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Formed: 1996
From: Kitee, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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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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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Nightwish Starts Second Charity Auction

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.

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Metalunderground's "Best Metal Album of The Year"

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...

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More Nightwish, Sonata Arctica Dates Announced

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

For those of you having yet to experience Nightwish, check out the E-card here.

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Finntroll Confirmed For Wacken 2005

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.

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Nightwish, Sonata Arctica To Tour US In 2005

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

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Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi Added To W:O:A

Playing on the Blackstage at the 2005 Wacken Open Air Festival is Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi.

Other bands confirmed for W:O:A 2005:

Accept
Axel Rudi Pell
Corvus Corax
Edguy
Endstille
Ensiferum
Illdisposed
Marduk
Mercenary
Nightwish
Overkill
Turisas

W:O:A is to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany.

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More Bands Announced For Wacken Open Air Fest

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.

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Nightwish Confirmed For Next Year's NEMHF

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).

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Tarja Turunen To Issue New Single In December

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.

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Nightwish Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2005

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!

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Nightwish New Single To Include Megadeth Cover

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

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Nightwish Singer: Most Stylish Woman In Finland

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.

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Sonata Arctica Live Pictures Online

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.

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Sonata Arctica #2 In Finland

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.

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Cataract Video On Air Now At Viva Plus

From Cataracts official website:

Hey cataractians! Our video for "Nothings Left" is on air now! Please vote for it! Follow this link (you have to log in first before you vote). Thank you so much for your support! More news soon!

The list also includes videos from Nightwish, Fear Factory, Children of Bodom, Slipknot, Shadows Fall, Sepultura, Rammstein and more.

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Nightwish Certified With "Golden Concert Ticket"

After their show in Hamburg, Germany, on October 13th, Nightwish got certified with a "golden concert ticket" for having sold 50.000 tickets for their tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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Century Media To Release Nightwish DVDs And EPs

On November 30th Century Media will make available for the first time in the U.S. two previously unavailable Nightwish releases the "End Of Innocence" DVD and the "Over The Hills And Far Away" EP. Fans will revel in the detailed film footage and interview history as well as videos, live footage, and photo gallery found on the DVD. The EP’s title track is one of the band’s most coveted singles, and the additional three studio tracks and six live tracks round out this magnificent experience. Additionally, Century Media will be releasing Nightwish's "From Wishes To Eternity" DVD on January 25th, 2005. Content details for all the Nightwish releases can be viewed at the band’s website here, and they will be available from the Century Media website.

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Nightwish New Single Tops Finnish Chart

Nightwish's new single, "Wish I Had An Angel", has entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 1. View the entire chart at this location.

As previously reported, the track, which is the second single from the group's latest album, "Once", will appear on the soundtrack to the new movie "Alone In The Dark", starring Christian Slater and Tara Reid. Directing the movie and the "Wish I Had An Angel" video is Uwe Boll. The film is expected to receive a theatrical release this fall.

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3 Ways To See Nightwish's New Video

All right, there are three ways to see the Nightwish "Wish I Had An Angel" video:

1. Right now: you can see the video here.

2. October 5th: Nightwish's "Once CD" hits the streets. The video will be on the disc.

3. October 9th: the Nightwish video will make its premier on MTV2's Headbangers Ball.

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