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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. Endless Forms Most Beautiful, the group's eighth studio album and first with Jansen on board, followed in early 2015. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Good news for pm fans. Naruto ended in the usa.
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could we get Endless Forms Most Beautiful Pandora? the album is epic, especially Weak Fantasy and The Greatest Show on Earth
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I grew up on these guys<3 best band ever
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Last of the wilds
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Last Ride Of the day
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You guys rock. My favorite song is phantom of the opera love the vocals and just wow
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L.o.t.w
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Just saw them on May 2nd. Amazing show. Especially when Sabaton took an 8 year old kid on stage
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Floor is a Goddess
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This band is just absolutely amazing!!
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Last of the wilds
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alabastervil l i s 0
too techno, like a dance bar in germany. lame
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Storytime
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I just saw them live last night and Floor is AMAZING! She totally fits the band with her wonderful, swooping and ever changing voice. Yet, she seems like the person who would go and get beers with you after the fact. LOVE HER! Also, Delain and Sabaton were fantastic supporting bands for Nightwish.
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Bst song evr
#Last of the wilds
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Bst song evr
#Storytime
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wishmaster, about raistlin majere
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Tarja has an amazing voice, and olzon offered what she could. In all honesty though floor jansens live performance singing ghost love score sold me completely on her voice. Plus her stage presence is amazing.
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amarston0116
Nightwish is the best band ever and she has an angels voice
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Last Ride Of the Day
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thtuskey
I like Tarja but think Floor is such a perfect fit for this band. She sounds so much better on Nighttime Storytime than Anette or Tarja, on every song.
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How can Nightwish follow in the footsteps of a band that didn't exist until a year after Nightwish made their debut?
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I don't like how the bio says Nightwish followed in the footsteps of The Gathering and Lacuna Coil. They follow in no one's footsteps.
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Tarja...made nightwish!!. . . t h e y shouldn't have fired her...her voice by far is unmatched. ..the music has always been great..love the band...have all there albumns..tar j a performed phantom of the opera...I was there for the my first time seeing her...wow!!. . s h e took the music ..the crowd...to a whole other level...it was awesome ..she took the stage...it would love to meet tarja..no one could come close to her voice...by far......... . t h e best performer I have ever witnessed... . will never forget
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thackery.gra y
Love this band
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Great f**kin jam!!!
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This song reminds me of a anime called fairt tale
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bruce dickinson has cancer
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I'm going April 24 to see them in Spokane, wa
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Sirenia is better. I love Ailyn.
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I love Nightwish. I wish Pandora's musical fingerprint had a better indicator for musicality and musical quality. Every station I start with good bands or composers gets polluted with stylisticall y similar second-rater s . How hard is it to tell the difference between vocal music with well-trained musicians who support their notes and don't have a lot of breath leaking out the sides of the note and know how to use their instrument (voice) to create resonant tones vs. those with mediocre vocals?
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Love this band so much!!!!
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Their music's so good it makes me emotional. That don' happen very much so that's say'n som'n
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Night wish, you are most definitely the journey and the destination.
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trapped in dante's mind caverns go where no hope can find angels fearing to tread in dread that life is read like books lost and put away when salvation's found leading to no better days as dead messiahs leave their own behind cast from the light to the torments they couldn't find strength to share and death was more than they could bare stumbling with out care in the night while forgotten souls call for saving but no god is up there for blaming and only hell claims those beneath heavens sight
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Great music. Go Marco!!!
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Is it just me or is this song not on ITunes? ��
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I love it when they play simple tunes!
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Thankyou Pandora for introducing me to another great Finnish band.
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Yes, as previously stated let's stop the vocalist comparisons. . . Reminds me of fanboy's diatribes
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jeremymoore1 9 1 2
Ok can we please cut the Annette vs Tarja crap? Each singer brought their own to the band and that's what counts. Listen to the song "Slow love slow" off Imaginarium to see what I mean. Tarja could NOT have pulled off a jazz song leading into a rock ballad. And yet oppsite this she COMMANDS all of her high register notes masterfully.
It's like comparing Dave Ghrol and Kurt Cobain. They both have talents but it's impossible to judge and say which exact one is better.
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Very nice
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Armaranth
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This is one of the very few rock songs that I actually think I like.
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Holy crap these guys are good
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Nightwish is nothing like lacuna coil. Stop confusing this band with a
Crappy one
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Bst song evr
#Nemo
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It's all about Tarja. Classic Operatic.
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First heard Nightwish by accident, on an online metal radio station. That was around 2002.. Wishmaster came on and blew my Old School Heavy Metal Mind... Been a fan ever since.
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I only liked them when they had tarja
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