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


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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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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Details Of Second Leg Of Nightwish Tour Surface

Ticket vendor Enterthevault.com has announced that Finland's Nightwish will embark on a second leg of the North American tour in February/March 2016 with countrymates Sonata Arctica in support along with Dutch act Delain (who provided support in the just wrapped up first leg along with Sweden's Sabaton).

We wish to stress that the following dates listed by the vendor have NOT been formally announced by the bands and may be subject to change, however they appear to be onsale (including VIP experiences) at this location:

2/19/2016 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
2/20/2016 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
2/21/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA
2/22/2016 Music Hall – London, ON CANADA
2/24/2016 Carnegie Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA
2/25/2016 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
2/26/2016 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
2/27/2016 Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/29/2016 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
3/01/2016 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB CANADA
3/02/2016 O’Briens Events Center – Saskatoon, SK CANADA
3/03/2016 Winspear Center – Edmonton AB CANADA
3/05/2016 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB CANADA
3/06/2016 Wilma Theatre –Missoula, MT
3/07/2016 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
3/08/2016 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
3/10/2016 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
3/11/2016 City National Civic of San Jose – San Jose, CA
3/12/2016 The Grove – Anaheim, CA
3/14/2016 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
3/15/2016 City Auditorium – Colorado Springs, CO
3/16/2016 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
3/18/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
3/19/2016 Aztec Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
3/20/2016 New Orleans Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA
3/21/2016 Iron City Live – Birmingham, AL
3/23/2016 The Ritz – Tampa

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Nightwish Issues Lyric Video For Title Track

Nightwish released a new lyric/music video for the track "Endless Forms Most Beautiful," the title track of the band's new album, which is available now worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album is the first studio album to feature Floor Jansen on vocals. Check out the clip here:

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Nightwish Members Talk Being Openly Secular

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

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

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Sabaton Kicking Off Tour With Nightwish

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

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

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

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Nightwish Posts Video #15 For New Album

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

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

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

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Nightwish Posts Teaser #14 For New Album

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

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

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

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Nightwish Seeking Fan Cover Videos

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

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

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

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

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

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Nightwish Shudders Before The Beautiful

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

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

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

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

"And sharing those moments with people you love.”

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Amorphis To Enter Studio, New Album This September

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming confirmed live dates are as follows:

Amorphis Summer Festivals in Finland:

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

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