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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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More Nightwish Tour Dates Confirmed

NIGHTWISH have added a few more dates to their world tour schedule. Here are all of the confirmed dates so far:

European tour:
February 9 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega**
February 11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Heineken Music Hall (with AFTER FOREVER and IMPERIA)** More...

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Over 40 Bands Confirmed For NEMHF

The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:

Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...

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Nightwish To Release "Once" On DVD-Audio

The Finish metal band, Nightwish will release their platinum and award album "Once" in DVD-Audio on February 7th.

The Tracklist is the following:

Album (Dolby Digital 5.1):
01. Dark Chest of Wonders
02. Wish I Had An Angel
03. Nemo
04. Planet Hell
05. Creek Mary’s Blood
06. The Siren
07. Dead Gardens
08. Romanticide
09. Ghost Love Score
10. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan
11. Higher Than Hope

Bonus tracks:
12. White Night Fantasy (Dolby digital 5.1)
13. Symphony of Destruction - live (Dolby digital 2.0)
14. Creek Mary’s Blood - orchestral version (Dolby digital 2.0)
15. Ghost Love Score - orchestral version (Dolby digital 2.0)
16. Nemo (Video clip)
17. Wish I Had An Angel(Video clip)

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Nightwish's "Once" Goes Triple-Platinum In Finland

Nightwish's newest album, "Once", has achieved triple-platinum status in Finland, selling well over 90,000 copies.

Nightwish will be kicking-off their North American tour with Sonata Arctica on April 20 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Metal Church And Endhammer Confirmed For W:O:A

Metal Church and Endhammer have been confirmed for Germany's Wacken Open Air festival on August 4-6 in Wacken.

A list of bands confirmed to appear so far:

Accept
Apolyptica
Axel Rudi Pell
Corvus Corex
Dissection
Edguy
Eisregen
Endstille
Ensiferum
Finntroll
Gorefest
Illdisposed
Marduk
Mercenary
Nightwish
Obituary
Overkill
Potentia Animi
Samael
Suffocation
Torfrock
Turisas

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Nightwish Donate To Tsunami Relief Effort

Nightwish posted a statement on their web site regarding the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. "Since Nightwish is having a break from touring at the moment we do not have any chance to participate in any of the Asia-charity concerts organized in January," the statement read. "This is something we really would have wanted to take part in. So now we did the only thing we could: a direct donation in the name of the band [in the amount of 10,000 euros; approximately $13,000]. [We] wish we could do more. All those going through the tragedy, you are in our thoughts."

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"Alone In The Dark" Tracklisting Revealed

Nuclear Blast has announced the tracklisting of "Alone in the Dark," the original motion picture soundtrack inspired and from the movie. "Alone in the Dark" is based on the best-selling Atari video game series of the same name. The soundtrack will feature some of today’s best Metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Machine Head amongst others, and it will be featured on a double disc format. This is the first time a Hollywood production receives an all Extreme Metal soundtrack. The release date for the soundtrack has been set for January 25, 2005.

Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of the ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don’t believe in something, that doesn’t mean it can’t kill you. More info can be found here.

There will be two different version of the soundtrack, one for European territories and the American version. Here are both tracklists: More...

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Nightwish's "Once" Goes Gold In Sweden

Nightwish's new album, "Once," has been certified gold in Sweden for selling over 30,000 copies.

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Tristania Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

Norwegian metal band Tristania are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, set to be held August 18-20 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. Also set to appear at the festival are Impious, Krisiun, The Vision Bleak, Suidakra, Ektomorf, Amon Amarth, Maroon, Symphorce, Born From Pain, Endstille, Lacrimas Profundere, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, End of Green, Atrocity, Haggard, Final Breath, God Dethroned, Subway to Sally and The Bones. More confirmations will be announced during the coming days.

Tristania will support Nightwish on a 10-date run through the U.K., Belgium and Germany beginning in mid-February. A South American tour with Dark Tranquillity and Kreator will follow in March.

Tristania's new album, "Ashes", is scheduled for release on January 24, 2005 through SPV Records.

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Nightwish Starts Second Charity Auction

Nightwish's second charity auction started at www.nightwish.com. Last year, profits from Nightwish's auction was 1750 EUR and it went to Parikanniemi Children's Home, Ristiina, Finland.

This year, profits will go to Nightwish's hometown Kitee. Target is Kitee's Children and Youthwork. Every Nightwish member gave something personal to this auction: a guitar from Emppu, jackets from Marco and Tuomas, a dress from Tarja and a cymbal from Jukka.

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Metalunderground's "Best Metal Album of The Year"

This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.

Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...

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More Nightwish, Sonata Arctica Dates Announced

Nightwish will be touring the US once again in the New Year with Sonata Arctica. Confirmed dates so far:

Apr. 18 Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
Apr. 20 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Apr. 21 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Apr. 23 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Apr. 25 New York, NY @ BB King's
Apr. 28 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
May 8 San Francisco @ The Fillmore
May 10 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

For those of you having yet to experience Nightwish, check out the E-card here.

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Finntroll Confirmed For Wacken 2005

Finland's Finntroll is the latest act to be confirmed for the Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place on August 4-6, 2005 in Wacken, Germany.

The other confirmed bands to appear are Accept, Sinner, Nightwish, Marduk, Overkill, Obituary, Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, Ensiferum, Illdisposed, Endstille, Turisas, Mercenary, Eisregen and Potentia Animi. More bands will be announced soon.

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Nightwish, Sonata Arctica To Tour US In 2005

Nightwish will be returning to the US with Sonata Arctica in tow. The first confirmed date is:

April 25 - New York, NY @ B.B Kings Blues Club

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Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi Added To W:O:A

Playing on the Blackstage at the 2005 Wacken Open Air Festival is Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi.

Other bands confirmed for W:O:A 2005:

Accept
Axel Rudi Pell
Corvus Corax
Edguy
Endstille
Ensiferum
Illdisposed
Marduk
Mercenary
Nightwish
Overkill
Turisas

W:O:A is to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany.

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More Bands Announced For Wacken Open Air Fest

Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, and Overkill are the latest names to be added to next year's Wacken Open Air Festival, slated to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival are Accept, Nightwish, Sinner, Marduk, Ensiferum, Mercenary, Illdisposed, Endstille, and Turisas. More bands will be announced soon.

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Nightwish Confirmed For Next Year's NEMHF

The New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 7 will be held on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. The latest act confirmed for the festival, according to Pollstar.com is NIGHTWISH, who will perform on April 23rd.

Acts confirmed for the festival now include: NIGHTWISH, CRYPTOPSY (23rd) and KING DIAMOND, NILE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and BEHEMOTH (24th).

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Tarja Turunen To Issue New Single In December

According to a posting on NIGHTWISH singer TARJA TURUNEN’s official website has announced that her debut solo single, 'Yhden enkelin unelma’ ('One Angel's Dream'). In Finland, Passion Records will release two singles which also feature different versions of traditional Finnish Christmas songs with the production of Esa Nieminen: ‘En etsi valtaa, loistoa’ (Melody: Jean Sibelius/Lyrics: Z. Topelius; translator unknown) and ‘Kun joulu on’ (Melody: Otto Kotilainen/Lyrics: Alpo Noponen).

Head here to view the covers of both singles.

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Nightwish Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2005

Finland's multi-gilded Nightwish have been confirmed for the German Wacken Open Air 2005, scheduled to take place from August 4th to 6th! Tarja, Tuomas & Co shall headline the "Night To Remember" on Thursday, August 4th.

Nightwish will start touring through South America next week, afterwards the Finns play two additional shows in Germany (at the "On A Dark Winter's Night" festivals) and go on touring the UK in February 2005. Check out the tourdates section for more information!

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Nightwish New Single To Include Megadeth Cover

Finland's Nightwish have selected "Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan" as the next single off their mega-successful "Once" album. The single will be released in Finland on November 24. In addition to the title cut, the CD will include "Greek Mary's Blood" (orchestral/instrumental score) and a cover of Megadeth's "Symphony of Destruction", recorded live at Nosturi in Helsinki in October 2004. Nuclear Blast Records will release the single under the title "Death Makes An Artist" during February. The bonus tracks are the same, but there will also be an "animated video of the title track" on this European version.

In other news, Nightwish will be teaming up with Angra for a Japanese tour next March. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Mar. 12 - Nanba Hatch – Osaka, JPN
Mar. 13 - Zepp Fukuoka - Fukuoka, JPN
Mar. 16 - Zepp Nagoya - Nagoya, JPN
Mar. 17 - Shibuya-AX - Tokyo, JPN
Mar. 18 - Shibuya-AX – Tokyo, JPN

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