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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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Nightwish Issues Statement About Cancelled Shows

Many fans have asked us why the shows in Canada had to be cancelled due to U.S. visa problems. The band's manager Ewo Rytkönen explains:

The band COULD have done the shows in Canada, because we would not need Visas/Working Permits to Canada, since the band do have a second set of passports. However, since these second passports are NOT valid to enter to USA, even as a tourist, because they lack certain barcodes etc. which the US customs officials require in order to enter the country. So, after doing these two shows in Canada, the band would have had to fly BACK to Finland and wait for the Visas from the US Embassy (they require that each & every person must come over to the Embassy to pick up his/her Visa/Passport. So doing the tour this way would have meant that about three or four shows in the US would have been cancelled, not to forget that we would have had to buy an extra set of international flights for 17 persons, which would have been very expensive, since these flights would have been booked in the last minute. So all in all, as disappointing it was to the Canadian fans and the band too, we just had to cancel the first three shows of the tour instead of flying overseas TWO times, losing even more money, maybe even losing the US Visas too (if we would have not gotten the suitable return flights back from Montreal in time) and not to cancel those four shows in the US, which would have made our routing as a nightmare. In a situation like this there is no easy solution, you just have to take the one with the smallest damage, and this time it was the Canadian NW fans who had to suffer because of this, for which we all are truly, truly sorry about. We are trying to reschedule the Canadian shows for the latter part of 2004, maybe even adding a second one to Montreal. Stay tuned.

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Nightwish Forced To Cancel 3 N. American Dates

Nightwish have had to cancel the first three shows of their upcoming North American tour after failing to secure their visas in time for the tour's kick-off date on August 16. The cancelled dates are:

Aug. 16 - Toronto, ON
Aug. 17 - Montreal, QUE
Aug. 19 - Philadelphia, PA

Our US Visa applications were filed early enough at the end of March 2004, so the U.S. Immigration Office is the one responsible for not being able to handle these applications within this 4, 5 months of time. There was never anything we could have done but wish for some co-operation from their side. The result is as seen.

We are very sorry for this and we understand that many of you are pissed. So are we. Big time. Naturally we will do everything we can to make this up and as soon as possible. The rest of the U.S. shows will happen as scheduled.

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New Nightwish Single Due In September

On September 20th Spinefarm Records will release NIGHTWISH’s new single, ‘Wish I Had An Angel’ in CD single and DVD single formats. The single will be available for pre-order at the band’s ofiicial website a few days before it’s release. The cover art for the single can be viewed at this location.

‘Wish I Had An Angel’ is lifted from Nightwish’s Once album. As previously reported, 'Once' has just sold double platinum in Finland which means over 60,000 sold albums.

Nightwish recently inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. The label will be releasing 'Once' in the US on October 20th (CD already released in Europe). Nightwish will be starting a Canadian and US tour on August 16th in Toronto, ON.

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To/Die/For Begin Recording New Album

Finnish goth-metallers To/Die/For are expected to enter Sonicimage studios in Kouvola, Finland soon to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Spinefarm Records.

The current To/Die/For lineup once again features vocalist Jape Perätalo, who allegedly decided to reclaim the T/D/F name for his Tiaga project after being offered a record deal by Spinefarm Records. Joining Perätalo in the new To/Die/For formation are guitarist Juppe "J.P." Sutela, ex-New Dawn Foundation drummer/ex-To/Die/For drum tech Santtu Lonka, guitarist Mika "Alli" Ahtiainen, ex-H.I.M./New Dawn Foundation keyboardist Juska Salminen, and bassist Jarkko Strandman (ex-New Dawn Foundation).

To/Die/For's most recent CD, "Jaded," was released in March 2003 through Spinefarm Records (Nuclear Blast in continental Europe). The follow-up to 2001's "Epilogue" featured guest vocals by former Sinergy and current Nightwish bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala.

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Nightwish Go Double Platinum In Finland

Nightwish have posted this news on their official website:

Nightwish's "Once" has just sold double platinum in Finland which means over 60,000 sold albums! Congratulations, Nightwish and big THANK YOU for all fans!!

In other news, after long negoations with different labels, Nightwish has finally signed a deal with Roadrunner Records for the release of their new album, "Once," in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Next week, the band will commence their first headlining tour of North America, which kicks off in Toronto, Ontario on August 16 and will run straight through to September 5 where they will finish up in Seattle, Washington.

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Nightwish Sign To Roadrunner Records

The following message has been posted on Roadrunner Records' official website:

Roadrunner Records proudly welcomes the latest addition to the RR family, Finland's celebrated and successful Nightwish. Nightwish is a sound unto its own, a band that combines elements of metal, goth and classical orchestration in a manner as majestic as it is unique.

Nightwish will be starting a Canadian and US tour come August 16th (2nd US trek). Roadrunner will be releasing the band's Once CD later this year in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (CD already released in Europe). More details and music to come. Until then, welcome aboard to our new Finnish friends, Nightwish.

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Nightwish Posts Live Photos Online

Finland's Nightwish have posted four new slideshows of some of their recent shows in the past few months. Check them out: Tuska Festival, Ruisrock Festival, Kitee Jäähalli and Sauna Open Air.

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Nightwish's 'Once' To Receive Major-Label Release

Finland's Nightwish are in final negotiations with an as-yet-undisclosed major label for the North American release of the band's latest album, "Once". A U.S. release date for the CD has yet to be announced. More...

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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Lullacry Excited About U.S. Tour With Nightwish

Finland's Lullacry have set August 24 as the U.S. release date for their five-track EP, entitled "Fire Within." The CD, which features two new songs, "Fire Within" and "The #1 Rebel," two remakes of classic Lullacry tracks, as well as a cover version of W.A.S.P.'s "L.O.V.E. Machine," the EP 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.

In anticipation of their upcoming North American tour with Nightwish, Lullacry guitarist Sami Vauhkonen had this to say: "We're really excited about the upcoming U.S. tour! We did one show at Milwaukee Metalfest last year and we had a really great time. It's awesome to be coming back again and playing in cities like L.A., New York, San Francisco and so on. We'll definitely show you some Finnish rock attitude. Load your icebox with MGD's 'cause we are thirsty folks, haha! See you on tour & I hope I'll have some time to chat with U.S. Lullacry fans. Rock on!"

Lullacry w/ Nightwish:
Aug. 16 - The Opera House – Toronto, ONT
Aug. 17 - Metropolis – Montreal, QUE
Aug. 19 - Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 20 - Palladium – Worcester, MA
Aug. 22 - B.B. King’s Blues Club – New York, NY
Aug. 23 - Phantasy Theater –Lakewood, OH
Aug. 25 - House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Aug. 26 - Quest Club – Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 28 - Cervantee – Denver, CO
Aug. 30 - Cajun House – Scottsdale, AZ
Aug. 31 - House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Sep. 02 - House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 03 - Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Sep. 05 - Graceland – Seattle, WA

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Nightwish Complete U.K. Tour, Photos Available

Finland's NIGHTWISH have completed a sold-out U.K. tour with a performance at the London Astoria on Friday, July 16. Photos from the gig and a review can be found at this location ( courtesy of Rockers Digest).

NIGHTWISH's recently released follow-up to 2002's "Century Child", "Once" has been certified gold in Germany for sales in excess of 100,000 copies within two weeks of its release. NIGHTWISH have sold more than 30,000 copies of "Once" in Finland — enough for the CD to be certified platinum in the group's home country. A U.S. release date for the album has yet to be announced.

NIGHTWISH recently spent time in Germany filming the video for the song "I Wish I Had An Angel". The song, which is expected to be released as the second single from "Once", will appear on the soundtrack to the new movie "Alone In The Dark", starring Christian Slater and Tara Reid. Directing the video clip and the movie is Uwe Boll. The film is expected to receive a theatrical release this fall.

NIGHTWISH's North American tour will kick off on August 16 in Toronto. Support at all shows will come from fellow Finns LULLACRY.

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Lullacry Post New Promo Pics Online

Finland´s leading female-fronted gothic heavy rock act LULLACRY have posted some new band promo shots at this location.

As previously reported, Lullacry will release their new EP, Fire Within, through Century Media on August 23rd. The release is a warm-up for the recordings of the band’s next album and for their upcoming tour with NIGHTWISH in the US. The EP features two new tracks, ‘Fire Within’ and ‘The #1 Rebel’, plus two remakes of some classic Lullacry tracks and a cover of W.A.S.P.'s ‘L.O.V.E. Machine’.

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Nightwish Reveal Single Details

NIGHTWISH's official website has revealed details of the band's forthcoming single, 'Nemo'.

Normal version (due out on April 19th): 'Nemo' (From The Album "Once"), 'Planet Hell' (From The Album "Once"), 'White Night Fantasy' (Non-Album Bonus Track), 'Nemo' (Orchestral Version) and enhanced part - studio footage.

Collector's Edition Digipack version (due out on April 26th): 'Nemo' (Album Version), 'Live To Tell The Tale' (Non-Album Track), 'Nemo' (Orchestral Version).

DVD version (due out May 3rd): 'Nemo' (full-length stereo mix), 'Nemo' (5.1 mix), 'Planet Hell' (5.1 mix), 'Nemo' promotional video, The making of 'Nemo'.

Visit this location to view the cover of the single.

'Nemo' is the first single from Nightwish's forthcoming album, Once, due out on June 7th via Spinefarm/Universal in Finland, Brazil, Mexico and Chile, and the rest of Europe by Nuclear Blast. Expect the North American release date to be announced soon.

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Nightwish Album To Feature Native American Touch

Multi-instrumentalist Mr. John Two-Hawks from Uriga Springs in the Ozark Mountains (Arkansas) will be featured on the NIGHTWISH’s forthcoming album "Once". John Two-Hawks’ tribe is Lakota (the same tribe was featured in the Hollywood movie Dances With Wolves) and is a well-known Native American musician, teacher of Indian culture and music and author. He has already released six albums of his own healing music and is touring constantly in the US. John was also nominated for NAMMY (Native Indian GRAMMY Awards) for his latest album "Heal".

He will be playing flute, singing and reading a poem in Lakota language (original text by keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen) on ‘Creek Mary’s Blood’.

For more information on John Two-Hawks head here

Spinefarm Records will issue ‘Nemo’ (CD Single) on April 19th, ‘Nemo’ (DVD Single) on May 3rd and Once (CD) on June 7th.

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Former Samson Vocalist Confirmed For Sweden Rock

The 2004 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival is set to take place June 10th - 12th in Solvesborg, Sweden.

The latest act to be added to the bill is former SAMSON vocalist Nicky Moore who will be playing a set of Samson material as a tribute to late Samson guitarist Paul Samson, who passed away at his Norfolk, England home on August 9, 2002 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Nicky's performance at Sweden Rock will take place on Saturday, June 12th. Nicky will be backed up on stage by Swedish band Locomotive Breath, featuring guitarist Janne Stark (ex-OVERDRIVE). This show will be exclusive for Sweden Rock Festival.

The list of confirmed bands for Sweden Rock 2004 is as follows: More...

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Nightwish Announce The Tracklisting Of 'Once'

Finland's NIGHTWISH have revealed the track listing for their new album, "Once",due in June through Spinefarm/Universal Records in Finland and Nuclear Blast in continental Europe. The band are currently negotiating a North American deal.

Charlie Farrell of the Perpetual Motion Board has posted the following regarding the listening session for the orchestral portion of forthcoming Nightwish CD:

"There were 14 songs on the CD - 11 songs for the album and 3 bonus tracks. We were given the tracklisting of the album, but not told that two of the bonus tracks were mixed in with the other songs rather than played at the end".

According to keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, tracks 1-7 were in the correct order, then there were two of the bonus tracks and one of the album tracks before the final three album tracks and the 'surprise' bonus track at the end.

Nine of the eleven songs in the album will feature an orchestra. One of the songs is sung in Finnish - track 10 - 'Kuozema Tekee Taiteilijan'.

"Once" track listing, according to NIGHTWISH's web site:

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Nigthwish Photos From The Recording Session

Finland's NIGHTWISH have posted more photos from the recording sessions for their new album, 'Once' , at their official web site. Check out the slide-show here.

As previously reported, 'Once' is due in June through Spinefarm/Universal Records in Finland and Nuclear Blast in continental Europe. A release date for the U.S. has yet to be confirmed. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Nemo" (first single/video), "I Wish I Had An Angel" (projected second single/video), "The Siren", "Higher Than Hope" and "Dark Chest Of Wonders".

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Lullacry In The Studio

Finland's LULLACRY have posted the following recording update at their official website:

"Lullacry has been busy this week! Some new material has been recorded at the Astia Studios, Lappeenranta, Finland with Mr. Anssi Kippo. You can definitely expect some kick ass rockin´ heavy metal to be released within this year as a single or EP. The Music is produced by A. Kippo and Sami Vauhkonen and will be mixed at the Finnvox Studios by Mikko Karmila. You can also expect to see some pictures from the recording sessions soon. ROK!!!”

Also, Lullacry will do their first-ever tour of North America with NIGHTWISH, which is set to take place in late August/ early September 2004. A three-week-tour will include 14 shows all over North-America.

Lullacry’s upcoming studio album "Killer" will feature the following tracks: More...

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Nightwish Confirmed For Dynamo 2004

As previously reported, the 2004 Dynamo Open Air festival will take place on Saturday, June 5th at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland.The latest act confirmed for the festival is NIGHTWISH.

The confirmed line-up for the festival now includes: SLAYER (headlining), NIGHTWISH, LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR, CHILDREN OF BODOM.

More bands will be announced soon.

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Tuska Festival 2004 Lineup

The 2004 edition of Finland’s Tuska Festival will take place July 16th to 18th At Kaisaniemi in Helsinki. A NIGHTWISH act has just been confirmed.

So far, the lineup includes: DARK TRANQUILLITY, IMPALED NAZARENE, DARKWOODS MY BETROTHED, NIGHTWISH, SOILWORK, DEW-SCENTED, SINERGY, SONATA ARCTICA, DIABLO, SWALLOW THE SUN, TWILIGHTNING, MOKOMA, SUBURBAN TRIBE, MACHINE MEN, KILPI, KOTITEOLLISUUS and TIMO RAUTIAINEN/TRIO NISKALAUKAUS.

More acts to be added soon

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Nightwish Name Forthcoming Album 'Once'

According to their website, NIGHTWISH have been forced to announce the name of their forthcoming album due to the fact that ( some) “monkey leaked the name to the net”. The album will be titled "Once" and will be issued in June by Spinefarm/Universal in Finland, Brazil, Mexico and Chile. In Europe the album will be released by Nuclear Blast. A release date for the U.S. has yet to be confirmed.

As reported, NIGHTWISH will kick off a three-week North American tour on August 16 in Toronto, Canada, with LULLACRY as supporting act. Complete listing of toudates as follows: More...

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