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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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Watch Nighwish's Video For "The Siren"

Nightwish are out with the video for their latest single 'The Siren'. You can watch it online at nuclearblast.de (Real Video required). The band also recently posed for a photo session with Michael Johansson. You can check out pictures from Intertopics.

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Nocturnal Rites New Album And Tracklisting

Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES have set "Grand Illusion" as the title of their new album, due in Europe on September 19 via Century Media Records.

The follow-up to 2004's "New World Messiah" was recorded and mixed at Toontrack Studioin Umeå, Sweden and features guest appearances by Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Henrik Danhage (EVERGREY), Kristoffer W. Olivius (NAGLFAR) and Swedish cross-country skiing world champion, Per Elofsson.

"Grand Illusion" will include a bonus DVD featuring three videos from "New World Messiah", the brand-new "Fools Never Die" video, a "Making of Grand Illusion" segment and extra footage from the "Demons of the Opera" show.

"Grand Illusion" track listing:

01. Fools Never Die (3:54)
02. Never Trust (4:43)
03. Still Alive (4:02)
04. Something Undefined (4:08)
05. Our Wasted Days ((5:17)
06. Cuts Like A Knife (5:10)
07. End of Our Rope (5:26)
08. Never Ending (4:29)
09. One by One (4:23)
10. Deliverance (5:00)

NOCTURNAL RITES will support NIGHTWISH on their Swedish tour in September. The dates are as follows:

Sep. 08 – Stockholm, SWE @ Arenan
Sep. 09 - Göteborg, SWE @ Lisebergshallen
Sep. 11 - Umeå, SWE @ SkyArena

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Nightwish Announce "The Siren" Single Details

Nightwish's new single, "The Siren", will be released by Nuclear Blast on July 25th. Spinefarm Records will release it on July 27th in Finland.


Spinefarm Records:
1. The Siren (edit)
2. The Siren (album version)
3. The Siren (live)
4. Kuolema tekee taiteilijan (live)

Nuclear Blast:
1. The Siren (edit)
2. The Siren (album version)
3. The Siren (live)
4. Symphony Of Destruction (live)
5. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan (live)

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Nightwish Get Special Guest For Europe Show

John Two-Hawks, a Native American hailing from Arkansas, will appear on the stage to perform the song "Creek Mary's Blood" with NIGHTWISH during their special concert at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki on October 21, 2005.

John Two-Hawks is a multi-instrumentalist who is devoted to spreading the culture and mentality of Native Americans. He has published six solo albums, and although he is constantly touring the U.S., Two-Hawks is very rarely seen on European soil.

"Creek Mary's Blood" was composed by NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and the song was featured on NIGHTWISH's platinum-selling (in Finland) "Once" album. On "Creek Mary's Blood" John Two-Hawks plays the flute and reads a poem translated to his native language. The song has never before been performed by its original recording lineup.

"Once Upon A Tour 2004-2005" has been selling out venues around the world for nearly 18 months and the group are now keen to end the tour on their home turf. At more than 150 shows on all continents, more than one million spectators have witnessed the NIGHTWISH spectacle. The Hartwall Arena show will be their last before NIGHTWISH take a lengthy break, estimated to last for at least 18 months, during which they will compose and record the follow-up to their highly successful "Once" album.

NIGHTWISH will be filming the Helsinki show for future release as a full-length DVD. The director will be Antti Jokinen, who has previously worked with the group on the "Nemo" clip. The show will be recorded with 20 cameras, which is unheard of in Finland. But then again, not many bands have sold 2.5 million records and are able to present a spectacle featuring such an arsenal of sound, light, visuals and pyro effects.

Tickets for the show go on sale on Monday, July 25 at 9:00 a.m. through Lippupalvelu and Menolippu.

The concert will be presented in cooperation with Radio City, whose metal program, "Rautakanki", will offer special features and contests regarding this event, as well as Sue magazine, the biggest music magazine in Finland. Also appearing on the bill will be SONATA ARCTICA.

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Nightwish To End World Tour In Helsinki, Finland

Nightwish has announced that they will end their 1.5-year-long Once Upon a Tour world tour at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland on October 21. The supporting band is Sonata Arctica and special guest is John Two-Hawks. The concert will be filmed on DVD and will be directed by Antti Jokinen. Tickets will be on sale starting July 25 through Lippupalvelu (www.lippupalvelu.fi) and Menolippu (www.menolippu.fi).

Other upcoming Nightwish tour dates: More...

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Nightwish Seeking Photos From 'Once' Tour

This message was posted on the official Nightwish website:

After the Once-Tour Nightwish will release an Off-Tourbook (like Tourbook) and needs photos for it. All the photos along the tour are welcome, but what we REALLY want are photos you've taken with the member(s) or where the member(s) are on some funny/strange situation.

We are not looking for live-photos but if you think you've got the best live
photo ever, feel free to send it to us.

Unfortunately we can't pay you anything for the photos, so in case you're not willing to give them for free, don't send them. In case your photos are used in Off-Tourbook your name will be mentioned on credits of a photos. So when sending us the photos remember to tell us what name you'd like us to add to the Off-Tourbook.

Send picture(s) to jarmo@nightwish.com but before you do that, read instructions below:

Subject of the message MUST be KUVIA KIERTUEKIRJAAN

For example messages with subject like "These pictures are great" or "pics" will be handled using "delete" -button. We will not open them at all.

Pack your pictures (with jpg) so that size of the message is not over 2 Mb!! It´s better to send one or two best pictures instead of sending 100 pictures...

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Nightwish Reveals "Best Of" Tracklisting

Nightwish release "Highest Hopes - The Best Of Nightwish" 2-CDcollection next fall. Here is the confirmed tracklist of that collection:

Wish I Had An Angel
The Kinslayer
Ever Dream
Bless The Child
Sleeping Sun
Dead To The World
Over The Hills And Far Away
Deep Silent Complete
Sacrament Of Wilderness
Walking In The Air
Dead Boy's Poem
High Hopes - Live

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Nightwish's "Nemo" On UK Charts For Over A Year

Finnish bombast metal masters Nightwish truly made an impact with their latest album "Once." One more proof more than is the longevity of the first single 'Nemo' that is firmly refusing to leave the british Top 40 for more than a year now!

The track currently resides on #15 – with the second single 'Wish I Had An Angel' in tow (#20).

For the complete UK Rock Charts, click here.

On July 25, Nightwish will release 'The Siren' as the third single from "Once" with several bonus tracks. For more info, click here.

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Nightwish "The Siren" Single Details

"Once" put Nightwish at the top of the bombast metal scene. So it's only fitting that the finish quintet will release a third single off of that album.

Chosen was the song "The Siren," which will be released July 25 on a 5 track CD single with a running time of more than 20 minutes.

Here's the complete tracklisting:

"The Siren" (edited version 3:46 min)
"The Siren" (album version 4:45 min)
"The Siren" (live version 4:47 min)
"Symphony Of Destruction" (live version of Megadeth classic 4:19 min)
"Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan" (live version 3:52 min)

"The Siren" was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios,Helsinki. The cover can be seen here.

Nightwish have a number of festival appearances lined up during the coming months. A complete list of currently confirmed tour dates can be found at this location.

In other news, Nightwish's "End of Innocence" DVD has been certified gold in Germany for sales in excess of 25,000 copies.

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Official Nightwish Beer Available In Germany

The official Nightwish "beer," which was sold last year at Kitee's (Nightwish's hometown in Eastern Finland) K-Market Kupiainen shop and from Kitee's Kievari restaurant, has now been made available in Germany, according to a posting on the group's web site.

The lager-type beer, which is brewed by Pirkanmaan Uusi Panimo (PUP), features a label that says "A Megabueno Cerveza" and includes a Nightwish photo. You can now purchase the beer from the following "cult" store in St. Pauli, Hamburg:

Davidstrasse 5
20359 Hamburg
Tel. #: +49-40-380 196 96

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Manson, Slayer, SoaD To Play Festimad 2005

Marilyn Manson, The Prodigy, Slayer and System of a Down are some of the music bands to perform in the festival Festimad 2005, to be held in Cantueña de Fuenlabrada (Madrid) on May 27 and 28. This edition will host the "heaviest" concerts it has ever sheltered.

The organisers expect this year near 60,000 people will attend the event, 20,000 more than in 2004. Furthermore, there will be many novelties in this edition, from a completely new headquarters to running-water WC's and hot-water showers.

Another of the novelties is that instead of a main stage and another smaller, both of them will have the same size one by the other. This nearness will allow a greater comfort for the audience to move from one stage to the other.

According to the organisers, the camping site will be much bigger and "closer from concerts, with a supermarket and food street stalls."

The Friday 27 programme will host Marilyn Manson's new show, as well as the bands Nightwish, The Hives, Wednesday 13 and Muletrain. The heavy metal Californian band Slayer will also perform on that day at the other stage, together with Turbonegro, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Skizoo and Legen Beltza.

The Prodigy will play on the first stage on Saturday 28 with Incubus, Hermano, Mondo Generator and The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster. System of a Down, one of the most creative bands on the North-American hard rock scene will share the stage on Saturday with Fu Manchu, Clutch, Five Horse Johnson and Hamlet.

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Vote For Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards

Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:

Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Hurricane Party
Lost Prophets
Viking Skull More...

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Papa Roach And Mudvayne Added To Download Festival

Papa Roach will play just before Nightwish, their first UK Festival date since Ozzfest in 2001.

Performing just before them, Mudvayne are set to make a welcome return to Download, having played at the inaugural festival in 2003.

System Of A Down, Slipknot, Black Sabbath, MC5, Velvet Revolver and HIM are just some of the bands to have already been confirmed. More will be announced in the coming weeks.

Download 2005 takes place at Donington Park between 10-12 June, extending to the Friday for the first time in its three year history. Weekend tickets cost £105, plus an extra £22.50 for camping.

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Dutch Nightwish Fanclub To Hold Metal Meeting

From the official Nightwish site:

On the 21st of May the first edition of the Stargazers Metal Meeting will take place in de Goudvishal in Arnhem (NL). This event is organized by StarGazers, the official Dutch Nightwish Fanclub. From 15:00 on the Stargazers cafe is open for visitors to meet. A lottery is held and the StarGazers crew will sell fanclub merchandise. Starting at 18:00 the following bands will perform: Xystus, Nemesea and Morning. For this unique occasion the bands will pay special attention to Nightwish. Tickets are sold through Stargazers at www.stargazers.nl/shop. StarGazers welcomes foreign visitors; Arnhem is close to Germany.

For more information visit www.stargazers.nl.

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Nightwish Singer Goes Gold

Nightwish frontwoman Tarja Turunen was recently presented with a gold record for her first solo single, "Yhden Enkelin Unelma" ("One Angel's Dream"), which has shifted more than 5,000 copies in her native Finland (gold certification for albums is 15,000 copies). The single, which was released last December, entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 2 and ended up moving into the No. 1 slot later in the month. View a photo of Turunen with the award at this location.

In the wake of the tremendous success of her Christmas solo single in Finland, Turunen has agreed to embark on a Christmas concert tour in December 2005. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Dec. 01 - Savonlinna-Sali - Savonlinna, FIN
Dec. 03 - Kuusaa-Sali - Kuusankoski, FIN
Dec. 09 – Passionskirche - Berlin, GER
Dec. 15 – TBC - Romania

In other news, Tarja will be contributing lead and backing vocals in April to brother Timo Turunen's debut album, according to a posting on her official web site. Additionally, the site is currently accepting feedback from fans regarding her upcoming Christmas solo album, tentatively due in 2006. Click here to offer your comments.

According to a posting on their official website, Nightwish have also set up "a fancy new image gallery. If you have concert photos that you would like to share, send them to christian or jarmo @nightwish.com." Head here to view the gallery.

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More Download Fest Confirmations Announced

More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival, which takes place on 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.

New for the Main Stage on Saturday are Anthrax, Alter Bridge, and Bowling for Soup, while new for Sunday are Nightwish, and Killswitch Engage.

There's also new bands for the Snickers Stage, with the Bled added for Friday. Saturday has added Meshuggah, Unearth, and Every Time I Die, and Sunday has added DKT/MC5, Lacuna Coil, Caliban, and As I Lay Dying.

These join bands previously announced, including Feeder, Garbage, Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, System of a Down, Slipknot, Mortorhead, and more. Click here for the full day and stage listings (so far) - more bands will be added in the coming weeks.

Three-day tickets are on sale, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day. Click here to buy tickets.

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Nightwish, Dark Tranquillity To Play Italian Fest

Nightwish, Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Entombed and Dark Lunacy have been confirmed for Italy's Evolution Festival, set to take place July 16 at Campo Sportivo - Toscolano Maderno in Brescia. Nightwish's performance at Evolution will mark their only appearance in Italy this summer, while Orphaned Land will be making their Italian debut at the festival.

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Did Evanescences's Success Open Doors For Others?

Freelance writer Bryan Reesman has submitted the following report to GRAMMY.com:

If the multi-platinum success of EVANESCENCE proved to narrow-minded rock jocks that female-fronted metal bands were viable, a fresh wave of melodic European headbangers should cement that affirmation, with their distinct blend of heavy guitars, symphonic underpinnings and soaring female vocals. Thanks to the breakthrough of "Fallen", like-minded groups that court gothic and classical influences are starting to find success on American shores.

"For quite a number of years we've personally loved that sound and tried to champion it," declares Marco Barbieri, president of the Century Family of labels that includes Century Media and Nuclear Blast. "We initially liked the European, gothic-inspired stuff that came out of some of the doom and death metal bands of the early '90s. When women started joining these bands, they made it that much more exciting and compelling."

Their sounds are quite distinct. NIGHTWISH blends gothic brooding with intense guitars and classical bombast. Their recent album, "Once", features orchestra, choir and a Native American flute player. LACUNA COIL play gothic-tinged heavy rock that invokes a more aggressive Evanescence (and they have been around much longer). LEAVES' EYES, lead by former THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine, serve up dreamy, medieval-style metal. All of these bands employ lush keyboards and often contrast their beautiful female singing with harsh male growls normally reserved for death metal. That latter concept may not sound commercial, but EVANESCENCE may have paved the way for its acceptance through the male rap-metal exchanges of "Bring Me To Life".

Odin Thompson, label manager for Napalm Records USA and Moribund Records, sees a basic appeal for these groups — they write great music." These bands bring that heavy edge but inject it with melody and arrangements that have been long lost from rock and roll ," he asserts. "They also offer light to the normally dark world of heavy metal, which makes them special amongst their peers." Thompson believes this subgenre has the potential for tremendous commercial success at a major label level, something Napalm has strongly believed in for years with acts like SINS OF THY BELOVED, TRISTANIA and SIRENIA.

"I'm sure the majors are probably working on their own [groups]," surmises Barbieri. "I feared that a lot of manufactured, female-fronted bands would be coming out after the first EVANESCENCE single. Thankfully we've been spared that from the corporations, and it's being done the right way. Those that have been doing it [awhile] are gaining presence and profile."

The most obvious example of such visibility is Italy's LACUNA COIL, whose two-year-old album "Comalies" scanned more than 200,000 units domestically, cracking the Billboard Top 200 for several weeks last year after extensive grassroots development on radio, video play on Fuse and MTV2, and tours with P.O.D. and Ozzfest.

Read the full article at Grammy.com.

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Nightwish Win Two Rockantenne Awards

Finnish megastars Nightwish recently added two more awards to their already impressive collection: The listeners of Rockantenne, the biggest Rock and Metal radio station in Southern Germany, voted for "Best album in 2004" and "Best song in 2004".

Nightwish sweeped Rockantenne's "Rocko Awards" in both categories with "Once" and "Nemo," respectively, winning over Velvet Revolver, Alter Bridge, U2, and Europe.

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Nightwish Sweep Five Emma-Gaala Awards

Nightwish won five prizes at at the Emma-Gaala (Finnish Grammy Awards-equivalent), which were held Saturday, Feb. 26 at Kulttuuritalolla in Helsinki. According to a posting on the group's web site, the outfit took home the awards for:

- Finland Metal Album Of The Year (for "Once")
- Best Selling Album
- Band Of The Year
- Export-Emma
- Best Finnish Artist (as voted by the public).

"Once" has already been certified triple-platinum in Nightwish's native Finland for sales in excess of 90,000 copies. The follow-up to 2002's "Century Child", "Once" was previously certified platinum in Germany for sales in excess of 200,000 copies.

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