Nightwish - Finnish Music
They defied preconceived notions of what music should be and triumphed with their unique formula. Eurochannel invites you to surrender to the mind-blowing tunes of Nightwish, a band who have dared to blend the refinery of opera and symphonic instruments with the jolting prangs of heavy metal. Now, it is your turn, to find out why Finland and the world have bow to them and already embraced their latest single, "Storytime."
Deep in the heart of the Finnish countryside, Nightwish started as a summer band before quickly making a name for themselves on the metal circuit of their country with Tarja Turunen's outrageous voice and Tuomas Holopainen's harmonious compositions. Now, after over 15 years of history, with seven studio albums, more than eight million records sold worldwide and over 60 gold and platinum awards, Nightwish has become the most successful Finnish band abroad and the third best-selling band in their country.
As a warm up before their 2012 US and Latin American tours, Nightwish grant us a taste of things to come on Eurochannel, presenting their latest single and a collection of their smashing-hits that have boosted them to the top of the charts across the globe.
Nightwish formed in Kitee, Finland, in 1997 with keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen who was attempting to create and revolutionize acoustic music. He recruited trained opera vocalist Tarja Turunen and following in the footsteps of The Gathering and Lacuna Coil, soon added full metal-band instrumentation in the extremely talented forms of guitarist Emppo Vuorinen, bassist Sami Vänskä, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen. The band's demos won them a contract with the Finnish label Spinefarm and they released their debut album Angels Fall First in late 1997.
A follow-up, Oceanborn, appeared in late 1998 making Nightwish a mainstream success in their homeland; the album reached the Finnish Top Five and spun off three Top Ten singles. The band toured Europe extensively; cementing their status as bona-fide rock royalty - and in 2000 recorded their third album Wishmaster. In 2002 the band gifted their fans; delivering Century Child and two years later Once, which took them to tour for very first time in Latin America and the US. After the departure of the singer Tarja Turunen, the band took a break of four years until the 2007 release of Dark Passion Play featuring their new singer: Anette Olzon. In late 2011 Nightwish enthralled again with the much anticipated release of their most recent production, Imaginaerum.
• Band leader Tuomas Holopainen's favorite comic character is Duck Donald.