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Nightwish

Following in the footsteps of the Gathering and Lacuna Coil (goth-influenced "symphonic" metal bands with female vocalists), Nightwish were formed in Kitee, Finland, in 1997 by keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen. Initially attempting to create acoustic music, he recruited trained opera vocalist Tarja Turunen, but soon added full metal band instrumentation in the persons of guitarist Emppo Vuorinen, bassist Sami Vänskä, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen. Nightwish's demos landed them a contract with the Finnish label Spinefarm, which released their debut album, Angels Fall First, in late 1997 (it appeared in the rest of Europe the following year). The follow-up, Oceanborn, appeared in late 1998 and made Nightwish a bona fide mainstream success in their homeland; the album reached the Finnish Top Five and spun off three Top Ten singles.

Nightwish toured Europe heavily, consolidating their success, and in 2000 recorded their third album, Wishmaster. Not only did it top the Finnish charts, but it also became the group's first album to be released in the U.S. (by Century Media, which reissued their previous albums in 2001 as well). Released in 2002, Century Child proved a massive hit in Finland and around Europe, but 2004's Once saw them go one step further and conquer Europe. Number one in Germany and number one in the European Top 100, Once's success was the product of a band at the top of its game following years of hard work. Marco Hietala was now on bass, replacing Sami Vänskä, while in 2005 Swedish singer Anette Olzon replaced Tarja Turunen, who was fired for personal reasons. Dark Passion Play (2007) and the concept album Imaginaerum (2011) both featured Olzon before she and the band parted ways in 2012, halfway through the band's world tour.

At short notice, ex-After Forever frontwoman Floor Jansen stepped in to take over on lead vocal duties; the immense pressures on her were later revealed in the behind-the-scenes film Please Learn the Setlist in 48 Hours. Jansen's powerful voice was a perfect fit for Nightwish. She was embraced immediately by their passionate fans, and was soon made a permanent member, alongside English piper Troy Donockley. Nightwish's first commercial release with Jansen was 2013's live album Showtime, Storytime, which documented their triumphant show at that year's Wacken Open Air metal festival in front of an 85,000-strong crowd. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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All three of them were awesome singers and Annette may not have been the best out of the three but she is my favorite for reasons I can never seem to explain, it was probably because she was who my mom introduced me to and Annette sang the last song that I've listened with her so I feel like she connects me to my mother when we are so far apart. So yes, Tarja and Jansen may be a little better, but Annette will always be my favorite.
Nightwish is doing another US Tour. I already have my ticket! I was introduced to Nightwish just over 6 years ago. Tarja was my hero! I was so upset to hear she was fired. I did not care for Anette at all. It was hard for me to release Tarja, as I felt she was the aboslute Goddess of Nightwish. I have come to Love Jansen. She is not Tarja, and that is great. What would diversity be if everyone were the same?! Jansen is freakin' Awesome and I can't wait to see her LIVE AGAIN!!!!
I will admit Floor is very good, however, Annette was just... so.. what's the word? I don't know, but it was something special that Tarja and Floor didn't seem to have....
Annette was a good singer still. I rather enjoyed some songs she has sung in more then some of the new songs sung by Tarja. I liked them both equally . They both sing well in my opinion.
Floor is a perfect fit. Trained opera vocalist, but she can do all types of metal. She throws in some death vocals in her own band.
She did NOT suck Annette was amazing, and Tarja is an opera singer, not good for a metal band! Besides Tarja was like six years ago! Why the hell did she leave! Sorry, nightwish freak, can't you tell? But haven't you heard bye bye beautiful??? That one is purely awesome. No. Doubt.
Annette Olzen sucked for Nightwish. she Has a nice enough Voice But it didn't go well With Marco's Like Tarja's did.
Annette Olzen left!!! Why didn't I know!?!?!? She's perfect!!!! 0.o
Kiss your hand 20 times and say your crushes name post this on two other tracks and your crush will ask you out.

Don't listen to these posts!! They are fake and geez... you people are so gullible!!!
Is nightwish really having another US tour?? Please let that be true! Apparently it starts sometime in April! Please comment back if you know the answer!!!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
courage05 That's what I was thinking when you said 'angels in the cemetary' why must you kill me with feels

I adore this music it's amazing
crossing paths where truth lies cold endless dying for the pain of pondering ones hold, past wounds deep they fill the ravein as black they seem blood coursing out, only by pressure do scars bind in time but not from the dead morning their kind, while every soul will die in time and leave vacant the passage bought with creations red wine, to drink sorrows pain then filling the cup again. will the gashes ever abstain, being darkness eternal shame embarqing along this infernal plain.
the angels are in the cemetery don't look away or you will end up like the ponds
Hey they changed their bio pic.
Over the hills and far away....
Trevor Eiken, I hear you, Brother. I fell in love with this group from the very first time I heard them. It was, of all things, from a horror movie sound track that I was introduced to them. The song was I Wish I Had an Angel. I can't remember the name of the movie though, not that it was very memorable.
Ghost Love Score - as big an epic as I've ever heard ...NW is the best!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
I graduated from the ninja gym
Awesome just awesome.
Ghost Love Score is one awesome but really long-a** song
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
I'm 10 I love old rock my cousin introduced me to nightwish ever since I've loved them
Where's the Love button?
this is one of the most beautiful sounding bands i have ever heard. i wish i could see them in concert!
Have you ever closely examined the lyrics of these operatic-met a l type bands? Generally, and this is just my discriminati n g take, the individual words are grandiose and sweet to the tongue, but the message is empty, nonsense. I am reminded of badly imitated Ezra Pound gobbly-gook. E.g. the case proved no adjunct to the muses diadem. I still like to listen to these bands, like Nightwish, but don't study the lyrics for sensibility.
*Bands* (god damn people snatching phones in the middle of s**t lol)
Definitely one of my favorite ba
Sami is the best part of Nightwish.
have a jelly baby
courage05 u must be a doctor who fan
Great to listen to while kayaking.
Nightwish is amazing lol
the angels have the tomstone. don't blink don't even blink if you blink your dead.
One of my favorites
Floor is the absolute WORST thing to happen to Nightwish. She needs to go back to her own s**tty band
I actually like Floor with Nightwish, she brings a mix of Annette and Tarja that neither could bring before. Thats not to say I dont like Tarja or Annette, both were brilliant in their time.
Ocean Soul sounds like Sirenia
biggeev
Nightwish suck!!! Once they fired Tarja they went down hill, and I never follow them, unless it's to listen the great Tarja. The rest after her, SUCK.
warmingt9
This is my Bae's song!!!
Looking for Josh. Lol.
Nightwish is awesome!!!!
Bye Bye Beautiful is my favorite Nightwish.
Tarja turunen
I grew up in the 70's listening to ELP ... and for forty years I never thought any band could ever surpass ELP's fame... Nightwish has done the unthinkable ... Kudos to NW, Tarja, Annette and Floor ... a job well done!
samripsam
Incredible all I can say about them
riclc2
According to this bio, Nightwish followed in the footsteps of Lacuna Coil. How is this possible if Nightwish released its first album in 1997 and Lacuna Coil released their first album in 1998? Not bashing Lacuna Coil here (i actually love them), just want an accurate bio for Nightwish.
Kinda Celtic! Oh yeah!
Great band no matter who the singer is, Tarja was the master of opera, Anette was a great rock singer and Floor can do both.
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