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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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Video of ex-Nightwish Vocalist's Press Conference

Tarja Turunen, the ousted lead singer of Finnish metal group NIGHTWISH, said in a press conference in Helsinki on Friday (Nov. 11) that she had decided to quit the band already in December 2004, according to NewsRoom Finland.

In an open letter posted on the NIGHTWISH web site on October 22, the other members of the band effectively sacked her.

In tears, Turunen said she regretted the announcement came in the format of a letter instead of a face-to-face conversation. You can check out video clips (and photos) of Turunen during her press conference, which took place earlier today. A 90-minute video of the press conference has also been posted online at this location (NOTE: The press conference was conducted in Finnish).

A NIGHTWISH fan by the name of "Niko" (from the group's official forum) has posted the following summary of the things Turunen said during the press conference: More...

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Video Clip Of Tarja's Final Nightwish Performance

A 30-second video clip of NIGHTWISH's final performance with frontwoman Tarja Turunen, which took place on October 21 at the Hartwall arena in Helsinki, Finland, has been posted online. You can check it out in Real Media or Quicktime formats. The concert was filmed professionally for an upcoming DVD, "End of an Era", tentatively due in late 2006. The group's setlist for the show was as follows:

01. Dark Chest Of Wonders
02. Planet Hell
03. Ever Dream
04. The Kinslayer
05. Phantom Of The Opera
06. The Siren
07. Sleeping Sun
08. High Hopes
09. Bless The Child
10. Wishmaster
11. Slaying The Dreamer
12. Kuolema tekee taiteilijan
13. Nemo
14. Ghost Love Score
15. Creek Mary's Blood
16. Over The Hills And Far Away
17. Wish I Had An Angel

NIGHTWISH fired Turunen via an "open letter," which was given to the singer immediately following the Helsinki show. The group are currently seeking a replacement vocalist before entering the studio in September 2006 to begin recording the follow-up to 2004's "Once", tentatively due in mid-2007.

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Former Nightwish Singer To Discuss Future w/ Press

Former NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen will take part in a press day in Berlin, Germany on Monday, November 14 to discuss her split from the group and her future plans.

As previously reported, Tarja's final performance with NIGHTWISH — which took place on October 21 at the Hartwall arena in Helsinki, Finland — was filmed professionally for an upcoming DVD, "End of an Era", tentatively due in late 2006.

NIGHTWISH fired Turunen via an "open letter," which was given to the singer immediately following the Helsinki show. The group are currently seeking a replacement vocalist before entering the studio in September 2006 to begin recording the follow-up to 2004's "Once", tentatively due in mid-2007.

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Nightwish: We Are Not Looking For A Tarja Clone

NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen has finished composing two new songs for the group's next studio album which is not expected to surface until 2007, the keyboardist revealed in a brand-new interview published in the Finnish newspaper Keskisuomalainen. According to Holopainen, the band are hoping to begin recording their next album in September 2006, but if need be, they are willing to push back the projected recording sessions for their next CD even further so that a suitable replacement for the recently departed singer Tarja Turunen can be found.

Like 2004's "Once", the group's next CD will likely take at least six months to record, which means that the new singer's contributions to the new album will not be put down on tape until sometime in early 2007 — giving the band more time to find the right person to replace Tarja.

Holopainen told the Keskisuomalainen newspaper that the band's style will not change now that Turunen is gone. The next NIGHTWISH album will follow the same musical path as the band's most recent releases, but with a new female vocalist.

"It will be interesting to see how many singers will apply for the position," Tuomas is quoted as saying. "After all, Tarja is is a first-rate singer, and replacing her will not be easy.

"The new singer will be chosen not only for her singing skills. She must also be beautiful, charismatic and she must possess a great deal of self-esteem.

"We will not necessarily pick a Tarja clone," Holopainen continued. "We will be open to a slightly new sound, especially when it comes to the vocalist."

Although the band's requirements for the new singer are high, Holopainen knows that the group's fan base will not necessarily welcome their return with open arms.

"Of course, we will get a few beer cans thrown on the stage when we fist start playing out with the new singer," Tuomas said. "Some of our fans are die-hard Tarja devotees and those people will never accept the fact that we can go on without her."

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Nightwish Singer Issues Message To Fans & Media

Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen has posted the following letter on her personal website www.tarjaturunen.com:

"Since last Sunday morning, I have been asked to express my position by magazines, newspapers, radio and TV stations, fan clubs and fans from Finland and from all over the world. So many in total that it is physically impossible for me to find the time to reply to them all individually. Hence I decided to put down a couple of words in this text to let my fans, family and friends and the public know how I feel after the recent events. This is a moment of grief and pain and I find it very hard to speak.

"At the moment I am in Argentina. I hope you can understand that after this shocking life change comparable to a divorce, I didn’t want to stay alone at home in Finland. My husband had booked his tickets to Argentina many months ago and I decided to travel with him at the last minute.

"But the fact that I am in Argentina and the long distance should of course not be an excuse not to comment on the situation. More...

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Nightwish Vocalist Kicked Out Of The Band

Finland's NIGHTWISH have posted the following message on the band's official website:

"Dear Tarja,

It's time to choose whether the story of NIGHTWISH ends here or whether it will still continue an undetermined period of time. We've been working with this creation for 9 years and we are not ready to give up yet. Nightwish is a way of life, something to live for, and we're certain we can't let it go.

Equally certain is the fact that we cannot go on with you and Marcelo any longer. During the last year something sad happened, which I've been going over in my head every single day, morning and night. Your attitude and behavior don't go with NIGHTWISH anymore. There are characteristics I would never have believed to see in my old dear friend. People who don't talk with each other for a year do not belong in the same band. More...

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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).

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