Symphonic Metal band from Kitee (Finland).

A creation of keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen, Nightwish formed in 1996 as an acoustic band. The first incarnation of the band included singer Tarja Turunen and guitar player Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen, along with Tuomas himself.

In 1997, drummer Jukka Nevalainen joined the band, which recorded its first album, Angels Fall First. The next year, bass player Sami Vänskä joined in.

Nightwish's popularity began to grow, reaching its top in 2002, when their album Century Child became a top-seller (it made Gold in Finland in two hours, and Platinum in two weeks). In the meantime, bassist Sami Vänskä was replaced by the bass player of Tarot (and ex-Sinergy), Marco Hietala, who would also provide some male vocals.

In October 2005 the band fired the singer and founding member, Tarja Turunen, motivating their decision with her selfish behavior and lack of respect towards the band and fans, which grew worse in the last years. Turunen was replaced by Anette Olzon in 2007. Olzon left the band in October 2012. Floor Jansen took up the vocal duties for the rest of the tour. Jansen was finally made an official member in October 2013. At the same time Troy Donockley was also promoted from a touring member to a full-time member.

In August 2014 Jukka Nevalainen announced that he cannot peform on the upcoming album due to his long-term insomnia, and that the album would be recorded with Kai Hahto instead. It is currently not known whether he will continue with the band.

Current lineup:
Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards
Emppu Vuorinen - guitars
Marco Hietala - bass, vocals
Jukka Nevalainen - drums
Floor Jansen - Vocals
Troy Donockley - Flutes, pipes, whistles

Nightwish Discography


Nightwish Angels Fall First (Album) Spinefarm Records Thailand 1997 Sell This Version
Nightwish Oceanborn (Album) Spinefarm Records France 1998 Sell This Version
Nightwish Wishmaster (Album) Spinefarm Records Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
Nightwish From Wishes To Eternity - Live (Album) Spinefarm Records Russia 2001 Sell This Version
Nightwish Century Child (Album) Spinefarm Records, Spinefarm Records South Korea 2002 Sell This Version
Nightwish Once (Album, Maxi, Single) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Mexico 2004 Sell This Version
Nightwish End Of An Era (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Russia 2006 Sell This Version
Nightwish Dark Passion Play (Album, Single, Maxi) Spinefarm Records, Spinefarm Records Russia 2007 Sell This Version
Nightwish The Sound Of Nightwish Reborn (Comp) Roadrunner Records Finland 2008 Sell This Version
Nightwish Made In Hong Kong (And In Various Other Places) (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Japan 2009 Sell This Version
Nightwish Imaginaerum (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 2011 Sell This Version
Nightwish Imaginaerum (The Score) (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Europe 2012 Sell This Version
Nightwish Showtime, Storytime (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Finland 2013 Sell This Version
Nightwish Imaginaerum By Nightwish (Album) Capelight Pictures Russia 2013 Sell This Version
Nightwish Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Album) Nuclear Blast US 2015 Sell This Version
Nightwish Vehicle Of Spirit Nuclear Blast Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SPI46CD Nightwish The Carpenter(CD, Maxi) Spinefarm Records SPI46CD Finland 1997 Sell This Version
spi72cd Nightwish Sacrament Of Wilderness(CD, Maxi) Spinefarm Records spi72cd Finland 1998 Sell This Version
Nightwish Walking In The Air (Maxi) Spinefarm Records Finland 1999 Sell This Version
Nightwish Sleeping Sun (4 Ballads Of The Eclipse) (Maxi) Drakkar Records, BMG Germany 1999 Sell This Version
74321 67990 2 Nightwish Passion And The Opera(CD, Single, Promo) Drakkar Records 74321 67990 2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
SPIEURO2000 Nightwish Sleepwalker(CDr, Single, Promo) Spinefarm Records SPIEURO2000 Finland 2000 Sell This Version
74321 76519 2 Nightwish The Kinslayer(CD, Single, Promo) Drakkar Records 74321 76519 2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
SPI105CD Nightwish Deep Silent Complete(CD, Single) Spinefarm Records SPI105CD Finland 2000 Sell This Version
Nightwish Over The Hills And Far Away (EP, Comp) Spinefarm Records Russia 2001 Sell This Version