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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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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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Nightwish Singer To Release Solo CD Single

Tarja went again into Finnvox Studios, but this time to record two songs for her first solo CD single release outside of Nightwish ever: two Christmas traditional Finnish 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 )

This single will be released next Christmas 2004 in Finland.

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Drakkar Records To Release Nightwish "Best of"

Drakkar Records has set October 18 as the release date of Nightwish's best of album, "Tales from the Elvenpath" (view cover).

Tracklisting:
Wishmaster
Sacrament of Wilderness
End of all Hope
Bless the child
Sleeping Sun
She is my sin
Walking in the air
Stargazers
Over the hills....
The Kinslayer
Dead boy's poem
Sleepwalker
Nightquest
Lagoon
The Wayfarer

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Nightwish Vocalist To Launch New Website

The official website of Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen will open Monday 20th September. The address is http://www.tarjaturunen.com.

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Celebrate With A Nightwish

The US release of Nightwish "Once" is less than a month away (October 5). Meanwhile, in Cologne, Germany, the band will be performing on the Top Of The Pops tonight (9/16). On the set list, "Wish I Had An Angel."

In other news, the "Once" release has now been certified gold in Germany. We suggest you sit back and celebrate with a Nightwish, the premium Finnish brew (click on link to see advertisement for the beer).

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Nightwish U.S. Version Of Once With Bonus Material

The North American edition of NIGHTWISH's latest CD, "Once", will include extra material not found on the album's original European release: the bonus cuts "White Night Fantasy" (originally released on the "Nemo" single) and "Live to Tell the Tale" (found on the Japanese version of "Once"), plus the "Wish I Had An Angel" video in MPEG format. In addition, the album's artwork will be slightly different. Check it out at this location.

The follow-up to 2002's "Century Child", "Once" has been certified gold in Germany for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. The album has also achieved double-platinum status in the group's native Finland for sales in excess of 60,000 copies.

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After Forever European Shows With Nightwish

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal group After Forever will play two gigs with Nightwish at the end of this year.

The first show will take place on December 26 in Helsinki, Finland, and the second one will happen two days later, on December 28, in Oberhausen, Germany.

In early 2005, After Forever will play another show with Nightwish at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Also appearing on the bill will be Imperia, the new band fronted by former Trail Of Tears singer Helena Iren Michaelsen.

After Forever's latest album, "Invisible Circles", was released in March through Transmission Records. "Invisible Circles" is the follow-up to "Decipher", which was issued in 2001.

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Nightwish Reschedule Cancelled Tour Dates

Nightwish have begun to reschedule the three cancelled North American tour dates (Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia), which occured back in early August. So far, the dates in Toronto and Montreal have been rescheduled, and a Philadelphia date is expected to be announced soon.

Here are the confirmed rescheduled dates so far:

Dec. 15 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Dec. 18 - Toronto, ON - TBA

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Download Nightwish's 'Wish I Had An Angel' MP3

You can download an mp3 of Nightwish's track "Wish I Had An Angel," taken from the band's upcoming US release, Once, from Roadrunner Records' music section. Nightwish Once in stores October 5th

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Live Nightwish Photos Posted

We've recently posted some photos taken by our very own Gothique and zMETALlica of Nightwish's first shows on the US leg of their tour. For various reasons, there's only a photo or two of supporting act Lullacry. Take a peek at them in the Gallery section.

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Nightwish Hits Sales Record

Nightwish got certified with a golden record both in Switzerland (20,000 sold copies) and Norway (25,000 sold copies) for their hit album "Once." The single "Nemo" has passed the golden border in Norway as well and gets certified too for more than 5,000 sold CDs. The band just wrapped up a tour in Norway, playing sold-out shows for three weeks now, and is currently touring the US.

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Nightwish At BBKings, New York, NY

On Sunday, August 22nd I saw Nightwish perform at BBkings in New York City, NY. I have decided to share my thoughts and opinions of the show with you. More...

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Nightwish Bus Breakdowns and Crazy Crowd Reactions

Nightwish keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen has spoken to Finland's Sonera Plaza about the group's current U.S. tour, which kicked off last Friday (August 20) in Worcester, MA.

"Everything has been going really well, except with the tour buses," Tuomas said. "And of course we were extremely disappointed that we had to cancel some dates on this tour but we will compensate those shows later.

"We are travelling with two busses," he continued. "We have one bus and Lullacry (support band) and technicians are travelling with other one. There have been a lot of problems with the other bus. Our bus has been working well but other one hasn't. We have actually had to change the bus already three times and the tour has just started! The first driver was also a bit strange. We just couldn't get out of New York as the driver didn't find the right road. It took many hours to find the right way but we made it in time for the next show. That's good...

"I have been really surprised because of the crowd reactions! We have done some tours in the South America earlier and the fans are totally crazy over there. But North American fans seems to be almost as crazy as well! I really didn't expect this, especially because this is our first tour over here.

"Our show in New York was really, really good. The barrier between the stage and the crowd broke down during the second show and people seemed to like the show! There were also lots of Roadrunner people present so I'm glad that we were able to deliver great show for them too.

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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Nightwish Arrives In The US, And Beer Trivia

Raodrunner has updated their news with the following Nightwish-related info:

Nightwish arrived in the US (NYC, to be exact) no more than 3 hours ago (and it is currently August 19th, 6:26pm EST). FINALLY. The band will spend the night in NYC, and head up to Worcester, MA first thing in the morning, where they will play their first show later that night on this stateside run.

All that traveling...all the delay with the visas, it's enough to make one want a beer. And that, leads us to a Did You Know? Did You Know? In Finland, the home of Nightwish, there is a beer named Nightwish. And yes, it is named after the band. True. The lager is apparently only available in three pubs currently, but word has it this brew will soon be made available throughout Finland.

Out very own zMETALlica was to interview the band this evening. Hopefully they were all sober. Or maybe not. You'll have to see, as we'll have it posted as soon!

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Lullacry's Fire Within EP No:14 at Finnish Chart

Finland's Lullacry' have entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 14 with their latest EP, "Fire Within". View the entire chart here. The CD, which features two new songs ("Fire Within" and "The #1 Rebel"), two remakes of classic Lullacry's tracks, as well as a cover version of W.A.S.P.'s "L.O.V.E. Machine", is a "sweet taste" in anticipation of the band's full-length follow-up to 2003's "Crucify My Heart", tentatively due in January. Download a short MP3 sample of the EP's title track at this location. The lyrics to the song can be viewed here.
Lullacry' will support Nightwish on their North American tour beginning on August 20 at the Palladium in Worcester. MA.

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