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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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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.

Check out the trailer for the "Imaginaerum" film here: More...

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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.



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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

Check out the trailer here: More...

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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)
As I Lay Dying
August Burns Red
Biffy Clyro
Billy Talent
Black Label Society
Black Veil Brides
Chase and Status
Devin Townsend Project
Fear Factory
Five Finger Death Punch
Ginger Wildheart
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Little Angels
Machine Head
Reckless Love
Steel Panther
Tenacious D
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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"Monsters Of Metal - Vol. 8" Release Pushed Back

The release date for the upcoming compilation “Monsters of Metal - Vol. 8” on DVD/Blu-Ray with 90 music videos and over 400 minutes of pure metal is postponed until March 16th, 2012.

The compilation includes two DVDs and one Blu-ray with clips from bands like Nightwish, Edguy, Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis, Hammerfall, Accept, Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Deathstars, Monster Magnet, Leaves' Eyes, Tristania, Nevermore, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Opeth and more.

The track list is as follows:

01 Nightwish - Storytime
02 Deathstars - Metal
03 Pain - The Great Pretender
04 Amorphis - You I Need
05 Opeth - The Devils Orchard
06 Lacuna Coil - Within Me
07 Therion - Kali Yuga Part 3: Autumn Of The Aeons
08 Leaves Eyes - Take The Devil In Me
09 Tristania - Year Of The Rat
10 Draconian - The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight
11 Saltatio Mortis - Hochzeitstanz
12 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Dr. Pest
13 Monster Magnet - Gods & Punks
14 Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
15 Seventh Void - Heaven Is Gone
16 Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
17 Dream Theater - On The Backs Of Angels
18 Gotthard - Remember Its Me
19 Edguy - Robin Hood
20 Blind Guardian A Voice In The Dark
21 Accept - Pandemic
22 Sabaton - Screaming Eagles
23 Hammerfall - One More Time
24 Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
25 Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
26 Powerwolf - We Drink Your Blood
27 Grave Digger - Rebellion Live@Wacken
28 Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
29 Tarot - Wings OfDarkness
30 Bullet - Stay Wild
31 Steelwing - The Illusion
32 Enforcer - Midnight Vice
33 Skullfist - Head Of The Pack
34 White Wizzard - Over The Top
35 Cauldron - Chained Up In Chains
36 Huntress - Eight Of Swords
37 Battle Beast - Into The Metalworld
38 Armored Saint - Left Hook From Right Field
39 Nevermore - Born
40 Alestorm - Shipwrecked
41 Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
42 Heidevolk - Nehalennia
43 Trollfest - Die VerdammteHungersnot
44. Milking The Goatmachine -The Wolf Is Dead More...

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Nightwish To Release Second Single

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish will release its second single for "Imaginaerum" with the song "The Crow, The Owl And The Dove." The single will be released on March 2, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records and will also feature the unreleased bonus track "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" (Theme from the movie "The Piano.") "Imaginaerum" was released in North America yesterday (see Metal Underground's review at this location).

The track listing for the single is as follows:

1. The Crow, the Owl and the Dove (Radio edit)
2. The Crow, the Owl and the Dove
3. The Crow, the Owl and the Dove (Album Version)
4. The Heart Asks Pleasure First
5. The Heart Asks Pleasure First (Instrumental Version)

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Nightwish's "Imaginaerum" Achieves Gold Status

Nightwish has announced that since the release of its new LP "Imaginaerum" in Europe on December 2, 2011, it has reached gold status in Germany with more than 100,000 copies sold.

Keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen had the following comments: "Germany never fails us! Only 5 weeks since the release and Imaginaerum goes gold! Magical, wondrous, imaginative and grateful times we're living. Huge thanks to all the fans and the fellowship of Nuclear Blast!"

The band also achieved gold status in Greece, while the album has gone triple platinum in the band's home country of Finland.

The album is scheduled to be released in the United States tomorrow, January 10, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. Metal Underground's review can be seen at this location.

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Nightwish Posts 4th Episode Of "Imaginaerum" Game

Finnish platinum metallers Nightwish have just released the 4th episode of the "Imaginaerum" online game. Check it out by heading over to this location.

The new Nightwish opus, "Imaginaerum", was released on December 2nd, 2011 and hit the charts hard worldwide – just to name the top 20 positions: Finland: #1 Sweden: #3 Switzerland: #3 Germany: #6 Austria: #9 Slovenia: #13 Ireland Indie: #15 Czech: #16 Norway: #17 Poland: #18.

You can also find Metalunderground.com's review of the "Imaginaerum" album by navigating over to this page.

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Channel Zero Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have checked in with the following announcement about the latest addition to the festival:

"Please Welcome CHANNEL ZERO On Board! Did they forget about their scouting party that was in The Netherlands some time ago? What happened to them? They went South to Belgium and straight to the capital city of Brussels. Sailors, please welcome Belgium's premier Heavy Metal Band: CHANNEL ZERO on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.

"Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out this location for more information and book your cabin NOW!"

The following 33 (out of a total of 40 bands) have been confirmed: More...

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