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About Nightwish

  • Equal parts epic metal and gothic symphony, Nightwish stand alone. They blend soaring keyboards and operatic vocals with shredding guitars and jagged rhythms for a style of cinematic, orchestral heavy music all their own. The Finnish quintet has remained a force in the European scene for the last decade, but with their second Roadrunner Records release Dark Passion Play, they are destined to captivate metal fans across the entire globe. Filling vocalist Tarja Turunen's vacant spot with newcomer Anette Olzon, the band is now stronger than ever. They have also crafted a record that's heavy, hypnotic and downright powerful.

    Nightwish's style has established them as one of the premier female-fronted metal bands. With overpowering keyboard tones reminiscent of classic film scores, the band separates itself. Their combination of seductive, emotional vocals and gallant guitar melodies brings to mind both Evanescence and Iced Earth. Yet, Nightwish have crafted a distinct sound. Their 1997 debut Angels Fall Fast introduced the world to this sound, propelled by the strength of the single "The Carpenter." The follow-up Oceanborn would secure a spot in the Finnish Top Five and spawn three chart-topping singles. In 2000, Wishmaster cemented the band's rabid fan following and led to their first U.S. distribution. However, a hard-hitting fourth offering Century Child added bassist and backing vocalist Marco Hietela to the fold, and it yielded some of the band's heaviest and darkest tracks up to that point. Nightwish embraced their metallic and classical influences to the fullest and completely established themselves.

    In 2004, the band's first Roadrunner Records release and fifth studio effort Once would gain them a foothold in the U.S. They launched a hotly-anticipated tour in The States, packing sold-out theaters across the country. Over the course of the year, Once surpassed sales of one million units worldwide. The album featured the single "Nemo," with an entrancing video courtesy of director Antti Jokinen (Eminem). Once eventually garnered the band five awards at the Finnish Grammy Awards including both "Band of the Year" and "The Best Selling Album of the Year." These accolades would solidify Nightwish as an international force.

    After a highly successful world tour in 2005, the band underwent a drastic lineup change. They severed ties with Tarja via an open letter. Fans and the media clamored for a replacement, and questions ran rampant. Though most artists might not be able to recover from a split like this, Nightwish aren't most artists. The band would check out over 2,000 applications from singers worldwide until they found Anette Olzon. Upon her first visit to Finland, Anette met the band and immediately clicked with them. They announced her addition shortly after. Swedish singer elevates Nightwish to the next level with a dynamic voice that breathes charisma and life into the new songs.

    Even with the absence of Tarja, Nightwish has crafted an epic, infectious and potent sixth release in the form of Dark Passion Play. Tuomas Holopainen's keys create huge melodies that are deep, gothic and sensual, while Emppu Vuorinen's guitars hit with an urgent crunch. The record represents the culmination of the band's evolution and success. It's a dark, yet infectious journey, featuring all of the elements that fans love about Nightwish-from the symphonic keyboards to the divine melodies. At the forefront of the new music is Anette. Her voice hypnotizes with a diverse range, complementing both the metallic guitars and orchestral keys perfectly. The new songs are some of Nightwish's most adventurous and powerful. Leadoff single "Bye Bye Beautiful" starts with a precise, calculated riff locked in with warm electronic keys. Then the song launches into vibrant vocal interplay between Anette and Marco with an incendiary and catchy chorus. "7 Days to the Wolves" features galloping guitars with swirling orchestrations and visual lyrics that captivate. On "Master Passion Greed," epic riffs and keyboards create an inviting, yet intense embrace. Heavy guitars crescendo into an incredible vocal explosion. Meanwhile, "Amaranth" has a power metal rhythm that builds with a serious urgency.

    However, Nightwish have further experimented, embracing their new singer's immense talent and venturing beyond the norm. "Eva" highlights Anette's versatility, allowing her voice to take center stage and simply soar. The ballad showcases ethereal keyboards and a hauntingly gorgeous chorus.

    Ultimately, Nightwish have made a career out of breaking the rules. Their sound could never simply be categorized, and they have managed to continually evolve with each album. With their first U.S. tour with Anette this fall and Dark Passion Play out October 2nd, Nightwish are bound to secure their spot at the top.

Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH have decided to reveal a new track online! 'Shudder Before The Beautiful' is taken from the band's forthcoming album Endless Forms Most Beautiful and can be streamed Here  

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News Was Posted on: 16th March, 2015
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  • Imaginaerum (The Score)
  • Imaginaerum (The Score)

    Released : 2012
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Find Your Story
    2. Orphanage Airlines
    3. Undertow
    4. Spying In The Doorway
    5. A Crackling Sphere
    6. Sundown
    7. Wonderfields
    8. Hey Buddy
    9. Deeper Down
    10. Dare To Enter
    11. I Have To Let You Go
    12. Heart Lying Still
    13. From G To E Minor
  • Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places)
  • Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places)

    Released : 2009
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Bye Bye Beautiful - Live
    2. Whoever Brings the Night - Live
    3. Amaranth - Live
    4. The Poet and the Pendulum - Live
    5. Sahara - Live
    6. The Islander - Live
    7. Last of the Wilds - Live
    8. 7 Days to the Wolves - Live
    9. The Escapist
    10. While Your Lips Are Still Red
    11. Cadence of Her Last Breath - Demo
  • The Sound Of Nightwish Reborn
  • The Sound Of Nightwish Reborn

    Released : 2008
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Eva - Demo Version
    2. Amaranth - Reach Demo Version
    3. While Your Lips Are Still Red - Theme From The Movie "Lieksa!"
    4. Escapist
    5. The Poet And The Pendulum - Demo Version
    6. Bye Bye Beautiful - DJ Orkidea Remix
    7. Meadows Of Heaven - orchestral version
    8. Amaranth - Orchestral Version
    9. Escapist - Instrumental Version
  • Dark Passion Play
  • Dark Passion Play

    Released : 2007
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    Track List
    1. The Poet and the Pendulum
    2. Bye Bye Beautiful
    3. Amaranth
    4. Cadence of Her Last Breath
    5. Master Passion Greed
    6. Eva
    7. Sahara
    8. Whoever Brings the Night
    9. For the Heart I Once Had
    10. The Islander
    11. Last of the Wilds
    12. 7 Days to the Wolves
    13. Meadows of Heaven
  • End Of An Era
  • End Of An Era

    Released : 2006
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Dark Chest of Wonders - Live at Hartwall Arena
    2. Planet Hell - Live at Hartwall Arena
    3. Ever Dream - Live at Hartwall Arena
    4. The Kinslayer - Live at Hartwall Arena
    5. The Phantom Of The Opera - Live at Hartwall Arena
    6. Siren - Live at Hartwall Arena
    7. Sleeping Sun - Live at Hartwall Arena
    8. High Hopes - Live at Hartwall Arena
    9. Bless The Child - Live at Hartwall Arena
    10. Wishmaster - Live at Hartwall Arena
    11. Slaying The Dreamer - Live at Hartwall Arena
    12. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan - Live at Hartwall Arena
    13. Nemo - Live at Hartwall Arena
    14. Ghost Love Score - Live at Hartwall Arena
    15. Stone People - Live at Hartwall Arena
    16. Creek Mary's Blood - Live at Hartwall Arena
    17. Over The Hills And Far Away - Live at Hartwall Arena
    18. Wish I Had An Angel - Live at Hartwall Arena
  • Once
  • Once

    Released : 2004
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Dark Chest Of Wonders
    2. Wish I Had An Angel
    3. Nemo
    4. Planet Hell
    5. Creek Mary's Blood
    6. The Siren
    7. Dead Gardens
    8. Romanticide
    9. Ghost Love Score
    10. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan
    11. Higher Than Hope
    12. White Night Fantasy
    13. Live To Tell The Tale
  • Bless the Child - The Rarities
  • Bless the Child - The Rarities

    Released : 2002
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Bless The Child
    2. The Wayfarer
    3. Come Cover Me - Live at Pakkahuone
    4. Dead Boy´s Poem - Live at Pakkahuone
    5. Once Upon A Troubador
    6. Return To The Sea
    7. Sleepwalker
    8. Nightquest
  • Century Child
  • Century Child

    Released : 2002
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Bless The Child
    2. End Of All Hope
    3. Dead To The World
    4. Ever Dream
    5. Slaying The Dreamer
    6. Forever Yours
    7. Ocean Soul
    8. Feel For You
    9. The Phantom Of The Opera
    10. Beauty Of The Beast
  • Over The Hills And Far Away
  • Over The Hills And Far Away

    Released : 2001
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Over The Hills And Far Away
    2. 10th Man Down
    3. Away
    4. Astral Romance
    5. The Kinslayer - Live
    6. She Is My Sin - Live
    7. Sacrament Of Wilderness - Live
    8. Walking In The Air - Live
    9. Wishmaster - Live
    10. Deep Silent Complete - Live
  • Wishmaster
  • Wishmaster

    Released : 2000
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. She Is My Sin
    2. The Kinslayer
    3. Come Cover Me
    4. Wanderlust
    5. Two For Tragedy
    6. Wishmaster
    7. Bare Grace Misery
    8. Crownless
    9. Deep Silent Complete
    10. Dead Boy's Poem
    11. FantasMic
  • Oceanborn
  • Oceanborn

    Released : 1998
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Stargazers
    2. Gethsemane
    3. Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean
    4. Sacrament Of Wilderness
    5. Passion And The Opera
    6. Swanheart
    7. Moondance
    8. The Riddler
    9. The Pharaoh Sails To Orion
    10. Walking In The Air
    11. Sleeping Sun
  • Angels Fall First
  • Angels Fall First

    Released : 1997
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Elvenpath
    2. Beauty And The Beast
    3. The Carpenter
    4. Astral Romance
    5. Angels Fall First
    6. Tutankhamen
    7. Nymphomaniac Fantasia
    8. Know Why The Nightingale Sings
    9. Lappi Pt I Erämaajärvi
    10. Lappi Pt II Witchdrums
    11. Lappi Pt III This Moment Is Eternity
    12. Lappi Pt IV Etiäinen
    13. Return To The Sea