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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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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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Nightwish To Headline Earthshaker Festival

Nightwish will be headliner's on the first day of this year's Earthshaker Festival, which will take place June 22 and 23 in Geiselwind, Germany. Headliners on Saturday will be Manowar featuring actor Christopher Lee.

In other news, Nuclear Blast have announced March 7 as the release date for the DVD-Audio version of Nightwish's latest album, "Once". For more info on the content of this package, click here.

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Nightwish Fall U.S. Tour Cancelled

According to a posting on the web site of the Jaxx nightclub in West Springfield, VA, Finland's Nightwish have cancelled their fall U.S. tour. The group were originally scheduled to tour the U.S. in April but ended up postponing those plans "due to commitments close to home on the part of vocalist Tarja Turunen," according to the group's U.S. record label, Roadrunner Records. No further information is currently available.

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Candlemass Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited Swedish doom legends Candlessmass have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Hammerfall, Equilibrium Added To Wacken Open Air

Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...

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Nightwish Reveal Rescheduled U.S. Dates

As previously reported, NIGHTWISH were forced to postpone their U.S. tour because of "commitments close to home [Finland] on the part of vocalist Tarja Turunen," according to the group's U.S. record label, Roadrunner.

More dates have been announced for their rescheduled U.S. tour, which is now slated to kick off in early September. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: More...

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Nightwish Postpone US Tour Until Fall

NIGHTWISH's U.S. record label, Roadrunner, has issued a statement confirming that the group's previously announced U.S. headlining tour has been postponed until the fall. The statement reads as follows:

"Finnish band NIGHTWISH, due to tour the U.S. in April of 2005, have pushed the outing back several months. The band deeply regret the postponement, and maintain it is due to commitments close to home on the part of vocalist, Tarja Turunen. 'Nemo', the upcoming single off their Roadrunner debut, 'Once' (also the first single from the soundtrack of the upcoming Sony Screengems film, 'The Cave'), goes for adds at radio on April 4th."

So far, NIGHTWISH's April 25 show at B.B. King's in New York City has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 6, according to the venue's web site. All tickets from the Apr. 25 date will be honored on Sept. 6.

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Tristania Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2005

The 2005 edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival is scheduled to take place August 4th - 6th in Wacken, Germany. The latest acts confirmed for the festival are TRISTANIA, NAGLFAR and SONATA ARCTICA.

A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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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:

Axel Rudi Pell
Corvus Corex
Potentia Animi

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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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