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Following in the footsteps of the Gathering and Lacuna Coil (goth-influenced "symphonic" metal bands with female vocalists),Nightwish was 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 guitaristEmppo Vuorinen, bassist Sami Vänskä, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen. The band's demos landed them a contract with theFinnish label Spinefarm, which released their debut album Angels Fall First in late 1997 (it appeared in t ...read more

Following in the footsteps of the Gathering and Lacuna Coil (goth-influenced "symphonic" metal bands with female vocalists),Nightwish was 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 guitaristEmppo Vuorinen, bassist Sami Vänskä, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen. The band's demos landed them a contract with theFinnish label Spinefarm, which released their debut album Angels Fall First in late 1997 (it appeared in the rest of Europe thefollowing year). The follow-up, Oceanborn, appeared in late 1998 and made Nightwish a bonafide mainstream success in theirhomeland; the album reached the Finnish Top Five and spun off three Top Ten singles. The band toured Europe heavily,consolidating their success, and in 2000 recorded their third album Wishmaster. Not only did it top the Finnish charts, but it alsobecame the group's first album to be released in the U.S. (by Century Media, which reissued their previous albums in 2001 aswell). 2002's Century Child proved a massive hit in Finland and around Europe but 2004's Once saw them go one step furtherand conquer Europe. Number one in Germany and number one in the European Top 100, Once's success was the product of aband at the top of their game following years of hard work. Marco Hietala was now on bass, replacing Sami Vänskä, while in2005 Anette Olzon replaced Tarja Turunen, who was fired for personal reasons. 2007's Dark Passion Play and 2011's conceptalbum Imaginaerum both featured Olzon before she and the band parted ways. In 2012, After Forever singer Floor Jansen took over vocal duties as a session live member, and was announced as a full-time member in 2013, along with uillean pipes player Troy Donockley, who featured on both Dark Passion Play and Imaginaerum. « hide

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LPs
Imaginaerum
2011

3.6
370 Votes
Dark Passion Play
2007

3.5
768 Votes
Once
2004

4
788 Votes
Century Child
2002

3.9
577 Votes
Wishmaster
2001

3.9
527 Votes
Oceanborn
1998

4.1
601 Votes
Angels Fall First
1997

3.4
352 Votes
EPs
Bless the Child: The Rarities
2002

3.4
9 Votes
Over The Hills And Far Away
2001

3.6
136 Votes
Live Albums
Showtime, Storytime
12/10/2013

4.4
34 Votes
Made In Hong Kong
2009

2.4
47 Votes
End Of An Era
2006

4.2
146 Votes
From Wishes To Eternity
2001

4.1
62 Votes
Compilations
Imaginaerum: The Score
11/09/2012

3
13 Votes
Walking in the Air: The Greatest Ballads
2011

3.5
10 Votes
The Sound of Nightwish Reborn
2008

2.5
12 Votes
Bestwishes
2006

3.9
21 Votes
Highest Hopes
2005

4
73 Votes
Tales from the Elvenpath
2004

3.5
4 Votes

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