Band Photo: Nightwish (?)
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.
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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.
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:
Axel Rudi Pell
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."
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...
Nightwish's new album, "Once," has been certified gold in Sweden for selling over 30,000 copies.
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.
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.
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...
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
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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.
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
Playing on the Blackstage at the 2005 Wacken Open Air Festival is Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi.
Other bands confirmed for W:O:A 2005:
Axel Rudi Pell
W:O:A is to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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
According to a posting on her official web site, the Finnish daily newspaper Iltalehti has named Nightwish frontwoman Tarja Turunen "The Most Stylish Woman in Finland." Iltalehti wrote, "Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen has made her gothic-style perfect. Tarja like to dress to clothes that fits her music and her look. Strong colors and dramatic lines. Tarja is like a Queen. Also people who don't like Nightwish's music like Tarja's style."
As previously reported, Turunen's official web site has uploaded several pictures from the video shoot for her collaboration with German "Star Search" winner Martin Kesici on his song "Leaving You for Me", which is due to appear on Kesici's second album. Check out the photos from the shoot, which took place at Rosala Center (Viking Village) on the west coast of Finland, at this location.
Go to this location to check out pictures of Sonata Arctica live on stage in Hamburg and Bochum (Germany). The band is currently on tour in Europe opening for Nightwish. The complete tour itinerary can be found here.
Finish guitar maestros Sonata Arctica entered the Finish album charts on #2 with their new masterpiece "Reckoning Night." Also among the upper ranks are Rammstein (# 1) and R.E.M. (# 3). In Germany, Tony Kakko & Co. could reach a respectable chart entry as well with # 77, in Switzerland "Reckoning Night" occupied # 85, in Norway #69, in Sweden #57 and in Spain #93! Currently Sonata Arctica are on tour together with their fellow countrymen Nightwish, enthusing a variegated audience all over Europe.