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SONATA ARCTICA – DIRECT SUPPORT FOR NIGHTWISH 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

June 20th, 2015
NIGHTWISH 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

NIGHTWISH 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Finnish melodic metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA have announced their highly-anticipated 26-date North American tour for 2016 with headliners NIGHTWISH! The trek launches in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19th, hitting six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23rd.  Opening for the tour will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.

SONATA ARCTICA keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg checks in with a special message for their North American fans:

“It’s again been far too long since our last American tour, so we’re really happy to announce that we’re coming back once again…and with NIGHTWISH nevertheless. As we’ll be working on our next studio album in the spring of 2016, be ready to hear some surprises during the tour. Even if we prepared to be in the studio for the whole spring, this was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass on and we’re all looking forward to see our North American fans once again and kick some ass. Until then, take care and a big cheers!!”

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NIGHTWISH’S FILM IMAGINAERUM OUT NOW IN NORTH AMERICA

June 16th, 2015
Nightwish - Imaginaerum

Nightwish – Imaginaerum

The long-awaited NIGHTWISH movie Imaginaerum is now available in North America  on Nuclear Blast Records!

 

Imaginaerum tells the story of an elderly composer, Tom, who suffers from severe dementia. As he has had the disease for years and has regressed into childhood, he remembers practically nothing from his adult life. His music, friends, all his past including the memory of his daughter are a blur in his fragile mind. All he has left is the imagination of a ten year old boy. As he drifts away into coma, it seems impossible to get back what he has lost. Or is it?

 

Imaginaerum creates a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music, an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination and  life itself – a true emotional rollercoaster ride!

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NIGHTWISH – NEW ALBUM EPISODE “THE TOUR STARTS” FOR ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL REVEALED

May 21st, 2015
Nightwish - Dec 2014 promo pic

Nightwish – Dec 2014 promo pic

Finland-based symphonic metal masters NIGHTWISH just released their second single, for the title-track Endless Forms Most Beautiful.”

The four track single is available as a limited edition MCD and 10“ Vinyl which can be ordered here: http://smarturl.it/NIGHTWISH-Endless

Today NIGHTWISH reveal the 18th episode from the album-making-of-series, talking about the North American and Canadian shows during the first part of their “Endless Forms Most Beautiful world tour.

Watch the 18th episode here: https://goo.gl/1rM8a8

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NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

May 15th, 2015
NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are pleased to announce their 26-date headlining tour of North America for 2016, launching in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19th, hitting six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23rd.  Opening for the tour will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.

 

Checking in from the first leg of the North American Tour, NIGHTWISH shared the following about the second leg of the tour in 2016: “The first one was so brilliant that we just gotta come back!”

 

Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates are now on sale exclusively at EnterTheVault.com.

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NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE OF THEIR FILM IMAGINAERUM

April 16th, 2015
Nightwish - Imaginaerum

Nightwish – Imaginaerum

The long-awaited NIGHTWISH movie Imaginaerum will finally be released in North America on June 16thon Nuclear Blast Records!

 

Imaginaerum tells the story of an elderly composer, Tom, who suffers from severe dementia. As he has had the disease for years and has regressed into childhood, he remembers practically nothing from his adult life. His music, friends, all his past including the memory of his daughter are a blur in his fragile mind. All he has left is the imagination of a ten year old boy. As he drifts away into coma, it seems impossible to get back what he has lost. Or is it?

 

Imaginaerum creates a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music, an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination and  life itself – a true emotional rollercoaster ride!

 

There are some questions we must ask ourselves before entering the world of Imaginaerum. What is most important in life? Can the power of memories protect us during our last moments? Will our imagination help us find the spark of life in the deepest darkness? Can we still find love after bitter forgiveness?

 

Shot and post-produced in Canada, the movie was directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films, and features appearances by NIGHTWISH members. The screenplay is based on a wild vision that Tuomas Holopainen, the mastermind of the band, devised after the album Dark Passion Play came out in 2007.

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Nightwish – Rocking world wide charts with new album

April 9th, 2015
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Finland-based symphonic metalers, Nightwish, recently released their new studio album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, which has now entered the charts worldwide on some incredible positions.

Once again, and for the sixth time in a row, Nightwish made it onto the pole position in their home country Finland – as well as in Czech Republic, where Endless Forms Most Beautiful received Gold status after just two days. Germany and Switzerland follow with a brilliant #2. Another amazing result is the #3 in Floor Jansen’s native country Netherlands.

More Top 10 entries took place in:

Austria (#4)
Sweden (#4)
Mexico (#6)
Greece (#9)
France (#10)
Poland (#10).

Other high charting spots include:

UK (#12)
Spain (#13)
Canada (#13)
Belgium (#14)
Australia (#16)
Ireland (#21)
New Zealand (#32)

As well, it came in at #34 at the American Billboard charts (#2 Independent Albums, #4 Top Hard Music Charts, #8 Top Current Rock Albums).

Nightwish commented saying “the world wide chart news that is just mind blowing! For the sixth time in a row we made it onto the pole position in our home country Finland – as well as in Czech Republic, where »Endless Forms Most Beautiful« received gold-status after just two days.  Germany and Switzerland follow with a brilliant #2.
Another amazing result is the #3 in Floor Jansen’s native country Netherland….We are grateful to all our fans for standing behind us. We can’t wait to meet you during this world tour we start today! Thank you!

 

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NIGHTWISH: ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL OUT TODAY!

March 31st, 2015
Nightwish - Dec 2014 promo pic

Nightwish – Dec 2014 promo pic

Endless Forms Most Beautiful, the highly anticipated new studio album from Finland-based symphonic metal masters NIGHTWISH, has been released today in the U.S. and Canada.  Order your copy of the new NIGHTWISH album in the format of your preference from the Endless Forms Most Beautiful Landing Page at http://smarturl.it/NIGHTWISH-Endless.

Produced by Tero “TeeCee” Kinnunen, the title for Endless Forms Most Beautiful was taken from the writings of English naturalist Charles Darwin. The album features the participation of London’s The Metro Voices choir group, London’s Young Musicians Children‘s Choir, and the Orchestre De Grandeur led by the esteemed orchestral arranger Pip Williams, who teaches Music and Music Technology at the London College of Music. Professor Richard Dawkins not only narrates the introduction to the album’s opener, “Shudder Before The Beautiful,” but also the album’s closer, “The Greatest Show On Earth,” which takes its name from his 2009 book on evolution.

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NIGHTWISH LAUNCH “ELÁN” COVER CONTEST; New Song ‘Shudder Before The Beautiful’ Available

March 13th, 2015
NIGHTWISH 'Élan', out on February 13, 2015

NIGHTWISH ‘Élan’ single, out on February 13, 2015

Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH have announced a worldwide video contest to showcase the talents of their own fans.

Sign language speakers/interpreters, jazz flutists, cellists, ukulele & theremin players, expert whistlers, vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, and keyboard players alike: You are all invited to create a video for your very own cover version of the NIGHTWISH single “Elán.

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NIGHTWISH – Official music video for “Élan”, taken from the 2015 album, ‘ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL’

February 13th, 2015
NIGHTWISH 'Élan', out on February 13, 2015

NIGHTWISH ‘Élan’ single, out on February 13, 2015

Today is the release of the first single Élan out of the new Nightwish album »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«, which will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US).

The release is also celebrated with the video clip for ‘Élan’. It was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, directed by Ville Lipiäinen.

Tuomas Holopainen commented: “The long awaited NIGHTWISH music video ‘Élan’ is finally here. Inspired by the untold stories of abandoned places around Finland, the video was nearly a year in the making and features some of the most loved Finnish actors and actresses. And also the legendary NIGHTWISH symbol, a snowy owl (Bubo Scandiaca in Latin) called “Urho” (“Braveheart”).”
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NIGHTWISH – Cover art for “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”

December 22nd, 2014
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Presenting: Endless Forms Most Beautiful- March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US)

The detailed cover-artwork was created by longtime collaborator Toxic Angel.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful features eleven new songs.

  • Standard CD
  • Digibook (incl. instrumental CD)
  • 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colours
  • Earbook (incl. instrumental and orchestral CD)
  • Earbook (deluxe version incl. bonus vinyl)
  • Download

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NIGHTWISH – ‘Élan’ single details; out on February 13, 2015

December 8th, 2014
NIGHTWISH 'Élan', out on February 13, 2015

NIGHTWISH ‘Élan’ single, out on February 13, 2015

EXCITING NEWS! We are proud to announce the release of our first single called ‘Élan’, which will be out on February 13, 2015 via Nuclear Blast!

“Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave
To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.”

– Walt Whitman

Commented NIGHTWISH keyboardist and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen: “This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt was the starting point for writing ‘Élan’. The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us. It´s important to surrender yourself to the occasional ‘free fall’ and not to fear the path less travelled by. ‘Élan’ is a wonderful teaser for the full-length album, giving out a little taste, but revealing very little of the actual Journey of Grandeur to come…”

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NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FOR 2015

September 23rd, 2014
NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FOR 2015

NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FOR 2015

Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are pleased to announce their 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015, launching in New York City on April 9th, hitting three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then closing out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14th. Opening will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.

Checking in from the other side of the world amidst all the prep work for recording their new studio album, NIGHTWISH member Marco Hietala shares the following about the band’s return to North America:

“Hi to all! Our work on the new album has been going with serious productive speed and comfortable ease at the same time. It´s going to be great to get it out to you and play these pieces live. And with this announcement it will obviously happen quite soon! Here are the dates for the North-American shows. Come on over and we´ll raise hell and kick some arses together!”

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NIGHTWISH RELEASE FOURTH “MAKING OF” TRAILER FOR NEW ALBUM

September 11th, 2014

Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH have just released the fourth “Making Of” trailer for their as-yet-untitled eighth studio album featuring new Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen.  Watch Episode 4, “The Beginning of the Summer Camp,” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4brr7vf-P6LMpAuLbvvaskBkEUpbNuL

 

Nightwish - Showtime, Storytime

Nightwish – Showtime, Storytime

“You have to remember that the last time we played together was about 11 months ago,” commented longtime drummerJukka Nevalainen – who is sitting out on the recording sessions due to health issues – about the band’s first rehearsal.  (Kai Hahto [WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY] is replacing him.) “It’s been quite a while, so all things considered out, initial stabs were pretty okay.”

“You start to get into the songs when you rehearse them,” adds NIGHTWISH guitarist Emppu Vuorinen. “We played a heavier tune, and it did get me moshing a bit. I don’t know if it has something to do with age – but the need to show off has diminished even more. It’s more like you want to do justice to the song and not strut your stuff.”

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NIGHTWISH RELEASE THIRD “MAKING OF” TRAILER FOR NEW ALBUM

August 21st, 2014
Floor Jansen

Floor Jansen

Finland-based symphonic metal sextet NIGHTWISH have just released the third “Making Of” trailer for their as-yet-untitled eighth studio album, which will be the first to feature new Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen, who has toured with the band since October 2012.

“For me, [new music] always starts with the emotional surge and subject matter,“ states band founder, keyboardist, and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen. “When I come up with a subject for the song, I always see it as a short movie.  Each song is like a soundtrack for that movie in my head.  That’s how the songs are born.“

Watch the new clip on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channelwww.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4brr7vf-P6LMpAuLbvvaskBkEUpbNuL

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Nightwish drummer Jukka Nevalainen steps aside; replacement for upcoming album/tour announced

August 6th, 2014
Jukka Nevalainen / Nightwish

Jukka Nevalainen / Nightwish

The below message was posted by the official Nightwish page this morning.

“How to begin telling something that you wouldn’t want to have to tell, although you know that the decision you made is the only (at least the only right) one you could make at the moment? I face this dilemma now, and will do my best to find the right words.

For a number of years, I have suffered from occasional but very difficult insomnia, something that has been my unwanted companion during many of our tours, too. I’ve done my best to try to control it or at least to cope with it. Still, we don’t even really know why we need sleep, so unfortunately there’s not much information available on why some of us suffer from sleeplessness. There is no 100% cure for the problem.

During the last month, it has become evident for me that due to my insomnia, I can’t fulfill my duties as a musician in the way that I’d want and with the precision that the music deserves. Thus I have decided to step aside from my duties as the drummer of Nightwish during the recording of the forthcoming album and the subsequent tour. I will still be involved in managing the day-to-day affairs of the band, but the dearest and the most important thing, playing, is, for the time being, not possible. Time will tell what the future holds.

On a personal level, my decision obviously feels indescribably sad. Fortunately, looking at it with some distance, it is “just” part of the constant, inevitable ebb and flow of life. The sad things are part of it as well as the beautiful, unforgettable experiences and adventures that I’ve already had the pleasure to experience in spades. Surely, there will still be many adventures ahead, too.

My good friend Kai Hahto will play drums on the forthcoming album. I’m extremely grateful that he didn’t hesitate for a minute when he decided to help us in this challenging situation. What comes to touring, everything is still open, but we will let you know as soon possible what the line-up will be.

If beginning this was hard, so is ending it. So maybe I will just quote something fitting.

“You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”― Eckhart Tolle

Best regards, Jukka Nevalainen / Nightwish”

Kai Hahto pictured below in a promotional photo from SMI Music:

New Nightwish drummer Kai Hahto

New Nightwish drummer Kai Hahto

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