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Nightwish

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 guitarist Emppo Vuorinen, bassist Sami Vänskä, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen. The band's demos landed them a contract with the Finnish label Spinefarm, which released their debut album Angels Fall First in late 1997 (it ap ...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 guitarist Emppo Vuorinen, bassist Sami Vänskä, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen. The band'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 bonafide mainstream success in their homeland; 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 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). 2002's 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 their game following years of hard work. Marco Hietala was now on bass,replacing Sami Vänskä, while in 2005 Anette Olzon replaced Tarja Turunen, who was fired for personal reasons. 2007's Dark Passion Play and 2011's concept album 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. In 2015, the band released their first studio album with Jansen as the lead singer, Endless Forms Most Beautiful. « hide

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LPs
HUMAN. :II: NATURE.
2020

3.1
147 Votes
Endless Forms Most Beautiful
2015

3.4
338 Votes
Imaginaerum
2011

3.5
590 Votes
Dark Passion Play
2007

3.5
991 Votes
Once
2004

4
1,055 Votes
Century Child
2002

3.9
777 Votes
Wishmaster
2000

3.8
724 Votes
Oceanborn
1998

4.1
841 Votes
Angels Fall First
1997

3.3
483 Votes
EPs
Endless Forms Most Beautiful EP
2015

3.4
7 Votes
Elan
2015

3
20 Votes
The Crow, The Owl and The Dove
03/02/2012

4.1
8 Votes
Storytime
2011

4.1
9 Votes
The Islander
2008

3.2
5 Votes
Bless the Child: The Rarities
2002

3.4
11 Votes
Over The Hills And Far Away
2001

3.6
165 Votes
Live Albums
Decades: Live In Buenos Aires
2019

4.1
5 Votes
Vehicle of Spirit
2017

4.3
15 Votes
Showtime, Storytime
12/10/2013

4.5
62 Votes
Made In Hong Kong
2009

2.4
49 Votes
End Of An Era
2006

4.3
162 Votes
End of Innocence
2003

3.5
1 Votes
From Wishes To Eternity
2001

4.1
69 Votes
Compilations
Decades
2018

3.9
8 Votes
Imaginaerum: The Score
11/09/2012

3.2
17 Votes
Walking in the Air: The Greatest Ballads
2011

3.4
10 Votes
The Sound of Nightwish Reborn
2008

2.4
10 Votes
Bestwishes
2006

3.9
20 Votes
Highest Hopes
2005

3.9
82 Votes
Tales from the Elvenpath
2004

3.9
5 Votes
Wishmastour 2000
2001

3
1 Votes

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