three members, playing atmospheric acoustic music led by a female voice. 15 months later, this group would release its debut album, and more than two decades later, it would release a compilation including songs from 8 studio albums and from the very first demo which gave the band its name.

Speaking about the release, keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen stated: "The infinite freedom and potential I found from songwriting back in the day took me right back home, offering a place to feel free and meaningful. So the roller coaster ride begun, adventures from all sides of the spectrum ahead, making a pit stop at this place and age from where we`re greeting you now. Looking back, the voyage has been nothing short of spectacular.

"The best part of it all, though, are the people. The fellowship of the band, past and present, the crew and the management. The relationships created, whether it's the fans in the front row, guest musicians, other bands, promoters, media, record label staff, or even your own heroes you never thought you'd meet. I've met my best friends through music, as well as faced the most unfortunate ordeals, but it's all been for the love of life and adventure, for learning, and for a meaning. The sense of privilege I feel looking into the past, the present, and future is immeasurable by words. It's something that can only be expressed through poetry and music. A journey of two decades has taken our wonderful Edema Ruh this far, and the beauty of the future is, that it remains an untold story.

"In a few months, we'll celebrate the journey so far in the form of a 9-month nostalgia tour, including material from all of our 8 studio albums. We shall meet you all soon, and it will be wondrous as never before!"

The scheduled tour dates are as follows: More...

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Bloodstock Open Air Adds Four More Bands To Lineup

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has confirmed a further four bands to perform at next year's edition of the festival, including German heavy metal legend Doro, who will be headlining the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Friday night. Also added to the event are death metal supergroup Bloodbath, who will also perform on Friday, but on the Ronnie James Dio stage, while Greek symphonic death metal veterans Septicflesh and the Chris Jericho fronted heavy metal group Fozzy will also play the RJD stage, on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The festival will take place in Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 10th to 12th. More bands will be confirmed over the coming year, including plenty of unsigned talent.

The current lineup is as follows:

Friday: Ronnie James Dio Stage
Judas Priest
Emperor
Bloodbath
Memoriam

Friday: Sophie Lancaster Stage
Doro

Saturday: Ronnie James Dio Stage
Gojira
Combichrist
Septicflesh
Orden Ogan

Sunday: Ronnie James Dio Stage
Nightwish
Devildriver
Fozzy

Sunday: Sophie Lancaster Stage
Watain

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Nightwish Announces "Decades: World Tour"

In March 2018, symphonic metal legends Nightwish will begin a 9 month long "Decades: World Tour" starting with 34 shows in North America.

The band will have a very special setlist for the tour, featuring rarely heard material from the earlier era, and excitingly for both band and fans, the band will revisit the old songs with some new twists. This setlist will be a 'one-off' and only performed on this "Decades: World Tour."

To accompany the tour, Nuclear Blast will release the 2CD compilation "Decades" on March 9, 2018. Confirmed dates are as follows:

09.03. USA Atlanta, GA - Tabernable
10.03. USA Charlotte, NC - The Filmore
12.03. USA Norfolk, VA - The Norva
13.03. USA Baltimore, MD - Lyric Theater
14.03. USA New York, NY - Playstation Theater
16.03. USA Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
17.03. USA Worcester, MA - The Palladium
18.03. USA Albany, NY - The Egg
20.03. CDN Montreal, QC - Metropolis
21.03. CDN Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
23.03. USA Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
24.03. USA Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
25.03. USA Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
26.03. USA Covington, KY - Madison Theater
28.03. USA Kalamazoo, MI - State Theatre
29.03. USA St. Louis, MO - Touhill Performing Arts Center
30.03. USA Minneapolis, MN - The Myth
31.03. USA Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
02.04. USA Omaha, NB - Sokol Auditorium
03.04. USA Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
05.04. CDN Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Aud
06.04. USA Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
07.04. CDN Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theater More...

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Insect Named After Tuomas Holopainen

Conservation biologist Jukka Salmela of Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland recently discovered a new insect species in his home country, and while remembering Tuomas Holopainen's love for nature, he decided to name it "Sciophila holopaineni" after Nightwish's keyboardist and songwriter.

After the release of the band's latest album "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" in 2015 (featuring a guest spot by biologist Richard Dawkins), Holopainen has been known as person being highly interested in evolution and the diversity of nature.

"I am very, very touched. This is the highest honour a nature nerd like me can receive,” Tuomas Holopainen commented after being contacted by Salmela, who asked for permission to name the insect after him. So far, this particular fungus gnat has only been spotted in eastern Lapland, Finland, and lives in shadowy environments.

After releasing the double-DVD "Vehicle Of Spirit," Nightwish is currently taking a year off to find inspiration and write new songs - stay tuned for new material in 2018! More...

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Nightwish Releases "Stargazers" Live Video

After touring for a year and a half throughout every corner of the world on the "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" world tour 2015 - 2016, Nightwish will release the "Vehicle Of Spirits" DVD on December 16th.

The release features two full concerts: a sold-out Wembley show in front of 12,000 fans and a Tampere show in Ratina Stadion with the biggest stage production Nightwish has ever had.

Ahead of that release, the band drops an advance live clip of the song "Stargazers," which was performed live in Tampere. More...

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Nightwish Posts "Vehicle Of Spirit" Trailer

Prepare for your special ride inside the "Vehicle Of Spirit." After touring for a year and a half throughout every corner of the world, Nightwish's time has come to immortalize the "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" world tour 2015 - 2016 on DVD.

This comes right on time with the band's latest album reaching gold status in Germany with 100,000 sold copies.

The new release date for this monumental trip through the discography of the symphonic metal visionaries is December 16th - so right before Christmas, you will be able to witness two full shows from London and Tampere and plenty of bonus material. Watch the first trailer below. More...

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Nightwish Issues "Alpenglow" Live Video

"We were here!" - once again, the members of Nightwish carve their name into the walls of music history and after touring for a year and a half throughout every corner of the world, their time has come to immortalize the "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" tour on DVD.

On December 9th, the symphonic metal visionaries are set to release their new live milestone "Vehicle Of Spirit," featuring not only two full concerts, but also plenty of bonus material. Today, they unveil a second appetizer with live hymn "Alpenglow."

Nightwish issued this statement: "I would say the main part of the DVD are those two shows, both Wembley and Tampere. Wembley is mentioned first due to its recognizability and legendary status. I remember the show being very special, both a goal achieved, and a starting point.

"The crowd was heartwarming. The presence of Richard Dawkins on stage was just mind-blowing. The overall experience was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill ride! The show in Ratina Stadion, Tampere, was a home crowd specialty (for 4/6th of the band) with the biggest stage production we've ever had. A lovely atmosphere throughout the concert, with many same faces in the front row as there were 15 years ago. Heartfelt." More...

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Fans Launch Full Nightwish Documentary

Nightwish's fan base had a busy year: since October 2015, over 60 fans from 50 countries have been filming a crowdsourced fan documentary.

The webproject "To Nightwish with Love" is active on the Yle (Finnish Broadcasting Company) website. Hundreds of hours of material was produced and sent to Yle by fans and condensed into a full feature film size.

"In the end, fans from over fifty countries participated," say the directors of the documentary, Kaisa Alenius and Harto Hänninen. “It has been an eye opening experience to see that people with completely different background can suddenly share similar ideas about life, identity and art. This is the power of fandom.”

You can watch the full video at this location. Catch the band live one more time on the "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" world tour:

26.08. PL Straszecin - Czad Festival
03.09. CZ Havirov - Havirovske Slavnosti
08.09. P Lisbon - Coliseu
10.09. E Madrid - Barclaycard Center
12.09. IT Mantova - Palabam
14.09. BG Sofia - Arena Armeec
02.10. KR Seoul - Samsung Blue Square
05.10. CN Shenzeng - A8 Live House
07.10. CN Shanghai - QSW Culture Center
09.10. J Tokio - Loud Park More...

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Nightwish To Release "Vehicle Of Spirit" DVD

After touring for a year and a half throughout almost every corner of the world and leaving fans of all nationalities breathless, the time has come for Nightwish to immortalize the "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" tour on DVD. Therefore, the symphonic metal visionaries are set to release the new live milestone "Vehicle Of Spirit" on November 4th, featuring not only two full concerts, but also plenty of bonus material.

"The title ‘Vehicle Of Spirit’ came from a friend of Troy's, who after seeing our show a few years ago defined Nightwish as 'A vehicle of spirit that defies category'. That beautiful description has followed us ever since, and felt like a perfect match as the DVD title," states keyboardist and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen.

Sold out arenas and spectacular shows with never before seen pyro effects, wind machines, video screens and of course Nightwish's incomparable melodies are the elements that made their latest tour so unique. Special highlights for the band have been two particular shows though:

The one in London, where they not only played their hymns such as "Élan" and the majestic "The Greatest Show On Earth" to more than 12,000 fans, but also welcomed the world famous scientist Richard Dawkins live on stage with the band. Richard Dawkins´ works had a massive impact on the thematical orientation of the latest studio album "Endless Forms Most Beautiful." Finland's Tampere show however was a home run for the band and Nightwish had never before had such an immense stage production with them.

"I would say the main part of the DVD are those two shows, both Wembley and Tampere. Wembley is mentioned first due to its recognizably and legendary status. I remember the show being very special, both a goal achieved, and a starting point. The crowd was heartwarming. The presence of Richard Dawkins on stage was just mind-blowing. The overall experience was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill ride! The show in Ratina Stadion, Tampere, was a home crowd specialty (for 4/6th of the band) with the biggest stage production we've ever had. A lovely atmosphere throughout the concert, with many same faces in the front row as there were 15 years ago. Heartfelt." More...

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Nightwish Song To Be Played At Olympics

Apparently, the symphonic / metal combo of Nightwish just keeps popping up absolutely everywhere - even in sports!

The Australian national team of synchronized swimmers just announced that they will be using the classical hymn "Last Ride Of The Day" off Nightwish album "Imaginaerum" for their competition at the Olympic Championship.

The track will be played in an orchestral version during the swim performance of the team in Rio de Janeiro. The band feels very honoured and wishes good luck to the entire team!

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Metal Must Evolve

My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.

Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.

Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...

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Nightwish Posts "Yours Is An Empty Hope" Live Clip

Finland's Nightwish issued a new live music video for the track "Yours Is An Empty Hope." The clip appears on the new Tour Edition of the band's latest release "Endless Forms Most Beautiful," which can be ordered from Nuclear Blast Records at this location.

The tour edition features a bonus DVD featuring the following track list:

1. Yours Is An Empty Hope (live)
2. Stargazers (live)
3. Planet Hell (live)
4. Last Of The Wilds (live)
5. Storytime (live)
6. Arabesque (live)
7. Last Ride Of The Day (live)
8. Making Of Endless Forms Most Beautiful
9. Élan
10. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
11. Photo Gallery

Check out the clip here: More...

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Avantasia Recruits Marco Hietala For New Album

What do Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, Michael Kiske, Robert Mason, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley, Ronnie Atkins, Olli Hartmann and me have in common with Marco Hietala of Nightwish?

They'll all be on the new Avantasia album "Ghostlights" due out on January 29, 2016! Tobias Sammet had this to say about the latest addition to the album's lineup:

"About Marco: It was August 1997 and we were in Helsinki to mix the 'Vain Glory Opera' album of Edguy when someone played the band Tarot to me. That great band seemed to be some sort of a legend in Finland (in Germany Tarot were not really known at the time). A few years later a band called Nightwish had appeared on the map and were about to take the European metal world upside down. Edguy played a festival in England with Saxon and amongst others: Nightwish!

"I remember even though they had a great female vocalist how much I loved the rendition of Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train' that they did - if I remember correctly - which was sung by their bass player. You know, a lot of bass players are bass players because they wanna be in a band too; and there's only so much damage you can do to the sound of a band with just a bass. Sometimes they're only in the band because they talk enough to organize things or they have a day job to finance the first demo recordings, nice stage clothes, or sun glasses, but at the end of the day, most of them aren't taken seriously because… well, because they're bass players. :) And they're always suspicious... ;) More...

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Nightwish Releasing Limited Tour Edition Of Album

Right before the European leg of the "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" tour kicks off, Nightwish announces the release of a strictly limited (no re-prints!) special tour edition of the band's current record coming with a bonus DVD. It will be released on October 30 via Nuclear Blast.

The DVD contains all 21 making-of episodes which came along before, during and after the album’s release (we got tired of posting them and stopped somewhere around #15).

Besides those the DVD includes two new, unreleased live clips for "Yours Is An Empty Hope" and "Stargazers" as well as five special clips including documentary scenes for the songs "Planet Hell," "Last Of The Wilds," "Storytime," "Arabesque" and "Last Ride Of The Day."

On top of this there will be a huge photo gallery with more than 400 pictures, taken on the road and during the promotional period for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful."

The track listing for this new edition of the album is: More...

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