Dark Passion Play

~ Release group by Nightwish


Dark Passion Play is the sixth studio album by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. It was released on 26 September 2007 by Spinefarm Records in Finland, 28 September by Nuclear Blast in Europe and 2 October 2007 by Roadrunner Records in the US. It is the first album without original vocalist Tarja Turunen, who was dismissed in 2005, as well as the first album involving future member Troy Donockley on uilleann pipes and tin whistle. It is the first of only two albums with vocalist Anette Olzon, who was eventually dismissed in 2012 after the release of the band's subsequent album, Imaginaerum. Tuomas Holopainen has referred to this album as the "album that saved his life".

The song "Eva" was leaked on the Internet six days before its official release, prompting the band to release it earlier as a promotional single to boost downloads. Several other versions of the song were posted on YouTube and torrent sites a month later; the entire album with record label voice-overs had been leaked on the Internet by 2 August. The full album (without voiceovers) was leaked on 21 September, as a result of several stores in Mexico selling the retail album much prior to the worldwide release date.

Pre-orders for Dark Passion Play had it certified gold in Finland before it had even been released. The album debuted at number one in 6 European countries, selling over 100,000 copies in Finland (triple platinum). In February 2008, the album was certified quadruple-platinum in Finland, after having sold over 120,000 copies, which makes it one of the 40 best-selling albums of all time in the country. Worldwide, Dark Passion Play has sold almost 2 million copies since its release.

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Dark Passion Play (special edition)Nightwish2×CD13 + 13
  • FI2007-09-26
Spinefarm Records172004-1, SPI313SP0602517200418
Dark Passion PlayNightwish2×Digital Media13 + 13
  • FI2007-09-26
Spinefarm Records
Dark Passion PlayNightwishCD13
  • DE2007-09-26
Nuclear Blast27361 19232, NB 1923-2727361192327
Dark Passion PlayNightwishCD14
  • JP2007-09-26
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICO-11314988005487896
Dark Passion PlayNightwish2×CD14 + 13
  • JP2007-09-26
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICO-9022, UICO-90234988005487902
Dark Passion PlayNightwish2×CD13 + 13
  • DE2007-09-28
Nuclear BlastNB 1923-0727361192303
Dark Passion Play (limited edition)Nightwish3×CD13 + 13 + 3
  • DE2007-09-28
Nuclear BlastNB 1923-2, NB 1967-5, NB 1969-2
Dark Passion PlayNightwishCD13
  • RU2007-09-28
Фоно (Fono Ltd.)FO700CD
Dark Passion Play (collector’s edition)Nightwish2×CD14 + 13
  • US2007-10-02
Roadrunner Records1686-179842016861797027
Dark Passion PlayNightwishCD13
  • US2007-10-02
Roadrunner Records1686-179842016861798420
Dark Passion PlayNightwishCD13
Roadrunner RecordsRR79842016861798420
Dark Passion PlayNightwishCD13
Spinefarm Records602517346994
Dark Passion PlayNightwish2×12" Vinyl7 + 6
Nuclear BlastNB 1923-9727361192396
Dark Passion PlayNightwish2×CD14 + 13
Roadrunner Records1686-179702016861797027
Dark Passion Play (platinum edition)Nightwish2×Digital Media13 + 5
  • FI2008-01-23
Spinefarm Records
Dark Passion Play (platinum edition)Nightwish2×CD13 + 5
Spinefarm RecordsSPI 313PT0602517577442
Dark Passion PlayNightwishDVD-Audio13
  • FI2008-06-18
Spinefarm RecordsSPI313AUDIO0602517200395
Dark Passion Play (special deluxe edition)Nightwish3×CD13 + 4 + 3
  • DE2008-10-17
Nuclear BlastNB 2253-5727361225353
Dark Passion PlayNightwishCD14
  • JP2008-11-19
USM JAPAN (read the annotation before using!)UICY-911894988005537294
Dark Passion PlayNightwishSHM-CD14
  • JP2008-12-03
USM JAPAN (read the annotation before using!)UICY-912594988005537973
Dark Passion Play (tour edition + bonus dvd)NightwishCD + DVD-Video13 + 8
Nuclear BlastNB 2070-2727361207021
Dark Passion Play (Special Deluxe Edition)NightwishDigital Media18
Nuclear Blast
Dark Passion PlayNightwishCD14
  • JP2009-03-04
USM JAPAN (read the annotation before using!)UICY-601324988005542304
Dark Passion PlayNightwishSHM-CD14
  • JP2012-05-23
Dark Passion PlayNightwishCD13
  • US2019-03-01
Nuclear BlastNB 4535-0727361453503
Dark Passion Play (édition spéciale France)Nightwish2×CD13 + 4Nuclear Blast27361 19232, 27361 20582, 27361 22545, NB 1923-2, NB 2058-2, NB 2254-5727361225452


associated singles/EPs:Amaranth
Bye Bye Beautiful
Erämaan viimeinen
The Islander
The Sound of Nightwish Reborn
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/2872 [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/nightwish/dark-passion-play/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000749953 [info]
Wikidata:Q212822 [info]