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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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Floor Jansen Comments On Touring With Nightwish

Nightwish recently split with vocalist Annette Olzon and announced Floor Jansen would be covering for upcoming tour dates. Floor has now posted a statement online about her first days on tour via her blog:

"I am writing to you sitting here in the tour bus with Nightwish! We are heading to San Fransisco. The sun is shining bright here and the scenery is beautiful. I am trying to find words to describe how I feel but it’s impossible to really cover it. I am on a high!

"What do you do when Nightwish asks you to join them on tour? Stay calm and say, well OK….? Or does your heart start beating twice as fast instantly, hands start to sweat and your mouth is unwilling to pronounce words like 'that sounds amazing.' I guess I don’t need to tell what happened to me.

"The time to prepare was scarily short…I packed my bags and left and printed the lyrics into my head all the way over from Amsterdam to America. 15 hours of airplane later I arrived with a jetlag, a full head and the most happy feeling ever. The next day I jumped on board on this bus and the adventure truly began. I was welcomed into the group as an old friend and I felt great instantly. It is now 10 years ago I joined Nighwish on tour with After Forever as their support act. We stayed in touch ever since and that made the whole situation so much easier and smooth.

"The day of the first show we also did a long soundcheck to rehearse the songs. That was the only possibility… You cannot imagine how nervous I was before that first show started!!! Next to nerves my voice was battered by a cold due to all the travels, lack of sleep and airco’s.

"The intro started…..I ran on stage….and all nerves were gone! The music and the guys took me in and so did the audience. What an experience! The excitement lasted the entire show, and way after. When I went to my tour bus bed that night I still had a smile on my face. I felt so happy and satisfied I fell asleep instantly. More...

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Anette Olzon Departs Nightwish

In the midst of the North American tour with Kamelot, Nightwish announced the mutual split with vocalist Anette Olzon due to "conflict in the direction" of the band. The band will proceed with the rest of the North American tour with ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen on vocals. The joint announcement reads as follows:

"Another chapter of the NIGHTWISH story has ended today. NIGHTWISH and Anette Olzon have decided to part company, in mutual understanding, for the good of all parties involved.

"In recent times it has become increasingly obvious that the direction and the needs of the band were in conflict, and this has led to a division from which we cannot recover.

"NIGHTWISH has no intention of cancelling any upcoming shows, and as a result we have decided to bring in a substitute vocalist starting in Seattle 1.10.2012. Her name is Floor Jansen from the Netherlands (ex-AFTER FOREVER, REVAMP), and she has graciously stepped in to help us complete the ”Imaginaerum” world tour.

"We are all strongly committed to this journey, this vehicle of spirit, and we are sure that this will lead to a brighter future for everyone.

"We forever remain excited about the adventures to come, and we are extremely proud of the two beautiful albums and the wonderful shows we shared together.

"NIGHTWISH & Anette Olzon"

A couple of nights ago, Annette Olzon fell ill prior to the show in Denver and was briefly hospitalized. The show proceeded with Kamelot guest vocalists Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist) filling in.

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ProgPower Pre-Show: Nightwish and Kamelot

A kind of metalhead Mecca, the ProgPower USA festival at Center Stage in Atlanta is back in session for its 13th year today and tomorrow. In the kickoff of their US tour, Nightwish and Kamelot tag-teamed for two nights before the official ProgPower festivities got going. To add to the enormity of the occasion, Jon Oliva of the mighty Savatage gave a songwriting workshop before the show in the smaller venue next to Center Stage. For attendees, this was going to be a night to remember, as well as a completely sold-out show.

Backstage before the show, I caught up with Nightwish bassist Marco Hietala for an interview. We ended up rehashing Nightwish's legendary USA debut at ProgPower 4 back in 2003, along with talking about new plans for his other band, Tarot, and the "Imaginaerum" movie. Tonight, Nightwish was going to be doing a special 2nd show with a few songs that were different from the night before. Many fans had come out for both nights, and it was soon clear to them that whatever sound and jet-lag issues were grating on the performance last night were taken care of for this second night. More...

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Nightwish Posts "Imaginaerum" Score Teaser

Nightwish posted the first teaser preview for the "Imaginaerum" score soundtrack. The soundtrack is for the long awaited "Imaginaerum" film on which the band's latest album was based (see Metal Underground's review of the release at this location). The film has no set release dates set for North America as of yet, but the movie will debut on November 23, 2012 in Finland. More information on the movie can be found at the official film website located at http://www.imaginaerum.com. A trailer for the film can be seen here.

In other Nightwish news, the band is set to launch the "Imaginaerum" North American tour with Kamelot beginning with two shows just prior to ProgPower 2012 at Center Stage in Atlanta. For complete dates, head over to this location.

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American Heavy Metal Tradition: ProgPower USA

The ProgPower USA festival is approaching its thirteenth year, but if you were to look at the number of international bands who have made the Atlanta-based festival the site of their US debut, you would find that number even more impressive – a solid eighty-two. That number includes bands such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Stratovarius, Riverside, and more. The US is not known for heavy metal festivals – at least not of the level that Europe is known for, with Wacken, Hellfest, and all sorts of other open-airs. In the US, ProgPower is the longest-running and most well-known of the handful of festivals we do have. Moreover, as evidenced by the title, this is a pointedly progressive- and power- metal themed festival, with performances by an average of 14-16 bands over several days.

Last year, I had the privilege of attending the festival and contributed a series of write-ups about each of the days afterwards. The experience was much like a Comic-Con or anime convention, only geared around highly amplified sound aimed at rattling my brain and rocking my soul. It was like another world altogether, given that everyone I interacted with on that three-day stretch could talk for hours on end about the juxtaposition of synthesizer and guitar solos with no reservations. It felt like a family reunion. More...

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Nightwish Answers Fan Questions

Nightwish has posted a video interview online answering fan-submitted questions, which can be viewed below. Nuclear Blast also commented on the vidoe:

"You've had the chance to post your questions to Nightwish to the official Nuclear Blast Europe Facebook page -- now here's the outcome. Enjoy the interview, done by Felix on the 6th of May 2012 right before the show at Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart! Order Nightwishs brilliant album 'Imaginaerum' at the Nuclear Blast web shop here."

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Kamelot Again Recruiting Elize Ryd

Kamelot has posted the following announcement online about Amaranthe's Elize Ryd again joining the band for an upcoming North American tour:

"We are pleased to announce that Swedish female vocalist Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) will be part of the Kamelot North American Tour 2012. Elize has been touring with Kamelot since 2010 and will once again join the band for a very special tour throughout North America. Headliner dates to be announced soon, stay tuned!"

The following shows with Nightwish have been confirmed so far: More...

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Nightwish Posts "Imaginaerum" Film Trailer

Nightwish posted the first teaser trailer for the long awaited "Imaginaerum" film on which the band's latest album was based (see Metal Underground's review of the release at this location). The film has no set release dates and more information on the movie can be found at the official film website located at http://www.imaginaerum.com.

In other Nightwish news, the band announced the "Imafinaerum" North American tour with Kamelot beginning with two shows just prior to ProgPower 2012 at Center Stage in Atlanta. For complete dates, head over to this location.

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Nightwish Announces North American Tour

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish has announced a North American tour this fall to support the latest album, "Imaginareum." The tour, which features special guests Kamelot, kicks off in Atlanta, GA, on September 12th.

Tour dates are as follows:

Sept. 12 Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Sept. 13 Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Sept. 16 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Sept. 17 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept. 19 Montreal, CAN - CEPSUM University of Montreal
Sept. 20 Toronto, CAN - Sound Academy
Sept. 21 Columbus. OH - Newport Music Hall
Sept. 23 Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sept. 24 Chicago, Ill - Congress Theater
Sept. 25 St Louis, MO - Pop’s
Sept. 27 Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
Sept. 28 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Sept. 29 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Oct. 1 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
Oct. 2 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Oct. 3 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Oct. 5 Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Oct. 6 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Oct. 7 Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
Oct. 9 Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
Oct. 10 Austin, TX - Emo’s
Oct. 11 New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Oct. 13 Ft Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
Oct. 14 Orlando, FL - House of Blues Lake Buena Vista

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Nightwish Posts New "Planet Hell" Rehearsal Video

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish posted up footage from the band's recent rehearsal in January 2012 at SIR Studios prior the the band's debut "Imaginareum" gigs in Los Angeles. The video features the song "Planet Hell" (originally on the 2004 LP "Once).

Check out "Planet Hell" here:

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Costa De Fuego Festival 2012 Announces Dates

The first edition of the Costa De Fuego Festival 2012 will take place on July 20th and 21st in Benicassim, Castellon, Spain in the Las Palmas desert. Camping will start one day before and extend to one day after. There will be over three stages and fifty bands playing the festival, an initial list of which we have put below. Get more information on the Festival by heading over to its website.

GUNS 'N' ROSES
MARILYN MANSON
NIGHTWISH
IN FLAMES
OPETH
PARADISE LOST
WARCRY
LACUNA COIL
BARON ROJO
OBUS
HAMLET
BERRI TXARRAK
KATATONIA
AMORPHIS
CANCER BATS
WE ARE THE OCEAN
ROLO TOMASSI
STEEL HORSE
NOCTEM

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Nightwish Posts More Live Footage

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish posted more live live footage from the band's ongoing Finnish tour in support of "Imaginareum." The footage was recorded from the Friday, March 9th show in Jyväskylä.

Check out the videos for "Amaranth" and "Nemo" here:

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"Imaginareum" Movie Director Posts Update

Stobe Harju, the director of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish's forthcoming movie project on which its latest album "Imaginareum" was based, posted a status update on the film. No release date has yet been set. The post reads as follows:

Where should I begin. Much has happened since the last update, too much, to write you another one.

Last months have been a battle getting all the required visual effects into the film as they deserve to be made. As I'm writing this update, the people in Montreal are working hard on the visuals. Since we are still in this stage the teaser trailer and trailer edit have had to wait for a while.

As some of you might have seen from Twitter, the film has reached a picture lock. It means, that no more raw editing will be done for the film and all the shots have their final length so that the visual effects team can finalize them. Naturally, it doesn't stop there.

What we have done during the past month has been looking through the film and doing a list of all the adr (additional dialogue recording). In short. Dig out the script, watch the film, see where the lines can be improved or new lines added, mark them down, send them out, close the script, lock the bastard, get the actors to do some new lines, record them, mix and sync them over the old lines in the film and voilà we have the final top quality dialogue for the movie. Sounds mundane, but many of the films have improved greatly because of this procedure.

The soundtrack on Petri Alanko's desk is doing great. After the last edit for the film, there were many things that made the guy literally pull his hair out of his head. I guess it's sync issues mainly. Nevertheless, the band is very impressed of what they've heard so far and remember, there's only going to be a few original songs from Imaginaerum album because the rest will have a more cinematic nature to them. I've asked Petri to write an update specifically to you all who are reading this since I gather, you all are getting fairly bored reading my scribbles only.

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Nightwish Posts Live Footage From Finnish Tour

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish posted live footage from the band's ongoing Finnish tour in support of "Imaginareum." The footage was recorded from the Friday, March 9th show in Jyväskylä.

Check out the video here:

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Nightwish Posts "Making Of Imaginareum" Trailer

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish posted a trailer for the "Making of Imaginareum" DVD, which will accompany the Tour Edition of the band's latest album "Imaginareum." The DVD covers the making of the album and the forthcoming movie.

Nightwish is currently on the Finnish leg of the "Imaginareum" World Tour, with remaining dates as follows:

March 10, 2012 - Helsinki Ice hall, Helsinki, Finland
March 11, 2012 - Hakametsä Ice Hall, Tampere, Finland
March 14, 2012 - Lensoveta Culture Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia
March 15, 2012 - Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia
March 17, 2012 - MVC, Kiova, Ukrainian

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Visions Of Atlantis To Play Novarock Fest

Austria's Visions of Atlantis has checked in with the following announcement about appearing at the upcoming Novarock Festival:

"Visions of Atlantis is confirmed for the NOVAROCK FESTIVAL 2012 which will take place on the Pannonia FieldsII in Nickelsdorf/Austria from 8th until 10th of June 2012 and feature a monster billing including Metallica, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Nightwish, Evanescence and many many more!

"Soon we will announce more dates for 2012 and details on our upcoming album ETHERA! So, stay tuned friends!!! Yours, VoA-family"

More information on the festival and acquiring tickets can be found at this location. Visions of Atlantis also recently posted studio footage online from the band's time working on the "Ethera" album, which can be viewed here.

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Download 2012

The organisers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further five bands for this years edition of the event. Metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage has confirmed, as have NOFX, Nightwish, Shinedown and Black Veil Brides. The festival will take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park in the United Kingdom.

The lineup is now as follows:

The Prodigy (Headliners)
Metallica (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
Anthrax
As I Lay Dying
August Burns Red
Biffy Clyro
Billy Talent
Black Label Society
Black Veil Brides
Chase and Status
Devildriver
Devin Townsend Project
Fear Factory
Five Finger Death Punch
Ginger Wildheart
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Little Angels
Machine Head
Nightwish
NOFX
Periphery
Reckless Love
Shinedown
Slash
Soundgarden
Steel Panther
Tenacious D
Trivium
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six

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70,000 Tons of Metal Day 3: To Hell in Paradise

Cautiously opening a bleary eye on day 3 soon showed that the Majesty of the Seas was behind schedule and did not arrive in the Cayman Islands until an hour past the scheduled time for 9am. This was fine for me, after last night's late one - I went for some breakfast and lots of much-needed coffee. The weather was a little threatening to start with, with some angry looking clouds. More...

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Footage From 70,000 Tons Of Metal Available

Metal Injection boarded the second edition of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise this past January and has just posted a recap of all the madness that happened on the high seas in a five minute video clip. Check out the footage below.

Additionally, over 500 photos from the cruise have been uploaded to the Metal Injection photo gallery, including copious amounts of photos of all the fans in attendance. View those at this location.

Finally, a video clip featuring artists who played the cruise is available. Members of Cannibal Corpse. Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Amorphis, Crowbar, Eluveitie, Athiest, Stratovarius, Pestilence and Kataklysm discuss what their favorite part of playing the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise was here.

Metalunderground.com was of course also on board the Majesty of the Seas cruise ship, and you can find our report of the first day of the nautical mayhem at this location. More...

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Bands Discuss Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Metal Injection was on hand at the recent 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, and the site has now posted footage online of band members discussing the floating festival. Watch as members of Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Amorphis, Crowbar, Eluveitie, Athiest, Stratovarius, Pestilence, and Kataklysm discuss their favorite part of playing the cruise. The video is available below. More...

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