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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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Nightwish Announces New Album Chart Positions

With the brand new album "Imaginaerum," Nightwish once again won the hearts of fans and reached very good chart positions everywhere. On top, Nightwish entered the charts of the band's home country of Finland again at #1.

Check out what Metalunderground.com had to say about the album at this location.

"Imaginaerum" hit the following chart positions in the indicated countries: More...

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Exciter Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Exciter to play the floating festival:

"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival has reached the Canadian East Coast. Before turning the ship around, they dropped off a scouting party to explore this vast country. Given secret orders, they headed West to the nation's capital of Ottawa where they received a raving welcome. Are you all getting a little EXCITER yet?

"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!"

The following 31 out of a total of 40 bands have been confirmed:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
EXCITER
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VENOM
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Venom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Venom as the latest band to appear at the festival:

"Injected With Deadly Toxin: Please Welcome VENOM On Board! To travel from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean, they must sail around the British Isles. Before doing so they decided to visit a town in North East England that they are familiar with from last year: Newcastle, and what a welcome they got! On arrival they all got injected by a deadly toxin: VENOM!

"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival now sails through the Channel into the Atlantic. Our course: Straight West. 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."

30 out of a total of 40 bands on board have been confirmed. The current lineup is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VENOM
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Pretty Maids Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Pretty Maids for the floating festival:

"It's getting to be winter up there in the Baltics. The days are getting shorter and you have to wait long periods to see the sun. Tired of waiting in Finland, they sailed over to Denmark. After they passed through the Great Belt they made a short stop in the city of Horsens. They should have gone there earlier, because you know what they found? Some really PRETTY MAIDS! Full steam ahead through the Skagerrak!

"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."

So far 29 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known. Currently confirmed bands are as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Nightwish Posts Tour Rehearsal Update

Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon checked in from the band's rehearsals for the upcoming "Imaginaerum" tour with the following update on the band's Facebook page:

"So, I thought its time to write a little thing about our rehearsals over here in Helsinki and what we have been up to the last week.

"Last Thursday we went to our rehearsal place already in the morning and it was really nice to get in front of the microphone again and hearing what the guys had done the days before. We have some nice things planned and its always interesting to hear if it works out and yeah, it did. Singing the songs from Imaginaerum live for the first time was interesting and it's always this weird thing that songs I thought would be easy to sing live can be a bit tricky, while the ones I thought would be hard went really easy. This is something that happens every time and some songs seem to come alive even more in the rehearsing space.

"This first day we practiced for many hours and it takes some time to get into the songs so the day after we all sounded even better. I felt how we all started to get more and more into every song and leaving that day behind me felt very rewarding and anticipating of the rehearsals yesterday when our dear Troy joined us and made our group complete. For me, personally, Troy gives me calmness and positiveness and everything feels so fun, the music flows and we just had so fun together all day.

"Yesterday was the last rehearsing day for this time and even if I long to go home to my dear boys at home, I already long for our rehearsals in january cause I leave Helsinki with a sense of joy and knowledge that next year will be wonderful and fun together with these guys and with the music I love to sing.

"Today Imaginaerum was released and its so nice to finally have the album out!"

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Nightwish Posts Final "Imaginaerum" Teaser

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish has posted a final teaser video for "Imaginaerum" prior to the album's release on Nuclear Blast Records. The LP's release schedule starts next week with Finland on November 30, 2011.

The full release schedule is as follows:

Finland - November 30th
Europe - December 2nd
Australia - January 6th
Brazil - January 10th
North America - January 10th
Japan - January 11th
New Zealand - January 16th

Check out the video here:

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Nightwish Posts Samples Of Entire New LP

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish posted a preview sampler of the entire new "Imaginareum" LP. The track "Storytime" was released as a single and new music video (seen at this location).

"Imaginaerum" release dates are: November 30, 2011 (Finland), December 2, 2011 (EU) and January 12, 2012 (North America). Check out the samples here:

Imaginaerum by nightwishband

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Marco Hietala's Online Video Chat Posted

Nightwish bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala participated in an online chat with fans on Friday, November 11, 2011. The entire session was posted up on YouTube. Metal Underground was on hand for the event and was able to have some questions answered over the course of the hour.

In answer to Metal Underground's question "Will we see anything new from Tarot or Northern Kings?", Marco stated that there is talk of a new Northern Kings album, but nothing that will be done until after the current commitments with Nightwish are over. As for Tarot, there is nothing in the works. However, they may perform shows at larger festivals where Nightwish is playing, but there is nothing planned.

In answer to Metal Underground's question "On Imaginareum, how much singing do you do?", Marco stated that he sings about as much as he did on "Dark Passion Play," but it is spread over the entire album more. He did more parts of songs then whole songs.

Check out the video here:

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Nightwish Posts Update On "Imaginaerum" Movie

Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish posted the following status update on "Imaginaerum The Movie":

"It`s Wednesday the 9th of November and the first single of Imaginaerum called "Storytime" is finally out today. It`s part 1 of a very long homecoming, 4 years in the making. Makes me feel a bit sad, fairly relieved and ultimately proud. Sad that a certain journey is finally coming to an end, relieved that everything worked out beautifully, and proud of the band members` and the fellow imagineers` effort in getting this colossal project together. Thank you.

I saw the first edits of Imaginaerum The Movie a week ago. Stobe and Mathieu have been working with the edits a few weeks now and the parts I saw were very convincing. The demo scores (by the tech wizard Petri Alanko) are working out wonderfully, even though we still need to toy around with them quite a bit. The special effects guys have also begun their work, so once we get all these layers together some truly mind blowing movie magic will be born. Basically now we just have to wait patiently and try not to breathe too much into their backs, and let them do their magic.

In the meanwhile, loads of promo and rehearsals still to be done.

Such exciting times,

-Tuomas"

The band recently released the music video for the first single "Storytime" at this location.

Nightwish also posted a video "About Storytime" that takes you behind the scenes, which can be viewed here:

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Nightwish Posts New Music Video Online

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish has posted a new music video online for the song "Storytime." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's forthcoming new studio album, "Imaginaerum," which will be released on the following dates:

Finland - November 30th
Europe - December 2nd
Australia - January 6th
Brazil - January 10th
North America - January 10th
Japan - January 11th
New Zealand - January 16th More...

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Nightwish's New Single Streaming On Web

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish premiered it's new single "Storytime" on Radio Rock Finland on November 7, 2011. "Storytime" is scheduled for release on November 11, 2011. "Imaginaerum" release dates are: November 30, 2011 (Finland), December 2, 2011 (EU) and January 12, 2012 (North America).

The broadcast of "Storytime" can be heard here:

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Nightwish Posts Listening Session Footage

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish posted footage from the Imaginaerum listening session that was held for the press at the Nuclear Blast headquarters in Germany in September 2011. The video shows some scenes and interviews that were recorded that day.

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Nightwish Posts Preview Video/Clips Of New Single

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish posted preview clips from the band's first single "Storytime" at this location. "Storytime" is scheduled for release on November 11, 2011.

"Imaginaerum" release dates are: November 30, 2011 (Finland), December 2, 2011 (EU) and January 12, 2012 (North America).

in addition, the band posted a teaser video for "Storytime," which can be viewed here:

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Nighwish Announces Additional Tour Dates

Finnish band Nightwish announced an additional three shows in Finland, Russia and Ukraine for the upcoming "Imaginaerum" tour. The dates are as follows:

March 2, 2012 - Areena, Joensuu, Finland
March 3, 2012 - Vuokattihalli, Sotkamo, Finland
March 4, 2012 - Teatria, Oulu, Finland
March 9, 2012 - Paviljonki Areena, Jyväskylä, Finland
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

"Imaginaerum" release dates are: November 30, 2011 (Finland), December 2, 2011 (EU) and January 12, 2012 (North America).

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Nightwish Posts New "Making Of" Video For New LP

Finnish symphonic masters posted a new video showing the making of the forthcoming LP "Imaginaerum." The album release dates are: November 30, 2011 (Finland), December 2, 2011 (EU) and January 12, 2012 (North America).

Check out the video here:

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Children Of Bodom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Children of Bodom is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which takes place from January 23rd - 27th, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas.” So far 28 out of 40 bands have been confirmed, and the currently announced list is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Nightwish's Holopainen Interviewed On Finnish TV

Nightwish mainman Tuomas Holopainen was interviewed on Finnish TV recently and discussed the band's new LP "Imaginaerum." Holopainen explains the writing process as writing a movie soundtrack when no movie exists. The long awaited album is scheduled for release on November 30, 2011 (Finland), December 2, 2011 (EU) and January 12, 2012 (North America).

Check out the interview here:

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"Imaginaerum" Director Announces "Its A Wrap"

Director Stobe Harju of the forthcoming Nightwish film "Imaginaerum" announced that filiming in Montreal has concluded. Harju provided the following update on Nightwish's official Facebook page:

"Dear friends of Nightwish and Imaginaerum

"Four years have passed now since the first idea of the film got out and when I thought Nightwish, Tuomas and I were merely crazy dreamers.

"As many of you know, we've already shot the film's principal photography, and only in 18 days. I promise you though, the material says different. The shots we got in that short period of time were priceless and there's no way, you could tell we were in a hurry.

"I have learned a lot since we first began shooting. Everyone has to understand that most feature films, even with great concepts, never get shot. The team, the production staff, me and most of all the band have battled and bled to get the shootings on the way and the job done. That said, you have to be aware that many battles are still to be fought in the editing room, the visual effects, sound mixing, original score and the distribution of this film. Nothing is clear when it comes to filmmaking. However, with this team: our producers and the post production specialists, it's nearly impossible to fail.

"Now, as the editing phase has begun and there's not much more to tell than it is going very well, the scenes look great and that I'm homesick, we're trying to get you as much candy as possible. Here are SOME of the names of our great cast, who all believed into the screenplay and carried out performances I've been never able to witness before.

"Francis X. McCarthy, Quinn Lord, Marianne Farley, Joanna Noyes, Ilkka Villi, Keyanna Fielding, Ron Lea, Victoria Jung, Hélène Robitaille, Stephane Demers, Anette Olzon, Marco Hietala, Tuomas Holopainen, Emppu Vuorinen and Jukka Nevalainen.

"One battle has gone past with a triumph by the greatest team and crew imaginable. You could think we've been lucky but luck never comes to us without hard work, heart and faith. I my self couldn't thank the fantastic Montreal crew enough and you, the fans of Nightwish, for believing into this project. Keep it up. There are still miles to go. The journey to Imaginaerum continues, and for now, I'd like to say thank you for your support.

"Stobe Harju - The Director, Imaginaerum (Montreal, Canada 9th Oct, 2011)"

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Nightwish Announces First Dates Of European Tour

Nightwish announced the first set of dates for the European tour in support of "Imaginaerum." The long awaited album is scheduled for release on November 30, 2011 (Finland), December 2, 2011 (EU) and January 12, 2012 (North America).

Confirmed dates on the European tour are as follows:

04/10/2012 Lisebergshallen - Göteborg, Sweden
04/11/2012 Falconer Theater - Copenhagen, Denmark
04/13/2012 Heineken Music Hall - Amsterdam, Netherlands
04/14/2012 ISS Dome - Düsseldorf, Germany
04/16/2012 Forest National - Brussels, Belgium
04/17/2012 Bercy - Paris, France
04/18/2012 Zenith - Nantes, France
04/20/2012 Halle Tony Garnier - Lyon, France
04/21/2012 Rockhal Luxembourg, Luxembourg
04/23/2012 Jahrhunderthalle - Frankfurt, Germany
04/24/2012 Hallenstadion - Zurich, Switzerland
04/25/2012 Forum - Milano, Italy
04/27/2012 Gasometer - Vienna, Austria
04/29/2012 Budapest Arena - Budapest, Hungary
04/30/2012 Tesla (T-Mobile Arena) - Prague, Czech Republic
05/01/2012 Arena - Leipzig, Germany
05/03/2012 O2 World - Hamburg, Germany
05/05/2012 Arena - Nuremberg, Germany
05/06/2012 Schleyerhalle - Stuttgart, Germany
05/08/2012 Krizanke - Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Kamelot Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about adding Kamelot to the 2012 lineup:

"Tonight they anchored in the Tampa Bay where it came to them like a knight in a dark night: Please welcome Kamelot on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Are they staying in the Sunshine State for longer or will they sail onwards? You shall know soon..."

The cruise sets sail on January 23rd, 2012 from Miami FL and returns on January 27th. So far the following 26 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:

AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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