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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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Spinefarm Metal DVD 2 Out Now

Spinefarm Record has released "Spinefarm Metal DVD 2." The contents:

1. Children of Bodom - Trashed, Lost & Strungout
2. To/Die/For - Little Deaths
3. Finntroll - Trollhammaren
4. Norther - Mirror of Madness
5. Tarot - Pyre of Gods
6. Entwine - Bitter Sweet
7. Children of Bodom - Sixpounder
8. Turmoin Katilot - Verta Ja Lihaa
9. Nightwish - Bless the Child
10. Ajattara - Haureus
11. Norther - Death Unlimited
12. Ram-Zet - Queen
13. Lowe Motor Corporation - Soul of a Pagan
14. Rotten Sound - Burden
15. Reverend Bizarre - Doom Over the World
16. Amoral - Other Flesh
17. Sonata Arctica - The Cage (Tavistia live)
18. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - The Final Extinction (Tavastia live)
19. Rotten Sound - Targets (Tuska live)
20. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - Drowned in Semen (Tavastia live)
21. Sonata Arctica - Kingdom for a Heart (Tavastia live)
22. Ensiferum - Battle Song (Party San live)
23. Children of Bodom - Bodom Beach Terror (Tuska live)

For more information, visit the Spinefarm Records website at www.spinefarm.fi.

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Vote For Bands To Perform At Sweden Rock Fest

Sweden Rock Festival is asking fans to vote for 30 bands they want to see at the festival. To vote, visit www.swedenrock.com and click on "Vi frågar er." Click on up to 30 of the bands you want to see, then click the "Skicka" button.

Some of the bands you can vote for: More...

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Nightwish DVD & Best-Of Go Gold In Germany

After Nightwish's DVD "End Of Innocence" was awarded Gold in Germany, the Best-Of "Tales From The Elvenpath" now also went Gold. Reason enough for Bogdan Kopec (Label-Boss of DRAKKAR Entertainment) to travel to Finland to give Nightwish the awards personally.

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Nightwish Film New Video For 'Sleeping Sun'

According to a posting on Nightwish 's official web site, the band recently shot a video for the track "Sleeping Sun" in Prague, Czech Republic. The clip was directed by Jörn Heitmann, who has previously worked with such artists as Rammstein ("Keine Lust", "Amerika") and The Rasmus ("No Fear"). Check out pictures from the video shoot at this location.

The original version of "Sleeping Sun" appeared on Nightwish 's 1998 album, "Oceanborn".

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Nightwish's "The Siren" Chart Positions Revealed

With "The Siren," the third single of the massively successful album "Once," Nightwish again rides high in the charts all over the place.

Here's the latest results from the single charts:

Germany: #57
Sweden: #30
Denmark: #39
Hungary: #3
Finland: #3
Switzerland: #59

In other news, Nightwish are currently wrapping up their looooooong world tour for "Once" with several festival appearances. Here's a list of current dates: More...

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System Of A Down Lead Kerrang Awards Nominations

The 2005 Kerrang Awards nominations have been announced at this year's Day Of Rock. In the middle of sets by Bullet For My Valentine, InMe, Nine Black Alps, Towers Of London and The Mascara Story, Kerrang! editor Paul Brannigan named Green Day and System Of A Down as leaders of the pack, with five nominations apiece. Coming a close second were My Chemical Romance with four nominations, including Best Band. The winners will be announced at the Kerrang! Awards on August 25 - to vote for your favourites, head for www.kerrangawards.com.

The full nominations are: More...

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Nightwish's Single Enters Charts At 51

The Siren", the third single from NIGHTWISH's platinum album (in Finland) "Once", has entered the German Media Control single chart at position No. 51. The single also debuted on the Swiss national chart at No. 59. "The Siren" was released in Europe on July 25 as a five-track CD (including a cover of MEGADETH's "Symphony of Destruction") with a running time of more than 20 minutes. It was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.

In other news, the cover artwork for NIGHTWISH's upcoming CD collection, entitled "Highest Hopes - The Best Of Nightwish", has been posted online at this location. "Highest Hopes - The Best Of Nightwish", will be released on September 28 in two different formats: normal version, and limited edition, featuring a bonus disc containing three video clips filmed at the Mera Luna Festival in Hildesheim, Germany in 2003: "She Is My Sin", "Dead to the World" and "Kinslayer".

As previously reported, NIGHTWISH will perform during the opening ceremony for the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Championships in Athletics on August 6 at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland. The Championships, which are scheduled to take place between August 6 and August 14, are expected to be televised in 180 countries, including the PAX national television network and Comcast Regional Sports Network (RSN) in the U.S.

All 11,000 tickets for NIGHTWISH's special October 21, 2005 concert at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki were sold out in less than an hour after they went on sale last month.

The Hartwall Arena show will be NIGHTWISH's last before they 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.

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Nightwish Post "Best Of" Cover Art Online

Nightwish has posted the cover art to their upcoming "Highest Hopes - The Best of Nightwish" 2-CD collection at this location. The collection will be released on September 28.

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Nightwish Single Debuts At #51 In Germany

"The Siren," the third single from Nightwish's platinum album "Once," entered the German media control single charts on position 51. In Switzerland, the single charted on #59!

The CD contains five tracks, two versions of the titletrack and three live songs, including a cover version of Megadeth's "Symphony Of Destruction."

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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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