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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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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).

Sacrament of Wilderness
End of all Hope
Bless the child
Sleeping Sun
She is my sin
Walking in the air
Over the hills....
The Kinslayer
Dead boy's poem
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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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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