Nightwish

Nightwish

Nightwish is a Finnish goth/power metal band, formed in 1996. While the songs are mostly written by the band's keyboard player, Tuomas Holopainen, their success is also widely attributed to the vocals. These are performed by Tarja Turunen, who has studied classical singing in the Finnish Sibelius Academy, and currently studies opera singing in Germany. In recent songs, Marco Hietala, the bass player, has started to sing as well.

The musical style of Nightwish has been described as epic metal, power metal, opera metal, symphonic metal, and goth metal, amongst others. Tuomas Holopainen once described their music as "melodic heavy metal with a female voice". The recent commercial success of Nightwish has made certain power metal elitists label their music pop metal.

Band history

Nightwish's formation officially took place in Kitee, Finland in July of 1996. It started out as Holopainen's experiment using keyboards, acoustic guitar and the operatic voice of Tarja Turunen. At this time there were three band members: Holopainen, Turunen and Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen (guitar).

The name Nightwish came from one of the songs on their very first acoustic demo ("Nightwish", "The Forever Moments" and "Etiäinen").

In early 1997 Jukka Nevalainen joined the band, to play drums. The acoustic guitar was replaced with an electric one. In April they went into the studio and recorded seven songs. These songs can be found on the limited edition of Angels Fall First.

In May the same year, they were signed onto the Finnish record label Spinefarm Records for two records. Angels Fall First was released in November, and reached position 31 on the Finnish album charts. A single entitled The Carpenter had been released beforehand, and it reached position 8 on the Finnish singles chart.

In 1998 Sami Vänskä joined the band to play bass guitar. This year they released the album Oceanborn. This album was a little heavier than the previous one. It reached position 5 on the Finnish album charts. The single from that album, Sacrament of Wilderness, went straight to the first place of the Finnish single charts. This album did better than anyone expected.

In 1999 they recorded the single Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse), for the eclipse in Germany. This single sold 15.000 copies during the first month in Germany alone. Oceanborn was certified gold in August.

In 2000 Nightwish participated in the Finnish qualification for the Eurovision song contest with the song "Sleepwalker". They ended up in third place. They won the public televoting, but the jury overruled. In May they released the album Wishmaster. It went straight to first position in the Finnish album charts, and stayed there for three weeks. During those three weeks it was certified gold. Wishmaster was, despite long-awaited releases from Iron Maiden and Bon Jovi, at the same time declared album of the month in the German magazine Rock Hard.

In 2001 Nightwish recorded a cover of Gary Moore's Over the Hills and Far Away. Together with a couple of new songs and a remake of an old one, this was released as the EP Over the Hills and Far Away. They also released a VHS, DVD and CD with live material. All of these were entitled From Wishes to Eternity. Shortly afterwards, Sami Vänskä left the band for personal reasons, and Marco Hietala from Sinergy joined the band. Hietala left Sinergy to join Nightwish, however, he is also a part of the band Tarot.

In 2002 Nightwish released Century Child, and the singles Ever Dream and Bless the Child. The main difference from previous albums is the use of a live orchestra on many songs, to get a stronger feeling of classical music. Century Child was certified gold two hours after its release, and platinum two weeks afterwards. It set a record on the Finnish album charts as well; never before had the second been so distant from the first place.

In 2003, Nightwish released a second DVD, entitled End of Innocence. Tarja also got married during the summer of 2003, and there were rumours abound that the band was about to split up. These rumours have been proven to be false, as they have played an entire year of gigs and released a new album since.

A new album entitled Once was released on the June 7, 2004, along with their first single, Nemo, from that album. Once is their second album to feature a full length song in Finnish (Kuolema tekee taiteilijan). It has also sold triple platinum in Finland, platinum in Germany and reached #1 on the Greek, German and Norwegian album charts.

Band members

  • Tarja Turunen - vocals
  • Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards, piano
  • Marco Hietala - bass, vocals
  • Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen - guitar
  • Jukka Nevalainen - drums

Former members

  • Sami Vänskä - bass

Discography

Albums

  • Angels Fall First (1997)
  • Oceanborn (1998)
  • Wishmaster (2000)
  • Century Child (2002)
  • Once (2004)

Singles

  • The Carpenter (1997)
  • Sacrament of Wilderness (1998)
  • Walking in the Air (1999)
  • Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse) (1999)
  • Deep Silent Complete (2000)
  • Over the Hills and Far Away (2001)
  • Ever Dream (2002)
  • Bless the Child (2002)
  • Nemo (2004)
  • Wish I Had an Angel (2004)
  • Kuolema tekee taiteilijan (2004)

Compilations

  • Tales from the Elvenpath (2004)

DVDs

  • From Wishes to Eternity (2001)
  • End of Innocence (2003)

Similar bands

  • After Forever
  • Edenbridge
  • Elis
  • Epica
  • Sonata Arctica
  • Stratovarius
  • Theatre of Tragedy
  • Tristania
  • Visions of Atlantis
  • Within Temptation

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It has also sold triple platinum in Finland, platinum in Germany and reached #1 on the Greek, German and Norwegian album charts. See also: 1991 in music, 1993 in music, 1996 in music, 1999 in music. A new album entitled Once was released on the June 7, 2004, along with their first single, Nemo, from that album. Once is their second album to feature a full length song in Finnish (Kuolema tekee taiteilijan). From their initial inception as a tripped out hardcore rave band with scene classics such as Your Love and Out of Space, to the much more mainstream dance of No Good, to the rockish Their Law to punk-like tracks such as Fuel my Fire in more recent years, the Prodigy continue to innovate and surprise. These rumours have been proven to be false, as they have played an entire year of gigs and released a new album since. Each of their albums represents a distinct stage in the band's musical evolution. Tarja also got married during the summer of 2003, and there were rumours abound that the band was about to split up. The Prodigy are a difficult band to classify, because they have evolved significantly with time.

In 2003, Nightwish released a second DVD, entitled End of Innocence. The experiment was a success, with the 5,000 copies being sold in just over 36 hours in spite of server problems from the demand. It set a record on the Finnish album charts as well; never before had the second been so distant from the first place. Five mixes were sold in three file formats, WAV, two audio mixes in MP3, and a 5.1 DTS Multichannel audio mix and all were free of Digital rights management. Century Child was certified gold two hours after its release, and platinum two weeks afterwards. Each copy was a combination of customer-chosen instrumental, rhythmic, and melodic options, of which 39,600 (of 660,000 total) choices were available. The main difference from previous albums is the use of a live orchestra on many songs, to get a stronger feeling of classical music. 5,000 digital copies of Memphis Bells were sold over the internet.

In 2002 Nightwish released Century Child, and the singles Ever Dream and Bless the Child. A precursory and experimental single Memphis Bells was released in very limited numbers, followed by the traditional release of the single Girls. Hietala left Sinergy to join Nightwish, however, he is also a part of the band Tarot. The Prodigy's latest album, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned was released on 23 August 2004 (14 September 2004 in the USA). Shortly afterwards, Sami Vänskä left the band for personal reasons, and Marco Hietala from Sinergy joined the band. In the same year, however, Q magazine named The Prodigy as one of the "50 Bands To See Before You Die". All of these were entitled From Wishes to Eternity. The single was produced by Liam Howlett.

They also released a VHS, DVD and CD with live material. The song was written by Keith Flint's sideband, Flint, and also featured Jim Davies. Together with a couple of new songs and a remake of an old one, this was released as the EP Over the Hills and Far Away. In 2002, after a break from touring and recording, the single Baby's Got a Temper was released to critical disappointment. In 2001 Nightwish recorded a cover of Gary Moore's Over the Hills and Far Away. This album was not strictly speaking a Prodigy album, being a DJ mix album by Howlett, produced as an official record of a successful guest appearance on the British Radio 1. Wishmaster was, despite long-awaited releases from Iron Maiden and Bon Jovi, at the same time declared album of the month in the German magazine Rock Hard. 1999 saw the release of Dirtchamber Sessions Volume 1.

During those three weeks it was certified gold. The best selling single Breathe, also released in 1997, was taken from this album. It went straight to first position in the Finnish album charts, and stayed there for three weeks. Featuring simplified melodies, sparser sampling, and more sneering, punk-like vocals, the album nevertheless retained the bone-jarring breaks and buzzsaw synth so idiomatic of the band. Perfectly poised between underground acceptability and mainstream acceptance, the album cemented the band's position as one of the most internationally successful and famous acts in the hard dance genre, entering the British and American charts at number one. In May they released the album Wishmaster. Like its predecessors, the album represented a new milestone in the evolution of both the band and the wider mainstream dance scene. They won the public televoting, but the jury overruled. The third Prodigy album, The Fat of the Land, was released in 1997.

They ended up in third place. The Prodigy have toured all over the world, including Beirut and Moscow's Red Square. In 2000 Nightwish participated in the Finnish qualification for the Eurovision song contest with the song "Sleepwalker". In this year the Prodigy also headlined the prestigious Lollapalooza festival. Oceanborn was certified gold in August. The 1996 release of Firestarter, featuring vocals for the first time courtesy of a new-look Keith Flint, helped the band break into the US and other overseas markets, and reached number one in the UK. This single sold 15.000 copies during the first month in Germany alone. The band augmented their live line-up with guitarist Jim Davies in 1995 for tracks such as Their Law, Break And Enter 95, and various live-only interludes and versions.

In 1999 they recorded the single Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse), for the eclipse in Germany. The international success of Music for the Jilted Generation meant that touring beyond the United Kingdom was now a viable prospect. This album did better than anyone expected. Musically, the album was a call to arms for electronic breakbeat-based music, a tour-de-force of originality that provided a tantalising and impelling glimpse of what was still possible within the genre. The single from that album, Sacrament of Wilderness, went straight to the first place of the Finnish single charts. Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, the album perfectly captured the widespread anger and embitterment among British rave-goers at the time, as the Criminal Justice and Public Order act of 1994 had effectively criminalised raves, rave culture, and by implication, rave music itself. It reached position 5 on the Finnish album charts. The Prodigy moved to distance themselves from the imploding rave scene with 1994's Music for the Jilted Generation.

This album was a little heavier than the previous one. Charly was quickly followed by the band's first full length album, The Prodigy Experience, widely regarded as one of the finest examples of the rave/breakbeat genre ever recorded. This year they released the album Oceanborn. Some critics were later to identify the release of Charly, with its memorable sample of a government television infomercial aimed at children, as the tune that instigated the ultimate destruction of the underground rave scene, opening the door to a flood of low quality cheesy rave tracks, most notoriously Urban Hype's ultra-saccharine Trip to Trumpton, and Smart E's Sesame's Treet, a reworking of the theme tune of the popular children's TV show Sesame Street. In 1998 Sami Vänskä joined the band to play bass guitar. Charly, released 6 months later, was a huge hit in the British rave scene of the time, catapulting the band into the wider public consciousness for the first time. A single entitled The Carpenter had been released beforehand, and it reached position 8 on the Finnish singles chart. The band's first performance was at Four Aces in Hackney, London.

Angels Fall First was released in November, and reached position 31 on the Finnish album charts. XL Recordings picked up the demo and an initial 12" pressing of What Evil Lurks was released in early 1991. In May the same year, they were signed onto the Finnish record label Spinefarm Records for two records. Formed in Essex, England, the Prodigy started life with an initial 10-track demo by Howlett, put together on a Roland W-30 sequencer keyboard. These songs can be found on the limited edition of Angels Fall First. A female dancer called Sharky was also briefly associated with the band during their brief unsigned period. In April they went into the studio and recorded seven songs. Leeroy Thornhill (Dancer) was also a member of the band from 1990 to 2000.

The acoustic guitar was replaced with an electric one. The Prodigy is a British hard dance/rave act, consisting of Liam Howlett (Keyboards), Keith Flint (Dancer/Vocalist) and Maxim (Live MC). In early 1997 Jukka Nevalainen joined the band, to play drums. 2004 "Hotride" #60 UK (Non-chart qualifying). The name Nightwish came from one of the songs on their very first acoustic demo ("Nightwish", "The Forever Moments" and "Etiäinen"). 2004 "Girls" #19 UK. At this time there were three band members: Holopainen, Turunen and Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen (guitar). 2004 "Girls" / "Memphis Bells".

It started out as Holopainen's experiment using keyboards, acoustic guitar and the operatic voice of Tarja Turunen. 2002 "Baby Got a Temper" #5 UK. Nightwish's formation officially took place in Kitee, Finland in July of 1996. 1997 "Smack My Bitch Up" #8 UK. The recent commercial success of Nightwish has made certain power metal elitists label their music pop metal. 1996 "Breathe" #1 UK. Tuomas Holopainen once described their music as "melodic heavy metal with a female voice". 1996 "Firestarter" #1 UK, #30 US.

The musical style of Nightwish has been described as epic metal, power metal, opera metal, symphonic metal, and goth metal, amongst others. 1995 "Poison" #15 UK. In recent songs, Marco Hietala, the bass player, has started to sing as well. 1994 "Voodoo People" #13 UK. These are performed by Tarja Turunen, who has studied classical singing in the Finnish Sibelius Academy, and currently studies opera singing in Germany. 1994 "No Good (Start the Dance)" #4 UK. While the songs are mostly written by the band's keyboard player, Tuomas Holopainen, their success is also widely attributed to the vocals. 1993 "One Love" #8 UK.

Nightwish is a Finnish goth/power metal band, formed in 1996. 1993 "Wind It Up (Rewound)" #11 UK. Within Temptation. 1992 "Out of Space/Ruff in the Jungle Bizness" #5 UK. Visions of Atlantis. 1992 "Fire/Jericho" #11 UK. Tristania. 1992 "Everybody in the Place" #2 UK.

Theatre of Tragedy. 1991 "Charly" #3 UK (#73 Re-release in 2004 along with Pandemonium / Your Love). Stratovarius. 2004 Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned #1 UK, #62 US. Sonata Arctica. 1997 The Fat of the Land #1 UK, #1 US. Epica. 1995 Music for the Jilted Generation #1 UK, #198 US.

Elis. 1992 Experience #12 UK. Edenbridge. Gizz Butt (Guitarist). After Forever. Jim Davies (Guitarist). End of Innocence (2003). Kieron Pepper (Drummer).

From Wishes to Eternity (2001). Sharky (Dancer) (Left in early 1990s). Tales from the Elvenpath (2004). Leeroy Thornhill (Dancer) (Left 4 April 2000). Kuolema tekee taiteilijan (2004). Maxim (MC). Wish I Had an Angel (2004). Keith Flint (Vocalist, dancer).

Nemo (2004). Liam Howlett (Keyboards). Bless the Child (2002). Ever Dream (2002). Over the Hills and Far Away (2001).

Deep Silent Complete (2000). Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse) (1999). Walking in the Air (1999). Sacrament of Wilderness (1998).

The Carpenter (1997). Once (2004). Century Child (2002). Wishmaster (2000).

Oceanborn (1998). Angels Fall First (1997). Sami Vänskä - bass. Jukka Nevalainen - drums.

Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen - guitar. Marco Hietala - bass, vocals. Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards, piano. Tarja Turunen - vocals.

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