Nightwish (Finnish symphonic metal)

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Nightwish are 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 has been inducted to the Finnish Music Hall of Fame, becoming the honorary gallery's 11th member.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Angels Fall First 3.15 15
1998 Oceanborn 4.1 18
2000 Wishmaster 4.15 14
2002 Century Child 4.1 15
2004 Once 4.1 20
2007 Dark Passion Play 4.45 24
2011 Imaginaerum 3.85 15
2015 Endless Forms Most Beautiful 4.65 13

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 Golden Wishes 1
2002 Nightwish 1997–2001 1
2004 Tales From the Elvenpath 1
2005 Bestwishes 1
2005 Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish 5 17
2009 Lokikirja 5 1
2011 Walking in the Air: The Greatest Ballads 2
2018 Decades: An Archive of Song 1996–2015 3

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 From Wishes to Eternity: Live 4 4
2003 End of Innocence 4 3
2006 End of an Era 3.85 9
2009 Made in Hong Kong (and in Various Other Places) 3
2013 Showtime, Storytime 4.2 5
2016 Vehicle of Spirit 4 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
2012 Imaginaerum: The Score 3


Year Title RatingReleases
1997 The Carpenter 1
1998 Sacrament of Wilderness 1
1999 Walking in the Air 1
1999 Passion and the Opera 1
2000 Deep Silent Complete 1
2002 Ever Dream 3 1
2002 Bless the Child 3 5
2003 Nemo 9
2004 Wish I Had an Angel 4
2004 Kuolema tekee taiteilijan 2
2005 The Siren 5
2005 Sleeping Sun 3
2007 Eva 2
2007 Amaranth 5
2007 Erämaan viimeinen 5 3
2008 Bye Bye Beautiful 1
2008 The Islander 3
2011 Storytime 3 3
2012 The Crow, the Owl and the Dove 3
2015 Élan 2
2015 Shudder Before the Beautiful 1
2015 Endless Forms Most Beautiful 3
2016 My Walden 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Sleeping Sun (4 Ballads of the Eclipse) 2
2001 Over the Hills and Far Away 3 15
2001 Wishmastour 2000 1
2002 Bless the Child 3
2007 Nuclear Blast Presents Nightwish Bonus 2
2008 The Sound of Nightwish Reborn 3
2012 Trials of Imaginaerum 1
2015 The Greatest Show in Argentina 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 Nightwish: Famous Five 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2013 Ghost Love Score (live) 1

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