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.
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In 2003, Nightwish released a second DVD, entitled End of Innocence. In April 1996, Petty received UCLA's George And Ira Gershwin Award For Lifetime Musical Achievement. It set a record on the Finnish album charts as well; never before had the second been so distant from the first place. As a songwriter, Tom Petty was acknowledged in May 1996 with the prestigious Golden Note Award from ASCAP. Century Child was certified gold two hours after its release, and platinum two weeks afterwards. At the 1994 ceremony, Petty was also presented with the Video Vanguard Award, citing his longtime contributions to the field. The main difference from previous albums is the use of a live orchestra on many songs, to get a stronger feeling of classical music. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers won the same award in 1994 with the video "Mary Jane's Last Dance".

In 2002 Nightwish released Century Child, and the singles Ever Dream and Bless the Child. Other Wildflowers achievements included Best Male Video Award for "You Don't Know How It Feels" at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards. Hietala left Sinergy to join Nightwish, however, he is also a part of the band Tarot. Wildflowers also garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album. Shortly afterwards, Sami Všnskš left the band for personal reasons, and Marco Hietala from Sinergy joined the band. In 1994 he received another two Grammy Awards: Best Male Rock Vocal Performance ("You Don't Know How It Feels") and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical). All of these were entitled From Wishes to Eternity. Petty earned a Grammy Award in 1989 for Best Rock Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal for his work with the Traveling Wilburys.

They also released a VHS, DVD and CD with live material. In that year he received his first nomination for his collaboration with Stevie Nicks, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" in the category of Best Rock Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal. 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. He has been honored with 10 Grammy Award nominations since 1981. In 2001 Nightwish recorded a cover of Gary Moore's Over the Hills and Far Away. In 1994, Petty released his second solo album, Wildflowers, which also included the hit singles "You Don't Know How It Feels", "You Wreck Me", "It's Good to Be King", "A Higher Place" and "Honey Bee". 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. It was again produced by Jeff Lynne and includes the hit singles "Learning To Fly" and "Into The Great Wide Open".

During those three weeks it was certified gold. Petty rejoined with the Heartbreakers for his next album, Into the Great Wide Open in 1991. It went straight to first position in the Finnish album charts, and stayed there for three weeks. 3 (1990), followed but couldn't quite live up to the expectations. In May they released the album Wishmaster. A second Wilburys album, mysteriously called Traveling Wilburys Vol. They won the public televoting, but the jury overruled. Roy Orbison's sudden death casted a shadow on the success and shortly afterwards Del Shannon, whom the remaining Wilburys had in mind as a replacement, comitted suicide.

They ended up in third place. 1 (1988). In 2000 Nightwish participated in the Finnish qualification for the Eurovision song contest with the song "Sleepwalker". But the song "Handle Me With Care" was such a success that the group decided to record a full album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. Oceanborn was certified gold in August. Traveling Wilburys started as a joke in order to record a B-side for a George Harrison single. This single sold 15.000 copies during the first month in Germany alone. Prior to Full Moon Fever, Lynne and Petty worked together in the all-stars band Traveling Wilburys, which also counted Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Roy Orbison) as members.

In 1999 they recorded the single Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse), for the eclipse in Germany. It was in the Billboard Top Ten chart for over 34 weeks and earned triple-platinum status, along the way spawning such hits as "I Won't Back Down," "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down A Dream.". This album did better than anyone expected. Mike Campbell co-produced the album with Petty and Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). The single from that album, Sacrament of Wilderness, went straight to the first place of the Finnish single charts. Though nominally a solo project, other Heartbreakers and well-known musicians participated in the album's production. It reached position 5 on the Finnish album charts. In 1989, Tom Petty released Full Moon Fever.

This album was a little heavier than the previous one. It includes "jammin' Me," a song which Petty wrote with Dylan. This year they released the album Oceanborn. In 1987, the group released Let Me Up (I've Had Enough), a studio album that sounds as if it was recorded live, a technique they borrowed from Bob Dylan. In 1998 Sami Všnskš joined the band to play bass guitar. Their live capabilities were put to the test when Bob Dylan invited Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers to join him on his True Confessions-tour through the US, Australia, Japan ('86) and Europe ('87). A single entitled The Carpenter had been released beforehand, and it reached position 8 on the Finnish singles chart. A successful concert tour led to the live album Pack Up The Plantation-Live! (1985).

Angels Fall First was released in November, and reached position 31 on the Finnish album charts. The album includes the hit single "Don't Come Around Here No More" which was produced by Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics). In May the same year, they were signed onto the Finnish record label Spinefarm Records for two records. The recording was not without problems - Petty became frustrated during the mixing process and broke his left hand after punching it through a wall. These songs can be found on the limited edition of Angels Fall First. On their come-back album Southern Accents (1985) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers picked up where they left off. In April they went into the studio and recorded seven songs. However, frontman Tom Petty had problems coping with the stress and success and decided to slow things down.

The acoustic guitar was replaced with an electric one. On their fifth album Long After Dark (1982) bass player Ron Blair was replaced by Howie Epstein, giving The Heartbreakers their final line-up. In early 1997 Jukka Nevalainen joined the band, to play drums. 'Damn The Torpedoes' was followed by the unsuccessful but critically acclaimed Hard Promises (1981). The name Nightwish came from one of the songs on their very first acoustic demo ("Nightwish", "The Forever Moments" and "Etišinen"). It includes "Refugee", their US breakthrough single. At this time there were three band members: Holopainen, Turunen and Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen (guitar). After the dispute was settled, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers released their third album 'Damn The Torpedoes' (1979) that rapidly became triple-platinum.

It started out as Holopainen's experiment using keyboards, acoustic guitar and the operatic voice of Tarja Turunen. He held fast to his principles for a long nine months, which eventually leaded to him filing for bankruptcy. Nightwish's formation officially took place in Kitee, Finland in July of 1996. Petty refused to be simply transferred to another record label without his consent. The recent commercial success of Nightwish has made certain power metal elitists label their music pop metal. Marking the band's first gold album, it features the singles "Listen To Her Heart" and "I Need To Know." Shortly after its release the band was dragged into a legal dispute when ABC Record, Shelter's mother company, was sold to MCA Records. Tuomas Holopainen once described their music as "melodic heavy metal with a female voice". Their 1978's second album You're Gonna Get It! proved the debut album's intensity was no fluke.

The musical style of Nightwish has been described as epic metal, power metal, opera metal, symphonic metal, and goth metal, amongst others. Still, it took America a full year to catch up to the album. "Breakdown" was re-released to radio and became a Top 40 hit in 1977 after word filtered back the band was creating a firestorm over in England. In recent songs, Marco Hietala, the bass player, has started to sing as well. Petty did not have any musical aspirations before Elvis Presley visited his hometown. After working with his early bands The Sundowners, The Epics, and Mudcrutch (which also included future Heartbreakers members Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench) he began his recording career with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers when the band broke onto the national music scene with their 1976 self-titled debut album. These are performed by Tarja Turunen, who has studied classical singing in the Finnish Sibelius Academy, and currently studies opera singing in Germany. Thomas Earl Petty (born October 20, 1953 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American musician. While the songs are mostly written by the band's keyboard player, Tuomas Holopainen, their success is also widely attributed to the vocals. " Nirvana to me was the most significant thing since the Beatles.".

Nightwish is a Finnish goth/power metal band, formed in 1996. Some days are rocks.". Within Temptation. "Some days are diamonds. Visions of Atlantis. It became her new religion.". Tristania. "And she made a vow to have it all.

Theatre of Tragedy. "I don't mind workin', but I'm scared to suffer". Stratovarius. Coming down is the hardest thing.". Sonata Arctica. "I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings. Epica. The young 'uns call it country, the yankees call it dumb.".

Elis. "There's a southern accent, where I come from. Edenbridge. I'm not afraid of you runnin' away honey, Iv'e got this feeling you won't.". After Forever. "It's alright if you love me, It's alright if you don't. End of Innocence (2003). "I slept in your treehouse, my middle name is 'Earl'.".

From Wishes to Eternity (2001). You see you don't have to live like a refugee.". Tales from the Elvenpath (2004). "Everybody's had to fight to be free. Kuolema tekee taiteilijan (2004). 1976 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Wish I Had an Angel (2004). 1977 You're Gonna Get It!.

Nemo (2004). 1979 Damn the Torpedoes. Bless the Child (2002). 1981 Hard Promises. Ever Dream (2002). 1982 Long after Dark. Over the Hills and Far Away (2001). 1985 Southern Accents.

Deep Silent Complete (2000). 1986 Pack up the Plantation: Live! (live). Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse) (1999). 1987 Let Me Up (I've had Enough). Walking in the Air (1999). 1 (Traveling Wilburys). Sacrament of Wilderness (1998). 1988 Traveling Wilburys Vol.

The Carpenter (1997). 1989 Full Moon Fever (solo). Once (2004). 3 (Traveling Wilburys). Century Child (2002). 1990 Traveling Wilburys Vol. Wishmaster (2000). 1991 Into the Great Wide Open.

Oceanborn (1998). 1993 Greatest Hits. Angels Fall First (1997). 1994 Wildflowers (solo). Sami Všnskš - bass. 1995 Playback (6-CD boxed set). Jukka Nevalainen - drums. 1996 She's the One (soundtrack).

Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen - guitar. 1999 Echo. Marco Hietala - bass, vocals. 2000 Anthology - Through The Years. Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards, piano. 2002 The Last DJ. Tarja Turunen - vocals.

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