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Kitee, Finland (1996 – present)

Nightwish is a band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. The band soon picked up drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and then bassist Sami Vänskä after the release of its debut album, Angels Fall First. In 2002, 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 worldwide fame until the release of the albums Oceanborn, Wishmaster and Century Child. 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, 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 “best of” compilation album, Highest Hopes, before Turunen’s dismissal in October 2005. Her last performance with Nightwish was recorded on the live album End of an Era; after the show, the other members announced to Turunen that she was no longer a member of Nightwish.


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  • AzureWanderer

    'Tear the world down' is the true successor of Fallen for me, for all intents and purposes they ARE Evanescence, the other zombie band is just Amy Lee doing bad music. Open Door was cool in a "My grandma looks cool with blue hair" cool.

    Yesterday 9:45pm Reply
  • nDroae

    "Classical music is smart in some ways (melody and form) and dumb in others (rhythm and timbre.) Pop is smart in some ways (rhythm and timbre) and dumb in others (melody and form.)" whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat v I like :3 Nightwish team be all like "WE'RE OBLIVIOUS BEFORE THE RIDICULOUS" JUST STOP CALLING THESE VIDEOS "TRAILERS" FFS WHYYYYYYYYY Kamelot is in the Hundred Acre Wood

    21 May 9:21pm Reply
  • DarkSoul777

    I'm in now way, shape or form associated with these guys and I'm totally not spamming, but you guys should give End of the Dream a listen, I have this small feeling that they are influenced by Evanescence...

    21 May 7:40pm Reply
  • nDroae

    I barely knew Evanescence, but I came on here and saw that they were tagged with "female fronted metal." I was like "That's a thing? THAT'S AWESOME" and I clicked on the tag and thus set THE COURSE OF MY LIFE FOR EVER

    21 May 3:08am Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Lies was my gateway into beauty-and-the-beast metal. [2] Definitely my case too. And I discovered metal thanks to them in the first place while scanning eMule for anything Evanescence. That weird “Evanescence feat. Within Temptation - Restless” thing popped up and as soon as I realised it wasn't, like, Amy playing the piano and this Within Temptation chick singing I downloaded Enter. Ah, good old days. And YAY for a We Are The Fallen comeback! Glad they're not letting down me, Chloe and the other four people out there who took notice of them. :3

    21 May 2:21am Reply
  • Rud-Johns

    "My friend actually wanted Amy Lee to replace Anette. " trollface

    20 May 9:36pm Reply
  • nDroae

    Ah yes Instagram, the site I can't even use because I don't have a "CELLULAR PHONE" DAMN KIDS ON MY CHICKEN EATING MY LAWN

    20 May 8:01pm Reply
  • DarkSoul777

    We Are The Fallen hasn't evanesced, Carly left a comment in an instagram account telling about how they were working on a new album, she only said "...working on new material, hopefully out in 2015"... it's something...

    20 May 6:53pm Reply
  • nDroae

    That bum troll Ben Moody, making a pointless bad remix of my favorite song of all time that I have 800 plays of

    20 May 5:50pm Reply
  • CGholy

    The opening to St. John reminds me of Kingdom Hearts. Tear The World Down is better than Fallen.

    20 May 4:38pm Reply
  • CGholy

    My friend actually wanted Amy Lee to replace Anette.

    20 May 4:35pm Reply
  • nDroae

    Samhain <333 I wish they hadn't evanesced into nothingness :( Wait... Wikipedia says "We Are the Fallen is an American gothic metal band" OHHHHHH WELL I GUESS THIS IS MY TOP TRUE GOTHIC METAL TRACK OF 2015 THEN

    20 May 4:33pm Reply
  • CGholy

    I like We Are The Fallen.

    20 May 4:27pm Reply
  • yeahyeahbaby

    new album sounds like a megamix of the last three albums, plus pretentious lyrics.

    20 May 1:49pm Reply
  • metaloly999

    vote for new photo please :

    20 May 8:30am Reply
  • Trexacious

    My friend let me borrow her portable CD player but she left Fallen in there, so I put it on shuffle and the first song it played was Hello, and then after that I was on a strong Evanescence kick until about 2009

    20 May 4:18am Reply
  • shodan21

    but i think by then id already discovered kamelot and nightwish and thus was well on my way to enjoying some super awesome tunes.

    20 May 3:10am Reply
  • shodan21

    v i found lies after finding fallen and liked it more. and this was when i liked fallen quite a bit.

    20 May 3:09am Reply
  • michael_yatesy

    Lies was my gateway into beauty-and-the-beast metal.

    20 May 2:37am Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Whatever Amy said about that, Origin was not just a demo. It was even SOLD to the public under a record label until Wind-up had Big-Wig pull it back.

    19 May 11:37pm Reply
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