Origin: Finland  
Genres: Power Metal
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Nightwish

Nightwish is unquestionably Finland's most popular metal band, as their symphonic, classically-influenced power metal has reigned supreme in Europe almost since their first album's release in 1997. And while they may or may not have been the first band to employ an operatic soprano as lead vocalist, they definitely were one of the earlier and more successful bands to do so, thanks to the peerless vocals of one Tarja Turunen. A truely opera-trained vocalist, her crystal-clear voice was a joy and a wonder to behold, and her performances remain the standard by which all others are measured. But the band parted ways with Tarja in 2005 amid much controversy, citing business and personal differences. Anette Olzon, from the Swedish AOR band Alyson Avenue, was eventually hired as the new singer after an exhaustive search, and she lasted until 2012, when she too was removed from the band. After another long search, noted After Forever frontwoman Floor Jansen was brought in to assume the reins. Stylistically, the band really hasn't wavered much from one album to the next, sticking true to a sound that has clearly served them well.

Current Members

Floor Jansen

vocals (ex-After Forever, ex-ReVamp)

Emppu Vuorinen

guitars

Tuomas Holopainen

keyboards (ex-For My Pain ...)

Marco Hietala

bass (ex-Sinergy, Tarot)

Troy Donockley

other/vocals

Jukka Nevalainen

drums

Former Members/Guests

Tarja Turunen

vocals

Anette Olzon

vocals

Sami Vänskä

bass

Kai Hahto (guest)

drums (guest for Agressor, ex-Enochian Crescent, ex-Rotten Sound, ex-Swallow The Sun, Wintersun)



Discography



Angels Fall First  
1997 Spinefarm
  1. Elvenpath
  2. Beauty and the beast
  3. The carpenter
  4. Astral romance
  5. Angels fall first
  6. Tutankhamen
  7. Nymphomaniac fantasia
  8. Know why the nightingale sings
  9. Lappi (Lapland)
  • Tarja Turunen
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Sami Vänskä
  • Jukka Nevalainen
1997 Readers' Album #81




Oceanborn  
1998 Spinefarm
  1. Stargazers
  2. Gethsemane
  3. Devil & the deep dark ocean
  4. Sacrament of wilderness
  5. Passion and the opera
  6. Swanheart
  7. Moondance
  8. The riddler
  9. The pharaoh sails to orion
  10. Walking in the air
  • Tarja Turunen
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Sami Vänskä
  • Jukka Nevalainen
1998 Readers' Album #33




Wishmaster  
2000 Spinefarm
  1. She Is My Sin
  2. The Kinslayer
  3. Come Cover Me
  4. Wanderlust
  5. Two For Tragedy
  6. Wishmaster
  7. Bare Grace Misery
  8. Crownless
  9. Deep Silent Complete
  10. Dead Boy's Poem
  11. FantasMic
  • Tarja Turunen
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Sami Vänskä
  • Jukka Nevalainen



From Wishes To Eternity  LIVE
2001 Spinefarm
  1. The Kinslayer
  2. She Is my Sin
  3. Deep Silent Complete
  4. The Pharaoh Sails To Orion
  5. Come Cover Me
  6. Wanderlust
  7. Instrumental (Crimson Tide / Deep Blue Sea)
  8. Swanheart
  9. Elvenpath
  10. FantasMic part 3
  11. Dead Boy's Poem
  12. Sacrament Of Wilderness
  13. Walking In The Air
  14. Beauty And The Beast
  15. Wishmaster
  • Tarja Turunen
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Sami Vänskä
  • Jukka Nevalainen



From Wishes To Eternity  VIDEO
2001 Spinefarm



Over The Hills And Far Away  EP
2001 Spinefarm
  1. Over The Hills And Far Away
  2. 10th Man Down
  3. Away
  4. Astral Romance (remix)
  5. The Kinslayer (live)
  6. She Is My Sin (live)
  7. Sacrament of the Wilderness (live)
  8. Walking in the Air (live)
  9. Beauty and the Beast (live)
  10. Wishmaster (live)
  • Tarja Turunen
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Sami Vänskä
  • Jukka Nevalainen



Century Child  
2002 Spinefarm
  1. Bless The Child
  2. End Of All Hope
  3. Dead To The World
  4. Ever Dream
  5. Slaying The Dreamer
  6. Forever Yours
  7. Ocean Soul
  8. Feel For You
  9. The Phantom Of The Opera
  10. Beauty Of The Beast
  11. The Waylander
  • Tarja Turunen
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Marco Hietala
  • Jukka Nevalainen
2002 Readers' Album #8




End Of Innocence  VIDEO
2003 Spinefarm



Once  
2004 Spinefarm
  1. Dark Chest Of Wonders
  2. Wish I Had An Angel
  3. Nemo
  4. Planet Hell
  5. Creek Mary`s Blood
  6. The Siren
  7. Dead Gardens
  8. Romanticide
  9. Ghost Love Score
  10. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan
  11. Higher Than Hope
  • Tarja Turunen
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Marco Hietala
  • Jukka Nevalainen
2004 Readers' Album #4




End Of An Era  VIDEO
2006 Nuclear Blast



Dark Passion Play  
2007 Spinefarm
  1. The Poet and the Pendulum
  2. Bye Bye Beautiful
  3. Amaranth
  4. Cadence of Her Last Breath
  5. Master Passion Greed
  6. Eva
  7. Sahara
  8. Whoever Brings the Night
  9. For the Heart I Once Had
  10. The Islander
  11. Last of the Wilds
  12. 7 Days to the Wolves
  13. Meadows of Heaven
  • Anette Olzon
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Marco Hietala
  • Jukka Nevalainen
2007 Readers' Album #10




Amaranth  VIDEO
2007 Spinefarm



The Sound Of Nightwish Reborn  COMPILATION
2008 Spinefarm
  1. Eva (demo version)
  2. Reach (Amaranth demo)
  3. While Your Lips Are Still Red
  4. Escapist
  5. The Poet and The Pendulum
  6. Bye Bye Beautiful (DJ Orkidea remix)
  7. Meadows of Heaven
  8. Amaranth
  9. The Escapist



Made In Hong Kong (And In Other Various Places)  
2009 Spinefarm
  1. Bye Bye Beautiful (Live)
  2. Whoever Brings The Night (Live)
  3. Amaranth (Live)
  4. The Poet And The Pendulum (Live)
  5. Sahara (Live)
  6. The Islander (Live)
  7. Last Of The Wilds (Live)
  8. 7 Days To The Wolves (Live)
  9. Escapist
  10. While Your Lips Are Still Red
  11. Cadence Of Her Last Breath (Demo)



Erämaan Viimeinen  EP
2010 Nuclear Blast
  • Anette Olzon
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Marco Hietala
  • Jukka Nevalainen



Walking In The Air - The Greatest Ballads  COMPILATION
2011 Drakkar
  1. Walking in the Air (Theme from ''The Snowman'')
  2. Angels Fall First
  3. Sleepwalker
  4. Sleeping Sun
  5. Dead Boy's Poem
  6. Deep Silent Complete
  7. Feel for You
  8. The Phantom of the Opera
  9. Ocean Soul
  10. Lagoon
  11. Swanheart
  12. Two for Tragedy
  13. A Return to the Sea
  14. Away
  15. Forever Yours



Imaginaerum  
2011 Nuclear Blast
  1. Taikatalvi
  2. Storytime
  3. Ghost River
  4. Slow, Love, Slow
  5. I Want My Tears Back
  6. Scaretale
  7. Arabesque
  8. Turn Loose The Mermaids
  9. Rest Calm
  10. The Crow, The Owl And The Dove
  11. Last Ride Of The Day
  12. Song Of Myself
  13. Imaginaerum
  • Anette Olzon
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Marco Hietala
  • Jukka Nevalainen
2011 Readers' Album #20




Imaginaerum - The Score  
2012 Nuclear Blast
  1. Find Your Story
  2. Orphanage Airlines
  3. Undertow
  4. Spying in the Doorway
  5. A Crackling Sphere
  6. Sundown
  7. Wonderfields
  8. Hey Buddy
  9. Deeper Down
  10. Dare to Enter
  11. I Have to Let You Go
  12. Heart Lying Still
  13. From G to E Minor
  • Anette Olzon
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Marco Hietala
  • Jukka Nevalainen



Showtime, Storytime  LIVE
2013 Nuclear Blast
  1. Dark Chest of Wonders
  2. Wish I Had an Angel
  3. She is My Sin
  4. Ghost River
  5. Ever Dream
  6. Storytime
  7. I Want My Tears Back
  8. Nemo
  9. Last of the Wilds
  10. Bless the Child
  11. Romanticide
  12. Amaranth
  13. Ghost Love Score
  14. Song of Myself
  15. Last Ride of the Day
  16. Outro (Imaginaerum)
  • Floor Jansen
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Marco Hietala
  • Jukka Nevalainen
2013 Readers' Album #72




Showtime, Storytime  VIDEO
2013 Nuclear Blast



Endless Forms Most Beautiful  
2015 Nuclear Blast
  1. Shudder Before the Beautiful
  2. Weak Fantasy
  3. Élan
  4. Yours Is an Empty Hope
  5. Our Decades in the Sun
  6. My Walden
  7. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
  8. Edema Ruh
  9. Alpenglow
  10. The Eyes of Sharbat Gula
  11. The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Floor Jansen
  • Emppu Vuorinen
  • Tuomas Holopainen
  • Marco Hietala
  • Troy Donockley
  • Kai Hahto
2015 Readers' Album #24




Vehicle Of Spirit  VIDEO
2016 Nuclear Blast



Decades  COMPILATION
2018 Nuclear Blast
  1. The Greatest Show on Earth
  2. Élan
  3. My Walden
  4. Storytime
  5. I Want My Tears Back
  6. Amaranth
  7. The Poet and the Pendulum
  8. Nemo
  9. Wish I Had an Angel
  10. Ghost Love Score
  11. Slaying the Dreamer
  12. End of All Hope
  13. 10th Man Down
  14. The Kinslayer
  15. Dead Boy’s Poem
  16. Gethsemane
  17. Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean
  18. Sacrament of Wilderness
  19. Sleeping Sun
  20. Elvenpath
  21. The Carpenter
  22. Nightwish (Demo)




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