Band Photo: Nightwish (?)
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.
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The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival are excited to announce four more bands to the 2014 bill.
East Coast metal/hardcore legends Biohazard join the Ronnie James Dio stage line up. The band is hard at work on a brand new album due for release this year via Nuclear Blast Records. Band leader Billy Graziadei comments: "We've watched some awesome Bloodstock line-ups over the past few years and we're very psyched to be part of this one! See you in da pit!”
Fronted by current Nightwish vocalist, Floor Jansen, Revamp also steps up for a main stage slot. Floor successfully juggles her commitments to both bands and is taking Revamp on the road across the US this Spring with Iced Earth and Sabaton. About the Bloodstock slot, Floor comments “Revamp is thrilled to play at Bloodstock this summer! It’s a great festival with a strong metal heart in a metal-loving country for which we have nothing but great memories. We can't wait to rock the British crowd again!”
Ground-breaking Israeli progressive metallers, Orphaned Land also join the bill. “I could never imagine in my wildest imagination that an Israeli band would be followed by thousands of Muslim fans from around the world,” commented frontman Kobi Farhi, but that is exactly what has happened. The band’s album, "All Is One," is available now.
Belgian death metal outfit Aborted also picks up an early main stage slot at Catton Park. The band has just entered the studio to record new album, "The Necrotic Manifesto," which is due for release this summer via Century Media. This April the band head over to tour North America with Kataklysm, before returning to Europe for the summer festivals.
Timo Tolkki reported that the upcoming Timo Tolkki's Avalon sophomore LP (working titled Avalon II) will feature Nightwish/ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen as the main singer. In addition, Tolkki will bring Avalon out on the road for a European Tour in May 2014.
Jansen provides lead vocals on the upcoming first single and promotional video. The release date for both single and the video is planned for March 2014. The recordings are currently taking place in East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Jansen joins the cast that already includes Epica singer Simone Simons and the reunion of the early Stratovarius. Lineup: Tuomo Lassila on drums (the founder of Stratovarius) and Antti Ikonen on keyboards (the original keyboard player of Stratovarius).
The European Tour will coincide with the release of the album. More details on the album release date, live lineup and dates will be revealed later.
Timo Tolkki commented: “I am right now recording probably the best vocalist I have worked with in my whole career. This has been a jaw dropping experience and I thought I have already seen it all. Floor has proven me wrong. For example in the 10 minute title track of the album, she delivers in my opinion the best vocals of her career so far. This song is probably the biggest sounding of my whole career and Floor simply makes it an astonishing, almost breathtaking experience! We are both surprised of how amazing this has turned out to be and both very happy to hear how amazing it sounds.” More...
Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.
"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.
Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:
01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...
Nightwish released an official live video clip of the song "Ghost Love Score" from the band's upcoming live CD/DVD/Blu-Ray release "Showtime, Storytime," which drops via Nuclear Blast on November 29th (EU), Dec. 2nd (UK) and Dec. 10, 2013 (North America). The song originally appeared on the 2004 release "Once."
The set list is:
1. Dark Chest Of Wonders
2. Wish I Had An Angel
3. She Is My Sin
4. Ghost River
5. Ever Dream
6. Storytime (see clip here)
7. I Want My Tears Back
9. Last Of The Wilds
10. Bless The Child
13. Ghost Love Score
14. Song Of Myself
15. Last Ride Of The Day
16. Outro (Imaginaerum)
Check out "Ghost Love Score" here: More...
Only two weeks ago, Nightwish announced plans to continue as a six-piece band featuring Floor Jansen (vocalist) and Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) as a full-time members.
During the promotion trip for the upcoming live / tour documentary DVD "Showtime, Storytime" (due out on November 29th), Nuclear Blast Records filmed the following trailer, featuring Tuomas Holopainen talking about their new family members:
Today Nightwish releases the first video clip off upcoming release "Showtime, Storytime," which is out on Nuclear Blast on November 29th, 2013.
Check out the live video clip below and an official release trailer after the jump. Both are directed by Ville Lipiäinen.
In related news, Nightwish recently recruited Floor Jansen as the band's permanent new vocalist. Check out the statement from the band right here.
Finnish symphonic metal band has officially named Floor Jansen (ReVamp) permanent vocalist of the band. In addition, Troy Donockley - the purveyor of uilleann pipes on the latest tour - has now been made an official full time member. Jansen was the fill in vocalist following the departure of Anette Olzon just weeks into the band's North American tour with Kamelot in the Fall of 2012.
The statement from the band reads:
"Ms. Floor Jansen is a keeper.
"Also, we will be a six-piece band from now on, as Mr. Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) will become a full-time member of NIGHTWISH.
"Originally we were going to wait until 2014 to make a decision about the future line-up of the band, but the past year has clearly shown us that Floor and Troy are perfect matching pieces to our puzzle, and we are really grateful of the bond that has grown between all of us. We love you guys.
"Tuomas, Marco, Jukka, Emppu"
Floor Jansen commented: "Words cannot describe what I feel! This union is beyond everything and I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to continue this amazing journey with my new brothers! Once I had a dream…and this is it!!!"
Troy Donockley added: "`Imaginaerum World Tour´was a revelation to me and in that time, I became aware of a growing unity and then, finally, a transcendence of all the usual nonsense that affects bands. A beautiful process. And since the idea, the musical dream that is Nightwish has been a part of me since before I was born, I am delighted to officially sail into uncharted waters with my brothers and sister. Wondrous scenes Ahoy! "
The new line-up can be seen on the live/tour documentary DVD "Showtime, Storytime," which is scheduled for release November 29th. The DVD captures the band's performance at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany this past summer. More...
Finland's Nightwish has revealed more details for an upcoming new live DVD. "Showtime, Storytime" will be released on November 29th.
"Showtime, Storytime" contains the entire Nightwish headliner show, played at the legendary Wacken Open Air. The live show in the front of 85,000 screaming metalheads was directed by Ville Lipiäinen, filmed with seventeen cameras and having a total duration of 85 minutes.
The second disc consists of 120-minute tour documentary "Please Learn The Setlist in 48 Hours" – also directed by Ville Lipiäinen - with no short of drama or overall madness. Also, there is a 16-minute Nightwish table hockey tournament, filmed on tour.
On top of this there are two music clips: "I Want My Tears Back" (Live at Hartwall Arena) and "Ghost Love Score" (Live in Buenos Aires).
The Wacken Open Air appearance was the first of the three final shows of the band’s "Imaginaerum World Tour" 2013, which saw the Norsemen and their Dutch amazon Floor Jansen (Revamp) playing 104 concerts in 34 different countries. More...
After latest studio work "Imaginaerum" (reviewed here) and the release of fantasy motion picture "Imaginaerum by Nightwish," Finnish symphonic metallers Nightwish are approaching the end of a cycle now, as the last three live shows in support of the releases are closing in.
And what would be a better way to celebrate the grand finale than to capture the entire upcoming show at Wacken Open Air - the world’s biggest heavy metal festival - for a live DVD/Blu-ray?
Mastermind and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen states: "The time has come soon to wrap up the magical & memorable one-and-a-half year 'Imaginaerum World Tour' 2012-2013! We still have three shows left, one of them being at the legendary Wacken Open Air Metal Festival on the 3rd of August.
"This show will be something extra special, since it will be released later this year on DvD/Blu-ray, together with a massive 'Imaginaerum World Tour' 2012-2013 documentary. Our darling flying Dutchwoman, Floor Jansen, has been nothing but incredible during her time in Nightwish on this tour, so this is a perfect opportunity to immortalize the current vibe of the band on film!"
Be sure to be right in front of the True Metal Stage at Wacken Open Air on coming Saturday, August 3rd, at 22:45 CEST when Nightwish will capture the bombastic live magic for eternity! The final "Imaginaerum World Tour" shows are as follows:
03.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
10.08. B Kortrijk - Alcatraz Festival
11.08. D Hildesheim - M’era Luna Festival
The weekend festivities of the second and third day of Tuska started a bit later for me, but still managed to start with a bang that resounded for the whole weekend! With a lineup a bit less intense then the first day, there was a lot of room to really observe performances and finally get that summer festival feeling. Both days featured very different genres, but as always with Tuska, there is truly something for everyone, even if that something is as simple as ice cold cider and a cool breeze on a hot day. More...
Nightwish, featuring ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen (Ex-After Forever/MaYaN), posted pro shot live footage from the band's recent tour of Latin America. The performance features the track "Ghost Love Score" from the 2004 release "Once."
Check out the footage here:
Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish posted pro shot live footage of the band's performance of "I Want My Tears Back" featuring Floor Jansen on vocals. The footage was taken from the band's performance at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki on November 10, 2012 and was directed by Ville Lipiainen. The track appears on the band's latest LP "Imaginaerum" (see review at this location).
The ReVamp vocalist has been fulfilling the band's live dates since the band's split with Anette Olzon at the beginning of October. No permanent replacement has been announced as of yet.
Check out "I Want My Tears Back" here:
On the heels of a recently completed North American tour, in which saw the band parting ways with vocalist Annette Olson and ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen filling in, Nightwish has posted the full theatrical preview for the upcoming "Imaginaerum" movie release. The film is based on band's latest album was based (see Metal Underground's review at this location). The film is set to open in Finland on November 23, 2012, but has has no set release date for North America. More information on the movie can be found at the official film website located at this location.
"Imaginaerum" tells the story of an elderly composer, Tom, who suffers from severe dementia. As he has had the disease for years and has regressed into childhood, he remembers practically nothing from his adult life. His music, friends, all his past including the memory of his daughter are a blur in his fragile mind. All he has left is the imagination of a ten year old boy. As he drifts away into coma, it seems impossible to get back what he has lost. Or is it?
The film is a journey between two different dimensions. Tom travels through his imaginary world seeking answers and finding memories, while his daughter, Gem, tries to recover the bond she had once shared with her father in the real world. As they have become more and more distant
from each other over the years, and as there is even greater obstacles separating them now, Tom's coma and his imminent death, Gem's project feels doomed to failure. However, through Tom's darkest secrets, Gem discovers the path she must follow in order to find her father again.
There are some questions we must ask ourselves before entering the world of "Imaginaerum." What is most important in life? Can the power of memories protect us during our last moments? Will our imagination help us find the spark of life in the deepest darkness? Can we still find
love after bitter forgiveness? More...
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...
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.
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...
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.
Check out the score preview here: More...
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...
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."
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...