Nightwish Biography

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The year 2006 began with good news for Nightwish: Their "Highest Hopes" Best-Of compilation had not only crossed the Finnish Double Platinum mark of 60,000 sold copies, it was also Finland's best-selling album of 2005, having sold more than 65,000 times. With the media frenzy finally slowing down, the band members found time to concentrate on the important things again. Tuomas had already written the majority of the new songs, Emppu recorded some new tunes with the Finnish hard rock band Brother Firetribe, Marco returned to the Tarot camp to record the eagerly awaited album "Crows Fly Black" and Jukka had his own business projects going on.

In March, Nightwish brought home two prizes from the Emma Gaala. The band was awarded an Emma as "Best Finnish Artist 2005" and one for "Most Sold Album 2005". In the same month, the band officially started to look for a new vocalist through an open call for auditions on their website. In April, the Finnish music video awards, the Muuvi, brought more happy news to Nightwish. The jury awarded the band a Silver Muuvi for their "Sleeping Sun" video, shot in 2005. The video also made it to the second place in the public voting. May finally brought two long-expected releases. The Nightwish book, written by Mape Ollila, was released in Finland. Shortly after, Nightwish's second full-length live DVD "End Of An Era" was released and reached gold status in Finland after just one day. It was later certified gold in Germany and France as well. In the following weeks, the band retreated to their summer camp to rehearse the new songs and have a good summer. Meanwhile, the media kept themselves busy with unending speculations about the new singer.

In September, Nightwish went to the studio to begin recording the next album.

The auditions for the position as new lead singer ended in mid-January. All in all, the band had received and listened to more than 2,000 demos from singers from all over the world. Exciting news that was followed by the announcement of the first new live shows, scheduled to happen in the USA and Canada in October and November.

On May 24th, all speculating and waiting was put to an end when Nightwish introduced their new lead singer, Anette Olzon. Within minutes, the news was all over websites and news stations around the world. One day later, the first single "Eva" was released as an internet-only single. The single's entire revenue was donated to a children's charity.

In June, the band went to Los Angeles to shoot two videos for their upcoming singles "Amaranth" and "Bye Bye Beautiful". Both were directed by the renown Finnish director Antti Jokinen, who had already worked with Nightwish for their "Nemo" video. "Amaranth" was released in August and sold gold in just two days in Finland. It made good charts positions all across Europe and went straight to the top of the single charts in Finland, Hungary and Spain.

The new album "Dark Passion Play" was released in late September and had a very successful start all across the world. It was awarded double platinum in Finland after just two days and received four more gold awards so far. The album entered the charts at the top position in several countries. The world tour is booked, first shows already sold out, the new era has begun...

New photo: http://www.nightwish.com/gallery/albums/promo/2007/_MG_4292.jpg

Thanks to Margarida Dias / magy.dias@gmail.com for submitting the biography.

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Old era, new era, all grand rock | Reviewer: M-Man | 10/6/11

Tarja vs. Anette: the pointless comparison. People get cliquey about the singer, and tend to overlook the band's need to evolve. Tarja was fantastic, she was the reason I got into the band in the first place, but placing her in contention with Anette, essentially playing favourites, is an insult to the band as a whole. Tarja and the guys grew apart, to put it mildly and Tuomas elected to change course. Anette may not have Tarja's scale, but she brings her own style to Tuomas' writing. Also, I think she is a better contrast to Marco than Tarja was. But I'm not here to kick off a childish fan war. Nightwish was, and remains, in my eyes, the pinnacle of the symphonic metal form. I adore this band, and a band is more than just its singer. At least, in Nightwish's case.



<3 old nightwish | Reviewer: BlackVelvet | 4/24/11

nightwish was surely amazing with tarja....imean, end of an era was brilliant,bought it and listened to it about 3 times in a row...choosing anette was kind of a bad choice...yeah,i like the new nightwish too,it still remains my favorite band ever,however tarja's vocals were something else...an opera voice and a rock instrumental...it was brilliant,and the old songs sincerely appeal tome more...of course, bye bye beautiful and amaranth are nice too,but nothing truly compares to the songs that were sung by tarja....good luck to them anyway :)



They changed my life.... | Reviewer: singwhatyoucan'tsay | 3/17/11

Nightwish's music opened my eyes to a whole new world, I know how lame that sounds, but it's the truth. Before I found NW I was listening to pop/country/rock and I though that's all the cool music there was...then one day I was looking up the lyrics to the song "Phantom of the Opera," and Nightwish popped up. I looked up their music, and at first didn't like it, but for some reason kept coming back. Well, three years later I now own five albums (three full lengths, Highest Hopes, and the Over the Hills... EP) and I'm quite proud to call myself a Nightwish fan. I also listen to Within Temptation, Leaves' Eyes, and Saviour Machine, that is, music with more...intelligence...than what I used to listen to. The other day I was listening to Once and realized how much I've changed, and how much of that change might have been helped by this music....

Thank you, Toumas for this excellent music and poetic lyrics. Your lyrics have inspired me in the stories I write and how to live my life.



Old v New | Reviewer: Angel2001 | 9/1/10

I am listening to the live version of Creek Mary's Blood as I write this and I must say, Annette is a fine pop singer and a rubbish power metal singer. Tarja's voice ricochets (sp?) off every other sound and produces a truly unique and powerful voice. She is an Angel. Nightwish have been very cruel to her and also to fans by not only replacing Tarja, but replacing her with someone who doesn't even nearly make Tarja's grade. Read and rethink, Nighwish, for your fans' sake



hmmm.... | Reviewer: Mel287 | 10/27/09

I have to say this:i think xeon256 is completely right.I also have to say this to all those people who keep blaming Annette for the sacking of Tarja:You are wrong.Whatever reasons she was fired for are completely separate from Annette.Yes,Annette is no Tarja,but don't you think that NW would rather hire someone who sounded completely different from Tarja-to get away from that era?I do,however,think it is great that Marco's vocal talents are getting the attention they deserve.While i agree that Tarja's voice is brilliant,and i prefer her's over Annette's,NW with any line-up is still great!



ok my views on this..... | Reviewer: xeon256 | 10/17/09

I love both the Tarja Nightwish, and the Anette Nightwish. Personally I like Tarja's vocals best, she brought a wonderful opera voice to a amazing rock sound, it was a beautiful balance. Now Anette brings a different approach to the table, similar to Lacuna coil. Tarja isnt better than Anette, nor is Anette better than Tarja. Both are great singers in their own right, but in the case of Nightwish Tarja I think is a better match. food for thought, the combined vocals of Anette, and Tarja, might sound pretty good, add Cristina Scabbia, I think the trio would sound really good....but thats just me.



People come on. | Reviewer: Kyle Koch | 10/15/09

Listen up people,
ofcourse nightwish now has a new style, the main thing in a song (Vocals) are done by another person.
I think you're beeing a little harsh saying Anette is that bad. If you would actually LISTEN to the songs instead of comparing her and Tarja, you would still say it's good music.
I'll have to admit that it doesn't sounds like Goth-metal anymore, but I don't think that's a bad thing.
The new album (wich I find best of all) is a little more ... celtic I think. Full of adventures.

Every band comes to an end someday, we should be happy that Tarja is replaced and Nightwish lives on!!.



Dudes come on | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/15/09

Listen up people,
ofcourse nightwish now has a new style, the main thing in a song (Vocals) are done by another person.
I think you're beeing a little harsh saying Anette is that bad. If you would actually LISTEN to the songs instead of comparing her and Tarja, you would still say it's good music.
I'll have to admit that it doesn't sounds like Goth-metal anymore, but I don't think that's a bad thing.
The new album (wich I find best of all) is a little more ... celtic I think. Full of adventures.

Every band comes to an end someday, we should be happy that Tarja is replaced and Nightwish lives on!!.



New Nightwish sucks! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/29/09

This is coming from a former fan of this band. What the hell happened???? They replaced Tarja with some pop bitch who can't even sing her own songs?!?!? Those guys are crazy for thinking they could replace an amazing singer like Tarja with the crappiness of Anette who sounds like a dead cow singing Avril Lavigne.

Also, the music sounds like dumbed down Evanescence/Lacuna Coil type music as opposed to Power Metal. It's hilarious to think that this band is Power Metal anymore, and people still label them that?!?! Power Metal is suppost to have leads, good keyboard work, and ESPECIALLY good vocals. Nightwish has none of that anymore. Instead, money seems to be more important than the music to them nowadays.

Oh, and I heard that Anette is starting a solo career too! Well good for her! Maybe she can finally take all of her pop fans with her and hopefully Nightwish can get back to basics. I really hope Nightwish reads what their old fans are saying because this band has become no more than a sorry excuse of a band that used to produce good music.

Listen to their albums of the past and see the TRUE power of this band, not any of this new pop-rock bullshit!



so different than before........... | Reviewer: anonymous | 8/15/09

TARJA was something different...special!And of course i thing that she can't be replaced!I heard Dark Passion Play but i did it only for the band!Anette lokes like a cat in front of TARJA,but i believe that the new songs are written for her!Because she cant sing the ones before!She dont have the voice that you have to have to do that!Andi also think that NIGHTWISH changed completelly their music styl.THAT'S POP only the type of the lyrics is almost the same!WHY????????!!!!Of course MY WINTER STORM IS super!!!1




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