Nightwish

nighNightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and guitarist Emppu Vuorinen. The band currently consists of Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards), Marco Hietala (bass, vocals), Emppu Vuorinen (guitars), Jukka Nevalainen (drums and percussion). The band is currently without a lead singer after previous lead vocalist Anette Olzon have “decided to part company, in mutual understanding, for the good of all parties involved”.

Nightwish are the most successful band to ever come from Finland with album sales in figures with more than six digits.

 

>> Genre: Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal

>> Country: Finland

>> Active: 1996-present

 

History

As four guys looking like they’re fresh out of high-school and a girl in leatherpants played at the legendary rock-venue Lepakko in Helsinki, Finland, no-one could’ve known that one day they would be performing gigantic tours and would become the most successful band to ever come from Finland. Although Nightwish has been prominent in their home country since the release of their debut album, Angels Fall First (1997), they did not achieve worldwide fame until the release of the albums Oceanborn (1998), Wishmaster (2000) and Century Child (2002). Their 2004 album, Once, has sold more than 1 million copies and was the band’s breakthrough in the United States.

Anette Olzon was announced to be the replacement for former vocalist and frontwoman Tarja Turunen in 2007 after the latter was fired in 2005. She has appeared on two studio albums and one live record – Dark Passion Play, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places) and Imaginaerum. She then left the band in 2012.

 

Band members 

Tuomas Holopainen – keyboards, synthesizers (1996–present)

Emppu Vuorinen – guitars (1996–present)

Jukka Nevalainen – drums, percussion (1997–present)

Marco Hietala – bass, vocals (2002–present)

 

Music

  • „Angels Fall First“ (1997)
  • „Oceanborn“ (1998)
  • „Wishmaster“ (2000)
  • „Century Child“ (2002)
  • „Once“ (2004)
  • „Dark Passion Play“ (2007)
  • „Imaginaerum“ (2011)

Famous for:  Nemo, Wish I Had an Angel, Amaranth, Bye Bye Beautiful, Wishmaster

 

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Sources:

http://nightwish.com/ – official website

http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/label/music/band/about/70948.nightwish.html – Record Label

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightwish – Wiki

http://www.last.fm/music/Nightwish – Last.fm