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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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  • shodan21

    yep, gets rid of those stupid video ads on youtube. its pretty great.

    49 minutes ago Reply
  • DorianVonEden


    Yesterday 11:39pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    OH MY GOD. Now it will take me months to get used to ad-free loading in the blink of an eye. D: Thanks Shodan: here's your evidence as a reward. :P

    Yesterday 11:37pm Reply
  • spikedylacid

    There is a copious amount of evidence & paperwork, i'm living in a paper recycling plant.

    Yesterday 1:55pm Reply
  • shodan21

    vv any evidence/paperwork for that? =P

    3 Aug 2:11am Reply
  • shodan21

    vv adblock plus add-on, no ads anywhere. youre welcome.

    3 Aug 2:10am Reply
  • spikedylacid

    pepsi-tasting vagina lmaaoo, i'm done

    2 Aug 9:20pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Not exactly: they don't scroll down the page with me, they're just stuck there on top, but they're slower to load than the rest of the page so once they do the whole page gets moved downwards. Interestingly, opening the shoutbox directly doesn't cause it. Other single pages (tracks and so on) only have one. It seems to happen only to profile and artist pages. And only to, no other website has this problem. :v

    2 Aug 7:00pm Reply
  • BeIieve

    Well I thought they were the cheesiest lyrics I've heard this year. I don't have any adds that scoll down the page with me, so you might have some adware going on. I also generally link directly to so that I don't have to wait for everything to load, so that might be helpful.

    2 Aug 1:37am Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Btw, guys, I've got a serious question: does in general now have a double advertisement banner on the top of the page wich is very heavy to load and moves the whole page down (especially when you get two motherfucking Givologies), or is it solely my problem because, idk, maybe I've been browsing too much porn and I got a virus from there?

    1 Aug 10:19pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    v and vv Yeah, that's pretty much it, I guess. Same goes with Lana del Rey, for instance: she's +.005 at best, but you're expected to say she's at least +70 because vintage and violins and pepsi-tasting vagina. She and Nightwish are really pretty near-nothingness wrapped up in shiny paper.

    1 Aug 10:15pm Reply
  • BeIieve

    With lyrics like this I can't imagine why. vv Kambot?

    1 Aug 10:11pm Reply
  • nDroae

    True, true. The perceptions of epic quality and pretension aren't even mutually exclusive. Or you could replace "pretentious" with "cheesy" or just plain lameness, which is how I feel about most power metal :(

    1 Aug 9:03pm Reply
  • BeIieve

    I'm pretty sure the Kambot lies outside all space and time so I don't think it counts. The Nickelwish theory is interesting, but I also think a lot of people feel that Nightwish expects you to think that they are "epic". So if you don't then they just come across as being pretentious. At least this is how I figured out why I hate Two Steps From Hell for no reason

    1 Aug 4:19pm Reply
  • shodan21

    vv exactly, im not sure if hed be against that because its in the "wrong place" or hed be okay with it because its about nightwish. im leaning towards the latter.

    1 Aug 2:55pm Reply
  • Bloodreddawn

    This place is only worth visiting when a new album is about to come out and you need some links. Otherwise, stay away from these deranged ex-fans.

    1 Aug 1:43pm Reply
  • nDroae

    We've talked Nightwish in the Kamelot shoutbox :o Somehow I find the idea of paperwork concerning death growls to be quite charming/amusing

    1 Aug 5:58am Reply
  • shodan21

    i wonder if talking about nightwish in another bands shoutbox is acceptable to this fanboy

    1 Aug 2:07am Reply
  • shodan21

    v you seem to have a lot of evidence and paperwork there

    1 Aug 2:06am Reply
  • spikedylacid

    fabricioscabbia, your lower register growls are not as powerful as they used to be. Fix up or ya fuckin' finished out here. I got the evidence. Don't make me drop the paperwork on you.

    31 Jul 11:08pm Reply
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