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 "Etišinen").

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 Všnskš 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 Všnskš 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 Všnskš - 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. Lewis had revealed in a VH1 Behind The Music special that Parker had paid a financial settlement as part of the original agreement. 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). They returned to court once again in 2001, the tables turned this time as Parker now sued Lewis for breaching a confidentiality agreement forming part of their original out of court settlement which prohibited either side from speaking about it publicly. These rumours have been proven to be false, as they have played an entire year of gigs and released a new album since. This ended with Lewis suing Parker, and the pair settled out of court in 1995. Tarja also got married during the summer of 2003, and there were rumours abound that the band was about to split up. The producers of Ghostbusters had approached Lewis to use his song in the film, but their request was turned down, which led them to ask Parker to write a song similar to "I Want A New Drug" as the theme.

In 2003, Nightwish released a second DVD, entitled End of Innocence. Parker was accused of plagiarising the melody from Huey Lewis & the News song "I Want A New Drug" for his 1984 #1 hit theme to Ghostbusters, released only 6 months after Lewis' hit reached #6 in the Billboard Hot 100. It set a record on the Finnish album charts as well; never before had the second been so distant from the first place. In the mid-1970s he was a sideman in Barry White's "Love Unlimited Orchestra", before creating "The Raydio", an Acid Jazz and R&B group, in 1977, with Vincent Bohnam, Jerry Knight, and Arnell Carmichael. Century Child was certified gold two hours after its release, and platinum two weeks afterwards. Ray Erskine Parker Jr. is a 1980s recording artist most well known for writing the theme song to the motion picture Ghostbusters. The main difference from previous albums is the use of a live orchestra on many songs, to get a stronger feeling of classical music.

In 2002 Nightwish released Century Child, and the singles Ever Dream and Bless the Child. Hietala left Sinergy to join Nightwish, however, he is also a part of the band Tarot. Shortly afterwards, Sami Všnskš left the band for personal reasons, and Marco Hietala from Sinergy joined the band. All of these were entitled From Wishes to Eternity.

They also released a VHS, DVD and CD with live material. 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 2001 Nightwish recorded a cover of Gary Moore's Over the Hills and Far Away. 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.

During those three weeks it was certified gold. It went straight to first position in the Finnish album charts, and stayed there for three weeks. In May they released the album Wishmaster. They won the public televoting, but the jury overruled.

They ended up in third place. In 2000 Nightwish participated in the Finnish qualification for the Eurovision song contest with the song "Sleepwalker". Oceanborn was certified gold in August. This single sold 15.000 copies during the first month in Germany alone.

In 1999 they recorded the single Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse), for the eclipse in Germany. This album did better than anyone expected. The single from that album, Sacrament of Wilderness, went straight to the first place of the Finnish single charts. It reached position 5 on the Finnish album charts.

This album was a little heavier than the previous one. This year they released the album Oceanborn. In 1998 Sami Všnskš joined the band to play bass guitar. A single entitled The Carpenter had been released beforehand, and it reached position 8 on the Finnish singles chart.

Angels Fall First was released in November, and reached position 31 on the Finnish album charts. In May the same year, they were signed onto the Finnish record label Spinefarm Records for two records. These songs can be found on the limited edition of Angels Fall First. In April they went into the studio and recorded seven songs.

The acoustic guitar was replaced with an electric one. In early 1997 Jukka Nevalainen joined the band, to play drums. The name Nightwish came from one of the songs on their very first acoustic demo ("Nightwish", "The Forever Moments" and "Etišinen"). At this time there were three band members: Holopainen, Turunen and Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen (guitar).

It started out as Holopainen's experiment using keyboards, acoustic guitar and the operatic voice of Tarja Turunen. Nightwish's formation officially took place in Kitee, Finland in July of 1996. The recent commercial success of Nightwish has made certain power metal elitists label their music pop metal. Tuomas Holopainen once described their music as "melodic heavy metal with a female voice".

The musical style of Nightwish has been described as epic metal, power metal, opera metal, symphonic metal, and goth metal, amongst others. In recent songs, Marco Hietala, the bass player, has started to sing as well. These are performed by Tarja Turunen, who has studied classical singing in the Finnish Sibelius Academy, and currently studies opera singing in Germany. While the songs are mostly written by the band's keyboard player, Tuomas Holopainen, their success is also widely attributed to the vocals.

Nightwish is a Finnish goth/power metal band, formed in 1996. Within Temptation. Visions of Atlantis. Tristania.

Theatre of Tragedy. Stratovarius. Sonata Arctica. Epica.

Elis. Edenbridge. After Forever. End of Innocence (2003).

From Wishes to Eternity (2001). Tales from the Elvenpath (2004). Kuolema tekee taiteilijan (2004). Wish I Had an Angel (2004).

Nemo (2004). 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 Všnskš - bass. Jukka Nevalainen - drums.

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

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