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. Try This reached the Top 10 of the album charts in the US, Canadian, UK and Australian charts in 2003. 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). In 2003 Pink released a new album with Orbit and Perry called Try This. Eight of the thirteen tracks were cowritten with Tim Armstrong of punk band Rancid. These rumours have been proven to be false, as they have played an entire year of gigs and released a new album since. The track, produced by electronic music artist William Orbit, peaked in the 60's on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 Singles chart. Tarja also got married during the summer of 2003, and there were rumours abound that the band was about to split up. In the summer of 2003, Pink released a single from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, "Feel Good Time".

In 2003, Nightwish released a second DVD, entitled End of Innocence. Uptempo dance remixes of these more rock-oriented songs allowed them to become crossover hits on rhythmic radio and in the clubs, and the less R&B, more alternative rock sound of M!ssundazstood enabled all four singles to become modest hits at adult top 40 radio also. It set a record on the Finnish album charts as well; never before had the second been so distant from the first place. The album's other singles, "Don't Let Me Get Me," "Just Like a Pill," and "Family Portrait" were also radio successes. Century Child was certified gold two hours after its release, and platinum two weeks afterwards. "Get the Party Started" was a hugely commercially successful single. The main difference from previous albums is the use of a live orchestra on many songs, to get a stronger feeling of classical music. The album's more alternative, rock sound could be heard immediately with its first single, "Get the Party Started".

In 2002 Nightwish released Century Child, and the singles Ever Dream and Bless the Child. Together, Pink and Perry co-wrote and co-produced most of the tracks on Pink's sophomore album, Missundaztood, which was released in early 2002. Hietala left Sinergy to join Nightwish, however, he is also a part of the band Tarot. Tired of being marketed as a white hip-hop and R&B singer, and eager to become a more serious songwriter and musician, Pink sought the help of former 4 Non Blondes vocalist, Linda Perry. Shortly afterwards, Sami Všnskš left the band for personal reasons, and Marco Hietala from Sinergy joined the band. Towards the end of 2001, Pink decided to take her career in a new direction. All of these were entitled From Wishes to Eternity. The video was a huge hit on MTV, VH1, and MTV2, and the song was one of the year's biggest on pop, rhythmic, and adult top 40 radio.

They also released a VHS, DVD and CD with live material. The song's music video featured the four singers dressed in underwear and heavy makeup, portraying prostitutes. 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. The track was produced by hot hip-hop producers Rockwilder and Missy Elliott and was featured in Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge!. In 2001 Nightwish recorded a cover of Gary Moore's Over the Hills and Far Away. In spring of 2001, Pink teamed up with rapper Lil Kim, R&B singer Mya, and pop superstar Christina Aguilera on a remake of Patti Labelle's "Lady Marmalade". 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. The album's third single, "You Make Me Sick" was released towards the end of 2000, and also became a smaller pop hit in early 2001 (hit number 33 in February of 2001), thanks in part to its being featured in the movie Save The Last Dance.

During those three weeks it was certified gold. Her first album, Can't Take Me Home, was a modest success, due to the huge pop and rhythmic radio hit singles "There You Go" (Hot 100 #7 in July of 2000) and "Most Girls" (#4 in November 2000). It went straight to first position in the Finnish album charts, and stayed there for three weeks. Reid, she did not like the type of music she made at this time, or her image, which included bright pink hair. In May they released the album Wishmaster. She has complained that because she chose to relinquish creative control to her record producer L.A. They won the public televoting, but the jury overruled. Pink began her career as an R&B and hip-hop musician.

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In 1999 they recorded the single Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse), for the eclipse in Germany. 2004 "Last to Know" #21 UK. This album did better than anyone expected. 2004 "God is a DJ" #11 UK. The single from that album, Sacrament of Wilderness, went straight to the first place of the Finnish single charts. 2003 "Trouble" #7 UK. It reached position 5 on the Finnish album charts. William Orbit) #3 UK.

This album was a little heavier than the previous one. 2003 "Feel Good Time" (feat. This year they released the album Oceanborn. 2002 "Family Portrait" #20 US, #11 UK. In 1998 Sami Všnskš joined the band to play bass guitar. 2002 "Just Like a Pill" #8 US, #1 UK. A single entitled The Carpenter had been released beforehand, and it reached position 8 on the Finnish singles chart. 2002 "Don't Let Me Get Me" #8 US, #6 UK.

Angels Fall First was released in November, and reached position 31 on the Finnish album charts. 2002 "Get the Party Started" #4 US, #2 UK. In May the same year, they were signed onto the Finnish record label Spinefarm Records for two records. 2001 "Lady Marmalade" (with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim & Mya) #1 US, #1 UK. These songs can be found on the limited edition of Angels Fall First. 2001 "You Make Me Sick" #33 US, #9 UK. In April they went into the studio and recorded seven songs. 2000 "Most Girls" #4 US, #5 UK.

The acoustic guitar was replaced with an electric one. 2000 "There You Go" #7 US, #6 UK. In early 1997 Jukka Nevalainen joined the band, to play drums. Try This (2003) #9 US, #3 UK. The name Nightwish came from one of the songs on their very first acoustic demo ("Nightwish", "The Forever Moments" and "Etišinen"). M!ssundaztood (2001) #6 US, #2 UK. At this time there were three band members: Holopainen, Turunen and Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen (guitar). Can't Take Me Home (2000) #26 US, #13 UK.

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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