Nightwish is a symphonic metal 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 (1997). 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 (1998), Wishmaster (2000) and Century Child (2002). 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” (2004), 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 (2005), before Turunen's dismissal in October 2005.
In May 2007, Nightwish announced Anette Olzon as Turunen's replacement.That September, the band released their sixth album, Dark Passion Play, which has sold almost 2 million copies. The album's lead single, "Amaranth", became one of Nightwish's most successful in Europe.The supporting tour, one of the band's largest, started on October 6, 2007 and ended on September 19, 2009.The band released an E.P./live album, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places), in March 2009 as a MCD/DVD, and their seventh studio album, Imaginaerum, was released globally on various days in late 2011/early 2012.
On October 1, 2012, Nightwish announced that they had parted ways with Olzon and would be finishing the current tour with ReVamp and former After Forever vocalist Floor Jansen.In October 2013, Nightwish made Jansen and longtime session uillean pipes player Troy Donockley permanent members of the band.
Nightwish is the third-best-selling band and musical entity in Finland with sales of more than 900,000 certified copies. The group is also the most successful Finnish band worldwide, selling more than 8 million records and receiving more than 60 gold and platinum awards.
Next studio album and arrival of Floor Jansen and Troy Donockley (2013-)
In an interview with Metal Hammer in November 2012, Tuomas Holopainen stated that they already have a rehearsal place booked for July 2014 to September 2014, but before they begin rehearsing the band members would be taking a break from Nightwish for several months.
On 9 October 2013, Nightwish announced Jansen to be the permanent replacement to Olzon.Troy Donockley has also been announced as a full-time member, making the band become a sextet for the first time.According to the band's webpage, the band will enter the studio in 2014 to record their eighth full album, which is slated for release in spring 2015. This album is set to contain Nightwish's longest song to date.
At the end of November, the band released the live album Showtime, Storytime. Despite the recording happened when they were only tour members, it is the first Nightwish release to feature Jansen, and to have her and Donockley credited as band members. The album also carries a documentary containing the behind-the-scenes of Jansen's first days in the band and the process of replacing Olzon.