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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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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.


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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For My Pain Soon In Studio

FOR MY PAIN- the Finnish Gothic metal band featuring Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH) on keyboards, Altti Veteläinen (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on bass, Lauri Tuohimaa ( Emrbaze) on guitar, Olli-Pekka Törrö (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on guitar, Juha Kylmänen ( Reflexion) on vocals, and Petri Sankala (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on drums, will enter the studio in March to record a couple of new songs for an upcoming EP/single. A late spring release through Spinefarm Records is expected.

FOR MY PAIN have been nominated for a Femma Gala 2004 award in the "Listeners' Choice" category, competing with their debut album "Fallen" ( 2003). The award ceremony will be held on February 20 at Nosturi in Helsinki.

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Nightwish Sign Deals For Release of New Album

Finland's NIGHTWISH have signed deals with several labels for the release of their forthcoming album. The as-yet-untitled effort will be issued by Spinefarm/Universal Records in Finland, Brazil, Mexico and Chile, while in Europe it will be released via Nuclear Blast GmbH. Information about the North American release will be published later.

As previously reported, NIGHTWISH will be working with renowned director Antti Jokinen on the video clip for "Nemo", the first single off the upcoming CD. Jokinen has directed music videos for such international artists as CELINE DION, EMINEM and SHANIA TWAIN and is currently in Rome working as an assistant director on Renny Harlin's new film, "Exorcist: The Beginning". The album's second single, "I Wish I Had An Angel", is expected follow a later in the year.

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Nightwish Update

Finland's NIGHTWISH have announced that they will be working with renowned director Antti Jokinen on the video clip for the first single off their forthcoming full-length album. Jokinen has directed music videos for such huge artists as Celine Dion, Eminem and Shania Twain and is currently in Rome working as an assistant director on Renny Harlin's new film, "Exorcist: The Beginning".

The budget for the new NIGHTWISH video — for the track "Nemo" — will be biggest so far in NIGHTWISH's history. The storyboard of the video, by Tuomas Holopainen and Tero Kinnunen, is ready but Jokinen is said to have "permission" to change the story if necessary. "This is a very sad and heavy, ballad-like song," said NIGHTWISH manager Ewo Rytkönen. "[The] video has a thin storyline which tells not so much of love but more like despair and hope."

In related news, Drakkar Records will release NIGHTWISH’s "From Wishes To Eternity" live album on Super-Audio CD (SACD) on March 1st. It will be a hybrid disc which can also be played on regular CD-players but of course you need an SACD-player to get the full quality.

The tracklisting includes: More...

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Nightwish On A US Tour

The Operatic metallers from Finland are going to kick off a US tour in August. For now the only confirmed gig is at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on August 20. More dates to be added.
Meanwhile NIGHTWISH's first dvd 'From Wishes To Eternity' has sold gold in Germany. This is the very first time the band gets "precious metal" outside Finland. They are also working on their 4th full length album which is going to be recorded in Finnvox and Caverock studios.

Read the full article at Nightwish.

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