Nightwish (Finnish symphonic metal)

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Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and former lead singer Tarja Turunen. The band soon picked up drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and then bassist Sami Vänskä after the release of their debut album, Angels Fall First (1997). In 2001, Vänskä was replaced by Marco Hietala, who also took over the male vocalist role previously filled by Holopainen or guest singers.

Although Nightwish have been prominent in their home country since Angels Fall First, they did not achieve wider success until the release of the albums Oceanborn (1998), Wishmaster (2000) and Century Child (2002). Their 2004 album, Once, has sold more than one million copies and was the band's breakthrough in the United States. Their biggest US hit single, "Wish I Had an Angel" (2004), received MTV airplay and was included on three US film soundtracks to promote their North American tour. The band produced three more singles and two music videos for Once, as well as a re-recording of "Sleeping Sun" for the compilation album, Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish (2005), before Turunen's dismissal in October 2005. Her last performance with Nightwish was during a concert recorded for the live album/DVD End of an Era. After the concert, the other members informed Turunen with an open letter that she was no longer a member of Nightwish.

In May 2007, Nightwish announced Anette Olzon as Turunen's replacement. That September, the band released their sixth album, Dark Passion Play, which has sold almost 2 million copies. The album's lead single, "Amaranth", became one of Nightwish's most successful in Europe. The supporting tour, one of the band's largest, started on October 6, 2007 and ended on September 19, 2009. The band released an EP/live album, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places), in March 2009 as a CD/DVD, and their seventh studio album, Imaginaerum, was released globally on various days in late 2011/early 2012.

On October 1, 2012, Nightwish announced that they had parted ways with Olzon and would be finishing the tour with at that time ReVamp vocalist (ex-After Forever) Floor Jansen. In October 2013, Nightwish made Jansen and longtime session uilleann pipes player Troy Donockley permanent members of the band, and they were featured in the acclaimed album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, released on March 27, 2015.

Nightwish is the third-best-selling band and musical entity in Finland with certified sales of nearly 900,000 certified copies. The group is also the most successful Finnish band worldwide, selling more than 9 million records and receiving more than 60 gold and platinum awards, having released five Number 1 albums and thirteen Number 1 singles. On October 26th, 2018, Nightwish was inducted into the Finnish Music Hall of Fame, becoming the honorary gallery's 11th member.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1997Angels Fall FirstNightwish316
1998OceanbornNightwish420
2000WishmasterNightwish4.115
2002Century ChildNightwish416
2004OnceNightwish421
2007Dark Passion PlayNightwish4.425
2011ImaginaerumNightwish3.715
2015Endless Forms Most BeautifulNightwish4.6513

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2001Golden WishesNightwish1
2002Nightwish 1997–2001Nightwish1
2004Tales From the ElvenpathNightwish31
2005BestwishesNightwish31
2005Highest Hopes: The Best of NightwishNightwish4.518
2009LokikirjaNightwish51
2011Walking in the Air: The Greatest BalladsNightwish32
2018Decades: An Archive of Song 1996–2015Nightwish4

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2001From Wishes to Eternity: LiveNightwish3.754
2003End of InnocenceNightwish3.654
2006End of an EraNightwish3.6510
2009Made in Hong Kong (and in Various Other Places)Nightwish33
2013Showtime, StorytimeNightwish4.26
2016Vehicle of SpiritNightwish42

Album + Soundtrack

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2012Imaginaerum: The ScoreNightwish3

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1997The CarpenterChildren of Bodom / Nightwish / Thy Serpent1
1997The CarpenterNightwish1
1998Sacrament of WildernessNightwish1
1999Walking in the AirNightwish1
1999Passion and the OperaNightwish1
2000Deep Silent CompleteNightwish1
2002Ever DreamNightwish31
2002Bless the ChildNightwish2.55
2003NemoNightwish39
2004Wish I Had an AngelNightwish24
2004Kuolema tekee taiteilijanNightwish2
2005The SirenNightwish5
2005Sleeping SunNightwish24
2007EvaNightwish2
2007AmaranthNightwish35
2007Erämaan viimeinenNightwish4.53
2008Bye Bye BeautifulNightwish1
2008The IslanderNightwish33
2011StorytimeNightwish2.53
2012The Crow, the Owl and the DoveNightwish33
2015ÉlanNightwish2
2015Shudder Before the BeautifulNightwish1
2015Endless Forms Most BeautifulNightwish3
2016My WaldenNightwish1

EP

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1999Sleeping Sun (4 Ballads of the Eclipse)Nightwish2
2001Over the Hills and Far AwayNightwish2.6519
2001Wishmastour 2000Nightwish1
2002Bless the ChildNightwish3
2007Nuclear Blast Presents Nightwish BonusNightwish2
2008The Sound of Nightwish RebornNightwish3
2012Trials of ImaginaerumNightwish1
2015The Greatest Show in ArgentinaNightwish1

EP + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2008Nightwish: Famous FiveNightwish1

EP + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2013Ghost Love Score (live)Nightwish1

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